Aside from some covetable street style, Frieze brought us a whole lot of art. Marking its 14th year in London, each year Frieze brings both established and emerging artists to the forefront of the London art scene. With over 160 gallery spaces under one roof at Regents Park, we spent the weekend exploring what Frieze had to offer. In case you missed it, here’s five of the best things we saw.
Sylvie Fleury, A Journey to Fitness or How to Lose 30 Pounds In Under Three Weeks, 1993
This year’s Frieze featured a new section titled The Nineties, selected by curator Nicolas Trembley. Each gallery space in this section re-visited memorable art works from the ’90s that have made a lasting impact on contemporary art. The installation pictured here – Sylvie Fleury’s A Journey to Fitness or How to Lose 30 Pounds In Under Three Weeks – featured ’90s-era television sets playing aerobics videos featuring the likes of Cindy Crawford and Jane Fonda.
Gary Hume, Back of a Snowman, 2016
This metallic blue sculpture by British artist Gary Hume is aptly titled, Back of a Snowman. The newest addition to his Snowman series of perfectly round sculptures made its debut this weekend at Frieze this weekend. Gary’s sculptural mastery often explores themes surrounding memory, melancholy, romance, and beauty.
Portia Munson, Pink Project: Table, 1994/2016
Destined to be an Instagram hit thanks to its vivid pink colourway and obscure subject matter, Portia Munson’s Pink Project: Table was also part of Frieze’s new ’90s section. Originally created as part of a feminist art show titled “Bad Girls” in 1994, the work questions gender stereotypes and thoughts on consumerism. The items themselves are arranged in strict order from combs, to hair clips, to ponies and pink dolls.
Samara Golden, Missing Pieces, 2016
Whilst this may look like an aerial shot, the table, chairs and food, cutlery and crockery were in fact standing upright coming off a wall. The environments that California-based artist Samara Golden creates in her work are intense and surreal, often inspired by her childhood and her distinctive work often straddles the past, the future and the present.
Berta Fischer, Derminox, 2016
Berlin-based artist Berta Fischer’s iridescent wall-mounted sculptures instantly caught our eye. Often inspired by both architecture and artificial surroundings, her complex acrylic sculptures instantly take ownership of the space they occupy.
Photography: Christopher Brown