Do-Ho Suh Staircase V (2008)
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Although it is of course very sad that summer’s almost over, autumn brings all manner of interesting events. One of the highlights has to be the Frieze Art Fair. Set in Regent’s Park, the 4-day art bonanza starts on Thursday the 13th October through to Sunday 16th October and is without a doubt the most important international contemporary art event in London’s calendar. With an intelligent redesign of the fair by architects Carmody Groarke, 33 participating countries and a host of galleries who will present works by more than 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists, 2011 will be even bigger and better than previous years.

Supported by Deutsche Bank for the 8th year running and with a new supporter for Frieze Projects, Emdash, which is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to promoting new ideas across disciplines from artistic and cultural projects to scientific research, Frieze Art Fair is clearly going from strength to strength.

Bookings are now open for tickets for this year’s fair. Considering the sheer scale of the art on view and on sale, I really recommend getting a ticket for all 4 days; it is just insane to try to cram it all into one day’s viewing. And purchase the ticket before the 1st October to save money… As in previous years the features include site-specific artists’ projects, there’s Frieze Film showcasing new artist’s film commissions, in the section of the fair known as Frame, which is reserved for less established galleries, there is this year a strong showing of Latin-American galleries and, of course, the free outdoor sculpture park, a great opportunity to ‘walk off’ the very intense experience of the fair itself while still immersing yourself in art.

Words by Anna Bang

Tobias Zeilony (FRAME) Untitled (2011)
Courtesy the artist and KOW

Carsten Nicolai Pionier I (2011)
Courtesy of Galerie Eigen + Art

Gabriel Kuri Three Arrested Clouds (2010)
Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto

Nilbar Güres Telekomünikasyon (2011)
Courtesy of the artist and Rampa

Anne Collier Will Powers (2006)
Courtesy of Anton Kern Gallery


Carmody Groarke, Frieze Art Fair,