Frieze: Five must-see stands

  • 17 October 2013

A visit to Britain's biggest contemporary art fair can be a daunting experience, but you can save on stress with our guide to the best of this year's Frieze.

1. Frieze Projects

Interaction is the name of the game for the fair's annual programme of specially commissioned works, which this year features Ken Okiishi's paintball range controlled by computers and attended by robot cleaners, French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar reading aloud from a novel as her bed floods itself with ink, and a video in which a group of children explain how they'd spend the £10,000 Emdash Award won by Finnish-born artist Pilvi Takala.

2. Stephen Friedman Gallery (D3)

Sculptor Jennifer Rubell's oversized self-portrait, a reclining white nude with a hollow space where its womb would be, invites bolder viewers to curl up inside. It's a sharp contrast to Gagosian further down the hall, where two security guards stand watch over Jeff Koons's hanging Titi Tire.

3. Arratia Beer Gallery (F26)

Best known for his looping film installations exploring drone warfare and post-traumatic stress, Israeli video artist Omer Fast turns his focus to a very different subject for his latest work. Everything That Rises Must Converge follows 24 hours in the lives of four adult film actors, capturing the daily grind of their absorbingly banal work.

4. Raster Gallery (F29)

Hailing from Poland, Raster Gallery's booth features the work of photographer and sculptor Aneta Grzeszykowska, whose entrancing photography features monochrome self-portraits in negative, but with Grzeszykowska's face in positive – an effect achieved not through post-processing, but by the artist painting herself black prior to taking the photograph.

5. The Sculpture Park

A three-minute walk from the enormous tent that houses the main fair, this year's sculpture park features works drawn from across Frieze London and its sister-show Frieze masters. A dreamlike distorted head by Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa stands near a similarly surreal face created by his countryman Joan Miró, two of the 21 sculptures on show. Find out more about the works on show with the free Frieze Sculpture Guide app, available for iPhone and Android.


Don't forget that you can save 25% on tickets to Frieze London and Frieze Masters with a National Art Pass.

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