As the leaves start to turn in Regent’s Park, we not only welcome the humbling sight of the beginning of a new season but also the launch of another Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fair.
The annual cultural event draws thousands of critics, connoisseurs and amateurs to the sprawling royal park each October, making London the cultural hub for a week. Frieze launches this week (4th – 7th) so with this in mind we round up our top picks of events to attend and artists to discover.
Girl power seems to be the underlying theme to the fair this year with everything female from Sonia Boyce’s Afro-Caribbean inspired canvases to the late Helen Chadwick’s provocative, anatomical sculptures on display. The Modern Institute presents work by Glaswegian artist, Cathy Wilkes, who has been chosen to represent the UK at the 2019 Venice Bienneale as well as the Frieze Sculpture Park being curated by Clare Lilley of the indomitable Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
As usual there is a plethora of exciting collection of work on display as part of the Frieze Masters area – where more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world showcase art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the later 20th century. Look out for Francesca Galloway Gallery, which will be introducing Indian paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries that depict Gods and mortals in states of intoxication. For polarising styles and periods visit Sam Fogg Gallery who will present the medieval Eichstatt tapestry which allegedly was woven by nuns and the Jacobsen Gallery who will showcase the energetic work of Matisse. If you’re looking for a moment of peace and serenity away from the hustle of the fair then the Dickinson Gallery is the perfect antidote. Introducing “Formed from Nature”, the gallery has recreated the sculptural garden of Barbara Hepworth. Her studio and home in St. Ives has been remodelled using the Cornish landscape to contextualise and celebrate Hepworth’s organic forms in an immersive environment.
Talks, debates and performances are also an integral part to Frieze London with highlights including an opera singer performing fragments of overhead conversations at Frieze for Laure Prouvost’s “It’s a Tragedy” roving performance project, presented by Lisson Gallery. An art and architecture conference at the Royal Institute will feature presentations from ground-breaking architects Shigeru Ban, Jamie Fobert, Ellen van Loon, Richard Rogers and Kulapat Yantrasast. And finally BBC Radio 3 will be leading a debate on museums in the 21st century on Tuesday 2nd, featuring a live recording during the fair.
Finally, if you’re not planning on visiting Regent's Park but still want to experience world class art then various galleries across the capital are showcases special works; Elmgreen & Dragset at Whitechapel Gallery, Rachel Maclean at Zabludowicz Collection and Renzo Piano at the Royal Academy of Arts; Yayoi Kusama’s solo show at Victoria Miro and at the Imperial War Museum John Akomfrah will be in conversation with David Olusoga to celebrate the opening of his new multi-screen work Mimesis: African Soldier.