Thursday, 13 October 2011

For the Love of Art... Frieze Art Fair

One of the best things about London is its unique position as the world's centre stage for showcasing culture and one of the main events is undoubtedly Frieze Art Fair.

This leading international contemporary art fair unites the world's most exciting art galleries and has a programme of artists' commissions - Frieze Projects - curated this year by Sarah McCroy.

The winner of the Emdash Awars 2011 is the video and performance artist Anahita Razmi, who is based in Stuttgart. Her new commision intends to draw attention to how Teheran's skyline was recently used by protestors after the Iranian Presidential election.

There are other highlights from film and sculpture but I'm definitely not an art critic, I react to it instinctively and this is my personal viewpoint. I love Tracey Emin's Neon messages!

Other artists also used Neon and there's something about it that immediately draws my attention, maybe is my fascination with big cities or maybe it's what a flash of colour can bring to mind...

I always think of candy and positive emotions inherent to my childhood memories of colourful pencils and drawings.

There were also provocative and sexually charged paintings and photographs but my favourite image is a film poster of a young and disarming Catherine Deneuve.

Tonight London has a vast array of parties, from Club 21 to Sotheby's and Christie's, where Vanity Fair magazine is hosting a party. This is not just for the sake of having fun but also for networking, after all Frieze Art Fair means big business.

This is the best time of the year for artists, art dealers and collectors who take London by storm, moving millions of pounds from across the globe, particularly from the Middle East.

But for me it's all about seeing what is capturing the attention of today's major artists and the way they're interpreting the world around us. It's a bit like fashion, there is a lot going on at the same time...

Frieze Art Fair 
(click this link for all the information about artists, talks and events)
Regent's Park
13-16 October

Other London Events
London Film Festival Highlights