Frieze returns to London

Frieze London returns in October to host the latest and greatest international contemporary art

Words: Lauren Da Silva

Coinciding with both Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters, the internationally acclaimed Frieze London will transform Regent’s Park into a global hub for the latest and greatest in the contemporary art world.

Originally launched by founders of Frieze Magazine, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the annual Frieze London fair is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists, known for championing era-defining work and celebrating the unique creative spirit of the artistic community in London and abroad. Featuring over 160 leading galleries and 1000 significant artists across the globe, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the fair’s curated program of newly commissioned site-specific artworks, live performance and participative works, films, panel talks and themed presentations, an off-site music programme, as well as art from both emerging and established artists.

Amongst this diverse and talented line-up, the Frieze Artist’s Award presents a major opportunity for an emerging international artist to showcase an ambitious work at Frieze Art Fair. This year’s winner, London and Delhi-based artist Himali Singh Soin, debuts with her performative film we are opposite like that.

Alongside the opening of Frieze London from 3–16 of October, the Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters exhibitions are also being hosted a mere 15-minute walk away. Frieze Sculpture turns the surrounding gardens into a museum without walls, with a temporary curated outdoor sculpture park featuring prominent artists from around the world. Simultaneously, several thousand years of art history will be brought forward into a unique contemporary context, with Frieze Masters featuring over 130 modern and historical galleries specialising in antiquities, Asian art, ethnographic art, illuminated manuscripts, medieval, modern and post-war art, Old Masters and 19th century, as well as photography and sculpture.

“This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world,” says Victoria Sidall, global director of Frieze Fairs.

Image: Himali Singh Soin, we are opposite like that, 2019. Single-channel video. Courtesy: Frieze London.