Frieze London celebrated its 20th birthday with its annual art fair in Regent’s Park from 11–15 October 2023. The 2023 edition of Frieze London featured over 160 galleries, with 28 participants celebrating their 20th consecutive year at Frieze. Frieze art fair has expanded annually, and in it’s 20th year includes an extensive on-site and citywide programming running alongside the fair, which celebrates London’s wider cultural community.
Eva Langret, Director of Frieze London, said: ‘This year we look forward to welcoming artists, galleries institutions, collectors and art enthusiasts from around the globe in celebration of our 20th anniversary. We’re delighted to mark the occasion with the fair’s most international edition to date, with exhibitors spanning six continents. As the international art world descends on London, we look forward to seeing the spirit of collaboration ripple across the city and for everyone to see our cultural capital shine.’
Here are some of Culturalee’s Frieze London highlights;
Adham Faramawy’s new moving image artwork ‘And these deceitful water’ is the recipient of the 2023 Frieze Artist Award co-comissioned and co-produced by Forma and Frieze, and is a real highlight of Frieze London. Faramawy presents a complex assemblage mixing sculpture with video, spoken word and dance performance, to examine the history of the Thames, its underground tributaries and the plants along its banks as a way of exploring the river as a colonial artery and a site of ecological collapse.
Herald Street (London) present ‘Mutual Consent’, a 2023 textile-based artwork by Alexandra Bircken, Christina Mackie’s earthenware and silk sculpture ‘Token 37’, and new sculptures and paintings by Jessie Reaves, Amalia Pica, Matt Connors, Joan Nelson, Poppy Jones and Cary Kwok.
Pilar Corrias (London) has dedicated her booth to a solo exhibition of paintings by Sophie von Hellermann, complete with a plush pastel-coloured carpet that give an immersive feeling. Margate-based artist Sophie Von Hellerman’s installation was inspired by Margate’s iconic funfair ‘Dreamland’, and her paintings challenge clichés associated with femininity.
Galleria Franco Noero (Turin) & Sprovieri (London) are exhibiting Francesco Vezzoli ‘Portrait of Antinous as a Rock Star’ sculptures in a classical style with Ziggy Stardust-inspired face paint, and conceptual sculpture by Henrik Olesen.
Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples) showcases photographs documenting performances by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, who is currently causing a stir in the art world with her retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts. Also exhibited is artwork by South African artist William Kentridge, who had his own RA solo exhibition in 2022.
The Modern Institute (Glasgow) are presenting ’Big Tit’, an eye-catching pop art inspired painting by the late Duggie Fields, juxtaposed with equally vibrant Yves Klein blue sculptures by Jesse Wine – ERANU…UVAVU!!!, 2023 – and mirrored artwork by Jim Lambie.