A significant event that took place in London’s art calendar this month is the Frieze London fair 2016. Held in Regents Park from the 5-8th of October, Frieze London brought together over 160 different galleries from 30 different countries, featuring the best of the world’s contemporary art. Extending from well known, established artists to the fresh emerging talent, the fair was filled to the brim with fantastic collections and wondrous pieces.

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Photography courtesy of Frieze London

Some of the featured artists on display included the late Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. An artist, curator, lecturer and writer who studied aesthetics and philosophy in  Ankara, Paris. These particular pieces were part of one the artist’s many solo exhibitions, questioning the promise within visuals such as hotel signs or a mass branded logos and their banal reality. Alptekin was profoundly aware of the effects of  global capitalism in everyday life.

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Bahri Alptekin (1957–2007) at Rampa gallery, acquired by the Frieze Tate Fund 2016 | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (1957–2007) at Rampa Gallery | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

Secondly, displaying her extensive collection of pink objects, was Portia Munson’s Pink Project. Covered across a four metre long table was an overwhelming arrangement of pink consumer items, arranged with strict order, bringing to mind the strong human need to acquire and horde objects. Portia’s passion for pink things began in the 1980’s, being particularly interested as to why females are related, and identified so much with this colour. “It wasn’t out of annoyance or frustration,” she said. “It was just interesting. I just wanted to explore it.”

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Portia Munson, Pink Project, P.P.O.W Gallery | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

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Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London | Photo by Linda Nylind

In one of the fair’s bountiful spaces, a pairing of two very different artists can be found, both displaying their innovative contemporary art installations. Philippe Parreno’s Speech Bubbles created a dreamy atmosphere; each speech bubble containing words waiting to come out — “they’re sculptures between speaking and silence… becoming imagined conversations.” Paired with this wonderful installation was Sikander’s stunning, coruscating animation. Constructed entirely from a single shape, based on the hair worn by a Gopi (an unmarried girl), a female worshipper of the Hindu God, Krishna. These shapes consolidate into spheres; like suns or globes, and dissolve beautifully into swarms; like birds or insects.

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Philippe Parreno’s Speech Bubbles at Pilar Corrias Gallery’s booth | Photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy.

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Martha Araújo, Galeria Jaqueline Martins & PM8, Live section at Frieze London 2016 | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

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Jon Rafman, Seventeen, Focus section at Frieze London 2016 | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Buchholz, The Nineties section at Frieze London 2016 | Photography courtesy of Frieze London

The Frieze London fair is one of the biggest art events of the year, presenting the very best of contemporary art pieces and a non-stop flow of  well-informed, prestigious curators and collectors. The editorial heritage of Frieze is evident here through the atmosphere of high-level contemporary cultural dialogue, which is refreshing and satisfying.

Frieze London. Photograph by Frieze London. Available at: https://news.artnet.com/market/frieze-london-2016-galleries-530789 [accessed on 20/10/16]

Alptekin. B. H.  Rampa Gallery. Photograph acquired by the Frieze Tate Fund 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Alptekin. B. H.  Rampa Gallery. Photograph acquired by the Frieze Tate Fund 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Munson. P. Pink Project, P.P.O.W Gallery at Frieze London 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Munson. P. Pink Project, P.P.O.W Gallery at Frieze London 2016. Photo by Linda Nylind. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Pilar Corrias Gallery’s booth at Frieze London, 2016. Parreno. P.  Speech Bubbles and Sikander’s animation. Photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy. Available at: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-20-best-booths-at-frieze-london [accessed on 20/10/16]

Araújo. M. Galeria Jaqueline Martins & PM8, Live section at Frieze London 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Rafman. J. Seventeen, Focus section at Frieze London 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]

Tillmans. W. Buchholz, The Nineties section at Frieze London 2016. Available at: https://frieze.com/article/frieze-london-2016-electric-get-go?language=en [accessed on 20/10/16]