London’s Regent’s Park is famous for have being the setting for some scenes in Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway. From October 17th to 20th, it hosts the 11th edition of Frieze London, one of the most interesting contemporary art fair in the international scene.
Numbers say all: 152 galleries from 30 countries, among which there are the new entries Blum & Poe (Los Angeles), Marian Goodman (New York), Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg), Maccarone (New York), Overduin and Kite (Los Angeles), Rodeo (Istanbul).
The whole trade show is divided into two sections: Focus, for the galleries whose activities are up to ten years old and that present projects specifically conceived for the event; and Frame, where the young galleries exhibit just one artist.
A bit like a Medieval saint, Frieze spits in two: for the second time, in conjunction with Frieze London, there is also Frieze Masters, the fair dedicated to the historical art seen in a contemporary way. Another news of this year is Frieze Projects, that is supported by the Emdash Foundation and is dedicated to the participant exhibition practices. Frieze Film is the programme of artistic film produced in collaboration with EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy (NY), whereas Frieze Talks introduces several debates and lectures with artists, curators and other names from the contemporary art field.
The architect Carmody Groarke – who realized the amazing spaces of Underground Spa in Limerick (Ireland) and the project for the Sheffield Festival Centre – designed the structure. And if you think the word ‘fair’ means ‘indistinct crowd blocked up in an entrance’, you’ll be stunned by the new public areas and by the huge aisles.
At this point, you’re probably wondering: “And what about DROME magazine? Will it be there also this year?” What a doubt is it?

Gabriele Girolamini

Frieze London :: 11th Edition
Regent’s Park
web: http://friezelondon.com/

London, from October 17th to 20th 2013