From the 16th until the 19th of October, contemporary art invades Regent's Park in London for the occasion of the sixth edition of the Frieze Art Fair.
The Frieze Art Fair is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting contemporary galleries working today. The focus on living artists is also evident in the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects' program. The fair presents a curated program of talks, artists' commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly.
151 of the world's most exciting contemporary art galleries, representing 27 countries, will present new work by over 1,000 artists at Frieze Art Fair. 2008 will see 11 galleries exhibiting at Frieze Art Fair for the first time, including Juliètte Jongma from Amsterdam, Long March Space, Beijing, Mary Mary, Glasgow and Vermelho, Sao Paulo.
Taking place in the beautiful setting of Regent's Park in a large temporary structure of over 200,000 square feet, Frieze Art Fair 2008 is designed by renowned architects Caruso St John.
Four galleries - Annet Gelink, Hauser & Wirth, Taka Ishii and Timothy Taylor have all employed architects to design their stands. Each year the fair's organizers invite two spaces from developing centers of art to the fair. In 2008 they are Appetite from Buenos Aires and PiST from Istanbul.
Eleven artists have been commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2008. This year's Frieze Projects engage directly with the ecology of the fair and its surroundings. Working closely with Caruso St. John, Jeppe Hein has drawn together the artificial construction of the fair with the natural surroundings of the park in an installation of subtly animated trees outside the entrance to the fair.
Norma Jeane will present three transparent booths for visitors of the fair to smoke in. Each smoker will be part of the performance which is a comment on how the once social activity of smoking has been transformed through regulation and legislation into something deeply anti-social. Agnieszka Kurant will present a trio of trained parrots that have been taught to use an alternative language.
Cory Arcangel has intervened into the fair's gallery selection process, giving one gallery that was unsuccessful in their application to this year's fair the opportunity nonetheless to exhibit. Tue Greenfort will excavate a chamber between gallery stands presenting an installation that is both a space to relax in and - literally - a distillation of the essence of the visitors to the fair, with dehumidifiers imperceptibly extracting the moisture from those who enter. Further projects from Pavel Büchler, Ceal Floyer, Sharon Hayes, Bert Rodriguez, Allen Ruppersberg and Andreas Slominski are also presented throughout the fair.