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The Social Life of the Book: castillo/corrales Bring Their Unique Take on Publishing to Frieze Projects

by Josie Thaddeus-Johns
Reading can be a very private pursuit. It requires solitary attention, time, focus: all the things you often don’t find in abundance at an art fair. As part of 2015’s Frieze Projects commissions, alongside works from Thea Djordjadze and Rachel Rose, castillo/corrales are bringing their DIY publishing spirit to a broader context, with newly commissioned texts and furniture for the booth, presented with a vinyl floor recreation of the typical Parisian social hangout: a passageway cafe. With an approach that embraces the “in-between,” castillo/corrales’ work comprise... [more]
Posted by Josie Thaddeus-Johns on 10/15/15
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Frieze Previews: Jérôme Bel's Inflammatory Disabled Theatre Makes Its London Debut

by Keren Goldberg
It seems like this year, perhaps influenced by the performance series 14 Rooms that took place at Art Basel a few months ago, Frieze has taken a performative turn. Many of its special projects incorporate live shows, and a new section called Frieze Live will introduce performance-based works and reenactments of historical performances at the fair itself. For example, the Japanese duo United Brothers will offer the visitors a soup made of vegetables grown in the region of Fukushima’s 2011 nuclear disaster (Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?, 2014). Frieze Projects, the commercial fair’... [more]
Posted by Keren Goldberg on 10/12/14
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Frieze on the cheap: Frieze Sounds

by Phoebe Stubbs
Frieze Art Fair is very much not free. A day ticket will cost you £33 this year. If you want to pop in after work, a 5–7 PM entry is £15. Heaven forbid you want to bring a child. Doing so will set you back £21, even if they sleep through it. Jake Chapman recently caused controversy by stating in public that children shouldn’t be taken to see contemporary art because they don't get it. In the case of Frieze, I’d have to agree with him—it's unlikely to be worth spending the cash. For the thrifty, there are some options for a free "Frieze experience" however. Fr... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 10/16/14
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Frieze Camden: Sarah Lucas' Fried Eggs

by Philippa Snow
Given that I am now older (although no wiser, perhaps) than I was when I was 21, there are very few things which can coax me over to the Camden area these days. To make your first trip back there after you've reached something sort-of-approximating adulthood is like having the lights flicked on, abruptly, in a low rent simu-dive-bar: Soylent Green may be people, but the human skulls on the bar here are made of B-grade plastic, and the candles shoved into them are melting their crania. Its patina of good-times-rawk-and-roll at the cost of personal dignity has some kitsch appeal, of course, and... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 10/15/14
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Frieze London: Overheard at the VIP Preview

by Himali Singh Soin
Here is a series of eavesdroppings from the first day of the Frieze Art Fair. A pleasure and a parody of itself, the fair is a collection of arms and legs and moans and groans tumbling and trellising over each other. The atmosphere is absurd from the upstart: people want to buy a line, a point, an idea, an experience. This carnival is both carnivorous and celebratory. The reactions to the work and random parley make up a tantalizing network of conversation, collaboration, and cacophony. If we were to map Regent's Park just by everything people said in there, we'd draw routes across every topic under th... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 10/15/14
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Tranquillity in the Midst of the Circus: The Frieze Sculpture Park

by Daniel Barnes
The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London. Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big time collectors, small time crooks, celebrities and artworld groupies gather for the inevitable theatrics. At the centre of this drama, ideologically separated from the bustle of the marketplace, there is a... [more]
Posted by Daniel Barnes on 10/15/13
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Frieze Week: Quality Time, And Where To Find It

by Marianne Templeton
Frieze Art Fair is one of those places—like supermarkets, or the Internet—where it's possible to feel that time is passing both too slowly and too quickly. All those bright lights, long aisles and white surfaces certainly don't help. One does one's best to take everything in, but after a certain period the eyes and brain begin to protect themselves against the sensory deluge by refusing to allow anything but the most impactful work past the short-term memory barrier. Generally, this is also the point at which it becomes tempting to allow one's smartphone camera to take over the vie... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 10/17/13
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Get The Look: Philippa Snow on the art of dressing for Frieze

by Philippa Snow
The Grayson Perry Tapestry or embroidery, preferably British-made; the haunting expression of a mining-town nightclub singer doing The Green Green Grass of Home; hunting tweeds and a monocle, and the Billy-Bob™ teeth listed on their website as Megabucks AKA Tombstones; a "Class War" t-shirt; more Burberry than a soap-opera actress with a missing septum. Definitely not a big, babyish candy-pink dress if you are a man – that is Grayson's thing, and he does it best. The Matthew Smith Glitter, platforms and solid-gold-easy-action uniform; Marc Bolan's hair and a corresponding... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 10/15/13
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Frieze Bites

