Magazine article Art Monthly

Art Fair Action

Magazine article Art Monthly

Art Fair Action

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Frieze Art Fair and its dwindling number of spin-off events are just concluding as Art Monthly goes to press. First impressions were that Frieze's new Frame section of solo projects (only open to galleries under six years old, ie younger than the art fair) was a smart idea that helped break up the monotony of the booths and fill out space that was vacated by 28 galleries from last year's event which, for various reasons, were no-shows this time. Zoo Art Fair, meanwhile, which was originally set up to show galleries under six years old, was understandably feeling the Frieze Frame pinch. With only 22 commercial stands, it had lost almost two thirds of its exhibitors (some to Frieze) compared to the previous year, and to counter this it included non-commercial exhibition spaces (mostly taken up with curated video shows) and a section for editions (mostly taken up by the fundraising portfolios from public galleries), and thereby mopped up a section of the art market that Frieze had rejected a few years previously. …

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