Frieze London 2022
October 2022

In the Regent’s Park, it’s a year of anniversaries. It’s ten years since Frieze Masters first opened up new vistas on global art history in its jewel-like Annabelle Selldorf-designed environs; ten years since the free, public display of Frieze Sculpture began transforming the English Gardens by way of striking outdoor sculptures; and, on a personal note, ten years since I took my first, temporary job at Frieze as a project assistant. To reflect this, this issue of the magazine tries to look back, to look forward. So, Jonathan Nunn asks what we can learn from restaurants that seem to be caught in time warps (p. 12); James Cahill reflects on some modern resonances of Roman bronzes (p. 18); Dal Chodha meets Walid al Damirji, whose clothes give new life to historic cloths (p. 46); and Sandhini Poddar explains how the ancient notion of ‘Indra’s Net’ has shaped her curated section at Frieze London (p. 24). On the cover: Marton Perlaki’s exquisite blue bubbles. Symbols of transience and fleeting joys for painters from Chardin to Thomas Couture to Millais, Perlaki’s bubbles seem just about ready to pop. Life is long, but it comes at you fast.

Matthew McLean, Editor and Creative Lead, Frieze Studios

From this issue

As she develops an own app to help others navigate the art terrain, the Vietnamese-Alsatian collector and patron opens up her London townhouse

BY Sarah McCrory AND Hélène Nguyen-Ban |

On adoration in art past and present: from the work of emerging painter Sophie Barber to a Frieze Week show of the late Sam Gilliam


BY Matthew McLean |

From Oslo Court to Sweetings, the food writer celebrates the restaurants that take us to another age

BY Jonathan Nunn |

The London-based photographer explores ideas of interconnectedness in a special selection of images: paired with a poem by George Szirtes

BY Marton Perlaki |

Kinnari Saraiya, Deutsche Bank Emerging Curator Fellow at BALTIC, dives into the artist's recent work 

In Collaboration with Deutsche Bank

For his Frieze Artist Award commission, the artist addresses questions of access, power and shared purpose via structures inspired by Soviet bus stops

BY Eva Wilson |

The artist, showing at Frieze London, discusses his and composer Oliver Leith's debut opera, premiering this week 

Director Eva Langret speaks with Sandhini Poddar about the artists, geographies and themes of this year’s Special Section

BY Eva Langret AND Sandhini Poddar |

A member of the Women Bauhaus Collective by La Prairie talks about following the lead of the art school’s pioneering women

Sponsored by La Prairie

A commission for BMW Open Work, and a concurrent Frieze Week show at London's Chisenhale gallery, reveal an artist deeply involved with perception and reception

In Collaboration with BMW