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Art ON Weekend: 1-54 & Frieze London & Frieze Masters ends soon

Art ON Weekend: 1-54 & Frieze London & Frieze Masters ends soon

Head down to The Regent’s Park this weekend to catch the ending of the world’s leading Contemporary Art Fair, Frieze London and Frieze Masters. 

Galleries from 39 countries come together at Frieze to celebrate the creative spirit of London. Following a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Frieze reunites the world’s major galleries as well as an anchor programme of talks and special projects addressing some of the most relevant and important conversations in art today. 

Featuring an extensive schedule of museum, gallery and partner initiatives as well as the London launch of membership events across the city, this year’s Fair will not disappoint. A dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room will also run in parallel with both Frieze London and Frieze Masters, complementing the in-person event with expanded online programming and connecting galleries with audiences across the globe. 

You could spend days in the immense Frieze London tents and still discover works unseen before…the vast range of medium and technique allows for innovative and eye-catching works from tent-ceiling to floor. For a change of scene, and running alongside Frieze, The 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair at Somerset House presents work from 48 international galleries, 20 of which are from the African diaspora. 

Deborah Roberts, The duty of disobedience, 2020, mixed media collage on canvas, 183 × 254 cm. Courtesy: The Contemporary Austin. Photograph: Paul Bardagjy

Eva Langret, Artistic Director, Frieze London, said, “We are hugely looking forward to this year’s Frieze London, my first as Artistic Director, and to reunite with colleagues in person. The list of galleries participating confirms London as one of the world’s most exciting art capitals, which has come through the pandemic with huge resilience. 

This year’s fair also sees a new generation of curators whose programming will prompt important conversations that not only reflect this moment of change and transformation but also look forward to what the future of the artworld can be.”

Whilst Frieze London is a collection of contemporary art, Frieze Masters boasts historical pieces. The combination “of contemporary sensibility with a historical consciousness is so special, it is a fair unlike no other…” says Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Artistic Director, Frieze Masters. 

This year’s Art: LIVE programme is curated by Languid Hands, a London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot, filmmaker, programmer and DJ, and Imani Robinson, interdisciplinary writer, editor and live artist. The duo have been Curatorial Fellows at Cubitt, London, since January 2020, where they are presenting ‘No Real Closure’, a platform for experimentation and development of Black artistic practice across exhibitions, moving image, text, performance and public programming, until March 2022. Their work is informed by ongoing explorations of Black and queer studies, Black creative and liberatory praxis and abolitionist thought. 

See Also

Ebun Sodipo, Illustrations for Libations, Attestations, Affirmations, Performance still, 2020. 

Once again, Frieze has partnered with Deutsche Bank, marking the 18th consecutive year they have supported the fair…Deutsche Bank believes that engagement with art has a positive impact, not only on clients, visitors and staff but also on the communities in which the Bank operates. For Frieze London 2021, the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship will fund a POC curator from a diverse background to work at a major public institution. 

13 October – 17 October 2021

For more information on Frieze London and Frieze Masters, click here. 

For more information on The 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair, click here.