Jordan Wolfsan, Johan Koenig. Photo: Linda Nylind / Frieze Art Fair

The Standard gallery (Oslo) creates a small oasis among the surrounding booths by displaying a carpet by Marius Engh, which covers most of the booth's floor.

Photo: Standard gallery (Oslo)

Photo: Standard gallery (Oslo)

It is a very experiential and conceptual artwork, as the visitor immediately finds out just by stepping on the material of the soft, thick carpet. The work is called “Victory over the Sun” (€30,000), created in 2011. It is a re-creation of the centerpiece of the 1975 film, “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom”, by the Italian director, Pasolini. Standard’s booth has no inner walls and occupies the space of two booths, leaving the impression of a very large space.

Photo: Standard gallery (Oslo)

Despite all of the games with luxury and works about death (Elmgreen and Dragset), there aren't that many controversial works to see this year. According to, vaguely noticeable trends include “over-painted newspapers, explorations of the suburban, and baffling pseudo-scientific systems (with graph paper)”. Painting dominates and there are more smaller scale works on paper than usual. And as always: direct, flashy, loud and showy works take over. 

Friendly Sunday Art Fair is back

A fair running concurrently near Frieze is the SUNDAY art fair, established by London’s “Lemoncello”, Brussels'/Vilnius' “Tulips&Roses” and Berlin’s “Croy Nielsen” galleries. The impact that the fair has made is clearly visible – in some publications, it is already being called “Frieze's most dangerous rival”.

Entrace to SUNDAY art fair

Unlike the whopping 25 GPB entry-fee for visiting Frieze, SUNDAY art fair is free. The form of the fair has an exhibition-like feeling. There are no booths, as galleries are separated by only barely visible lines. Although one may want to call it an exhibition, it is still an art fair. SUNDAY has its signature “location scouting” – it always chooses central locations which either have layers of history or are in the process of transition. SUNDAY used a newly-built, unfurnished building in the heart of Berlin at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, while in London, SUNDAY is currently located in a hangar-like warehouse at Ambika3.

Artists featured in this fair are: Ryan Gander, Christian Jankowski, Jessica Warboys, Sean Edwards, Simon Fujiwara and Raimundas Malašauskas, among others.

The concept and development of this accessible and temporary platform has proven to be quite successful, since this is SUNDAY's third showing in Europe already. SUNDAY borrows a lot from diy culture, where peers work together and form new platforms through collective action, less advertising and an anti-pompous appearance.