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Frieze London 2014 – The Top 5 Trends

The Frieze London art fair has been and gone. And for the Bulletproofers who were fortunate enough to go, it was a thought-provoking affair. We’ve identified the 5 trends we think could be big in the art and design world for 2015… 

1. EVERYDAY OBJECTS AS ART

Pumpkins, sugar, old homework, envelopes, matchsticks, combs, comics, cardboard, tyres, grease spray, baths and batteries can all be considered art when put in the right context. 

Frieze London 2014 trends

Artists include: Jose Bento, Oscar Tuazon, Damen Dader­­­, Nikolas Gambaroff, Richard Hawkins, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

2. THOUGHT PROVOKING NEON

Everyone is taking a page out of Tracy Emin’s book and writing their thoughts and feelings in neon. 

Frieze London 2014 trends

Artists include: Jeppe Hein, Sam Durant, ­­Joseph Kosuth, Claire Fontaine, Yael Bartana, Monica Bonvicini.

3. PERFORMANCE ART­

Ballet, theatrical re-enactment, guitar playing, hat wearing, soup making and nail painting – performance art was big at this year’s Frieze.  

Frieze London 2014 trends

Artists include: ­­­Nick Maus, James Lee Byars, Franz Erhard Walther, United Brothers, Adam Linder, Carlos/Ishikawa.

4. CERAMICS

Ceramics were everywhere in particular at the Carl Freedman Gallery. Freedman suggests: “It’s zietgeisty, a response to the internet and to invisible art. Clay is solid, tactile and primal.”

Frieze London 2014 trends

Artists include: Gülsün Karamustafa, Sebastian Stohrer’s, Klara Kristalova, Jesse Wine

5. COMEDY

Because art should make you smile as well as make you think. Pieces included a sleeping security guard, an Angela Merkel chair from the comedy Preparatory Notes for a Chicago Comedy, a drawing of Tom of Finland, a recreation of a government approved home fallout shelter snack bar, a giant leopard print sculpture with a cow print animal at the top and on the same stand various images of women with giant blobs over their eyes and mouth.

Frieze London 2014 trends 

Artists include: Goshka Macuga, Workplace Gallery including works by Eric Bainbridge, Christoph Büchel’s, David Kordansky Gallery, Dann Gunn Gallery with recreations of Michael Smith’s work. 

FINAL THOUGHTS…

Frieze London 2014 trends

Blog written by Alex H.