Frieze Insider Access: Freire Barnes

As the art fair kicks off we chat to the curator and journalist about today's highlights and what's about to come

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Anri Sala — Clocked Perspective, 2012 Painted alum
Anri Sala — Clocked Perspective, 2012 Painted aluminium and plastic clock case reinforced with fibreglass, metal clockwork, steel pilla

Frieze art fair kicked off today. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of art-thirsty visitors descended on Regent's Park. We continue keeping track of the action by checking in with various writers, editors, gallery owners and general art experts... 

Hix bar, bubbles and oysters are a must when wandering the aisles of the fair

Dazed Digital: Have you seen anything good so far?
Freire Barnes:
Last night there were a marathon of openings, but Toby Ziegler stole the show with his site-specific installation in an underground car park in Mayfair. It's like being in an altered state of reality, exiting this tiny lift, circa the 70s, and finding 14 storey's below ground these constructivist sculptures that are illuminated by large light boxes using imagery from a Piero della Francesca fresco. It's only on for 10 days, so it's a must see!

DD: What are you excited by at Frieze?
Freire Barnes:
I always make a bee line for the Frieze Projects as they allow an artist to interact with the art fair context differently. Two that have caught my eye are Thomas Baryrle's print works that are wallpapered all over the entrance corridor and Aslı Çavuşoğlu's murder suspense reality programme. Fortunately the weather has held off so you can enjoy the Frieze Sculpture park which has Anri Sala’s ‘Clocked Perspective’ that I missed at this year's Documenta (13). Frame is brilliant to see the solo presentation of an artists work. I've discovered some great talent over the years but this year Frieze have also launched Focus

DD: What else are you looking forward to?
Freire Barnes
: Since Frieze London started 10 years ago, other fairs have jumped on the bandwagon but one that's stayed the test of time is Sunday. It's shown in the wonderfully industrial bunker styled space, Amika P3 just along from Regent's Park on Marylebone High Street.

DD: Best place for food at Frieze?
Freire Barnes:
Hix bar, bubbles and oysters are a must when wandering the aisles of the fair.

DD: Any good parties coming up?
Freire Barnes:
Every night is party night during Frieze, am still recovering from last nights plethora of treats including the Lisson party for Anish Kapoor. Looking forward to Haunch of Venison's at Groucho and artists Jamie Shovlin and Charlie Whooley's Eva By Heart No Alternative party in East London. But to end one of the craziest weeks the London Art scene gets to experience will have to be the Art Review party on Friday! That is if I'm still standing.

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