The Frieze Art Fair in London celebrated its tenth edition this year, showcasing old and new art from 175 of the world’s top galleries and hundreds of artists. This year’s showcase included a sculpture garden open to the public and a new space for art from various historical periods, in addition to its myriad talks, keynotes, panels and parties.
The buzz began with the Vernissage preview for ultra-VIPS, which had strong turnout and a positive vibe. Many of the works on display were never-before-seen, displaying Frieze’s penchant for forecasting new talent.
Frieze Masters‘ inaugural run included pieces from over 90 galleries, with several housed in a special Spotlight section. The range was vast, including work from ancient Egypt, India, Rome, and medieval Europe.
The Frieze Frame and Frieze Focus stalls also held show highlights. Frame showcased single artists and Focus featured up two to three. These offered a more detailed perusal of each person’s work, many of whom were relatively new on the scene.
Among the buzz of hot new names and major purchases, many spectators enjoyed exhibits such as Paul Fryer’s The Undivided Light at The Hospital Club, which showed choreographed neon “lightning” bolts hanging from the ceiling; looming gargoyles by Sam Fogg; Damien Hirst’s The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, which sold at an estimated $5.6 million, and Yayoi Kusama’s flower sculpture.
Stylesight was on hand at the event, so expect a full report coming soon on the site. In the meantime, check out some of our personal favorites below. - Sarah Moore/ Hannah Watkins