Frieze: James Fujiwara, 'Frozen'
In case you start to suffer art overload after spending too much time at the fair, just cast your eyes to the floor – there you will find traces of an ancient city buried underneath Regent’s Park, courtesy of the artist James Fujiwara.
His installation ‘Frozen’ creates a series of archaeological digs beneath the fair tent, revealing romantic ruins from a fictional debauched city – suggesting that the fair is just the fleeting top layer of civilization, with other layers poking up from below.
Fujiwara, who trained as an architect at Cambridge before studying fine art in Frankfurt, is one to watch: he is exhibiting at Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain, until 9 January and at Tate St Ives in 2011.
14-17 October 2010
Frieze Regent's Park www.friezeartfair.com
Sprüth Magers: Thomas Scheibitz
Thomas Scheibitz, 'Day and Night', 2010. Installation view. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers Berlin London. © Photography Lee Turner Berlin-based artist Thomas Scheibitz has work on show in both the West and the East ends of London. Sprüth Magers gallery in Mayfair, around the corner from the RA, presents a stunning solo show of new work by the artist, including drawings, large-scale paintings and a light sculpture (read our review for more).
Concurrently, the Drawing Room in East London is hosting a group exhibition selected by the artist, featuring drawings by artist friends from Berlin, such as Tacita Dean RA and Thomas Demand, as well as artists from earlier generations whom he admires, such as Maria Lassnig.
Until Saturday 30 October 2010
Sprüth Magers London
7A Grafton Street
Tel. 0207 4081 613
The Drawing Room
55 Laburnum Street
London E2 8BD
Tel. 020 7729 5333
Pavilion of Art and Design London
This can only be described as a chic art fair of high end classic modern art and design, as well as tribal art – much of it museum quality – held annually in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
It is organized by Parisian art dealers and has more of a well-groomed European feel than the other London fairs. This year’s highlights include Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery with an ‘exploded’ buffet, and Friedman Benda, who are displaying wooden furniture-cum-sculpture designed by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose impressive Turbine Hall installation has just opened at Tate Modern.
The new Espace Nelombos gallery, launched last year, is trying to attract attention with a stand full of fifteen works by Picasso – oils and works on paper.
Even if you don’t feel like going inside, check out the Barry Flanagan Hare installed near the tent in Berkeley Square for the duration of the fair.
13 - 17 October 2010
Press View: 12 October 2010, 11am - 1pm
Private View: 12 October 2010, 5 - 10pm; by invitation only
Gagosian Gallery: James Turrell
Gagosian Britannia Street presents a major exhibition of new installations, light works, sculptures and prints by the American artist James Turrell.
This is the artist’s first show in London since his Hayward Gallery exhibition in 1993. The show features the artist’s largest ever walk-in light installation within a gallery context.
Part of his Ganzfeld series of works, it reflects one of his larger ongoing projects at the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in the Arizona desert which Turrell has been transforming into an artistic observatory since 1974, and where various phenomena of celestial light can be studied.
Also on show is Bindu Shards, based on a spherical chamber entitled 'Gasworks' that Turrell built in 1993 at the Henry Moore Institute. The chamber is designed so that viewers can be rolled inside – much as with an MRI scanner – and the 20-minute experience transports the viewer into a sensory virtual reality, achieved via lighting and monotone sound.
12 October – 10 December 2010
6-24 Britannia Street
020 7841 9960
White Cube Mason's Yard
Down the road from the RA, Christian Marclay’s 24-hour, single-channel video called ‘The Clock’ is not to be missed, although few will have the stamina to watch it to the end.
The California-born artist, now based between London and New York, has constructed this video collage out of thousands of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, or with time in any way.
It is also synchornised with the local time, so viewers can look at the work to tell the time. The idea behind the work is to play with how audiences experience narrative in cinema – looking at how filmmakers create the illusion of duration in film.
