1. Solo presentations — a growing trend
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This year sees an increase in the number of stands at Frieze dedicated to individual artists — among them Brooklyn-based abstract painter Chris Martin (Anton Kern Gallery, New York), upcoming Chinese artist Xu Qu (Almine Rech Gallery, London) and Los Angeles’ Mary Weatherford (David Kordansky Gallery, LA). In a twist on this trend, London’s Simon Lee Gallery presents a sequence of four solo presentations over the fair’s run, focusing on Valerie Snobeck, Toby Ziegler, Josephine Pryde and Heimo Zobering. Francis Sultana, an interior designer and artistic director of David Gill Gallery will visit the latter, as well as the Lorcan O’Neill stand: ‘They all represent exceptional artists and are always some of the strongest exhibitors every year,’ he says.
2. Sculpture — moving inside
Louise Bourgeois, Couple, 2004. Fabric, glass and stainless steel. 53.6 x 60.7 x 50.6 cm / 21 1/8 x 23 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. The Easton Foundation, Licensed by DACS © Louise Bourgeeois. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne
Mary Heilmann, Clubchair 78, 2006. Painted wood with nylon and polypropylene webbing. 81.6 x 54.3 x 56.8 cm / 32 1/8 x 21 3/8 x 22 3/8 in. © Mary Heilmann. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s director of programme Clare Lilley also curates Frieze’s Sculpture Park, but notes her specialism is emerging as a key trend in the main space too. Hauser & Wirth’s grid-based stand is devoted to sculpture: ‘I look forward to seeing Neil Wenman’s selection and arrangement,’ says Lilley of the Hauser & Wirth Senior Director.
Elsewhere, Michael Werner Gallery is showing an Enrico David piece ahead of his Hepworth Wakefield show in November, while Marian Goodman Gallery devotes its stand to Ettore Spalletti, Adrián Villar Rojas and Anri Sala — ‘A very rich and diverse presentation of sculpture by three extraordinary artists whose careers span four decades,’ Lilley adds. ‘Don’t miss Sala’s curated performances in Frieze Sculpture Park!’
3. Frieze Masters — calmer, quieter
A large wooden statue from ancient Egypt. Courtesy of Scamore Ancient Art
19th century pearl-shell fish hooks from the Solomon Islands. Courtesy of Daniel Blau
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‘My absolute favourite part of Frieze is Frieze Masters — it is much calmer and quieter,’ reveals Touria El Glaoui, founder of the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair. This is not to say it is a backwater, far from it. In the Spotlight section, Tania Doropoulos, director of exhibitions at Timothy Taylor Gallery, is looking forward to Anita Schwartz’s presentation of Wanda Pimentel and Keiichi Tanaami at Nanzuka’ — both included in the international pop art exhibition The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern.
Also at Frieze Masters, Sir Norman Rosenthal, the distinguished art historian, is curating a new section, Collections, which presents eight scholarly exhibitions that could grace the walls of any great public collection. Each represents the collection and interests of an individual dealer, and the displays range from wooden Egyptian sculpture to expressionist portraits. ‘Art is bottomless,’ argues Rosenthal. ‘It is possible to find a subject and make a great collection that is of museum quality.’
4. Korean and Japanese Art — a growing interest
Fresh from a research trip to Korea and Japan, arts consultant Arianne Levene Piper detects growing interest in two key historical movements — Dansaekhwa, the Korean monochrome movement of the Seventies and Eighties, and the influential Japanese post-war avant-garde collective Gutai. ‘I believe Dansaekhwa will be a big theme given the Lee Ufan show at Pace and Christie’s forthcoming Forming Nature show,’ she says. ‘Last year at Frieze Masters there were a lot of Gutai works and I expect there will be more again this year.’ Lilley is looking forward to seeing Galerie Perrotin’s stand, featuring Dansaekhwa artists Park Seo Bo and Chung Chang Sup.
