“woman with African sculpture” Bernard de Grunne, Collection Section, Frieze Master 2015, Photo: Mark Blower, Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze
Frieze Masters at the other end of the Regents Park was a whole different ball game. Part curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, there were amazing discoveries everywhere you looked, the world curiosities, modern art, and ancient antiquities with top museum quality, only all for sale. Again, sponsored by Gucci this year making the V.I.P. preview opening soirée into a big catwalk in the tent packed with models, movie stars, socialites, and famous rich people (still, it was nothing compare to the main Frieze tent where nearly 300% more (compare to last year) V.I.P.s turned up for the opening night.)
So, it is still a good thing, this Frieze phenomenon, London seemed positively buzzing in all directions. There was the East End Late where many galleries in the East End held a late night viewing with shuttle buses carrying punters back and forth, and ditto the West End Late. Soho (the hottest area right now with close proximity to Mayfair) and West End opened their doors for all to see.
Opening of Tate Modern’s turbine hall installation by the Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas of scaffolding platform filled with London soils (artist and his team collected from the London public parks and gardens) was warmly welcomed giving a benefit of doubt (it was nothing to look at, at least for now, almost unnecessarily ugly, come back in 3 months and maybe some weed will sprout?).
Cerith Wyn Evans, White Cube Bermondsey, 2015, Photo: White Cube (George Darrell)
One of the most memorable was at the White Cube Bermondsey, one-off performance by the Japanese experimental musician Keiji Haino under Neon Forms (after Noh I) 2015, a new work by Cerith Wyn Evans. Wyn Evans’ cool, organic and futuristic chandelier beamed over the elfin Haino as he leap into the air, in the echo of Haino’s delicate yet energetic pure sound, suddenly it all made sense.
Judging by what unfold in the last two long never ending weeks, Frieze London 2015 painted ever confident, optimistic art world in play – but like any good therapies, with a big price to pay.
Frieze London 2015
Date: October 14th – 17th, 2015
Opening hours: 12:00 – 19:00
Place: Regent’s Park
Address: Frieze, 1 Montclare Street, London
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3372 6111
Text: Yuko Komiyama-Folan