Frieze London marked its 20th anniversary with a diverse and vibrant showcase of art, welcoming over 160 galleries from 46 countries. The fair offers a platform for both emerging and established artists, providing a dynamic and enriching experience for art enthusiasts. Here are the top 10 noteworthy offerings at Frieze London this year:
1. Danielle McKinney at Marianne Boesky Gallery
New Jersey-based artist Danielle McKinney made her London debut with a captivating solo booth of paintings. Her dream-like artworks depict women in moments of leisure and introspection, inviting viewers to contemplate their daily lives beyond the canvas. These cinematic paintings draw inspiration from Vermeer’s use of light and domestic interiors. In addition to oil paintings, McKinney introduced watercolor works on paper, a departure from her usual medium, creating small yet impactful pieces.
2. Cece Philips at Peres Projects
London-based artist Cece Philips presents paintings that evoke reflection and introspection. Her interior compositions, reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s style, capture people engaged in mundane activities inside their homes. Through her play with spatial dimensions and lighting, Philips creates a sense of movement between spaces. Her ultramarine-centered paintings explore social dynamics and the occupation of modernist interiors by women, particularly women of color.
3. Van Hanos at Lisson Gallery
Lisson Gallery showcases a new series of paintings by US-born artist Van Hanos, inspired by his observations during a period of reflection in Vienna. Hanos blends classical elements with contemporary imagery, creating thought-provoking pieces that challenge the boundaries of art history. His works engage viewers with scenes that juxtapose traditional elements with modern settings.
4. Larry Achiampong at Copperfield Gallery
Copperfield Gallery from South London presents an interactive video game installation, part of the Focus section for young galleries. Larry Achiampong’s immersive display offers a unique experience where visitors can engage with video games while lounging on sofas, surrounded by colorful rugs and memorabilia. The artist’s paintings address racial and gender bias, exploring the impact of popular game advertisements on our perception of identity and culture.
5. Marguerite Humeau at Clearing
Marguerite Humeau’s solo booth at Clearing expands on her ambitious land art project, Orisons, located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. The booth features sculptures and wall-mounted works that explore themes of life and death, knowledge, transience, and mysticism. Humeau’s artwork, created in collaboration with various communities and experts, is a testament to her commitment to honoring the landscape and restoring forgotten bonds with nature.
Frieze London’s 20th-anniversary edition showcases an array of artistic talents and themes, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the diverse world of contemporary art.