Regent’s Park will play host to this year’s Frieze London art fair from October 6th to October 9th.
160 of the world’s leading galleries will be exhibiting both the most respected names in contemporary art and more recently discovered newer artists, for collectors to buy and for all art lovers to enjoy.
Regent’s Park, London
Amongst the curated areas one of particular note this year is the new The Nineties section where the decade’s most important exhibitions will be recreated. Alongside this, Focus will be the place to discover new, young artists and Live, the place to experience the best of interactive and performance works.
First staged in 2003 by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, publishers of frieze magazine, the contemporary art show was joined by Frieze Masters, which will run alongside Frieze London again this year and will showcase art from the ancient era, to Old Masters, and leading through to late 20th Century works from 130 leading international galleries.
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What to expect:
The fair opens for its invitation-only preview on Wednesday October 5thbefore the crowds who grow in number each year begin to flock the following day.
For those interested in collecting and seeing the fair in a more personal way there is also Frieze Bespoke on offer, which provides the chance to explore either Frieze London or Frieze Masters accompanied by a professional from the art world. With each tailored to offer a unique experience of the fairs, these 2-hour tours include both an introduction to the art itself and also to the exhibiting galleries.
Heather Phillipson, Frieze New York. Image courtesy of The Guardian.
And to the park itself that is providing the backdrop to the stunning art. Officially The Regent’s Park, where Henry VIII once came to hunt, later architect John Nash, friend of the Prince Regent, designed a park to resemble what we see today. Though many of the grand villas he planned (and a summer palace for the Prince) were never built, still its fine terraces show what Nash envisaged.
Now the park is also home to the residence of the US ambassador to the UK, after Woolworth’s heiress Barbara Hutton sold her London residence Winfield House, with a garden second only in size in central London to Buckingham Palace, to the US government for $1.
For those making the journey to London for the fair, the area surrounding Regent’s Park offers a wonderful slice of a very special London life.
From Primrose Hill just to the north with its glorious views of central London and its village charm, to Marylebone, with its high street and surrounding neighbourhood boasting shops that marry luxury with small scale intimacy and eateries that are amongst London’s finest.
Primrose Hill, London
A range of hotels – from the large-scale grand Landmark and André Balazs’s Chiltern Firehouse, to the smart coziness of old school Durrants and Firmdale’s Dorset Square Hotel -offer the perfect place to station yourself as you come to experience some of the world’s finest art, set within one of London’s most magical parks. Who knows, this year might be the year to spot the art world’s new big thing.
*Header image courtesy of The Guardian
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