MY FIRST FRIEZE
Maybe by now you've heard about the "Frieze Art Fair" happening in New York. And maybe you've wondered what is a Frieze Fair exactly? Good question!
The Frieze Art Fair gathers together a large collection of some of the top galleries in the world and houses them in a single structure. At the fair, the galleries showcase and sell work by a choice few of the artists they represent. Started in 2003 by frieze contemporary art magazine founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the fair normally takes place each year in Regents Park in London. It has become famous for its two main selling points: its focus on contemporary art including living artists from all over the world, a rarity in the art world, and its housing in an enormous temporary structure, built particularly for the fair each year. The structures are built by leading architects and designed to feature and make extensive use of natural light. Over the years the fair has gotten bigger and bigger and now features over 150 galleries and hundreds of artists, and attracts over 60,000 visitors. Originally these types of fairs were mainly held for the purpose of selling artwork, but Frieze's notoriety for showcasing works by many of the world's most famous artists now brings in thousands of visitors simply to see the spectacle. The fair has also grown to feature talks, guest curators, and specially commissioned pieces, furthering its reputation as more than just a normal art fair.
This year marks the start of Frieze New York, a spin off from the London fair occurring in Randall's Island in New York City. Frieze New York is built upon all the ideas of the Frieze Art Fair in London, bringing together some of the world's biggest galleries and artists under one temporary roof, but brings it to a whole new city and a whole new continent!