Frieze Masters 2013 and highlights from other exhibitions across London
The consensus was that Frieze Masters, now in its second year, is a triumph. Exhibitors pulled out the stops to curate mini exhibitions within a pavilion, which makes Frieze Contemporary feel like Oxford Street during the sales. There are many solo shows - Edward Burra at Lefevre Fine Art, Kishio Suga at Blum & Poe and Alice Neel at Victoria Miro - and those who have group works were very coherent in their approach. At Skarsted, black-and-white-only works by Richard Prince, Keith Haring and David Salle were selected. London partner Bona Montagu said, ’We have migrated here from the Pavilion of Art and Design and, like everyone, we have been careful to create a chic presentation.’
The aim of Frieze Masters is to bring ’old’ works (i.e. those made before 2000) under contemporary collectors’ noses, and the juxtaposition of old and new is in evidence everywhere. Religious iconography and ancient Navaho blankets share aisles with Pop Art pieces from Allen Jones and Martin Kippenberger’s ’Fred the Frog Rings the Bell’ (a wooden frog on a crucifix). Swiss gallery Koetser has suspended Dutch still lifes from the 1600s in frames made of wooden palette boxes from the ceilings so you can walk around each one.
For Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italian collector and patron of the new annual Re Rebaudengo Serpentine grant, Frieze Spotlight is the highlight. Here, 23 galleries hold a solo shows of artists they feel are ripe for rediscovery. ’It is beautifully laid out and you can really see each artist’s work and discover new pieces,’ says Re Rebaudengo. ’My favourite was Berlin gallery Johann König, which is exhibiting a collection of works by the Austrian artist Kiki Kogelnik.’
As always, galleries around town are also out to impress. Victoria Miro has opened a new Mayfair space with recent ‘infinity net’ paintings from Yayoi Kusama and is presenting a new series of self-portraits by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão at its Islington mothership. The Delfina Foundation is presenting films by Turkish artist Asli Çavuşoğlu at its still-in-the-works expanded space while The Serpentine is showing off its new Sackler Gallery with a site-specific work by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar. Blain Southern meanwhile has opened a Candy-themed double header from Damien Hirst and late Cuban artist Félix González-Torres, and Rob and Nick Carter are adding a digital twist to old masters at the Fine Art Society.