Londoners don’t do Frieze—they do Frieze Week. As the galleries assemble their installations in Regent’s Park and dates go into diaries, it’s no surprise to anyone in town that this four day fair has become the definitive industry show for contemporary art.
Frieze London sees the world’s leading galleries exhibiting contemporary work in a series of booth takeovers. Emerging artists are leading the way with installation-based performance, from Ed Fornieles’s intricate structure at Chisenhale Gallery to the pop-up soup kitchen by the United Brothers. There’s a sense of beauty this year too; Wangechi Mutu’s sculptural collage and Ella Kruglyanskaya’s bold painterly lines offer themes that last way beyond the booth.
Official venues include Frieze London and Frieze Masters, but offerings from off-site locations— Thomas Dane’s Steve McQueen show and the Zabludowicz Collection’s premier of works by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin—offer an excuse to explore London’s contemporary artists on a wider scale.