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The Frieze Art Fair attracts new participants

rtfairThe Frieze Art Fair in London has attracted more galleries and artists than ever before.  Collectors have shelled out record amounts to own original pieces and the reputation of the festival has grown well beyond what organisers could ever have imagined.  With all of this success, it is important to consider the art itself.

The works themselves seem more reflective and considerate than in previous years.  There is far less of the garish and grotesque on display.  The outdoor sculpture display is a bit disheartening with its feature of trashy work by Kaj Aune and Wolfgang Gantner.  Mostly, it seems passé.

Stephen Freidman has a gallery exhibit that seems much more on point with the rest of the festival, with work devoted to the humour of David Shrigley.

The Work Place gallery is featuring the art of Marcus Coates, who believes himself capable of communicating with the animal world through trances.  His devotion to his otherworldliness is apparent in themes like his sculpture of himself performing ritualistic shamanism as a horse headed man wearing sunglasses.

The bizarre was also represented by a hair-covered urn created by Fos, whose art was the prominent exhibit at Andersen’s Contemporary Gallery.

Further strangeness could be found throughout various points in the festival where artist Simon Fujiwara had created mock archaeological digs displaying mock skeletons and fake mosaics in signification of some ancient city buried beneath the festivities of the Art Festival.

Although, as stated earlier in this piece, there was less of the macabre and full out gruesome there were still bits like a huge Cookie Monster sculpture that appeared as if it had been constructed by a four year-old fan.

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