Five must-see Frieze stands

  • 14 October 2015

From cocktail parties to skulls, here are our our top picks from London's biggest art fair.

Tom Friedman, Cocktail Party at Stephen Friedman Holly Black

Tom Friedman, Cocktail Party at Stephen Friedman

1. Stephen Friedman (C6)

A new sculpture specially conceived for the fair by Tom Friedman presents a ‘living cartoon’, showing and array of flamboyant individuals enjoying a cocktail party. This tongue-in-cheek installation mimics the art world, with attendees in mid embrace, clinking glasses or gazing at their phones. With every character based on someone in the artist’s life, there and hundreds of nods to personalities, events and art historical pieces to be found if you look closely. What is more, the entire piece is befittingly presented behind a red velvet rope, just to remind you of these revellers’ VIP status.

2. The Sunday Painter (H31)

Samara Scott’s floor installation looks, at first, like a pile of gloriously colourful trash set in resin, but it is actually a shallow pool slicked with paint and an array of liquids, unmoving except for the odd ripple as visitors walk by. It is filled with mirrored trinkets, bits of tinsel and other ephemera that you might find on the floor after a brilliant party – it is strangely enchanting.

3. Marian Goodman (C7)

Anri Sala’s sinister yet meditative Still Life in the Doldrums is a multimedia work like no other. Three hand-painted human skulls hang suspended above a drum kit, at first motionless, before quivering while carved maple drumsticks (with a passing resemblance to bones) play a haunting tune. At the other end of the booth a companion work features an upended drum, stuck to the ceiling and also beating away gently above visitors’ unsuspecting heads.

4. Lehmann Maupin (A19)

Internationally renowned artist Do Ho Suh presents a stunning polyester hallway that visitors are invited to walk through. The piece is an exact replica of the space outside of his New York studio, meticulously recreated by rubbing down ever inch of surface with tracing paper before taking the measurements and recreating it in bright, semi-translucent orange fabric. Even the fire extinguisher, light switches and door hinges are exact.

5. Frieze Sculpture Park

In the open air of Regents Park you can enjoy 16 new and historical works of art, many of which will stay in situ until January. Highlights include a tetrahedral sculpture that resembles an incredible futuristic tree by Conrad Shawcross (presented by Victoria Miro) and a monolith from the pre-Ekoi culture of Western Africa, estimated to be 800–1,000 years old (presented by Didier Claes). Download the Art Fund's Frieze Sculpture Park Guide app for free.

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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