Frieze is on, Frieze is on!
I love art fairs where you can see so much in one space. But you need energy!
This year, the opening day (Tuesday 13th Oct) seemed lighter and less crowded. And the place seemed nicer somehow. And the displays seemed airy and spacious.
So much great art (and of course some loud, shouty nonsense) so how to sum up?
Well, there really was an Agnes Martin painting there. I couldn’t believe I could see one so close outside a museum. There was also, like me, part of a family in raptures in front of it (and part of the family not getting it). But more remarkably, on another stand were 17 ‘drawings’ of hers- totally fabulous. Apparently, they are ‘reserved’ for a museum. A bargain.
In the main Frieze, Anthony Reynolds Gallery is showing Paul Graham. Some exquisite and poignant moments captured. Still relevant.
Ana Lupas– who knew? At P420 Gallery. A Romanian artist, these works are from the 1960s. They are remarkable, beautiful, poignant and political. I am new fan. She is a performance artist. Wonderful works.
Fernanda Gomes is being shown at Alison Jaques as well as a South American gallery. Very bare; very minimal (very expensive!). Loved it. Wanted some!
In fact, South American art seems to be way ahead in general. Some lovely works from the 1970s onwards they are finally getting on the art world map. Of course, not all of it is great, but so much is, and so much of the great art in South America is by women. Now there’s a thing.
The Hauser and Wirth stand is superb in the main Frieze tent.
Sarah Lucas at Sadie Coles.
To coincide there have been other events including Jimmie Durham at the Serpentine. Some other openings too; some of very thin work with no truth to it and some that seem to have plagiarised other people’s work. Really bad.
But the main Frieze tent and the Master’s tent have some beautiful works and some wonderful displays.
All of this great art and human enterprise in one place.
Fabulous. Exhausting. Exhilarating. About the best year of Frieze.
If in town, do go see.