Despite being in its twentieth year, Frieze still generates the same kind of buzz it did when it first pitched tent in Regent’s Park in 2003. Spread across Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture, knowing where to begin your Frieze journey can be a challenge in itself, and that’s before you’ve even decided what to wear! So, over the next few days, Elephant will be highlighting the best of Frieze 2023 – from inside the fair to the after-parties happening across town.
Elephant’s Art Features Editor, Emily Burke, starts her visit at Frieze London:
Kyle Dunn at P.P.O.W
P.P.O.W Gallery opened in 1983 and gained notoriety for its radical support of artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, and Carrie Mae Weems, now regarded as some of the most influential artists in recent history. The new generation of artists represented by the gallery will, undoubtedly, soon enter the same esteemed canon.
This year, at Frieze London, P.P.O.W Gallery are showing works by Grace Carney, Kyle Dunn, Ishi Glinsky, Joe Houston, Gerald Lovell, Guadalupe Maravilla, Erin M. Riley, Robin F. Williams, and Martin Wong; it’s a strong line up. Dunn, in particular, is worth the visit. In his paintings, Dunn veers, with lucidity, between the extremes of domestic life: he paints a man sleeping, with a tenderness that could only be distilled by a recent lover, and then he paints a naked man staring aghast at his naked reflection in the mirror, his phone cast to the side. Dunn makes a melodrama out of the constant hum of modern-day anxieties.