Frieze

Made it to Frieze on Sunday and glad I did, but it would have been nicer if the subways had been running normal schedule and the buses didn’t suddenly go “not in service.”  But I digress, sort of.  When you’re going to an event that’s as big as Frieze, and as inconveniently located, everything becomes part of the experience.

Frieze’s biggest asset is also its biggest liability:  it’s size.  If you have limited time, you need to have a plan; otherwise be prepared to spend the better part of the day there.   While the fair is wide ranging, it can feel a bit disjointed, and the quality, while generally high, is uneven.  Overall I enjoyed it, especially since this year I noticed much more fiber art, that ranged from small hand woven and knit pieces to large hand-dyed compositions of rope or wool.  Many of the painters were also creating texture in their canvasses, some by diligent application of paint, others through incorporating threads or textiles, others by re-working the canvas (cutting it up, sewing it back together then painting over it).   I also liked that the fair gave space to younger galleries, some of whom had impressive works.   I had some lovely conversations with several of the dealers, but overall the people at the booths seemed to think their laptops or their colleagues were more important than the attendees. Maybe because it was the last day of the fair, but…  maybe next year…

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