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Frieze special: What not to miss this fortnight

Published 13 October 2014

RA Magazine’s Sam Phillips picks 20 of the best Frieze week openings and events.

  • In September we published a contemporary art calendar in RA Magazine to recommend some of essential shows springing up in London to coincide with the annual Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park. But our inboxes have since been submerged by emails about other interesting exhibitions across the capital: so many shows that it has been a challenge to whittle them down to the following twenty for this fortnight, each summarised in a tight ten words in the order in which they open.

  • Paula Rego: The Last King of Portugal

    Marlborough, 1 – 25 October 2014
    Pastels and watercolours inspired by Portuguese folk tales and history.

  • Paula Rego, The Fat Cook

    Paula Rego, The Fat Cook, 2012.

    Watercolour on paper. 52 x 35.6 cm.

  • Danjuma Collection

    33 Fitzroy Square, 6 – 28 October 2014
    Stellar selection of international artists shown by London-based collector.

  • Two Pataphysicians: Flanagan, Miró

    Waddington Custot Galleries, 8 October – 8 November 2014
    Sculpture of two art titans about the ‘science of imaginary solutions’.

  • Barry Flanagan RA, Harebell on Portland stone piers

    Barry Flanagan RA, Harebell on Portland stone piers, 1983.

  • Damien Hirst: Schizophrenogenesis

    Paul Stolper, 9 October – 15 November 2014
    Prints and multiples of pills: medicine made into minimalist art.

  • Installation view of 'Schizophrenogenesis' by Damien Hirst at Paul Stolper Gallery

    Installation view of 'Schizophrenogenesis' by Damien Hirst at Paul Stolper Gallery

    Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, courtesy Paul Stolper Gallery © Damien Hirst and Other Criteria, All rights reserved, DACS 2014

  • Walead Beshty

    Barbican Centre, 9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015
    Walls, floor and ceiling covered in cyan-blue cyanotype prints.

  • Installation view of Walead Beshty in The Curve at the Barbican Centre

    Installation view of Walead Beshty in The Curve at the Barbican Centre

    © Chris Jackson / Getty Images

  • Glen Ligon: Call and Response

    Camden Arts Centre, 10 October 2014 – 11 January 2015
    Paintings, neon lights and video about how we use language.

  • Bettina von Zwehl

    Purdy Hicks, 10 October – 15 November 2014
    Interesting new forms of portraiture by this experimental artist-photographer.

  • Bettina von Zwehl, Laments part 6

    Bettina von Zwehl, Laments part 6, 2014.

    C-type print. 21.8 x 16.5 cm. Edition of 5. Courtesy of The Artist and Purdy Hicks Gallery.

  • Matthew Barney

    Sadie Coles, 10 October – 13 December 2014
    Sculptures associated with Barney’s recent mythic film River of Fundament.

  • Kerry James Marshall

    David Zwirner, 11 October – 22 November 2014
    Uncanny, idiosyncratic paintings of figures in the most familiar settings.

  • Ida Ekblad

    Herald St, 11 October – 16 November 2014
    Herald’s new Golden Square space presents Ekbald’s spray-gun paintings.

  • Ida Ekblad, Untitled

    Ida Ekblad, Untitled, 2014.

    Courtesy Herald St.

  • Shinro Ohtake

    Parasol Unit, 12 October – 12 December 2014
    Career survey of highly inventive works inspired by found materials.

  • Howard Hodgkin

    Alan Cristea, 11 October – 15 November 2014
    This master of tone and gesture shows colourful, complex prints.

  • Local History: Castellani, Judd, Stella

    Dominique Lévy Gallery, 13 October 2014 – 24 January 2015
    Italian and American avant-gardists reunited in gallery’s inaugural exhibition.

  • Frank Stella, Unpublished print (Over the Waves)

    Frank Stella, Unpublished print (Over the Waves), 1967.

    Monoprint and pencil on graph paper. Unique. 44 x 218 cm. © 2014 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Credit: Tom Powell. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.

  • Carl Kostyál

    Timur Si-Qin, 14 October – 9 November 2014
    Ancestral commercialism: 3D printed fossils presented in contemporary retail environments.

  • Philippe Parreno

    Pilar Corrias, 14 October – 14 November 2014
    The filmmaker’s drawings of a firefly flicker in animated form.

  • Film still from Philippe Parreno, 'With a Rhythmic Instinction to be Able to Travel Beyond Existing Forces of Life',  2014

    Film still from Philippe Parreno, 'With a Rhythmic Instinction to be Able to Travel Beyond Existing Forces of Life', 2014

    © Philippe Parreno. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London

  • Self: Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso

    Ordovas, 14 October – 13 December 2014
    Self-portraiture from four very famous modern and contemporary artists.

  • Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait

    Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1969.

    © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2014.

  • Gerhard Richter

    Marian Goodman, 14 October – 20 December 2014
    Richter’s optically exciting paintings launch Marian Goodman’s Golden Square gallery.

  • Installation view of Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman

    Installation view of Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman

    Courtesy the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

  • Richard Tuttle

    Whitechapel Gallery & Tate Modern, 14 October – 14 December 2014 & 14 October 2014 – 6 April 2015
    Textiles thread through Tuttle’s survey show and Turbine Hall installation.

  • Sunday Art Fair

    Ambika P3, 17 – 20 October 2014
    Some interesting global galleries in this small alternative to Frieze.

  • Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future

    Serpentine Gallery, 18 – 19 October 2014
    This annual all-weekender of events examines urgent environmental issues.

  • Geyser recording

    Geyser recording


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