Frieze Art Fair VIP Preview 2017

October 4th, 2017

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On the 4th of October, the biggest art fair in the world returns to UK. This year is a 15th year of Frieze Art Fair in London, which features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries from 31 countries and showcases the best of contemporary art. On a VIP preview day works were selling for seven-figure sums within minutes of the arrival of the world’s biggest collectors.

Alina Blinova, Suzy Menkes

It was my second year of Frieze Art Fair, and to be very frank with you, even thou the gallery booths and exhibitions are bigger and glitzier than the year before, the last year exhibition left better impressions. Is it only my opinion? well.. not really, I had a chat with so many of my friends and we all tend to think alike. But, it’s not as bad as it sounds, it has its highlights and a new highlight this year was absolute – the showcase of works by radical female artists since 1970s in the Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics section. A new section was curated by Alison M. Gingeras. The section features nine solo presentations of women artists all sharing a “focus on explicit sexual iconography combined with radical political agency”. Highlights include work from Penny Slinger, Richard Saltoun, Betty Tompkins and Dorothy Iannone, whose vivid paintings tell intricate stories in vivid colours.

The main section plays host to commercial galleries representing internationally renowned contemporary artists including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and Henry Moore.

VIP Preview day is also known not only for the new art, sometimes bazaar and shocking but also for the most glamourous and most fashionable place to be, the place to see and be seen after LFW. This is a no-messing-around kind of affair. “It’s the one time of the year when scholars, connoisseurs, dealers and big-time collectors mingle, hob-knob and party with A-list actors, models and It girls.” The leading annual art fair in the world also pulls fashionistas from across the globe. Socialite name-dropping aside, Frieze is the most respected (and anticipated) fair in the art world calendar.

With this in mind, I did try to look at the art on the walls on a very first day but the number of friends swishing down the aisles was distracting me, so I had to come back few times throughout the week to see the actual artworks. I would have come back even more if the fair wouldn’t finish.

Can’t wait for the next Frieze Art Fair in October 2018, still the biggest and the best of the fairs.