Frieze London was founded in 2003 by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover. Eva Langret is Frieze London’s Artistic Director. The fair is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art and living artists, and takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, in the heart of London.
The fair’s exhibiting galleries feature some of the most exciting artists currently active, from the up-and-coming to the iconic; a group of internationally renowned independent curators advise on feature sections, enabling performance-based work and ambitious presentations by up-and-coming galleries. The highly regarded Frieze Talks schedule also reflects the fair’s emphasis on contemporary artists and cutting-edge practice. The fair’s 2021 edition featured more than 160 of the most important galleries from around the globe.
Frieze London runs concurrently with and is close to its sister event, Frieze Masters, which is located in The Regent’s Park. While Frieze London primarily exhibits work developed after 2000, Frieze Masters offers a distinctive perspective on the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice by showcasing work done before that year. The free Frieze Sculpture exhibition, which connects Frieze London and Frieze Masters, is situated in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens at the southern end of The Broadwalk. Again choosing and placing the pieces for Frieze Sculpture 2021 will be Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Director of Programme, Clare Lilley. From September 14 through October 31, Frieze Sculpture is free and open to everyone.
For the past six years, Frieze London and Frieze Masters have had a combined total of more than 60,000 visitors annually. Curators, artists, collectors, gallerists, critics, and members of the general public were among the visitors who had an interest in the art world. Some visit as first-time collectors of art whilst others view the fair more as an exhibition, enjoying the experience as a cultural day out.