Beyond Arting’s summary of Frieze London 2013

This past weekend, London has been the spotlight in the art market. Different art fairs, gallery exhibitions and auction sales have attracted important international collectors to visit London and its contemporary art scene. Such art week ended on Sunday 20th in order to move to Paris for the opening of Fiac this week.


One more year Frieze London has become a social meeting point to see and be seen inside an astonishing contemporary art ambience. Such art fair has counted with approximately  153 exhibitors, 25 galleries less that on its previous edition, providing more space and light to visitors an maintaining its cutting edge contemporary quality.


Moreover, the event has been even more reinforced due to the launch of Frieze Masters last year, which on its second edition it has hosted approximately 130 exhibitors. Frieze Masters has presented more contemporary art galleries than last year, creating a big contrast between antiquities and old masters, and contemporary art works (produced before 2000). Big names like Gagosian, Lisson, Victoria Miró or Blum & Poe, had a booth at both fairs, Frieze Masters and Frieze London.


In terms of the presentation of galleries, one of the most popular booths on Frieze London has been the one by Gagosian Gallery, showing Jeff Koons as its unique character, who displayed some of his buoyant art pieces, such as Cat on a Clothes Line (Yellow) or the Lobster balloon (image bellow),


as well as Sacred heart (Blue/magenta) and Titi Tire (image below). No doubt Gagosian has reached its target of eclipsing the surrounding galleries and attracting everyones attention. 


Lisson Gallery had its role too in terms of public attention in Frieze London, showing a unique piece of art, Groovy Spiral, by the artist Dan Graham. Such work invited visitors to walk through a plexiglass spiral corridor and enjoy the experience of becoming, at the same time, the viewer and the viewed.


Frieze has also given the opportunity to visitors to enjoy outdoor art pieces in the Sculpture Park, which was located at a three-minute walk distance from the Frieze London’s pavilion. Twenty well-known international artists have put together a unique sculpture collection displayed in one of the most important parks in the city of London. Some of the artists have been Bernar Venet, Jaume Plensa (both in picture below), Oscar Murillo, Richard Woods, and Joan Miro, among others.


Moreover, there have been several other art events around the city, including satellite art fairs, such as The Other Art Fair, that enables artist to participate without the a gallery stand, Pavillion Art and Design (PAD), focused on contemporary art and design, and Multiplied Art Fair by Christie’s auction house, that shows contemporary prints in editions (image below).


There is no doubt this weekend has been very exciting for art lovers, and this fantastic art ambience is now moving to Paris. We will keep you updated!

Have a lovely week!