Frieze 2012

Frieze Art Fair is 10 years old (already) and last week again turned Regent’s Park into the internationally important art-hub we’ve come to know and love. We visited twice – once on the preview day and again on the last day of the Fair – and it was packed both times, perhaps an indication of its position in the affections both of the serious collector and the curious visitor.

There are a lot of galleries, and an enormous amount of art, to choose from. So to help you out, we liked: Standard (Oslo) for their outstanding exhibit featuring an overflowing wooden construction – a really nice bit of natural material minimalism; the Taka Ishii Gallery for their restrained and beautiful installation showing how a booth can be so much more than a shop window;

and Hauser & Wirth for our favourite single piece in the Fair, a set of photographs from an early Paul McCarthy performance.

Of course we also loved the new Frieze Masters, an appearance on the Art Fair scene every bit as confident and successful from the get-go as its older sibling was at its own beginning.

Masters was sober and beautiful, easier on the eye and somehow less daunting than the main tent. The existence of Masters is an interesting development in the world art fair calendar and whether you’re a buyer or a seller it throws the contemporary Fair into sharper relief, to the benefit of both.

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