Preview: Frieze Art Fair 2009

By tikichris Last edited 103 months ago
Preview: Frieze Art Fair 2009

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Waaahoo! There's a lot of art at this year's Frieze, even more than in past years. We did our damnedest to give it all a good peruse on our three hour press preview this afternoon but in the end relented. Oh well there's always tomorrow, Friday and the weekend.

However wiped out all that ogling at art made us, we were still able to pick out a few highlights worth recommending. Represented by The Third Line (Dubai and Doha), Farhad Moshiri's gigantic and kitsch works of duckies, kitties and more ensured the fair couldn't be taken too seriously while "Piggyback Ride" by Lisa Yuskavage (Greengrassi, London) haunted us (still does) with its evocative imagery. Hauser & Wirth's selection of extraordinary pieces (Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, Ida Applebroog and more) attracted plenty of gawkers and prospective buyers.

If you're looking to get up close and personal with works by the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol and Jean DuBuffet (as well as rub elbows with the peeps in the income bracket that can afford to even consider buying such big names pieces) Frieze, without doubt, is the event for you. But if even the price of admission (twenty-seven quid and up) has you priced out of the market, the Sculpture Park at the south-west corner of Regent's Park is free and worth an amble through.

Frieze Art Fair is on from today until Sunday at the southern bit of Regent's Park (you can't miss it). Visit www.friezeartfair.com for details.

Photograph of "britney #5 by Phil Collins (represented by Kerlin Gallery in Dublin) by Chris Osburn

Last Updated 14 October 2009