Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Is Frieze cutting edge enough?

More and more satellite fairs of Frieze keep coming. One scheduled in Shoreditch for October 15 to 19, showcases contemporary young French artists under the name 'So Feucking French'. Another art fair destined for East End on the same dates called 'Kounter Kulture', being launched by Newcastle upon Tyne gallery Opus Art.

The event is billed as being "all about the art, the artists and a sense of discovery." It is described in its publicity as refreshingly edgy and exciting. Don Smith of Opus Art says, "The core art fairs such as Frieze and Zoo seem to have moved their focus away from the artists and their work, which is what Kounter Kulture is passionate about reintroducing. None can doubt that Frieze has been a phenomenal success, but the implication is that in just five years it has severely blunted its cutting edge."

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