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Prospect at the Frieze

By John Kelly  

It was virtually impossible to find a hotel room in London last week, much less a brutalist closet in a designer boutique. Black turtlenecks, WAGs, Russians and BMW courtesy cars were scaring the wildlife in Regent’s Park, temporary home to the fifth Frieze Art fair. Over 70,000 ordinary people paid £18 to struggle though the turnstiles of this multi-ringed circus. Inside, more than 150 galleries hawked good, bad and ordinary contemporary art at extraordinary prices. To a postmodern situationist, the coming together of art and money in an agape of pretentiousness was its own justification. While Frieze has unquestionably established…

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