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.
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.
“Frieze’s new gallery celebrates London and its creative community after such a challenging year”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frieze London takes place from 13–17 October
LEAD IMAGE: Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park, London, 2016. Photo: ukartpics / Alamy Live News