A Frieze is Coming

A Frieze is Coming

After taking a break in 2020, art fair Frieze London is back, bringing a host of exciting works to the UK’s capital city
After taking a break in 2020, art fair Frieze London is back, bringing a host of exciting works to the UK’s capital city

C ollectors, curators, dealers and connoisseurs will be relieved to hear that Frieze London and its sister fair, Frieze Masters, which is dedicated to works made before 2000, are due to go ahead this autumn (13–17 October). Focus, a section at Frieze London for galleries showing emerging artists, will return along with other fair staples, such as the open-air Frieze Sculpture display in Regent’s Park and Live, a platform for experimental performance art.

Gallery space with people sitting on benches, standing and looking at artworks
Inside one of Frieze 2019’s exhibitions Photo: Nils Jorgensen / Alamy Stock Photo

A new section at Frieze Masters called Stand Out will show “decorative” art objects in a new light. “This is the perfect moment to return to the object-making of the past, to see what really stands out – as great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance, using materials that are dazzling and demanding,” says Luke Syson, section curator and director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The relaunch of Frieze in the wake of the pandemic is also marked by the inauguration of Frieze’s new gallery space at No.9 Cork Street, Mayfair. The new venue, designed by the architecture studio Matheson Whiteley, is housed in two converted townhouses with 600 sq m of space across three floors. The initiative “celebrates London and its creative community after such a challenging year”, says Eva Langret, artistic director, Frieze London.

Street with terraced buildings and two people standing together
The gallery at No. 9 Cork Street. Photo: Matheson Whiteley
“Frieze’s new gallery celebrates London and its creative community after such a challenging year”
Eva Langret, artistic director, Frieze London

Frieze will hire out spaces to visiting galleries; three dealers will launch the inaugural programme (7–23 October), including the New York-based gallery James Cohan, which presents a solo exhibition of new work by the US artist Christopher Myers (I Dare Not Appear). “No.9 Cork Street allows us to establish a more sustained footprint for an ambitious single-artist exhibition and connect with our community in London,” says a gallery spokeswoman.

More to See in London

Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery

Through 12 December

Painting swings in and out of fashion but Ralph Rugoff, Hayward director, says that it may be “the medium that accommodates the most conceptually adventurous thinking”. This ambitious survey includes works by 31 UK-based artists including Lydia Blakeley and Denzil Forrester.

Man in a suit drinking out of a vessel, with blue paint behind and a sketched map
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Bira, 2019. Photo: © Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Courtesy: the artist and Victoria Miro

Anicka Yi (Hyundai Commission), Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

12 October–16 January

All Turbine Hall commissions remain under wraps until the big reveal but Korean artist Anicka Yi is known for her experimental art, examining humanity’s relationship to nature and technology through unconventional materials such as animatronic insects.

Room with yellow sculptures hanging from the ceiling
Anicka Yi, Biologizing The Machine (tentacular trouble), 2019. Photo: Renato Ghiazza. Courtesy: the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and 47 Canal, New York

Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics, V&A

Through 28 November

The Jameel Prize, the high-profile award inspired by Islamic tradition, is dedicated this year to contemporary design. Sofia Karim, a UK architect of Bangladeshi heritage, and Jana Traboulsi, a graphic designer from Lebanon, are among the eight finalists shortlisted.

Black and white image of a woman wearing a shawl and head covering, with two smaller figures displayed on the left and a yellow background
Samosa packet featuring one of the "Dadis" of Shaheen Bagh, designed by Sofia Karim. Photo: Sofia Karim

Noguchi, Barbican Art Gallery

30 September–9 January

Born in Los Angeles in 1904, Isamu Noguchi deftly moved between mediums, switching from sculpture to architecture, furniture, landscape and set designs. This wide-ranging show includes Lunar sculptures created after his voluntary internment at a camp for Japanese Americans in Arizona in 1942.

Black and white photograph of a man stood next to sculptures
Portrait of Isamu Noguchi, 1947, by Arnold Newman. Photo: © Arnold Newman Collection / Getty Images / INFGM / ARS - DACS

Frieze London takes place from 13–17 October

LEAD IMAGE: Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park, London, 2016. Photo: ukartpics / Alamy Live News

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