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October 04, 2011

London's Frieze Art Week

By Rachel Wolff | Art

Cecily Brown's Park, 2004. Image courtesy of Phillips de Pury & Company.

Of the dozens, if not hundreds, of international contemporary art fairs that have popped up during art market's staggering ascent this past decade, London's Frieze remains a perennial favorite among patrons and professionals. The fair will launch its eighth edition in London's Regent's Park from October 12-16. Inside its massive tents, representatives from 173 galleries and 33 countries will man booths adorned with some of the most cutting-edge contemporary art available. Competition is increasingly stiff. Frieze's success has prompted the emergence of a slew of local satellite fairs (including the Pavilion of Art & Design, for those who favor more functional art), not to mention a string of "Frieze Week" auctions at the London outposts of Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips de Pury. Artists to watch out for this year: Gabriel Kuri, Do-Ho Suh, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Martin Kippenberger, Zhang Dali, Jacob Kassay, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In other art news: Ben Stiller's auction raised $13.7 million for Haiti.