Exhibition open 15 October - 13 November
25-26 Mason's Yard, London SW1Y 6BU
Tel. 020 7930 5373
Christie's: Frieze week highlights
This week auction houses are showing off their top lots for the coming Contemporary and Impressionist and Modern sales, so it is worth popping into their public views this week to catch a glimpse of great works before they vanish into private collections.
Christie’s highlights include Warhol’s ‘Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable); Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Ohhh Alright…’ and Damien Hirst’s ‘I am become death, shatterer of worlds’, the largest sized butterfly painting made by the artist.
Royal Academicians including Tracey Emin and David Hockney are donating work to a charity auction to benefit a new campus for the Royal College of Art.
Highlights from the November Auctions in New York
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction
The Italian Sale
Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction
Exhibition 10 - 14 October
Viewing times here at www.christies.com
8 King Street
London SW1Y 6QT
020 7839 9060
Sotheby's: Frieze week highlights
The beauty of auction highlight shows is that they mix top lots from the Contemporary and Impressionist-Modern sales – and, for a few days, everyone is welcome to come take a peek.
As might be expected, Warhol mania continues unabated in the auction rooms as buyers go for what they know has proven value. While Christie’s has Warhol’s soup cans, Sotheby’s offers his Coke bottle, shoes and flowers. Sotheby’s Contemporary sale also features a vast Mark Bradford mixed media collage on canvas, entitled ‘White Painting’. To see more of his work, check out his solo show on now at White Cube.
A museum retrospective of his work is scheduled to tour over the next two years, which should add a premium to the hammer price. Anyone in search of more traditional painterly pleasures, though, should make a beeline for the gorgeous Modigliani seated nude and the quasi-abstract Monet ‘Le Bassin aux Nymphéas’, a spectacular canvas from his iconic series of water lilies and one of his last works on the subject. Both paintings are being sold to benefit a charity for young artists, so their stratospheric prices will at least be feeding the future of art.
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA
Tel: +44 20 7293 5000
Hauser & Wirth: New Savile Row space
This massive new Mayfair space is the second London venue for the blue-chip Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth.
If their launch show – the first posthumous exhibition of Louise Bourgeois – is anything to go by, they are staking a claim as a serious place to see important art. Click here for an interview with the building’s architect, Eric Parry RA.
A five-minute walk away, their Piccadilly gallery shows Jason Rhoades '1:12 Perfect World', until 18 December 2010. And just outside, in the churchyard of St James’s Piccadilly they have created an outdoor sculpture space featuring a new work by Martin Creed.
Hauser & Wirth London, 23 Savile Row
0207 287 2300
Opening: Thursday 14 October 6–8pm
Hauser & Wirth London, 196A Piccadilly
020 7287 2300
Super Design is a contemporary design fair, now in its fourth year, featuring specially commissioned, unique and limited edition pieces from leading international galleries including The Apartment, D&A-Lab, Quadrige, Mitterrand-Cramer and Vessel Gallery, among others.
12-17 October 2010
10am – 6pm
London WC1 B4DA
All Visual Arts (AVA)
AVA came to wide public attention with the huge success of ‘The Age of the Marvellous’ last October, which attracted over 4000 people in less than a week.
This year’s ‘Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures’, curated by Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders of AVA, is a contemporary update on the historic theme of the Vanitas picture, first developed in northern Europe in the 17th century and exemplified by images of the human skull that suggest the transience of mortal existence.
The exhibition features new work made especially for the exhibition by Reece Jones, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire and Jonathan Wateridge, Bertozzi and Casoni, Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster and Wim Delvoye.
Until 17 October
33 Portland Place
London W1B 1QE
SUNDAY Art Fair
SUNDAY Art Fair launches in London at the P3 Ambika space on the Marylebone Road – about a ten-minute walk from Frieze.
This new international fair, which is free of charge, aims to be an easygoing and accessible platform for young galleries from around the world who show emerging talent.
Twenty galleries are exhibiting the work of over 60 artists. Artist Ryan Gander is staging ‘Ryan’s Bar’, selling artist-designed and mixed cocktails by artists including Fiona Banner, Christian Jankowski and Bob and Roberta Smith.
