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Frieze Art Fair

freize06Frieze Art Fair opened it’s doors again yesterday to an even larger space and more crowded affair than last year. Between the throngs of people sipping champagne and the unavoidable art-celeb-watching I managed to catch a quick look at some of the artworks!

The mood this time is more sombre and less energetic with lots of galleries choosing to show works with a serious message, such as Mark Wallinger’s ‘Painting of the Divide’. Text as art is playing an ever-increasing role and is on display in abundance, one of the strongest being ‘Oedipus’ by Jan Mancuska, although I was also a big fan of Candice Breitz’s pieces which combine photography and text with another key theme- mirrored backgrounds.

Other prevalant ideas shown are backlit and hyper-real photography, geometry in sculptural forms, the blurring boundaries of art and craft, and the use of black and blackened tones in painting and photography. I had to give up about half way through as the crowds got too insane, but more information and images will be posted later…

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