What to See in London During Frieze Week

A s the city gears up for another week of art fairs, exhibition openings, auctions, performances and parties, we take a look at the highlights from around London. This short must-see guide will allow established collectors, art lovers and first-time visitors alike to explore the very best on offer whilst making the most of precious time...

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Julia Scher, Esther Schipper, Live, Frieze London 2018. Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze.

Frieze Projects, Frieze Live, Frieze Talk + Frieze Music

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Night Gallery, Focus, Frieze London 2018. Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze.

W ith a stellar line up of artists, museum directors and leading collectors at the very top of their field, the Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks program goes from strength to strength, gaining momentum each year and giving the lively, engaged audiences a chance to discuss and debate the art market, collecting trends, philanthropy and global issues facing the industry; through the lens of politics, commerce and the day to day lives of artists. Highlights this year include Simone Leigh, T.J. Wilcox, and writer Sheila Heti in conversation with filmmaker Josephine Decker. Alongside talks, newly commissioned works will be launched for the fair, including The Ship of Tolerance, a new international project from Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Expect to come away with new perspectives on a host of topics.

Frieze London and Frieze Masters, Regent's Park, London, W1.

Andy Warhol at Victoria Beckham

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V ictoria Beckham’s flagship Mayfair store is fast becoming an art destination in its own right, and with its sleek architectural interior, is able to comfortably compete with its Cork Street gallery neighbours. After an exhibition of Old Master portraits in 2018, this week sees the space turned over to a group of works by Andy Warhol spanning three decades of his career, and demonstrating the full complement of his Pop Art motifs. Expect dollar signs, flowers and self portraits of the artist himself. Alongside these works, a series of photographs by Cecil Beaton will be exhibited – allowing a behind-the-scenes look at Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory.

Victoria Beckham, 36 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NH, 28 September — 4 October.

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auctions

Antony Gormley at The RA

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Antony Gormley, Matrix III, 2019. © Antony Gormley. Courtesy Royal Academy of Arts.

A ntony Gormley’s career is celebrated at the Royal Academy this autumn, and this major retrospective explores the diversity of the artist’s practice, from his use of his own body as subject matter, to his rigorous exploration of industrial materials to depict the human form. The exhibition includes sculptures and installations made from cast iron, steel, lead, clay and water, and spans over 45 years of Gormley's creative output.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD,
21 September — 3 December 2019.

Kara Walker at Tate Modern

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Kara Walker Fons Americanus, Tate Modern 2019. Photo © Tate (Ben Fisher)

T he Turbine Hall commission has seen artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei and Bruce Nauman take over the iconic central space of Tate Modern in one of the most prestigious showcases in the art world, and this year Kara Walker takes the reigns. This year's project is inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, and explores the dark history of British colonialism, slavery and the Black Atlantic in this colossal fountain, subverting traditional maritime statues and memorials to reexamine contested histories.

"My work has always been a time machine looking backwards across decades and centuries to arrive at some understanding of my “place” in the contemporary moment." — Kara Walker

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, 2 October 2019 — 5 April 2020.

Albert Oehlen at the Serpentine Galleries

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Albert Oehlen, Selbstportrait mit Pferd, 1985. © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin|Paris.

T his long-awaited mid-career retrospective for Albert Oehlen will focus on his works from the 1980s and beyond, taking in periods of collaboration with artist and close friend Martin Kippenberger, and the development of Oehlen's own characteristic style. Featuring a major installation and four new works on canvas, the exhibition provides a comprehensive study on the very essence of painting.

Serpentine Galleries, 2 October — 2 February 2020.

The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Sotheby's.

PAD London

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View of Karen Swami booth at PAD London 2018, Courtesy of PAD London.

N ow in its 13th year, PAD London is a well-established fixture in the London art fair calendar. Offering the very best in contemporary design alongside traditional pieces and exquisite museum-quality fine art, this elegant fair is the perfect place to wander around when thinking about your interior as a whole. With advice from leading designers and consultants, PAD is a the perfect destination for devotees of design excellence and exceptional craftsmanship.

PAD London, Berkeley Square W1, 30 September – 6 October.

Contemporary Art

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