SUNDAY is organised by three of the participating galleries: Limoncello (London), Croy Neilsen (Berlin) and Tulips and Roses (Brussels) and is sponsored by the Zabludowicz Collection LINK, based in London, dedicated to bringing emerging art to new audiences.
14-16 October 2010
Ambika P3 (entrance via red metal gates opposite Baker Sreet tube station)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
Tel. 0207 739 2363
Lisson Gallery: Marina Abramović
The legendary performance artist is represented by a selection of video, photographs and sculpture in this exhibition, spread across both of Lisson's Bell Street galleries.
The 52-54 Bell Street gallery features the 'Rhythm' series, from her early performances, exhibited for the first time in its entirety, while 29 Bell Street features new work from her 'Back to Simplicity' series.
There is a Twitter interview with the artist on 14 October. Follow Lisson Gallery on Twitter for details. Abramović is also taking part in the Serpentine Gallery's Map Marathon on 16-17 October.
13 October - 13 November 2010
29 and 52-54 Bell Street
London, NW1 5DA
Tel. 020 7724 2739
Timothy Taylor Gallery: Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Ryan McLauglin
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Private View: 12 October 2010, 6 - 8pm
The first London show of American artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins, who uses papier-mache, clay and glitter to make visceral forms from everyday objects.
Private View: 12 October 2010, 6 - 8pm
New paintings by Berlin-based American artist Ryan McLaughlin, whose work draws inspiration from sources including American sports heroes and modern medicine.
13 October - 6 November 2010
15 Carlos Place
London W1K 2EX
Tel: 020 7409 3344
Paul Stolper Gallery: Damien Hirst 'The Souls'
In this exhibition of new prints, Hirst explores his career-long fascination with the beauty, fragility and symbolism of butterflies to create a spectacular and multi-allusive evocation of mortality.
7 October - 13 November
31 Museum Street
020 7580 7001
Paradise Row Gallery: Shezad Dawood
Designed by Berlin-based architect Laura Rave, the gallery reopens with a solo exhibition of works by artist Shezad Dawood, entitled The Jewels of Aptor.
Dawood has just won the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2011, a prize that recognizes artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, for his work ‘New Dream Machine Project’. This large-scale, sculptural work traces an epic series of connections between – among others – the cult poet Brion Gysin, William S Burroughs and Brian Jones.
10 October - 13 November 2010
74 Newman Street
London W1T 1PH
020 7613 3311
The Serpentine Gallery
16-17 October 2010
The Serpentine Gallery presents the fifth event in its acclaimed Marathon series, occurring over 24 hours on 16 and 17 October. Conceived and run by Hans Ulrich Obrist. the multi-dimensional Map Marathon features non-stop live presentations by over 50 artists, poets, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists.
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London. SW7 2RA
Tickets £25/£20 (two day) £15/£10 (one day).
Available at the Gallery Lobby Desk or Ticketweb: 08444 771 000 www.ticketweb.co.uk
Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down
28 September – 13 March 2011
The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery present large-scale outdoor sculptures by Anish Kapoor RA in Kensington Gardens. The free open-air exhibition showcases a series of major recent works not previously shown together in London. Constructed from highly reflective stainless steel, the giant curved mirror surfaces create illusory distortions of the surroundings and are visible across large distances, creating new vistas in this famous and much-loved setting.
Watch our video here
7 October – 7 November
Klara Lidén presents a series of existing and new films, installations, as well as works on paper in her first major exhibition in the UK. Recalling a long history of performance art and conceptual work, Lidén reveals the hidden aggression and potential rebellion that rests under the surface of our cities and their inhabitants. Lidén was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1979 and lives and works in Stockholm and Berlin. The exhibition is co-produced with Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Final Week of the 10th Serpentine Pavilion
Until 17 October
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The architect’s first completed building in the UK, it looks like a kind of bright red play space featuring ping pong tables, chess boards, bar stools with bicycle pedals and comfy foam chairs. A great place to stop for a coffee before tackling more art.
