Frieze News: African art may get international fair in London

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Frieze is on and the news are marshing in. “Loud and in Tents” is the conclusion the New York Times came to and writes: “In its 10th year, London’s Frieze Art Fair is bigger and more extravagant than ever, with 175 of the world’s leading galleries, and some of London’s hippest restaurants like Hix and Rochelle Canteen, packed under one Carmody Groarke-designed tent. At the entrance visitors are clocked in the face by “Sloping Loafers,” a long corridor feeding into the fair and carpeted with a loud print of overlapping green, yellow and red loafer shoes, a collaboration between the Frieze Foundation, the textile company Maharam and the German artist Tomas Bayrle. Inside, the usual power brokers, like Gagosian and Victoria Miro Gallery, hog the prime real estate, showcasing a giant carbuncular sculpture by Franz West and Grayson Perry’s brilliantly colored and intricate tapestry work, respectively. But not to be overshadowed were smaller installations at Herald Street Gallery that included a sketch by Pablo Brownstein of London’s Liberty Department store being demolished or the Alison Jacques Gallery, where Lygia Clark’s relatively diminutive black and white collage works were on view. A sign of the economic times? On the whole, there were few showoff behemoth installations in favor of paintings, prints and sculptures on a more domestic scale.”

The Telegraph has “The best anti-Frieze in London” (six of the best exhibitions with shows opening that aren’t part of Frieze art fair ) and you can follow Frieze by testing Google’s new Realtime Coverage, checking out the official Twitter Channel or #frieze.

The most exciting news come from Anna Somers Cocks and the Frieze daily edition: “Africa is increasingly seen as the continent of opportunity, and where there is economic vigour, the West starts looking for new talent to feed the market. So African art could now be getting its own international fair, from 14 to 20 October 2013, to coincide with Frieze. Its name is 1:54, there being 54 sovereign countries in Africa. Touria El Glaoui from Marrakech has already raised much of the £500,000 needed to stage the fair in Somerset House, although more funds are still needed. The fair’s artistic director will be Koyo Kouoh, recently the artistic adviser to this year’s Documenta, and the architect will be David Adjaye, while the bespoke tailor Ozwald Boateng and the artist Hassan Hajjaj will advise on design. Glaoui aims to have up to 25 carefully selected galleries for the first edition, and believes the fair would promote African visual culture, give artists, writers and curators an international platform and generate money for the long-term development of the art scenes in the various African countries. ”

Frieze 2012

Dinner is served. Until 14 October Frieze Art Fair in London presents a diverse menu with the latest creations of the leading international artists. As in previous editions, the Frieze Art Fair offers something for everyone’s tastes. Galleries such as Hauser & Wirth, Stephen Friedman, Pace, and Gagosian present the latest works by artists such as Paul McCarthy, Ged Quinn, Hague Yang, Thomas Bayrle, Jenny Holzer, Nicholas Hlobo, and Tony Cragg.