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London and the Frieze Art Fair

Every year, during the month of October, London hosts the Frieze Art Fair. As the contemporary art scene grows bigger and more international every year, Frieze remains one of the best. Whether you’re a collector or just curious to see the latest and greatest artwork being made all over the world, this fair is worth making a trip for. 

Saburo Murakami, 1967 - Axel Vervoordt Gallery at Frieze Masters 2016

Frank Stella - Installation view at Dominique Levy’s booth at Frieze Masters 2016

 Salvador Dali - Installation view of Dickinson’s booth at Frieze Masters 2016

Installation view of Rene Magritte’s “L’empire des Lumieres”, 1949 at Dickinson’s booth at Frieze Masters 2016

All of London's galleries and museums wait for Frieze week to show off their most prestigious artists and blockbuster exhibitions.

This year, the Royal Academy of Arts hosted “Abstract Expressionism”.

“Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.” - https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/abstract-expressionism

Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky. They were all there! 

If you are looking for design and decorative arts, PAD London is still the fairest of them all. Modern art, antiques and contemporary objets d'art interact to create the most astonishing interior combinations you will ever see. - https://www.pad-fairs.com/london/

Visiting galleries, museums and fairs for almost a week can be tiring. So we tried to please all our senses by treating ourselves to some amazing lunches and dinners.

Tate Modern always hosts something good. This time it was Georgia O’Keefe, “the mother of American Modernism”. We had the rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable paintings by this pioneer of 20th century art.

Georgia O’Keefe at Tate Modern

Our amazing week ended with three visits to our favourite galleries. David Zwirner, who had a collaborative exhibition of Marcel Dzama, and Raymond Pettibon (my personal favourite), “Let us compare mythologies”.

Downtown, Sadie Coles was hosting Laura Owens.

Last but not least, Marian Goodman Gallery was showing Giuseppe Penone's “Fui, Saro, Non Sono” ( I was, I will be, I am not).

London is an international city where everything changes by season, if not by month. Frieze week is a special time to visit, a fascinating and eye-opening experience.

Article and photos by Nino Efstathiadis