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Frieze Week turns London into outdoor arts gallery

Gavin Brown's Enterprise

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Frieze London 2017. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Frieze London 2017 (5-8 October), one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, showcases international emerging and established artists presented by 160 galleries from 31 countries. The four-day event coincides with Frieze Masters, an exhibition of antiquities, and Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, together forming the heart of Frieze Week, deemed the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.

Organised by arts magazine Frieze, this year the show was enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films and talks.

New for 2017, Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) curated Frieze Talks for the first time. The event was designed to explor artists’ response to an age of ‘alternative facts’, with speakers and performers including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Nástio Mosquito.

The 2017 fair also features a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, organized by Alison M. Gingeras (independent curator); and curator Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) co-advised on the focus section dedicated to emerging galleries.

Victoria Siddall, Frieze Fairs director, commented: ‘This year, Frieze Week follows our first ever summer opening of Frieze Sculpture, a free exhibition of monumental outdoor work in Regent’s Park.

Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No 348

Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No 348 (2017), Lévy Gorvy. Frieze Sculpture 2017. Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.

“This is our strongest ever exhibition of Sculpture and this is mirrored in the exhibitor list for Frieze London, which I am extremely proud of – the fair will feature the best galleries from all over the world, from the emerging to the established.”

Siddall suggested not to miss Alison M. Gingeras’s new section showcasing radical feminist artists, and the talks programme investigating art in an age of ‘alternative facts’, curated by Ralph Rugoff. “All of this makes Frieze a vital destination for the art world and an important hub for international galleries,” she said.

Building on Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions, Frieze London has again partnered with two acquisition funds for UK public collections, including the Frieze Tate Fund, supported by WME | IMG; and the second edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year supporting the Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne).

Allied Editions also returns to the fair, raising vital funds for seven non-profit galleries across London and guest regional partner, Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea).

Frieze London is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the 14th consecutive year.

Temporary structure

Neptunus provides the bespoke exhibition venue for Frieze London and Frieze Masters. April Trasler, managing director of the temporary structure company, told Access that the company built over 40,500sqm facilities, incorporating 55 separate buildings.

“Four 50-metre wide clear span Alu Halls provided exhibition halls for Frieze London. Offering both practicality and flexibility, the Alu Hall is the perfect temporary structure for exhibitions, conferences or parties as its multi-purpose clear span provides a blank canvas unobstructed space in which to create different looks and atmospheres,” she said.

Neptunus Alu Halls

Neptunus built over 40,500 square metres of facilities, incorporating 55 separate buildings

Transparent gables offered visitors  views of the Regent’s Park landscape, while a host of smaller ancillary structures provided a café, restaurants, sponsors’ area, press room, reception areas and store rooms, toilets and offices to complete the Frieze London venue. Three further 50-metre wide Alu Halls, which were also linked, provided dedicated exhibition space for Frieze Masters.