While I was expecting a cool and a rainy London day, a sunny and sometimes a slight breeze met me. I found myself at Frieze Art Fair, which is one of the most important temporary art fairs and which gathers the newest and most modern approaches and works under one roof in Regent Park,showing the autumn’s gorgeous colours. 162 galleries from 25 countries joined the fair. There were numorous collectors at VIP opening and the visitors went on coming until the last day. Frieze London has been supported by Deutsche Bank for 11 years. In the same park, there are both ‘works’ and Frieze Masters.
Gagosian Gallery, which is at the entrance is for the kids and those whose inner children want to be free… In this ‘the most enjoyable part of the fair’, there is a gigantic dice in which you can enter,, there is a giganic mushroom which sounds when you shake and there is an octopus which you can play with its arms. It is enjoyable and childish. There is no sign such as “Please do not touch the art works!” here, on the conrary, you are encouraged to touch, play and feel. If you wonder why, Carsten Höller is a scientist and he enjoys and get feedback from children.
There is a gigantic gorilla next to that stant.The gorilla looks into a mirror on the wallpaper which reflects a firing forest by Angus Fairhurst in Sadie Coles. The chesty gorilla cannot stop looking at itself…
The work of Damien Hirst was sold in 15 minutes at the VIP opening. ( £4.000.000 ). The fish, formalhedit and hanged on the wall as their scientific samples, swimming on one direction…The shoal instead of just one fish is more isolated and their destiny- a one direction trip to death…
SMILEY HAPPY ART
I like Takura Kawata, Jayson Musson and Smiley Museum Snopy very much but I did not expect to see as an ‘art work’ in this fair. I saw both Snopy and lots of smileys at New York Gallery. Smiley Museum contains interesting objects decorated with a trippy, sunny acid-house emblem with canary-yellow ground colour from cult Maryland collection.
Seeing Turkish galleries at abroad fairs always makes me happy. I encountered Rampa at Frieze. Rampa joined the fair with the works by Gülsün Karamustafa. Gülsün Karamustafa is known for her works which are created by a critical approach and have socio-political sides in İstanbul for more than forty years. Her interesting ceramic scultures; the textile, collage, videos and the other works that she created by the objects that she had collected and combined while working with Atıf Yılmaz in 1983. They were very remarkable and centers of the interest at the fair.
While I was walking at the fair, a group walking near me who had pink hoods attracted my attention. Jamie Lee Byars- the group having pink hoods, the hoods were interdepentent to each other. They were all wearing black and under one hood found their own way. Byars was intented to be more than just pink hoods. It can seem weird but the other works of the artist were created to encourage social actions with Civilian People and against Vietnam War in a more active time, in 1973- Michael Werner Gallery.
In another unit, there were balet performances at the “living stages” by Nick Mauss. The stage and the backstage could be seen easily. There were always actions and performances there. The balet performances were performed via the music and the themes by Kim Gordon and Juliana Huxtable. Mauss worked with the famous choreographer Lorena Randi, dancer Kenneth Tindall and five other dancers. There were also National Youth Ballet of Great Britain dancers. It was the first big project by Nick Mauss who has been known for his paintings and sculptures.
Frieze London has continued to be a strong global activity all aroud the world with the participation of the galleries and artists. The participant countries are; Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA.
The center of interest Solo exhibitions and special presetations were; Eric Bainbridge (Workplace Gallery, Gateshead); Martin Creed (Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Berlin); Tabw masks (Anton Kern Gallery, New York) with a pairing of Mark Grotjahn work; Koo Jeong-A (Pilar Corrias Gallery, London); Lee Kit (Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou); Gosha Macugen (Kate macgarry, London) and Barbara T. Smith (Box, Los Angeles).
It was a great, remarkable, attractive and effective fair with talkings, performances and works. Frieze Art Fair, which gathered the great galleries and was full of collectors and visitors this year will be bigger and more effective next year. Hope to meet at marvellous art fairs and exhibitions…
There were lots of works appealing me. I want to go on with visuals. Here are the ones that I selected.