020 7402 6075
Christie's: Multiplied Contemporary Editions Fair
This new fair, timed to capitalize on the contemporary zeitgeist of Frieze week, has been launched to promote contemporary prints, multiples and art editions.
Christie’s South Kensington has opened its doors to over thirty galleries, from well-known names such as Paragon and Purdy Hicks to small printmakers, such as Barespace.
Prices range from less than £100 for unknown artists to the thousands for artists such as Tracy Emmin, Damein Hirst and Chris Ofili. The idea is to attract first-time buyers and those with tighter budgets into the saleroom. Admission is free.
Friday 15 October 9am – 5pm
Saturday 16 October 11am – 5pm
Sunday 17 October 11am – 5pm
Monday 18 October 9am – 7:30pm
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD
White Cube Hoxton: Mark Bradford
Always keen to support a fellow Californian, I am looking forward to seeing this show of Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford's work – the first in London.
His large-scale, densely layered and luminously coloured collage paintings seem almost custom-made for our eco-aware age, incorporating as they do, remnants of billboard posters, magazines and newsprint found near his studio.
But they are not just commentaries on recycling and consumerism: these canvases post the messages found around buildings left derelict after the 1992 Los Angeles riots and targeted at the locals – one advertises ‘receive calls on your cell phone from jail’ – and suggest what the artist calls ‘the invisible underbelly of a community’.
48 Hoxton Sq
London N1 6PB
020 7930 5373
East End Late Night Saturday
I have long wished more galleries and museums twould stay open late at night so that I could view art the way I go the theatre, the cinema or a concert – as an off-duty fun treat, rather than an activity to be squeeze between day-time chores.
So three cheers for East End Late Night Saturday, 16 October 2010, 6-9pm – a fabulous evening open house, offering more people more time to see art.
Kick it off at the Whitechapel, exhibiting the US-based Lebanese artist Walid Raad in 'Walid Raad: Miraculous Beginnings'. Also on display is ‘Keeping it Real: Subversive Abstraction', including works by David Hammons and others from the Daskopoulos collection and 'This is Tomorrow', the iconic 1956 exhibition brought vividly back to life through the Whitechapel’s archives.
This is also the last chance to see the Jake and Dinos Chapman Children’s Commission. Other participating galleries include Raven Row, Chisenhale, Maureen Paley, The Approach, White Cube and MOT International.
Barbican: Damián Ortega, The Independent
Luckily this fascinating show runs for several months so if you miss it during Frieze week mayhem there will be ample opportunity to return.
During the month leading up to the exhibition opening, the celebrated Mexican artist Damián Ortega has been working in The Curve Gallery every day creating new works in response to items from the daily newspaper.
It could be a news story, photograph or graphics, which he then translates into an artistic interpretation, be it a sculpture, installation or prototype for a future project. He is exploring the difference between journalists, who respond to stories with immediacy, and artists, who often take months to generate their ideas.
Ortega’s most famous work ‘Cosmic Thing’ (2002), literally deconstructed a Volkswagen Beetle as an icon of modern industrial design, charting its history from 1930s Nazi Germany to 1970s Mexico City, where it became the most common car, due to its simplicity and the availability of cheap parts.
Ortega’s playful approach to making work is informed by his earlier career as a political cartoonist in Mexico City in the 1980s, and all of his work uses everyday objects to draw attention to social political and economic issues.
15 Oct 2010 – 16 Jan 2011
The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street London
Tel. 020 7638 4141
Victoria Miro Gallery
Hernan Bas The Hallucinations of Poets
7 October - 13 November 2010
The title of Hernan Bas’ new show reflects his obsession with exploring literature and the written word and with delving into the darker preoccupations of Romanticism. These works, the first series in Bas's work to directly address the realm of poetry, are characterized by a sombre palette and charged, mysterious atmospheres.
