Tagsmart Visits Frieze London 2018

Once a year, around 60,000 people in London have the opportunity to visit one of the biggest art fairs in the world, and one of the most exciting art events:  Frieze. Last weekend, Tagsmart joined the party and we had a wonderful time!

Showcasing art from over 200 galleries in the world, visiting them all becomes a mission for each visitor. But this is what happens, Frieze creates a temporary city where every corner is populated by the most influential galleries in the world, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the art world for a few hours.

It is almost impossible to pick only a few works, however, we tried, and here is the selection of our favourite pieces at Frieze.

Our trip started like every trip should start, with a passport and luggage. Tom Sachs presented a multi-location installation during Frieze week. At Thaddaeus Ropac, he was issuing Swiss passports and at the fair, he presented a German suitcase, closed and ready to leave the country.

 Tom Sachs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Frieze, London, 2018.

Tom Sachs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Frieze, London, 2018.

Following this idea of transportation, Pace Gallery presented a painting by William Monk that gave room for a sense of spirituality elsewhere.

 William Monk, Pace Gallery, Frieze, London, 2018.

William Monk, Pace Gallery, Frieze, London, 2018.

Travesia Cuatro offered something more familiar, John Isaacs’ textile work brought back tactile memories of a warmer time.  

 John Isaacs, Travesia Cuatro, Frieze, London, 2018.

John Isaacs, Travesia Cuatro, Frieze, London, 2018.

Alongside the contemporary, Frieze sets a temporary element with their parallel fair: Masters, showcasing historical artefacts next to modernist art, generating a not-so-clear timeline of the progression of art.

Our personal pick from Frieze Masters has to be Mimesi by Giulio Paolini, one of the maximum exponents of Arte Povera, which in this case, presents us with Greek-inspired portraits enhancing that dialogue across art periods.

 Giulio Paolini, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Frieze Masters, London, 2018.

Giulio Paolini, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Frieze Masters, London, 2018.