by Char Jansen
Frieze has become synonymous with "modern and cool" – or so says The Guardian. Whoever is saying it, it is true that there will be fashion magazines snapping street style shots of the COS-clad (COS in fact being one of the partners of Frame this year, Frieze’s embyronic sibling) visitors.  Frieze has built a brand that has made contemporary art "covetable", fashionable, and, the corollary would be, uninviting. So, what do London’s maverick art types really get up to during what is touted as the biggest week of the year for contemporary art in the capital? We asked some of them for their thoughts... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/9/12
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Food is Hot Right Now

by James Loks
Food is pretty hot right now. Art is also pretty hot right now, perhaps hotter than it's ever been. And both appear to be crisis resistant. The fiscal point isn't however where the similarities end as, if we examine it, food production and artistic production seem to be intertwined in a strangely symbiotic, and occasionally dysfunctional, relationship. It is not as simple as stating that artists like restaurants and chefs like art, although these things seem to be true; there appears to be an aspirational attraction in either direction, albeit perhaps a dangerous one. It was Anthony Bourdain... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/10/12
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Laure Prouvost

by Daniel Barnes
Imagine a world where incomprehensible signs, piles of everyday detritus and cryptic instructions appeared in unexpected places as if from the ether. This is the world of Laure Prouvost, who is one of the eight artists commissioned for Frieze Projects 2011. For Projects, artists are commissioned to make a site-specific work for Frieze that is to last the duration of the fair, giving the art a visceral immediacy. Laure Prouvost creates installations that dangle clarity in the midst of confusion and offer fractured narratives that play with language. There is a striking incoherence to Prouvost’s work, which is wonderfully offset by the sheer banality of the everyday s... [more]
Posted by Daniel Barnes on 10/7/11
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Frieze Projects

by Alex Field
Watching the people going into Frieze can be an experience in itself.  The scale swings wildly between overdressed Chelsea girls and the more extrovert Shoreditch kids; from fierce looking gallerinas to beautiful European men in suits and scruffier British boys with statement haircuts.  The highlights, however, were the young Asian man hanging around by the entrance dressed as a pirate and deep in intense conversation with an older man with large plastic glasses and a big bamboo shoot, and the mother simultaneously examining the art on display and breastfeeding.  Imagination and humour is cle... [more]
Posted by Alex Field on 10/19/10
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If It Ain’t Broke Why Fix It?

by Mike Tuck
      The endless canyons of art that make up the annual Frieze art fair in Regents Park can be a baffling place to be. Like a cross between a museum and a retail shopping outlet, seldom is art devoured by so many visitors on such a large scale. This year’s offerings have all the hallmarks of the big names and big expense which made Freize the pre-eiminent British art fair, but scratch the surface and there are indications of the recession at work. Many galleries have adopted the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” approach to their spaces and display the reliable crowd pleasers of Gilbert and... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 10/20/10
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Frame 2010

by Alex Field
        Like a cuppa after a busy day, Frame is the antidote to the rest of Frieze.  It is designed to showcase the work of young, individual artists in a space large enough for them to create something more exciting than the one or two smaller pieces they would be afforded by the more established gallery stands.  None of the galleries are more than six years old, and, similarly, the gallery crowd is noticeably younger as you move away from the main fair.  Gone are the gallery girls who look through you as you are clearly not going to buy anything, and in their place are smiling, helpful peo... [more]
Posted by Alex Field on 10/20/10
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Frame at Frieze Art Fair

by Alex Field
        A new section at Frieze this year, Frame provides a fascinating contrast with the strictly commercial side of the enterprise.  None of the galleries exhibiting are more than six years old, and this is reflected in the playfulness of the art on display.  Each gallery has also chosen only one or two artists on which to focus, and this increased freedom for the artist has led to a more engaging showcase of their work. The novelty here is that some galleries appear more intent on making a statement or providing an experience than they do on selling.  Whilst at some stands black... [more]
Posted by Alex Field on 10/18/09
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Frieze Projects by Frieze Foundation

by Benjamin Ferguson
        A topic of much talk at the Frieze Art Fair is Frieze Projects, a programme of site-specific commissions that aim to make each visitor rethink the way they interact with the art that’s around them. According to Projects’ curator Neville Wakefield “this year’s Projects create aesthetic opportunity out of the uncertainty that has become the hallmark of our troubled times.” It’s uncertain how troubling times have been for buyers here.  Still, the £500 cap placed on work made at Stephanie Syjuco’s Copystand: an autonomous manufacturing zone probably seems like a bargain to pun... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Ferguson on 10/19/09