Another year, another Frieze. And as exciting as ever.
Frieze London 2019 will bring together more than 160 galleries from 35 countries, representing the fair’s most international edition since its launch. This year’s fair introduces new curators and sections showcasing performance, emerging artists and the contemporary significance of complex art genealogies and colonial legacies. Opening 3 to 6 October 2019, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.
How to face the climate crisis in a post-colonial era and non-binary identities seems to dominate the contemporary narrative.
As one of the top galleries in the world representing artists such as Tuymans, Dumas or Ofili, it did no disappoint. Borremans painting is poignant, enigmatic and greatly executed.
A great gallery from Paris presenting also one sculpture by the Spanish artist in the Sculpture Park and a powerful installation by the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar.
An edgy gallery from Sao Paolo presenting a beautiful assemblage by the Brazilian artist Mira Schendel.
Founded in 1997, located above a pub in the Eastend, to support emerging London based artists, is one of my favourite galleries.
Another art heavyweight presenting a rather unusual Jenny Holzer.
As part of the curated section Woven, Dayrit shows a series of textile works which takes the form of a critical counter musicological impulse directed at an attempt to dismantle the colonial gaze and the assumed body parts of the empire, comprised of 12 photographs from the archive of Dean Worchester’s trip to the Philippines in 1901 documenting an imperialist view of indigeneity. It extracts the symbolic violence of representation inherent in the photographs like an archive grave digger and summons new meanings by imbuing it in weaved textiles, talisman appliques, and embroidered political writings disrupting a genesis where past and present are so completely severed by political necessity.
W&K — Wienerroither & Kohlbacher, based in Vienna, always bring the most exquisite Egon Schiele’s drawings. Also two interestingly shaped paintings by Arnulf Rainer.
If you have $30 million to spare, the last Botticelli available for private sale. You might not be able to bring it outside Spain, but it is a beautiful country enjoy a villa.
Galerie Chenel has paired antiques with Picasso’s ceramics creating a fascinating dialogue.
Dickinson Gallery, based in St James’s, London, always a top quality show. On this occasion, titled: Lyrical Abstraction: Rediscovering Freedom in Post-War Europe, is a homage to artists that develop a new language in Europe in the 50s and 60s.
Another big player, on this occasion a selection of works by Cy Twombly. A superb way to better understand a Master.
For more information, please visit their website on www.frieze.com/fairs/frieze-london
Because there is life outside Frieze.
The Frieze Sculpture park is free in the beautiful setting of Regent’s Park and superb survey of contemporary sculpture.
The StoRE X in collaboration with the Vinyl Factory presents Other Spaces, 180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA. The Great Animal Orchestra is just overwhelming.
Terry O’Neill CBE & Bran Symondson | Hollywood Re-Loaded at HOFA, the House of Fine Art, 58 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1AY. With a powerful message against gun violence.
Neo Norte 2.0, at Exposed Arts Projects, 4–6 Drayson Mews, Kensington, London W8 4LY. The South as the new North to disrupt the traditional inversion of power presented by a Latinoamerican and European collective.
Reconstructing Cezanne: Sequence and Process in Paul Cezanne’s Works on Paper, at Luxembourg & Dayan, 2 Savile Row, London W1S 3PA. A privilege to be able to see Cezanne’s drawings.
Eclectic, solo photographic show by Alexandro Pelaez, at Bermondsey Project Space, 183–185 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW. Magic Realism photographs, curated by Mara Alves, you can read the review here.
Sunday Art Fair in Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS, is an excellent selection of some of the most edgy contemporary art galleries of today.
AN EVENING OF PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA GONE, BUT WORTH KEEPING AN EYE ON IT — DRAF
DRAF, David Roberts Art Foundation, founded by the British collector David Roberts, is an arts organization that I have been following since they started in Fitzrovia in 2007, where I was given a supper performed by the Mexican artist Raul Ortega Ayala and titled: “Last Supper”; it then moved to Camden in 2012 until 2017. Currently, it plans to present its programme of exhibitions and activities in other locations outside London in the UK now under the helm of Kate Davies, previously Head of Collection and Exhibitions at Newport Street Gallery.
As it has become a tradition, DRAF, in its 12th edition, presented an evening of performances during the Frieze Week, curated by Louis O’Kelly. A superb survey into contemporary performative practices. The two member FlucT choreographed a visceral and physical performance dealing with power and the abuse that comes out of it. Powerful and visually effective, it deserves a special mention.
Have a happy Frieze Week!