After Frieze’s red carpet debut in Los Angeles earlier this year, the behemoth fair returns to New York (2-5 May) for the eighth time before the art world’s gaze is diverted directly towards Italy for the Venice Biennale. Randall’s Island will burst with work to view and buy from over 1,000 artists, along with Frieze’s first virtual reality exhibition, the returning curated sections Frame (focusing on emerging galleries), and Spotlight (which this year looks at 20th-century pioneers). Many more highlights are speckled around the city, including the inaugural New York edition of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, as well as an exciting new platform for art and design fair Object & Thing in Brooklyn. Here, peruse a distilled selection of the very best that the city has to offer during Frieze Week.

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  • Goodman Gallery London

    A stalwart of South Africa’s art scene, powerhouse dealer and Goodman Gallery owner Liza Essers is shaking up Cork Street with the opening of a permanent London space. Exploring ‘the possibilities for social repair’, the inaugurating exhibition is anchored by major and rising artists alike, including El Anatsui, Carrie Mae Weems, William Kentridge, Sue Williamson and Mikhael Subotzky. Pictured, This song is for..., 2019, by Gabrielle Goliath.
        
    ‘I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine’, 3 October – 2 November. goodman-gallery.com

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  • Cranford Collection

    After a two-year renovation overseen by Gabriel Chipperfield, the Cranford Collection will open on 4 October. The building, an elegant home designed by John Nash in the early 19th century, is located at Gloucester Gate, a stone’s throw from the fair. The collection of Muriel and Freddy Salem – which includes nearly 700 works by the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter, Franz West and Alice Neel – is led by curator and art critic Anne Pontégnie. Photography: Simon Menges
      
    By appointment only. cranfordarts.org

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  • DRAF: An Evening of Performances

    Block Universe founder Louise O’Kelly is taking the curatorial reins of David Roberts Art Foundation’s ​annual Evening of Performances. The 12th edition – taking place at iconic nightclub Ministry of Sound for the first time – will reflect on alternative subcultures and London’s nightlife as a space for freedom of expression in a time of increasing conservatism. Don’t miss the debut of Marijke De Roover’s operatic performance, or what is sure to be a visceral production by US duo Fluct.
        
    Tickets are free to the public and available online, 3 October, 19.30 – 02.00. davidrobertsartfoundation.com

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  • National Saturday Club and Bonhams

    Phyllida Barlow, Gerhard Richter and Barnaby Barford are among the 16 artists contributing works to a charity auction at Bonhams in aid of National Saturday Club. Proceeds raised from the auction will be used to enable young people between 13 – 16 years old in the UK to tap into creative courses for free at their local Saturday Club, where they can hone their talents and expand their ambitions. Pictured, Counterpart II, 2019, by Tom Price.
         
    Bonhams Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale, 3 October. bonhams.com; saturday-club.org

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  • Frieze Masters

    Set within an Annabelle Selldorf-designed structure, the eighth edition of Frieze Masters spans six millennia of eclectic art history. Hailing from The Drawing Center in New York, Laura Hoptman joins the fair as a curatorial advisor for the Spotlight section, which this year includes a poignant exploration of the African-American experience from 1940-1970 by Gordon Parks (Alison Jacques Gallery), and Bruno Munari’s light experiments (Andrew Keeps Gallery). Pictured, Untitled, Alabama, 1956, by Gordon Parks.
       
    Frieze Masters, 3 – 6 October. frieze.com

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  • Frieze Sculpture

    The English Gardens at Regent’s Parks have once again been transformed ‘into a museum without walls’. More than 20 artists were plucked from a gallery open call to exhibit at this year’s edition, among them Tracey Emin, Robert Indiana, Tom Sachs, and Lucy Skaer. Highlights include a full-size reproduction of a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Matchbox toy car by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz (pictured), and a 3m tall bronze work by Huma Bhabha that riffs on ancient sculpture and sci-fi.
        
    Frieze Sculpture, until 6 October. frieze.com

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  • Frieze London

    More than 160 galleries from 35 countries will descend on Regent’s Park for what is set to be the fair’s most international edition since its launch in 2003. Frieze’s curatorial roster has been bolstered by the addition of Cosmic Costina, who is at the helm of the fair’s new themed section, Woven, a multi-generational union of eight artists from the Philippines to Madagascar working with textiles. Pictured, we are opposite like that (video still), 2019, by Frieze Artist Award winner Himali Singh Soin.

