Frieze 2016

The essential highlights to see at London’s biggest art fair
By Nazanin Shahnavaz | Art | 6 October 2016

Fatima Al Qadiri. Photo by Daniel Sannwald

For over a decade, Frieze London has dominated the capital’s cultural calendar. Taking place in Regents Park, the festival plays host to the international art world featuring 160 galleries from over 25 different countries. Six years ago it was joined by its sister fair Frieze Masters, as a way of bridging the gap between ancient and mid-century art.

With both fairs combined – not to mention the events happening in conjunction across the city – Frieze is a festival of gargantuan proportions. There will be performances, talks, music and the return of the sculpture park, here we present our essential highlights.

Gallery: Inside Frieze Art Fair


Borderlands/The Political
In light of the political events of this past year – from the Brexit to the US presidential election – musician and artist Fatima Al Qadiri, filmmaker Omar Al-Qattan, curator Pablo León de la Barra and artist Adelita Husni-Bey debate the role of borders and how the arts can traverse them.

Fatima Al Qadiri. Photo by Daniel Sannwald

Looking Forward: Stuart Comer
Lucy Dodd explores the fable of St George and the Dragon, and more personal mythologies attached to the history of the legendary Shoreditch boozer, The George & Dragon. Known for its decadent reputation, was a meeting place for the local gay and arts communities. Dodd’s work strives to capture and reclaim the vibrant spirit of the The George & Dragon before it closed down due to dramatic rent hikes in the area.

Lucy Dodd, ‘Open Plan: Lucy Dodd’, installation view at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2016. Courtesy: the artist and David Lewis, New York; photo: Bill Orcutt

Sculpture Park
Selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park), the Frieze Sculpture Park will feature nineteen major artists including Conrad Shawcross, Claus Oldenburg, Nairy Baghramian, Ed Herring, Goshka Macuga andLynn Chadwick. World-leading galleries participating in Frieze London and Frieze Masters will extend their shows beyond the fair and into the landscape of The Regent’s Park, with nineteen large-scale sculptures and installations remaining on view until 8th January 2017.

Lynn Chadwick, Stranger III, 1959. Photo: Jonty Wilde. Courtesy of The Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern.

Frieze Music: The Vinyl Factory and Hayward Gallery
Turner prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller is best known for his collaborative works which often straddle music, video and installation. This October, Deller has teamed up with the Vinyl Factory and the Hayward Gallery to present a unique evening of live performances by Cecilia Bengolea, with DJs The Heatwave plus special guests at The Store at 180 The Strand.

THE INFINITE MIX: Contemporary Sound and Image

Coco Fusco
Frieze will present the UK premiere of Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial. Drawing from primatology, neuroscience and evolution, the lecture provides a commentary on contemporary forms of aggression and predatory behaviour relating to the desire for resources in post-industrial societies.

Photo by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Ming Wong
For filmmaker Ming Wong, questions of identity and gender, as well as the queer politics of representation, are at the core of his practise. Wong explores these issues through re-working classic European arthouse cinema, frequently ‘miscasting’ himself in multiple roles irrespective of language, gender, ethnicity, nationality or historical period.

Ming Wong, Aku Akan Bertahan / I Will Survive (production still), 2015. Three-channel video installation, running time variable. Courtesy the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and carlier | gebauer, Berlin

Frieze Art Fair runs until 9th October, for more information head to the website


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