Frieze Art Fair in London...


16/10/17 - One of the most popular Art fairs in the world was held this past weekend: Frieze London, including Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture.
In the first one, galleries present a variety of Contemporary artworks in a large, totally white, space. The pieces on sale go from Jeff Koons to Rirkrit Tiravanija, including Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor. During this past year, many of these galleries presented museum-worth exhibitions in their own venues with these same artists. The difference now is that, in this fair, you can see all these heavy-weights at the same time.
Gazing Ball (Giotto The Kiss of Judas), by Jeff Koons (2015-2016)
Materials: oil on canvas, glass and aluminium / Measures: 166.4 x 165,1 x 37,5 cm
Coca-Cola vase, by Ai Weiwei (2017)
Materials: Han Dynasty vase (206 a.C-220 d.C) and paint / Measures: 27 x 27 x 36 cm
Untitled, by Rirkrit Tiravanija (2007)
Materials: gas burner, tank, stainless steel pot, mussels and mirrors / Measures: 90 x 90 x 90 cm
Edition of 4
Untitled, by Anish Kapoor (2015)
Material: alabaster / Measures: 166 x 65 x 66 cm
beautiful, Spurs 1-0 kiss my 'are painting (Yes-hah), by Damien Hirst (1999)
Technique: gloss household paint on canvas / Measures: 72 cm diameter
Frieze is also the perfect opportunity to meet other not-so-hot artists, such as Do Ho Suh, who presented an ethereal light blue installation. There are many female artists too, such as Cristina Iglesias, with a very particular artwork using natural elements, and Mona Hatoum, among others. Heavy artworks or those hard to move were also on display, like Ugo Rondinone's and Georg Baselitz's.
Main Entrance, 388 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903, USA, by Do Hu Suh (2016)
Materials: polyester fabric on stainless steel pipes / Measures: 340.3 x 182.4 x 279.6 cm
Bajo la superficie, by Cristina Iglesias (2011)
Capello per due II, by Mona Hatoum (2013)
Materials: straw, wood and metal / Measures: 85.6 x 148.5 x 50.2 cm
The Inquisitive, by Ugo Rondinone (2015)
Materials: bluestone and steel / Measures: 338 x 128.5 x 70 cm
Zero mobil, by Georg Baselitz (2014)
Material: laminated copper / Measures: 85.5 x 283 x 77 cm / Weight: 106 kg
Edition 2 of 3
On the way to Frieze Masters you go through Frieze Sculpture, where many international leading galleries presented 25 monumental sculptures by artists from the past century. All pieces were installed a plein air, all along the park.

Numen (Shifting votive one, two and three), by Thomas J. Price (2016)
Materials: cast aluminium and marble
Metamorphosis: a study in liberation, by Reza Aramesh (2017)
Final Days, by Kaws (2013)
Materials: Afrormosia wood
Standing figure with wheel, by Magdalena Abakanowicz (1990)
Materials: bronze and iron
Frieze Masters is for all those that enjoy artworks from past decades and centuries, including some pieces of Medieval art, to amaze the few collectors interested in them. This fair is like a 3D History of Art book and although it has some antique "pages", it still catches the interest of younger visitors. What makes Frieze interesting is the diversity of the artworks displayed so unconventionally, like a 4-million-dollars Fontana, next to an artwork of the 16th century. 
Paintings by the great Masters, such as Munch, Dubuffet or Schiele, can be seen up-close, although not so close to our wallet, since their prices range from 1 to 2 million dollars.

Penitent St Jerome, by Jacobo Da Ponte (know as Jacobo Bassano) (1510-1592)
Technique: oil on canvas / Measures: 88 x 110 cm
Concetto Spaziale "Atesse", by Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Technique: water paint on canvas / Measures: 92 x 72 cm / Year: 1961
Tête de jeune fille aux cheveaux blond cendré, by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Technique: oil, sand and stones on hardboard / Measures: 64.8 x 45.7 cm / Year: 1946
Blond Og Mørk Aktmodell, by Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
Technique: oil on canvas / Measures: 60.3 x 70.5 cm
Sitzende, by Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
Technique: gouache and pencil on paper / Measures: 44.5 x 30.8 cm
A special note to highlight the dedication and details of the signs, full of information on the artworks and galleries. There are no red dots here, but by the last day of the exhibition, almost everything had been sold. One of the negative aspects though is the great quantity of visitors, which make it hard to be near some of the pieces, specially in Frieze Masters. 

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