Gallery Girl Goes...to Frieze London
Your barely through the door and your confronted by a troupe of acrobatic dancers interacting with Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent’s spider-web sculpture made from discarded tights…welcome to Frieze.
An amalgam of interactive experience, immersive performance and stop-you-in-your-tracks artworks from hundreds of commercial art galleries, Frieze London has established itself as one of the world’s most important contemporary art fairs.
With sister fair Frieze Masters but a short stroll away showing an exemplary collection of older art which seems to span the cultural history of the world, gallery girl Juliette has been busy soaking up all the fun of the fair; here’s a sneak peek into her week with a few of her favourite finds…
Harland Miller: Hell I’m here all week 5 (2016) at White Cube [Frieze]
This typically satiric, humorous and hauntingly nostalgic oversized artwork by Harland Miller stopped us in our tracks. These striking big-scale paintings take inspiration from the graphic, abstract language of psychological book covers from the 60s and 70s, exploring an era when positive messaging often masked societal neurosis.
Damien Hirst: Sanctitude (2007) at White Cube [Frieze]
As we fluttered by Damien Hirst’s butterfly painting composed in cool white, grey and blue hues we lost ourselves in thought. The imposing beauty of this circular work offered some space for speculation and reflection amongst the hustle and bustle of the fair.
Ed Ruscha: Extremes and Inbetweens at the Gagosian [Frieze Masters]
Arguably one of America’s most recognisable living artists Ed Ruscha transported us back to the 1960s with his graphic, trademark typeface.
Kohei Naway: PixCell-Deer#24 at Pace Gallery [Frieze]
Japanese artist Kohei Nawa's crystal encrusted taxidermied deer transformed through the artist’s use of variably sized “PixCell” beads was truly stag(gering).