There is a heightened sense of expectation as Frieze London opens its marquees to collectors and guests to reveal contemporary artworks designed both to challenge and inspire. Based in London’s gracious and spacious Regent’s Park the fair takes place from 4th to the 7th of October and features over 160 of the world’s leading galleries.
See also: Highlights from Frieze Masters 2018
Frieze London has enjoyed long-standing sponsorship from Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. The bank has a deep commitment to supporting the arts and has also grown its own Deutsche Bank Collection over many years, which is also one of the world’s largest corporate collections.
It is especially exciting that this year’s Frieze London, in collaboration with its sponsoring partner Deutsche Bank, will provide their selected guests with the opportunity to see an exclusive exhibition inside Deutsche Bank’s Wealth Management Lounge, which is curated by leading British artist Tracey Emin. Entitled Another World, it presents exclusively female artists from the bank’s collection as a special celebration marking 100 years since British women first had the right to vote.
Here are just some of the highlights, I have spotted during the first days at Frieze London:
Idris Khan at Victoria Miro Gallery
Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music, the talented artist Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience in his works. The London based Victoria Miro Gallery presents the artist’s latest works “The Existence of Beauty, 2018”, “Falling into the depth of the ground, 2018” and “Nothing to Believe, 2018” at their Frieze London stand this year.
Rana Begum at Kate MacGarry Gallery London
The British artist Rana Begum likes to play with colors, light, forms and perspectives and the way in which they interact. Her latest works are represented at Kate MacGarry Gallery London at this year’s Frieze London and are outstanding pieces, you shouldn’t miss when strolling through the fair.
Eddie Martinez at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London/New York
The oil paints on linen are a wonderful play of vivid contrasts and aggressive combinations. These are what the Brooklyn based artist is recognized for. His peculiar dynamic explodes traditional ideas of what a still life can be where traditional opulence is cut with the grime of urban life.
Adam Pendleton at Pace Gallery
Pace’s booth hosts a contemporary programme and honors international artists through new or recent works. It’s especially for Frieze curated presentation celebrate’s London as a creative platform where artists and thinkers from all around the world gather to make art history. One of the most prominent artists at their stand is Adam Pendleton, a New York-based artist, known for work animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, he makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture.
Tom Wesselmann at Almine Rech Gallery
Featuring works by Tom Wesselmann, amongst others, the Belgian based gallery booth presents its works in a colorful scheme. Tom Wesselmann’s Blue Nude Drawing 4/14/00, 2000 (right work) is one of the eye catchers of the fair, for sure. Tom Wesselmann was an American artist, associated with the Pop Art movement who created successful paintings, works and sculptures.
At the same time Frieze Masters (see more here) sees over 130 specialist dealers displaying quality artworks whose timespan stretches from the ancient through to Old Masters as well as late 20th Century Art. Perfectly framing and then linking the two exhibitions is Regent’s Park itself; visitors can stroll and linger on a beautiful 20 minute walk through the park, passing Frieze’s sculpture park while absorbing the natural wonder of this year’s spectacular autumn colors.