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In the mood for art fairs?

13 October 2010
Published in Culture
by The Tamarind

The art world is meeting up in London this week. The familiar faces that can be spotted in Basel, unhealthy Miami and Maastricht and at the major sales in New York, everyone is now in London, conveying in Regent’s Parks for the opening of Frieze (13th October). A social event rather than an art fair, Frieze is mostly about the VIP passes rather than the actual works of art – unless that was our impression at the previous editions – and events are now scattered all-day-long, from breakfast until… well, the party doesn’t stop. Albeit somewhat irritating, Frieze has become the event in October and it is unmissable, alongside the evening sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and Walid Raad’s opening at Whitechapel gallery. But so many more fairs are taking place simultaneously in the artistic frenzy that will last until Sunday. Moniker International Art Fair takes place in Shoreditch (14-17th October) and “offers a cutting edge compliment to Frieze, while attracting buyers seeking a modern forward thinking approach within this ever changing, highly dynamic, expansive 21st century international contemporary art scene”. Still in Shoreditch, The future can wait is also conceived to compliment Frieze-week and curators Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley have chosen Shoreditch Town Hall’s “ghostly Victorian basement” as its setting. Superdesign celebrates its fourth anniversary in Bloomsbury (14-17th October). Multiplied is hosted by Christie’s and aims to promote emerging talents (15-18th October). Sunday Fair showcases the work of twenty young galleries in Marylebone (14-16th October). An overwhelming amount of art? Indeed. And instead of fighting for a VIP pass for Frieze, we recommend you head to the Royal College of Art for the 23rd edition of Art for Youth. Over 1,000 pieces of art by new and established artists go on display, including oils, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and jewelry. Artists donate 35% of sales and all proceeds from the Raffle, Auction, “Mystery Pictures” and Silent Auction are 100% donations to the charity. This event has managed so far to raise almost 900,000 £ and while wondering the rooms of RCA the other day we have spotted some pretty interesting works…



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