Frieze London: An Appetizer

On 04 October 2021, by Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

On the morning of September 14, giant pineapples and fine resin silhouettes in Regent's Park were already heralding an eagerly-awaited return.

Casket by Plácido Zuloaga (1834-1910), Peter Finer.
COURTESY PETER FINER

The installations of Frieze Sculpture 2021 in London's royal park whetted appetites for Frieze London, announced for October 13 to 17. Returning for this 2021 edition are Sadie Coles HQ, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Taka Ishii Gallery, Karma, Kukje Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, Maureen Paley, Stevenson, Sfeir-Semler Gallery and David Zwirner. With the emerging galleries, Arcadia Missa, Emalin, and Empty Gallery join Instituto de Visión and Hot Wheels in the Focus section. A way to highlight discovery, with a new feature this year organized by the Frenchman Cédric Fauq, responsible for the collections at the CAPC in Bordeaux: "Unworlding", a selection of international artists focusing on the idea of the end of the world as we know it.

Across the park, Frieze Masters—featuring Marian Goodman, Nahmad Contemporary, Perrotin, Thaddaeus Ropac, Shibunkaku and Peter Finer, to name but a few—are bringing together six millennia of art. The highlight of the section, offered by London antique dealer Peter Finer, is a box by the 19th-century Spanish sculptor Plácido Zuloaga illustrating the museum quality of this edition. Made of damascened steel and inlaid with gold and silver, it is one of the most expensive pieces in the exhibition at around £800,000. There will also be other get-togethers during the fair. Curated by Jeppe Ugelvig, this year's Frieze London debates will focus on artistic collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange systems.

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