The Frieze Art Fair is already getting in gear for this October’s fun. Colin Gleadell reports that 40 galleries or 25% of the fair’s exhibitors have turned over:
The largest contingent is from the US, where 10 out of the 23 galleries which exhibited last year are not returning. However, such is the international status of the fair that the empty spaces have all been filled.
Naturally, the fair’s organizers would rather emphasize what’s new about this year’s edition. Here’s some of the press release available on ArtDaily.org:
A fresh and exciting addition for 2009 will be the first presentation of Frame, a new section within the fair dedicated to solo artist presentations. Frame will show young galleries from around the world that have been in existence for less than six years. The galleries selection has been advised by curators Daniel Baumann and Sarah McCrory.
2009 will see a total of 162 galleries exhibiting at Frieze Art Fair, including leading galleries from across America and Europe. The strength of galleries from emerging territories such as Asia and Eastern Europe continues this year – galleries new to the fair include Kukje Gallery from Seoul (South Korea), Galerie Plan B from Cluj (Romania) and The Third Line from Dubai (UAE). Also new in 2009 are Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea from Lisbon (Portugal), Office Baroque from Antwerp (Belgium), Kamm from Berlin (Germany) and hiromiyoshii from Tokyo (Japan).
Every autumn Frieze Art Fair reinvigorates the artistic and cultural scene in the UK, bringing an annual focus, which is widely known as Frieze Week, to contemporary art in London. British galleries exhibiting for the first time this year include Hollybush Gardens, Limoncello and Ancient & Modern (all from London), and Ingleby from Edinburgh.