Art Season in London
Highlights from Frieze 2014
Along with its new layout courtesy of the of-the-moment duo Barber & Osgerby’s Universal Design Studio, this year’s Frieze introduces “Live” a dedicated section focused on performance. And, in addition to a phenomenal display of contemporary art inside the tents, don’t miss the Sculpture Park in the English Gardens where works from both Frieze and Frieze Masters are on display.
Last year, the general consensus was that the 2nd edition of Frieze Masters overshadowed its parent. The jury is still out on this year’s show, which brings a lot of heat: There’s an idol from the Neolithic era, along with paintings by Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, and contemporary artist, Wayne Thiebaud.
While Frieze rages on, over in Berkeley Square, the bijoux Pavilion of Art & Design is open for the weekend, showing fine art, craft, and design from centuries BC to now. In one booth you may find a Mayan sculpture dating back to 100 AD while the gallery next door might have an early Andy Warhol drawing on display, or the latest design object by Hella Jongerius or Faye Toogood. It’s always a great mix, with the added benefit that it’s a relatively small fair.
144-152 Bermondsey St., SE1 3TQ
“The Last Great Adventure is You” brings together Emin’s most recent body of work, including drawings, paintings, bronze sculpture, and her now instantly recognizable neon work. Through November 16.
1a Nelson’s Row, SW4 7JR
In her first solo show in London, Anne Collier presents her series of photographs, “Women with Cameras,” which, like much of her work, examines how gender is portrayed in the media. Through December 14.
Also at Studio Voltaire, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is a surreal, otherworldly installation and performance series named “Hermitos Children 2.” by artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd in her current incarnation (she changes her name periodically). Through December 14.
3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD
In this group show, Michael Hoppen Gallery delves into the earliest form of photography—that is, single photographs printed without negatives—with a mix of 19th Century daguerrotypes and contemporary offerings from the likes of Adam Fuss and Richard Learoyd. Through October 24.
31 Museum St., WC1A 1LH
Hirst explores mortality and our dependence on the pharmaceutical industry in “Schizophrenogenesis,” a show of oversized medicine capsules, syringes, bottles, and Warhol-like silkscreen prints of various pills. Through November 15.
148 New Bond St., W1S 2JT
Open since the 19th Century, The Fine Art Society has always championed British art—currently, it’s showing those with a much more contemporary spin. In this exhibition, artists like David Shrigley (whose “Sculpture of TV 1999” is pictured), Tim Noble, Sue Webster, Peter Blake, and Martin Creed pay homage to Duchamp. Through December 5.
6 – 24 Britannia St., WC1X 9JD
17-19 Davies St., W1K 3DE
Gagosian presents large-scale works by Richard Serra at both of its London galleries: A five-foot long work on paper at the Mayfair space and four recent steel sculptures in King’s Cross. The sculptures are on view through February 25.
14 St. George St., W1S 1FE
We jump at any opportunity to see work by Alice Neel, the great 20th Century American portraitist, and at this posthumous solo show, “My Animals and Other Family,” the gallery brings together a stunning series of portraits of people and their animals. Through December 19.