This morning we were well and truly welcomed to Frieze 2010, which as everyone knows by now is more than just an art fair.
Walking around Frieze can feel like navigating Escher’s Ascending and Descending, with every corner you turn throwing up some of the very best of contemporary art from world-renowned artists including Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, David Shrigley and Marina Abramović. But democracy prevails with emerging artists and new galleries given equal platform in the Frame section. This year sartorial Swedish giants COS, the kings of high street minimalism, have teamed up with Frieze, specifically the Frame strand, to celebrate these new galleries and present solo micro-exhibitions. COS hosted an opening reception at the pop-up Hix restaurant this morning, where fashion and art luminaries nibbled bacon baps and smoked haddock rarebit in the name of…art, before touring the Frame section of the event led by its all-knowing curators.
i-D Online were introduced to the bold works of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami, a post-war cartoonist and multi media artist, who incidentally, art directed the first edition of Japanese Playboy. Another Frame artist to catch our over-stimulated eyes was Oliver Laric, with his video piece, part of a series called Versions, exposing the constant multiplication of images and sequences in everything from ancient sculpture to Walt Disney productions. Other highlights were Ion Grigorescu’s 3D paintings created back in the 70s, and Gentili Apri’s water features.
Inevitably, talking about art is never as satisfying as seeing it for yourself, so feast your eyes on images from the aforementioned Frame artists. Joining them is a short film by Indian artist Karan Kandhari, merging the ever-complimentary worlds of fashion and art, and celebrating the fruitful partnership between COS and Frieze.
With the fair’s official public opening tomorrow, keep your left eye peeled for more coverage, films and exclusive interviews from Frieze 2010 on i-D Online.