Frieze Week London 2023
October 2023

It's Frieze London's 20th birthday!
To mark the occasion, we open this issue with a specially compiled (and somewhat subjective) rundown of the fair's first two decades, in memories and moments. Amanda Sharp's reflection in that piece is a reminder that the intermingling of creative worlds has always been part of Frieze London's 'special sauce'. So, in this celebratory issue you'll find not only stories about artists, collectors and curators
working in the city but also designers and chefs, photographers and poets: and harder-to-categorize
talents, like Rottingdean Bazaar, who produced the marvellous, melty cover and its back-page coda. (Catch their show with Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne before it closes in November.) For me, it's
just this mix of positions and perspectives that makes the experience of Frieze Week in London so different, so appealing. And this unique energy is - just like each edition of an art fair (or issue of a
magazine) - the work of many hands, some more visible than others. This year, I hope they all feel part of the party.

From this issue

The China-born, London-based collector is a passionate about fostering dialogue between the work of her home country and the world through the Asymmetry Foundation


BY Zoé Whitley AND Yan Du |

The London artist revisits the last two decades in celebration of Frieze’s 20th anniversary, with a specially commissioned new poem from James Massiah

BY Liz Johnson Artur AND James Massiah |

How London culture and the dress of the British Upper Classes influence the LVMH Prize-winning designer’s work 

BY Joe Bobowicz |

The chef-patron of the lauded West African restaurant explains her journey from Brixton pop-up to London’s West End 

With Frieze’s No.9 joined by Stephen Friedman and Alison Jacques, and new shows by Shirin Neshat, Sheila Hicks and international indigenous artists, the classic Mayfair address is reinvigorated

BY Anny Shaw |

Showing in the fair’s Deutsche Bank lounges, Shonibare’s latest series is informed by his time at the Guest Artists Space Foundation near Lagos

In Collaboration with Deutsche Bank

For the 20th anniversary of Frieze London, new section Artist-to-Artist invites eight leading artists to highlight rising art stars from Berlin to Bangkok

BY Skye Sherwin |

The artists, both participating in 2024’s PST ART: ‘Art & Science Collide’, talk about animality, science and Lin’s dynamic display at Frieze London 2023

BY P Staff AND Candice Lin |

The Ghanian-born artist is the latest to undertake Hyundai Commission for the cavernous Tate Modern space

BY Allie Biswas |

The artist discusses their new work And these deceitful waters and its themes of colonialization and transformation with art historian Edwin Coomasuru  

BY Edwin Coomasaru |

New section Modern Women at Frieze Masters and much anticipated shows at the Barbican and Tate Britain in London offer unconventional histories of art by women

BY Louisa Elderton |

Two decades of the fair in moments, according to Cory Arcangel, Steven Cairns, Lubaina Himid, Mike Nelson, Sarah McCrory and others

BY Chris Waywell AND Matthew McLean |

The artist’s digital worlds – on show at Frieze for BMW Open Work – use gaming environments to tell stories of male longing in the Magrehbi diaspora

In Collaboration with BMW