As you probably already know today is the first day of the London Frieze Art Fair. For the next three days the biggest names in the art world will be gathering their belongings and setting up base in Regent’s Park for one of the biggest dates in the art caldendar.
With over 170 contemporary art galleries from all over the world taking part in the fair and with many of London’s own galleries hosting special events across the weekend we thought we’d give you a run down to the best bits.
Commissioned every year for the fair the projects and this year curated by Sarah McCrory seven artists have made site specific works that will be on display across the fair. Our pick of the best is a full sized ‘live’ scoreboard by Bik Van der Pol which will be animated live by assistants who will constantly change the text to spell out a number of abstract idioms, quotes and maxims.
Situated in the English Garden this will definitely be one to check out if the weather is any good. Hosting work from new and well established artists such as Neha Choski, Des Hughes and Will Ryman. It’s free entry so you can check it out at any point.
Taking up residency at the Camden Arts Centre during the fair young British sculptor Mirza presents a collection of his works including furniture, synths and turntables to create a techno soundscape. Sounds a bit confusing we know but trust us when we say check. it. out.
The controversial artist will be creating a site specific piece in an old Georgian house on Fitzroy Square including Picasso style self-portraits.
The EMDASH Award: Anahita Razmi
The winner of the 2011 EMDASH Award Anahita Razmi was chosen from 550 applications from artists situated all over the world and her work is being presented in a video installation at the fair. Inspired by the 1970s work ‘Roof Piece’ by the artist Trisha Brown – a piece that took place over 12 rooftops around a ten-block area in New York – her piece has been praised by art critics and lovers alike so make sure you try and take a look at this young artist to watch.
What we’ll be doing
We’ll be down at the fair over the weekend and reporting back on WJ Online about all the goings on so make sure that you keep checking back for more of the best bits and those bits that just aren’t worth your time.