Frieze Projects is a programme of artists' commissions presented annually at the Frieze Art Fair. Frieze Art Fair takes place from 14-17 October 2010 in Regent’s Park, London. It is the UK’s largest art fair and one of the leading contemporary art fairs in the world. Curated by Sarah McCrory, the 2010 exhibition will include 9 specially commissioned projects, the Cartier Award and a collaboration with the Vector Association of Romania.
Participating artists are Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist, Spartacus Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Shannon Ebner and Dexter Sinister, Gabriel Kuri, Shahryar Nashat, Nick Relph, Annika Ström and Jeffrey Vallance.
This year's programme of commissioned projects includes elements of performance – either directly, with performances taking place in and around the fair, or more indirectly, commanding a certain level of involvement from visitors. Ranging from the spectacular to the intimate, the emphasis is on a direct engagement that will rest upon a series of personal encounters.
The Cartier Award 2010 recipient is Simon Fujiwara. Fujiwara will present Frozen; an installation based on the fictive premise that an ancient lost city has been discovered beneath the site of the fair. Throughout the fair, visitors will encounter archaeological digs, displays of found artefacts and graphic panels describing a historic civilization that was once a hub of art and commerce.
Frieze Projects presents newly commissioned artworks by international artists. Offered as an opportunity to work in a unique context, the artists commissioned by Frieze Projects use Frieze Art Fair as a site to realise ambitious ideas in an exceptional environment. Frieze Projects is commissioned by Frieze Foundation and presented in association with Cartier. Frieze Foundation is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and Arts Council England. Frieze Art Fair 2010 is from 14–17 October and features over 170 galleries from around the world. For more information and ticket information see Frieze.com
In the photo: Andrea Nacciarriti, "Grain Circus," Frieze Art Fair 2009. Photo by Polly Braden.