Frieze Art Fair showcases the best and most innovative contemporary art from around the world - and this year represented over 170 galleries. From those showing only a few unknown artists to giants of the art world like Jay Jopling's White Cube, the cross section of galleries affords huge choices to art enthusiasts.
Crane.tv speaks to a variety of exhibiting galleries from several corners of the globe to find out about the importance of Frieze Art Fair to galleries and artists, and the differences between art markets in various countries.
The round-the-world tour of the fair starts with Copenhagen's Nicolai Warner who tells us that he has been 'introducing different aspects of art to the Danish scene' since the gallery opened in 1993. Both Hanna Schouwink (of David Zwirner) and Casey Kaplan represented New York's diverse art scene, with Schouwink divulging that the secret to their success is their commitment to artists. "We don't let go of our artists the moment that their work doesn't sell, which many other galleries do."
Next up is Renzo Gianella of Peru's Revolver Gallery who tells us "the art scene in Peru is growing as the country does better economically." Representing our own backyard was Emma Dexter of London's Timothy Taylor Gallery. "This Frieze we've chosen to highlight some of the younger artists on the roster... Frieze is a useful way of getting into conversations with collectors about our future programme."
But it wasn't just the huge selection of art within the fair that had people talking - this year's structure was an artwork in itself. Designed by the architects behind Carsten Höller's The Double Club and Pablo Flack and David Waddington's Studio East, Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke have been responsible for the creation of several cultural structures across London over the past few years. We met with Kevin Carmody and Anna Nilsson to talk about their aims for the space, preparation that went into the project and why they're bringing the outside in, a first in Frieze's history.
Text by Holly Fraser for Crane.tv
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