    Frieze Art Fair, 3 – 6 October. frieze.com

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  • Ai Weiwei: Roots

    Ai Weiwei is putting down roots in London with a new series of monumental iron sculptures, cast from rare Pequi Vinagreiro tree roots sourced in Brazil during research for his 2018 exhibition at the Oscar Niemeyer-designed OCA Pavilion in São Paulo. Alongside the hefty works, the artist will also present a series of delicate silk sculptures created in tandem with Chinese kite makers, as well as new wall-based Lego works. Pictured, detail of iron root in production in Beijing.
      
    ‘Ai Weiwei: Roots’, 2 October – 2 November. lissongallery.com

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  • Luigi Ghirri: Colazione sull’Erba

    ‘I sought to offer an existential portrait, as well as a series of references to the natural world, to home and its contemporary inhabitants,’ said the late artist of his series Colazione sull’Erba (‘luncheon on the grass’). The series sees Ghirri rigorously photographing Modena’s seemingly banal architectural façades, front porches and windows peppered with patios, cacti and pruned conifers.
      
    ‘Luigi Ghirri: Colazione sull’Erba’, 2 October – 16 November. thomasdanegallery.com

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  • Patrick Caulfield: Morning Noon and Night

    Waddington Custot is delving deep into Patrick Caulfield’s multimedia practice, with a special focus on the artist’s fascination with light and shade across various times of day. The Cork Street-based gallery will be split into several distinct sections, each painted in different colours plucked directly from the artist’s palette. Caulfield’s work will also be included in the gallery’s presentation at Frieze Masters, which celebrates the London art schools from the early 1960s to the millennium. Pictured, Evening Paper (detail), 1999.
       
    ‘Patrick Caulfield: Morning Noon and Night’, 11 September – 15 November. waddingtoncustot.com

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  • Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy

    Earth, blood, seawater, clay and crude oil are among the materials that British sculptor Antony Gormley will use to transform the Royal Academy of Arts’ main galleries for his most significant UK exhibition in over a decade. Supported by BNP Paribas, the show traces the experimental origins of his practice through to new works conceived especially for the occasion. Read more here.
       
    ‘Antony Gormley’, 21 September – 3 December. royalacademy.org.uk

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  • Mark Bradford: Cerberus

    For his first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s Savile Row galleries, American artist Mark Bradford has engaged with a wide range of references, from ancient mythology (the show’s namesake is the multi-headed hound guarding the gates of Hades) to the European language of painting and the Watts Rebellion, a six-day riot that raged in his native Los Angeles during August 1965. Pictured, Gatekeeper, 2019.
      
    ‘Mark Bradford. Cerberus’, 2 October – 21 December. hauserwirth.com 

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  • House of Voltaire

    Studio Voltaire’s art and design store is taking up temporary residence in Mayfair. Camille Henrot and Laure Provost are among the latest contributors to House of Voltaire’s ongoing series of artist’s blankets, while Linder has designed an exclusive capsule collection of tableware. Shoppers can also snap up bespoke homeware by Simone Rocha or special editions by the likes of Jeremy Deller, Martino Gamper and Wolfgang Tillmans (detail of his edition pictured above), with prices ranging from £1 to £60,000. Eagled-eye patrons may also spot some familiar faces, as creative luminaries from the spheres of art, design, fashion and music will be guest shopkeeping throughout the store’s run at 31 Cork Street.
      
    House of Voltaire, 26 September – 21 December. houseofvoltaire.org

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  • Ron Nagle: Midnight Stroll

    London will get a colourful dose of California cool as Ron Nagle’s funky ceramic creations go on show at The Perimeter, a private collection space in a Bloomsbury mews founded in 2018 by Alexander Petalas. ‘Midnight Stroll’ spans more than three decades of the artist’s oeuvre, including intricate sculptural pieces and works on paper that will be explored in dialogue with pieces from both Petalas and Nagle’s personal collections. Nagle’s mind-bending inspirations range from 1940s American restaurant ware to Hawaiian tombstones.
      
    ‘Midnight Stroll’, 20 September – 10 January 2020. theperimeter.co.uk

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  • Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE

    Sterling Ruby presents works from a duet of mixed-media series, ACTS (2008-18) and TABLES (2015-19), in his first solo exhibition with Gagosian in London at its Britannia Street gallery. The artist will debut a sculptural new table fashioned from salvaged industrial materials, that pays homage to his rural upbringing in the faith-dominant US state of Pennsylvania. At Regent’s Park, the gallery is devoting its Frieze booth to a display of Ruby’s ongoing series of colourful, window-like paintings. Pictured, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx (detail), 2016.
      
    ‘ACTS + TABLE’, 2 October – 14 December. gagosian.com

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