frieze (magazine)

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EditorAndrew Durbin
Editor at largeJennifer Higgie
CategoriesArt magazine
Frequency8 per year
FounderAmanda Sharp
Matthew Slotover
Tom Gidley
First issue 1991 (1991-month)
CompanyFrieze Publishing Ltd.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

frieze is a contemporary art magazine, published eight times a year from London.[1][2][3]


frieze was founded in 1991[4][5] by Frieze Art Fair founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover with artist Tom Gidley.[6][2][3] A Damien Hirst's butterfly painting was featured in the first frieze issue.[6] When frieze began both Sharp and Slotover served as editors, but ceased direct involvement in editorial decisions in 2001.[7] In 2003, the year that Frieze Art Fair was founded, Sharp and Slotover assumed the roles of Publishing Directors of the magazine, and Directors of the fair.[3] Sharp and Slotover maintain the overall direction of both the art fair and the magazine, but editorial decisions are made by the Editor Andrew Durbin and the Deputy Editor Amy Sherlock; Jennifer Higgie is the Editor at Large.[8][9] In 2008, for the first time the talks programme at Frieze Art Fair was organised by the magazine editors.[citation needed]

In 2016, Endeavor – a Hollywood-based entertainment group – acquired a reported 70%-controlling stake in Frieze, which includes its publishing, art fair and music interests.[2] The British executive Simon Fox, formerly CEO of Reach plc, was appointed the group's first CEO on 2 April 2020.[2]

In 2021 frieze magazine celebrated turning 30 with an online festival.[10]

Frieze Foundation[edit]

The Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 as a spin-off of frieze magazine and Frieze Art Fair.[11] Funded by the European Commission’s Culture 2000 programme and Arts Council England,[12] it supports contemporary art and is in charge of the curated programme at the Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, education, talks, films and music.[11]

Bow Down Podcast[edit]

Bow Down is a new podcast about significant women artists from the past. For each 20-minute episode, Jennifer Higgiefrieze editor at large—invites an artist, writer, historian or curator to nominate an artist.[13]


  1. ^ Azimi, Negar (30 April 2015). "The Making of the Frieze Art Fairs". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Harris, Gareth (15 January 2020). "Frieze shake-up: former media boss chosen as company's first CEO". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Your Frieze London 2020 Online Guide - Brought To You By Artlyst". Artlyst. Artlyst. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ About frieze, 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. Archived here.
  5. ^ "Frieze Art Fair : 'Our idea was simply to put art in a park'". The Independent. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  6. ^ a b "Frieze Before the Fair: How One London Magazine Became an International Art Powerhouse". Artspace. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  7. ^ "Frieze Art Fair Sharp And Slotover Awarded OBE". Artlyst. 31 December 2011.
  8. ^ "FAQs | frieze magazine". Frieze Magazine. Retrieved 6 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "'It's a delusion to think you make any progress': The ongoing fight for women in art history". ABC News. ABC News. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  10. ^ "'The London art world we started in could fit in a single pub': Frieze turns 30". Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  11. ^ a b Roslyn Sulcas (16 October 2013). "Frieze London Makes Way for the Unexpected". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Frieze Art Fair, 21-24 October 2005". e-flux. 15 September 2005.
  13. ^ Tuck, Andrew (14 November 2020). "Saturday 14 November 2020 - The Monocle Minute". Monocle. Monocle. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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