Isaac Julien Ten Thousand Waves
7 October - 13 November 2010
Isaac Julien's massive film installation ‘Ten Thousand Waves’ receives its London premiere at the Hayward Gallery on 13 October, as part of the exhibition ‘Move: Choreographing You’. To coincide with the exhibition, Victoria Miro presents a new body of photographic work also titled ‘Ten Thousand Waves’. Made on location in China this work weaves together stories linking the nation's ancient past and present and poetically alludes to the tragedy of the Chinese illegal immigrants who were drowned while cockle-picking off the English coast.
Yayoi Kusama Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow
7 October - 13 November 2010
Victoria Miro presents three new flower sculptures by Yayoi Kusama. The giant triffid-like flora will unfold in all their psychedelic glory, against the backdrop of the gallery's canalside garden creating a surreal landscape of nature and artifice. Fans of the artist might be interested to learn that Kusama's iconic work Narcissus Garden (1966) will be installed in the Tuileries Gardens as part of the Louvre's Sculpture Programme for FIAC from 21 - 24 October.
16 Wharf Rd
Tel. 020 7336 8109
MONIKER Art Fair
The inaugural MONIKER international Art Fair, launching to coincide with Frieze week, focuses on the urban art movement with a rich mix of international galleries. Graffiti artists Banksy and Ben Eine, as well as taxiderist Polly Morgan and London’s leading urban art gallery Black Rat Press are showing new work in a vast Victorian warehouse with a skylight studded ceiling.
14 - 17 October 2010
54 Holywell Lane
London EC2A 3PQ
020 7422 7505
Valerio Capo and Sam Pratt, founders of the Shoreditch design/art gallery FUMI present an exhibition of French designer Thomas Lemut in their stunning Hoxton Square apartment.
13 October –13 November 2010
Private View: 12 October 2010, 6-10pm; by invitation only
87-89 Tabernacle St
London EC2A 4BA
Tel. 020 7490 2366
Museum of Everything
The Museum of Everything was the sleeper success of last year's Frieze - the only way to describe it is that it's like nothing you have seen before.
Housed in an almost hidden warehouse in a delightful residential street of leafy Primrose Hill (about a 20-minute walk through Regent's Park, north of Frieze) it is the brainchild of the eclectic collector James Bret, who this year has worked with Peter Blake RA to create a mise-en-scene of outsider art - although this seems too limited a description of the weird and wonderful world that these two have created - from steam fair paintings to taxidermy to circus posters, Punch and Judy puppets and a 'shellorama' designed to house Blake's collection of shell art.
During Frieze, the Museum of Everything is hosting a series of special events:
Exhibition: 13 October - Christmas 2010
Sharples Hall St
Camden Town, Greater London NW1 8, United Kingdom
Toby Zeigler at the Zabludowicz Collection
A solo exhibition by British artist Toby Ziegler (b. 1972), whose paintings and sculptures play with human perception.
Ziegler has filled the main gallery space of this converted Methodist church with a vast installation, which comprises monumental sculptures composed of oxidized aluminium triangles. These are flanked by readymades including a weather balloon and a mechanical bull.
Ziegler’s starting point was existing art objects such as an Iberian Head stolen from Louvre by Picasso, yet the sculptures now seem like abstract, voluminous entities which have grown from a thin skin of metal.
Ziegler’s work process, in which he uses computer-aided 3D design and images sourced from the internet and then reinterprets them through three dimensional hand modeling, explores the relationship between the perfection of the computer-generated and the idiosyncracies of the handmade.
'Toby Ziegler: The alienation of objects'
Until 12 December 2010
176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
Tel. 020 7428 8940
Camden Art Centre
Rene Daniels: Painting on Unknown Languages
Dutch artist Rene Daniels’ career lasted just a decade but his singular style continues to influence a younger generation of painters.
His work makes reference to art, music, literature and architecture in paintings that are at once expressive and fluid, abstract and dream-like.
He emerged around 1978 with shows in the Netherlands and was exhibited, among other places, in Documenta VII and in New York in the 1980s.
But in 1987, at the age of 37, he suffered a stroke and has not painted since. This exhibition brings together a significant number of his paintings, focusing on the period between 1980 and 1987.
Until 28 November
London NW3 6DG
Tel. 020 7472 5500