Every year, Frieze hosts two important art fairs side by side in the Royal Park: Frieze London which showcases the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters which specialises in art from the past.
In 2017, Frieze London brings together more than 160 of the world’s top contemporary galleries, featuring works by established and emerging artists. Other highlights include a showcase of works by radical female artists since the 1960s in the Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics section; as well as the Frieze Projects progamme of new artist commissions and Frieze Talks. Meanwhile, Frieze Masters 2017 showcases more than 6,000 years of art history exhibited by 130 leading international historical and modern galleries. Browse art and antiquities including ancient Egyptian artefacts, Old Master paintings, medieval sculptures and avant-garde works; and enjoy a programme of talks, solo presentations by 20th-century artists and immersive installations.
The Frieze Sculpture park pops up in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens with free entry for all alongside the two fairs. Take a stroll through the gardens to admire sculptures by 23 world-famous artists. In 2017, the park opens earlier than usual, on 5 July, and closes at the same time as the two fairs on 8 October.
Alex Bag, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Raphaela Vogel will create new works as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme curated by Raphael Gygax. Taking place at Frieze London in The Regent’s Park from 5–8 October 2017, Frieze Film is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Featuring major artists of different generations, this year’s Frieze Film programme explores themes of surrealism, popular myth and the carnivalesque. Highly influential American artist Alex Bag, known for her video performances since the 1990s, subverts the vocabularies of advertising, music videos and reality TV to critique today’s neo-liberal structures. Mixing pop culture with elements of Surrealism, French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin’s theatrical films take history or myth as their points of departure and use improvisation, excessive characters and strange forms to create a ‘patchwork narration’. Peopled with hybrid and sexually charged beings, the video works of Icelandic artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir are distinguished by a meditative narrative structure, fed by Nordic sagas and irrational drives. And in films that play with the dichotomy between the ‘romantic’ and the ‘raw’, German artist Raphaela Vogel uses a drone to film her own body from a ‘hornet perspective’, questioning the fe/male gaze, and how technology interferes with the physical self.