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How to Make the Most of Frieze London This October

Oct 12, 2021 | By: LX Collection

Frieze London 2021 takes place from October 14 to 17, with previews on October 13. Here’s what you need to know about the esteemed art fair before it lands in Regent’s Park.

What Is Frieze?

Established in 2003, Frieze London has grown into one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. It’s somewhere to discover and acquire works by both emerging and illustrious creatives. Alongside Frieze London is Frieze Masters, where established artworks sell, sometimes for millions of dollars at a time. Both fairs are hosted in the beautiful Regent’s Park, Central London. For art aficionados, collectors, critics, and curators, there is nowhere better to be this fall.

What Are the Highlights at Frieze London 2021?

As ever, top galleries from across the world will congregate at Frieze London, including Taka Ishii Gallery from Tokyo, Marianne Boesky Gallery from New York, and Lisbon’s Galeria Vera Cortês. Dozens of galleries from London itself will also appear, including Victoria Miro, Gagosian, Sadie Coles HQ, and White Cube

This year’s program includes Unworlding, showcasing works by the likes of Nora Turato and Natacha Donzé along the theme of “the undoing of the world as we know it,” according to curator Cédric Fauq. The new section Editions shines a spotlight on leading publishers of editioned works by artists including Frank Bowling and Paula Rego, while Focus devotes itself to galleries established no more than 12 years ago.

How About Frieze Masters?

This is where you can pore over Greek antiquities, Medieval sculpture, old master paintings, and 20th- and 21st-century works from the likes of Hepworth, Picasso, and Gormley. This year, look out for a solo show from the multi-faceted South African artist William Kentridge. There’s also a special section, Stand Out, which seeks to reimagine traditional hierarchies given to various decorative arts.

And If I Want to Catch My Breath for Five Minutes?

Don’t miss the outdoor Frieze Sculpture trail in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park. Studded with playful, oversized pieces—such as Gisela Colón’s incandescent Quantum Shift monolith and Rose Wylie’s bronze Pineapple—it’s a wonderful way to soak up more art while relishing London’s autumnal vibes.

Where Should I Stay?

There is no dearth of luxe accommodation in the area. Claridge’s is a favorite of British (and Hollywood) royalty, and well-regarded for its afternoon tea. Shangri-La The Shard offers up some of the best views of the city, thanks to its position in London’s tallest building. Or check into The Connaught, where the bar serves up a mean cocktail—it is, after all, the best bar in the world.

Is Anything Else Happening?

A series of talks hosted by curator and cultural critic Jeppe Ugelvig can be watched at No. 9 Cork Street in London’s salubrious Mayfair district, and will also be available online. There’s also a live program curated by artistic duo Languid Hands—exploring themes of liminal space, embodiment, transformation, and grief—online from October 13.

Any Other Tips?

The online-only Frieze Viewing Room is now open, offering an overview of what’s on sale at Frieze London and Frieze Masters, details of the artists and galleries, and pricing. Simply register, and get browsing.

If you’re in town more than a couple of days, make a point of visiting one or two of the big exhibitions in London. Get lost down the rabbit hole at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, see another side to The Great Wave off Kanagawa artist Hokusai at the British Museum, or find more artworks to take home at the Royal Academy’s famous Summer Exhibition.

Frieze London tickets are on sale now.