The directors of Frieze, the acclaimed resource for contemporary art and culture, has been forced to cancel two major summer art fairs amid the current health crisis.
Frieze London announced that they are cancelling both events, which were scheduled to take place in October, due to “considerable logistical challenges regarding coronavirus”. The statement also referenced restrictions on travel as being a major contributing factor to the problems.
In a letter sent out to exhibitors, the directors confirmed: “We have no choice but to cancel. We simply cannot ask you to participate in such uncertain conditions.”
The organisers added: “While we will not be together in person at the fairs this year we look forward to continued collaboration and community-building online… We will be in touch again very soon to detail the opportunities for your participation in the online fair.”
Despite the disappointment, directors insisting that they are working on plans to celebrate the planned event in some other means, referencing the importance as “a cornerstone of the cultural calendar which brings an unparalleled energy to the great galleries and institutions in this city”. Specific details of those plans are yet to be confirmed.
Bona Montagu, the director of Skarstedt gallery, added: “Sadly, because there is no government advice on large gatherings its impossible for Frieze to push ahead and responsibly ask galleries to commit funds to an event that might not happen.”
Adding: “My understanding is that Frieze will still be doing everything to support the exhibitions and initiatives that take place that week. I hope it will still remain a great art week for London.”