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It's time to Frieze

Oh yes, Frieze week is back! A week when anyone who is anyone in the international contemporary art scene is sure to be in London. With the fair at Regent's Park and all the galleries and museums of the city in full swing, Jo Chard breaks it down...

By Joanna Chard | 10 Oct 2011


It’s that time of year again. That time when Regent's Park is overrun with contemporary art aficionados and enthusiasts; white tents full to the brim with the creative endeavours of over 1000 artists and 170 of the world’s leading commercial galleries.  The week of Frieze has become an explosion of creative activity with exhibition and gallery openings, film screenings and live events. In light of this, Rise Art reveals this year’s top five Frieze events and exhibits.



The free bit

If you can’t afford the £27 ticket price, you can always make a trip to the free Frieze Sculpture Park, which is a short walk to the east of the entrance to the fair in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park.  This year, it will present work by some of the most acclaimed international sculptors, including new works by Claudia Fontes and Thomas Houseago, as well as art by Kiki Smith and Tom Friedman.

A reason to switch on the TV

This year Frieze has collaborated with Channel 4 to produce five short films that will be shown on the ‘3 Minute Wonder’ slot between Monday 10th and Friday 14th. The programme has commissioned films from Ed Atkins, Lutz Bacher, Anthea Hamilton, Judith Hopf and Katarina Zdjelar and promises to be a rare mid-week TV highlight.  

The Romanian Castle

Peles Empire (the joint-project of German artists Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff) will transform an area of the Frieze Art Fair by installing a fully-functioning bar. Not content with just serving the odd Cosmopolitan, the bar is a complex recreation of a bar in an existing Romanian castle sited at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, replete with its resplendent decorative furnishings in photocopied montages. Dedicating themselves to serving drinks to Frieze-goers, the artists will explore themes of reproduction, reconstruction and transformation.

Art Fair meets boat show

German artist Christian Jankowski is collaborating with a luxury yacht company to create new work at this year’s Frieze Art Fair. Jankowski’s project will see him employing a boat dealer to peddle a luxury motor boat from a conventional gallery stand, showing prospective buyers around its plush interior and providing all the necessary details. This luxury boat will be available to buy as a Christian Jankowski artwork. WARNING- using the artwork as an actual yacht is not advisable and may, quite possibly, make the piece worthless.

Christian Jankowski’s sale boat


A classy act

If you like fish and fancy watching a wordless, bubble-filled play enacted by crustaceans and guppies, Pierre Huyghe’s performance piece is definitely for you. An aquarium provides the stage for an aquatic showpiece carried out by specially-selected sea creatures. A take on reality TV, we are told that while the fishy situation is artificial, ‘the behavioural relationships between the players are real and not scripted’.  Who knew coral could be so talented?


Pierre Huyghe’s aquatic dramatics


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Frieze runs from 13th to 16th October in Regents Park


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