Freize 2014 Draws International Art Lovers to London

By Paul Joseph

The 2014 edition of the Freize London, one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary arts fairs, came to a close on Saturday.

Now in its 12th year, the fair in London’s Regent’s Park brought together 162 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries with exhibitors from 25 countries.

For the third consecutive year, Frieze Masters, dedicated to art from ancient to modern, coincided with the contemporary fair, with the two fairs creating a broad focus for the international art audience.

Housed in a bespoke temporary structure, this year’s Frieze London was designed by Universal Design Studio, who introducde a series of changes to the fair; a new layout and a focus on the public spaces, using contrast, texture and tone.

Features included a timber-lined entrance courtyard and a series of restaurants and ancillary spaces, each with a signature material. 2014 also saw the introduction of ‘Live’, a new gallery section at Frieze London for active or performance-based installations.

Some of the standout exhibitors included Carsten Höller (Gagosian Gallery, London), Eric Bainbridge (Work¬place Gallery, Gateshead), Rosa Barba (Meyer Riegger, Berlin & Gió Mar-coni, Milan); Will Benedict (Overduin & Co., Los Angeles), Martin Creed (Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Berlin) and Koo Jeong A (Pilar Corrias Gallery, London).

This year’s Frieze Talks, a series of lectures, conversations and panel debates, included keynote presentations by artists Bruce McLean and Trevor Paglen and best-selling author Jon Ronson.

By Paul Joseph