5. Rachel Rose: Frieze Projects highlight
Rachel Rose’s video work, A Minute Ago, 2014. © Rachel Rose, courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery
Rachel Rose is the 2015 winner of the Frieze artist award and one of seven participants in the fair’s non-profit curated programme, Frieze Projects. ‘[I’m] especially excited that Rose is included, as I’m a fan of her work,’ Doropoulos says. The emerging New York-based artist also enjoys another career landmark — her first solo London show at Hyde Park’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a site-specific show based on two recent videos. The fair’s non-profit aspect is especially important for El Glaoui: ‘The number of non-profit projects commissioned by art fairs has been steadily increasing... We have invited such projects since [1.54’s] inauguration.’
6. Beyond the mainstream — Focus at Frieze
Samara Scott, Potato diggers, 2014. Fishbox Styrofaom lid, water, food colouring, watercolours. Courtesy the artist. Courtesy of Sunday Painter
When visiting Frieze, Camden Arts Centre’s director Jenni Lomax heads first to the Focus section. ‘[It] shows galleries you don’t normally come across,’ she says. ‘It’s a good way of checking out what’s going on in South America, Eastern Europe or further afield.’ Though one stand she tips this year comes from much closer to home — Peckham, the rising star of south London. Artist-run space The Sunday Painter is presenting a floor-based water relief by young UK talent Samara Scott. In the same space, Lomax also tips Limoncello Gallery’s Jesse Wine, as part of a trend for ceramics.
7. Beyond Frieze: PAD London and 1.54
Barnaby Barford, Utopia II.. Courtesy of David Gill Gallery, PAD London 2015
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As well as Frieze, two further fairs on in the same week are worth checking out. PAD London (14-18 October) erects its black tent in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square for the modern art fair’s ninth edition — this year with a Twenties and Thirties Paris-themed restaurant and bar designed by Sultana. David Gill is showing Barnaby Barford, who has just unveiled his installation Tower Of Babel at the V&A.
Aboudia, Untitled, 2015. Acrylic and oil stick on canvas. 200 x 300 cm. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
Meanwhile, 1.54 (15-18 October) takes on an extra wing at Somerset House, with the like of Tiwani Contemporary showing for the first time. ‘PAD is great for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts,’ Levene Piper says. Clare Lilley is also a fan of 1.54: ‘It’s is now in its third year and has been a strong addition to the fairs circuit — the talks programme is stunning.’
8. Between the fairs and dinner: London’s gallery scene
‘The galleries generally have their biggest shows for the year during this week,’ Doropoulos explains, ‘so the gallery nights (14 October for the East End and 15 October for the West End) are good opportunities to see exhibitions between the fairs and dinner.’ This month, Gagosian Gallery is launching its third London space in Mayfair with works by Cy Twombly. Sultana, meanwhile, notes two Parisian institutions are opening in London — art deco specialist Galerie Dutko and Galerie Patrick Seguin. El Glaoui tips Kara Walker showing at Victoria Miro’s Wharf Road outpost.
9. The buzz — bars and parties
Frieze week provides a fantastic opportunity to socialise in one the world’s buzziest cities. Pop by the ICA’s first official Frieze Bar in partnership with the K11 Art Foundation with its own music and DJ programme: ‘They’ll have cool things happening — it’s always a good hub of activity,’ Lomax says. Plus, the Frieze Party this year is at Soho’s cool Brewer Street Car Park, while Camden Arts Centre is hosting a bash to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
10. And finally... Our panel’s quick tips on how to survive
Arianne Levene Piper: ‘Try and get in to the fair early. Make the most of the mornings to see as much of the fair as possible — and get an Uber account if you don’t have one already!’
Francis Sultana: ‘Try not to deviate. There is so much to pack in during the week that you will so easily get side-tracked if you don’t stick to some kind of schedule.’
Touria El Glaoui: ‘It’s about quality over quantity. There is so much going on that trying to fit it all in can be overwhelming.’
Clare Lilley: ‘Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to study the fantastic programme, and then pre-book talks and other events.’
Jenni Lomax: ‘The quickest way to get around isn’t always in a taxi.’
Tania Doropoulos: ‘Learning how to politely walk by friends and colleagues is a useful skill.’
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