An Insider’s Guide to the Best and Worst of London’s Frieze Week 2015

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Frank Auerbach <i> Head of William Feaver</i> (2003) <br> Photo: Collection of Gina and Stuart Peterson courtesy The Tate

Frank Auerbach,  Head of William Feaver (2003)
Photo: Collection of Gina and Stuart Peterson Courtesy Tate

It’s Frieze Week and the well-heeled hordes are descending on London ready to gorge themselves on all things art.

Those in the know will be heading to into the glitz of the Vanity Fair party with Christie’s on Wednesday night, and then perhaps the Sotheby’s preview to get the inside edge on the auctions and rub shoulders with the great and good of the art world.

If you aren’t on the list for these exclusive events, then you can head to the opening night of the official Frieze ICA bar tonight, in association with the K11 Art Foundation, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The bar will be open from October 12-16, with daily musical performances and DJ sets.

Frieze Music is also opening in conjunction with Vinyl Factory. This is the first edition of the art and music happening at the trendy Brewer Street Carpark in Soho. Details on this are hazy but these events are worth hunting down.

Frieze London and Frieze Masters are absolutely unmissable, but should you want explore London outside of Regents Park, we have an insider list of the best things to see this week across town.

All Things Tate

The Tate rarely disappoints and this Frieze Week is no exception. Whether you head to the Frank Auerbach exhibition at Tate Britain, the superb Pop survey called “The World Goes Pop” at Tate Modern, or the new Abraham Cruzvillegas Turbine Hall commission, also at Tate Modern, which opens tomorrow, you are guaranteed your trip will be worth it.

Installation view Jon Rafman, 2015 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Thierry Bal

Installation view Jon Rafman at Zabludowicz Collection, London.
Photo: Thierry Bal

Jon Rafman at the Zabludowicz Collection

There has been much excitement surrounding the opening of Jon Rafman’s solo show at the Zabludowicz Collection. The show features the artist’s dark and disturbing internet-inspired films displayed as part of installations including pods, a ball pit, a water bed, and an actual maze which leads you to a virtual work using Oculus Rift, which is pretty impressive.

The show also features a new film a collaboration with Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) and the legendary UK-based Warp Records.

“Jon Rafman” is on view at the Zabludowicz Collection until December 20, 2015.


John Hoyland Advance Town 29.3.80
Photo: courtesy Newport Street Gallery

John Hoyland, “Power Stations” at The Newport Street Gallery

Those who are yet to visit Damien Hirst’s newly opened collection and stunning gallery space should absolutely head over to south London to see Newport Street Gallery’s inaugural show. John Hoyland’s “Power Stations” gathers 33 canvases from the British abstract painter, all taken from Hirst’s Murderme art collection.

John Hoyland, “Power Stations” is on view until April 3, 2016.

<i>Self Portrait IN PROGRESS</i> (2015) <br> Photo: courtesy Victoria Miro

Elmgreen & Dragset, Self Portrait IN PROGRESS (2015)
Photo: Courtesy Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro (North and West galleries)

Victoria Miro always programs fantastic shows to coincide with Frieze Week. This year, the gallery is showing a Kara Walker solo show, entitled “Go to Hell or Atlanta,” and a group show curated by Hilton Als—theatre critic at The New Yorker—called “Forces in Nature” at their Islington gallery, which includes works from a variety of artists including Peter Doig, Alice Neel, Tal R, and Sarah Sze.

In its Mayfair space, Victoria Miro is also showing Elmgreen & Dragset’s “Self- Portraits.”

Alighiero e Boetti <i>A braccia conserte</i> (1994) <br> Photo: Courtesy White Cube

Alighiero Boetti, A braccia conserte (1994)
Photo: Courtesy White Cube

“Losing the Compass” at White Cube

Another impressive group show you can see this week is “Losing the Compass” at White Cube’s Mayfair space. Curated by Scott Cameron Weaver and Mathieu Paris, the exhibition is a socio-political exploration of textile and quilt making. The show includes works by Alighiero Boetti, Danh Vo, and Amish quilts, alongside quilts made at Gee’s Bend, a place of significance to the civil rights movement in Alabama.

“Losing the Compass” is on view until January 9, 2016.

Thomas Demand, <i>Plaza 23,</i> (2015) <br>Photo: © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / DACS, London Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Thomas Demand, Plaza 23, (2015)
Photo: © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / DACS, London Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Thomas Demand, “Latent Forms” at Sprüth Magers

Thomas Demand spent two years observing SANAA architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa with his camera, and the result is “Latent Forms.” Demand has taken photographs of SANAA’s architectural models and changed the perspective through the use of cropping and angles, to the point where the images almost become abstracts.

Thomas Demand, “Latent Forms” is on view from October 13 – December 19, 2015. 



Sol Calero
Photo: Courtesy of Studio Voltaire

Sol Calero, “La Escuela del Sur” at Studio Voltaire 

To coincide with Frieze Week, Studio Voltaire in south London is showing an ambitious large-scale architectural installation by Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artist Sol Calero. La Escuela del Sur (which means “school of the south”) is a Caribbean-style school that will host classes and workshops with a number of local groups, as well as a series of discursive events on issues surrounding Latin American art, migration and globalization.

“La Escuela del Sur” is on view until December 6, 2015.

Farrow & Ball <i> St. Giles Blue</i> (1982)<br> Photo: © 2014 Scott Rudd

Oscar Murillo, Farrow & Ball St. Giles Blue (1982)
Photo: © 2014 Scott Rudd Courtesy David Zwirner

Oscar Murillo, “Binary Function” at David Zwirner

“Binary Function” is Oscar Murillo’s first exhibition at David Zwirner’s London branch. Ruminating on the notion of the binary, the exhibition contains new painting and sculpture, accompanied by sound and a film that depicts a street scene in Murillo’s hometown of La Paila, Colombia, in which people are seen chatting, drinking, and dancing to live music.

The exhibition continues a recent development within Murillo’s practice in which multimedia works—including small-scale drawings, screen prints, and the artist’s own travel photographs—are grouped together within clear plastic tray frames.

“Binary Function” is on view until November 20, 2015.

Eddie Peake with the performers of The Forever Loop at London’s Barbican.Photo: Rebecca Reid via The Evening Standard

Eddie Peake with the performers of The Forever Loop at London’s Barbican.
Photo: Rebecca Reid via The Evening Standard

Eddie Peake “The Forever Loop” at The Barbican

“The Forever Loop” is Eddie Peake’s commission for the Curve space in the Brutalist beauty that is London’s Barbican Centre. Combining performance, film to create this installation, The Forever Loop continues Peakes’ concern with desire, and sexuality. Expect color and nudity.

Eddie Peake’s The Forever Loop is on view until January 10, 2016.

Somerset House, London Photo: Photo London

Somerset House, London
Photo: Photo London

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Last year, 1:54 was one of the best satellite fairs taking place during Frieze Week, and this year the African-focused fair is set to repeat the feat. Located in the stunning Somerset House (just the setting itself would make the visit worthwhile), the third edition of 1:54 will gather over 30 galleries from all over the world, bringing the best contemporary African art to London.

1:54 will take place from October 15-18, 2015 at Somerset House.

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