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THE FANTASTIC FRIEZE

11.10.12

Every October, Regent’s Park turns into a buzzing hub of contemporary art for one long weekend. Staged by the publishers of leading art and culture magazine Frieze since 2003, The Frieze Art Fair features more than 170 contemporary galleries including an outdoor Sculpture Park. With the tenth exhibition opening today and running until Sunday, what better time to look back at what makes this event so special...

The Frieze Art Fair by Year

2003: In the fair’s debut year, it has 124 galleries with 27,700 visitors.

 

2004: The fair has grown to 150 galleries and has 42,000 visitors. There is also 1,000 gallery applications for places this year.

 

2005: Celebrities including Claudia Schiffer, David Bowie and Alexander McQueen are all in attendance. Tracey Emin also launches her book Strangeland to coincide with the fair.

2006: More famous faces visit the event, including Jude Law, Valentino, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss - who is told off for smoking.

 

2007: A preview of the fair takes place for invited guests including Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood.

 

2008: Yoko Ono, Carsten Holler and Cosey Fanni Tutti all speak at the event.

2009: There is 165 galleries from 30 countries, with over 1,000 artists showcasing their work. The fair has 60,000 visitors.

 

2010: Highlights from Frieze's eighth event are skyscrapers soaring out of carpets, exercising pyjamas, sculptures of hydrogen cloud explosions and a giant twirly iPhone.

 

2011: The week leading up to the Frieze Art Fair is now dubbed "Frieze Week", where all of London's top art venues have one-off works on show. The fair's big white tents dotted across Regent's Park now feature art from all over the world.

2012: Nodding to the Past

What’s interesting about this year’s Frieze Art Fair is how much the event is focusing on times gone by. The formula of the exhibition has slightly changed to mark its tenth year, with 175 exhibitors showing fresh work and 96 galleries selling art from across the last 4,000 years. This new section of the fair has been given the name Frieze Masters.

Purchase your tickets for this year's Frieze Art Fair here. Single day tickets for Frieze London cost £27 and single day tickets for Frieze London and Frieze Masters cost £35. The event is open today until Sunday.