The success of Frieze magazine and its annual Frieze Masters art fair in London started creators, artists and writers talking. Each year tens of thousands of people attend Frieze Masters, what better way to accentuate the coming together of passionate art lovers than a magazine to supplement the experience with discussions of art history and displays on show? Billing itself as a magazine showcasing ‘ideas from the past in the art of the present’, the magazine invites contributors to share their thoughts, with highly topical pieces to start the magazine off.
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Frieze Masters may, in some ways, be considered a supplement to the experience at the art fair of its namesake. But this description would be a disservice to it; it is a weighty content-heavy publication with pages of fantastic photography and inspiring articles. When all of this comes together, were it not for the referencing in the foreword to the art exhibition, readers would be hard pressed to tell Frieze Masters founding inspiration. Like its parent title, Frieze Masters clocks in at close to 200 pages, but this is a slightly larger magazine letting it pack even more art appreciation into its bookish length.
Speculation on the pieces and inspirations of artists long since passed, recently unveiled collections, the state of art in museums and the development of art styles are just a handful of topics given prominent focus in an issue of this superb magazine. Drawing upon lessons from history to think of the ways that modern exhibitions and art can re-engage with the wider culture, Frieze Masters is as much an examination of how we present art for a mass audience as it is an appreciation of art itself. A title to be savoured due to its annual release schedule, but certainly a thought provoking piece that’s contributions to art culture are entirely timeless and well worth keeping on a shelf nearby.