While Frieze London has so far only opened for previewing, the fair today announced that their jury of international curators and directors have awarded the Frieze Art Fair Stand Prize, given to an outstanding presentation in the main section of the fair, to São Paulo’s Galeria Luisa Strina (Stand C8). Special commendations went to Mendes Wood (C14), also from São Paulo, Berlin’s Galeria Gregor Podnar (G11), Hubert Winter from Vienna (S5), and the Parisian gallery Air de Paris (S8).
Additionally, the 2017 Frieze Tate Fund, supported by the entertainment conglomerate WME | IMG, have acquired works from Frieze London by several artists as gifts to the Tate collection. The chosen artists are Dorothy Iannone and Mary Beth Edelson, who both had work featured in the section “Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics,” curated by Alison M. Gingeras, as well as Hannah Black who has a video installation in London gallery Arcadia Missa’s booth in the Focus section, and finally Lawrence Abu Hamdan, whose work is shown in Maureen Paley’s booth in the main section. Abu Hamdan also won the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize today, as artforum.com reported this morning.
Other notable acquisitions from the fair so far include the Contemporary Art Society’s purchase of a major installation by Dineo Seshee Bopape. The work, which has been presented at Frieze by Sfeir-Semler Gallery, will be donated to Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, UK. For more coverage of Frieze London, see Linda Yablonsky’s Scene & Herd from around town prior to the official opening of the fair tomorrow.