Our Top Picks from Frieze Art Fair

21-OCT-2014

Frieze Art Fair, London, Masters
This year’s Frieze London and Frieze Masters were the usual bustle of creative commerce but this time, with a new design for Frieze London and exciting innovations in the set-up of the booths across the board has been universally called the ‘best Frieze ever’.

Art is our business, so members of the brand and innovation and development teams at Winsor & Newton headed to Frieze for a team outing and these are our tops picks from the fairs.

 

 

 

 

 

Helly Nahmad

 
 Helly Nahmad

Helly Nahmad’s booth was the toast of both Frieze and Frieze Masters. ‘The Collector’ was a staged apartment filled with papers, books and extremely valuable artwork based on the flat of an imagined collector, Corrado N, situated in Montparnasse, Paris in 1968.

Not only did this show off the paintings as they might look in someone’s home but also the level of details from the bundles of papers to the crumpled pillows on the bed was astounding. So real, in fact, was the reconstruction that was tempting to pull up a seat, open a book and relax!

 

Inversion- Nick Mauss and the Northern Ballet


Nick Mauss

This year for Frieze London, there were performance spaces for were situated around the exhibition space. Nick Mauss’ incidental ballet performances providing a calm escape from the heady,  frenetic atmosphere of the fair.

‘Inversion’ was a collaboration between the artist and the Leeds based Northern Ballet, curated by the companies’ Kenneth Tindall with an incidental performance from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon to boot.

 
 Gagosain Gallery

Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian Gallery can always be relied upon to make a statement with their booth at Frieze London but it’s usually Jeff Koons who is relied upon to provide visual impact.

This year the gallery staged a children’s play area providing some much needed respite for the many children (and some adults) that attended the fair.

The gallery also handed out at the stand were copies of ‘Gagosian’ a newspaper detailing upcoming exhibitions and projects of this super-gallery around the world.

 
 Alan Cristea

Alan Cristea

Alan Cristea Gallery’s booth at Frieze Masters  was a homage to the genius of the German artist Albers. With works spanning his career the gallery took the approach of creating a mini retrospective of a single artist.

Rather than display a selection of works by differing artists the gallery decided to provide an insight into how Albers worked throughout his career and show a curated selection of this works.

Read our features on Josef Albers here and here.

 

 
 Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro

Never a disappointment, Victoria Miro’s booth was an explosion of colour, showing a range of artists with a focus on painting.

With large scale works from Chris Ofili (left ) and Secundino Hernandez (right) to name but two artists this was a great showcase of contemporary painting encompassing both the figurative and the abstract.

 

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