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By Niamh Walsh on 9th October 2023

In the heart of London's iconic Regent's Park, Frieze London and Frieze Masters return for their 20th and 11th editions, promising a spectacular showcase of art, culture, and luxury from October 11th to 15th, 2023.

Frieze London and Frieze Masters are back in grand style for their 20th and 11th editions, respectively, from October 11th to 15th, 2023. These prestigious art fairs, set in the picturesque Regent's Park, are poised to bring together a dazzling array of international galleries spanning 46 countries. With extensive on-site and citywide programming, this year's event promises to be a celebration of London's vibrant cultural community. Eva Langret, Director of Frieze London, has eagerly anticipated this year's fair, describing it as the "most international edition to date." The 2023 edition of Frieze London boasts a remarkable lineup of over 160 renowned galleries. Among them, 28 galleries are celebrating their 20th consecutive year at Frieze, showcasing a diverse range of solo, group, and thematic exhibitions.

Honouring the Past and Present at Frieze Masters

Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Director of Frieze Masters, reflects on the contribution Frieze Masters has made over the years. The fair allows visitors to discover works from prehistory to the turn of the 21st century, demonstrating the connections in creative production throughout millennia. This year's edition of Frieze Masters emphasises artists concurrently exhibited in esteemed London institutions, reinforcing its role in engaging with museum-quality works. Highlights include Salomon Lilian's exhibition of the rarely displayed "Portrait of a 50 Year Old Man" by Frans Hals, a masterpiece that hasn't been seen publicly in 112 years. ArtAncient presents a selection of European Stone Age axes, shedding light on the earliest periods of human history.

Exploring New Avenues: Focus on Emerging Galleries

The 2023 edition of Frieze London will also be introducing the "Focus" section, dedicated to galleries in operation for 12 years or less. Partnering with Stone Island, Focus provides bursaries to young galleries, supporting their participation in the fair. With 34 galleries spanning 18 countries, this section is advised by industry experts and offers an exciting glimpse into the future of contemporary art.

Gözde İlkin, Against the Current, 2023, paint, embroidery, and batik on tablecloth, 2 × 1.7 m. Courtesy the artist and Gypsym
Gözde İlkin, Against the Current, 2023, paint, embroidery, and batik on tablecloth, 2 × 1.7 m. Courtesy the artist and Gypsym

Curated Selections

Frieze Masters will be inviting art enthusiasts to explore historical artworks spanning centuries. With over 130 galleries participating, visitors can experience the evolution of art from the paleolithic era to the 20th century. Notable presentations include ArtAncient's selection of European Stone Age axes and Galleria Continua's exhibition of Ai Weiwei's iconic works.

New for 2023, the "Studio" section highlights the creative spaces of artists. Curated by Sheena Wagstaff, it offers insight into the inspirations and environments that shape artistic expression. Among the featured artists are Lucia Laguna, Maggi Hambling, and Arlene Shechet, offering a glimpse into their unique worlds of creation.

A new section called "Modern Women" will shine a spotlight on solo presentations by women artists. This tribute, curated by Camille Morineau, explores the work of artists such as Faith Ringgold, Tarsila do Amaral, Kangja Jung, and Vera Molnár, demonstrating their significant contributions to the art world.

Simonette Quamina, The Dream Weaver, 2023 Relief print, monoprint and graphite on paper 76 x 91 1/2 in / 193 x 232.41 cm. Courtesy the artist and Praxis.
Simonette Quamina, The Dream Weaver, 2023 Relief print, monoprint and graphite on paper 76 x 91 1/2 in / 193 x 232.41 cm. Courtesy the artist and Praxis.

Frieze Masters' celebrated "Spotlight" section, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, will also return with solo presentations of influential 20th-century artists. This year, "Spotlight" focuses on overlooked works from the 1950s to the 1970s, including pieces by Judith Lauand, Ethel Schwabacher, Maren Hassinger, Anna Mark, and Elsa Gramcko.

Beyond the Fair

The excitement extends beyond the fair itself, with a wide array of programs and collaborations. Frieze Masters Talks, Frieze Music featuring Loyle Carner, Frieze x ICA Artists' Film Programme, and more offer art enthusiasts a chance to engage with art and culture in various forms.

In addition to the art on display, visitors can indulge in the luxurious offerings at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Pop-ups from renowned restaurants and bars, collaborations with high-end brands, and immersive experiences await those seeking a taste of opulence. Find out more here.

Loyle Carner performs at Royal Albert Hall, as a live recording is made of his Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Hugo’ on his birthday, on October 06, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Hall/Getty Images)
Photo by Jack Hall/Getty Images

As the art world converges in London for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2023, it promises to be a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and luxury. With an impressive array of galleries, curated sections, and programming, this year's fairs are set to leave an indelible mark on the international art scene. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this dazzling celebration of creativity. Don't miss out, book your tickets now.

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