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Frieze London 2021:

A Review

Frieze London takes place annually in October and it is one of the most influential art events in the world with an attendance of more than 50,000 people each year. This year's edition was no exception as it showcased some of the most exciting new artists to be seen at any major exhibition this decade.

18th October 2021

Frieze London, Regents Park, 2021, Courtesy Image Curators Advisory

Taking place every October in Regent’s Park, ‘Frieze London’ has firmly established itself as the world’s leading contemporary exhibition platform and marketplace since its inception in 2003.

With an intense programme of talks, presentations and performances alongside an artful marketplace of international galleries showcasing works by established and emerging artists alike, Frieze London has been an unmissable destination for contemporary art lovers.

Do Ho Suh, Hub-2, Breakfast Corner, 260-7, Sungbook-Dong, Sungbook-Ku, Seoul, Korea, 2018. Presented by Lehmann Maupin.
This week, we felt a renewed excitement around the city, be it because we all came out from a long period of lockdown and zero to very few art events, or simply because it is well... Frieze.

This year, Frieze London seemed truly international and welcomed 179 galleries from 39 countries, with many exhibitors being based outside of the UK, offering a platform to galleries from underrepresented countries and regions to increase their presence in the global art market. In tandem with the booming art market in Asia, there were more galleries from China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, but also from Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Peru, Egypt, Colombia, India, Lebanon, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Sung Tieu, 722, 2021. Presented by Emalin.
In the Focus section, dedicated to galleries who have established themselves in the last 12 years, the ones that stood out the most to us were Christian Andersen with a solo presentation of Damon Stefsios, Emalin with works by Vietnamese artist Sung Tieu, Union Pacific with captivating and colourful works by Koak, and Tiwani Contemporary with an eye-catching sit specific installation and large paintings by artist Andrew Pierre Hart.
Damon Sfetsios. Onion Pulling, 2016. Presented by Christian Andersen
Damon Sfetsios, Booth View of Christian Andersen
KOAK, Cat A and Cat B. Presented by Union Pacific 
Andrew Pierre Hart, Installation View of mural and painting. Presented by Tiwani Contemporary
It was also nice to see booths dedicated to climate change led by non-profit organisations Gallery Climate Coalition and Platform Earth who provided a space for discussion about how the commercial art world can play a part in galvanising action on environmental issues.
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Fuckingbeautiful, 2017, Platform Earth