Frieze Art Fair opened its doors yesterday (October 13th), drawing in flocks of art-lovers to central London hotels.
Featuring over 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world, the fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, prestigious talks and an artist-led education schedule.
The art fair is held at Regent’s Park, however, participating galleries across London are hosting events in honour of the show.
Among the talks, Do You Speak English? will explore how English has become the lingua franca of the art world, spoken by people of many nationalities.
Writer and lecturer Jennifer Allen, alongside filmmaker Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, director Adam Szymczyk and translator Vincenzo Latronico, will explore whether this dependence on English has affected art.
Additionally, public-space artist Daniel Buren will deliver a talk detailing his 40-year career that has involved writing critical text and collaborating with artists from different generations.
Award-winning documentary maker and journalist Adam Curtis will discuss his efforts to explore ideas such as the interrelationship of science, politics and power.
His most notable work includes The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self and The Mayfair Set.
Following its invitation-only opening, the fair has announced that The Tate has acquired exhibits for its own gallery in the form of gifts thanks to the Frieze Art Fair Fund.
Tate director Nicholas Serota commented: “This generosity enables Tate to buy significant works of art for the nation and is increasingly important at a time when funding for acquisitions is so limited.”