Frieze 2018 preview

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  • Frieze London

    Frieze London will showcase 160 galleries for 2018, opening for the first time with a two-day preview. A new themed section, Social Work, will be selected by a panel of leading women art historians and critics. American curator Diana Campbell Betancourt joins the fair to oversee Frieze Projects — programming beyond the gallery booths, including Frieze Live installations and performances, and new Frieze Artist Award and Frieze Film commissions.

    Frieze London runs in Regent’s Park from 5-7 October, with preview days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October. To purchase tickets, visit the Frieze website

    Pictured, Tracy (Chanel), 2017, by Sara Cwynar. Courtesy of the artist and Cooper Cole

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  • Frieze Sculpture

    For the exhibition’s second extended edition, John Baldessari, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Conrad Shawcross,and Richard Woods are among the 25 artists taking over the 19th-century Markham Nesfield-designed English Gardens, with 15 new works in the outdoor sculpture trail. Read more here.

    Frieze Sculpture is on view in Regent’s Park until 7 October;

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  • Frieze Masters

    Staged in a temporary structure designed by Annabelle Selldorf, Frieze Masters puts six millenia of global art history in the frame, from Old Masters to antiquities and surrealist art. Expect collectors to flock here for the heavy-hitting roster of artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Dorothea Lang. Pace Gallery’s stand will surely be among the hit booths at Frieze Masters – curated by artist Adam Pendleton, it will feature works from Josef Albers, Sol Lewitt and Agnes Martin.

    4-7 October; Regent’s Park;

    Pictured, Hanel 1, 1969, by Pierre Molinier, collage of vintage silver prints retouched in pencil. Courtesy of Galerie Cristophe Gaillard and Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

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  • DRAF: An Evening of Performances

    Turner Prize winner Martin Creed is among the artists revealing a new commission for DRAF’s evening of performances during Frieze, taking place in a 1930s art deco building. The programme of live works will span performance art, spoken word, dance, comedy and music.

    2 October, from 7pm – 12.30am; O2 Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY;

    Pictured, artist Martin Creed. Photography: Ian Wallman

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  • Michael Sailstorfer: Tear Show

    German artist Michael Sailstorfer is interested in the materialisation of time, his best known installations including a popcorn machine that repeatedly spews kernels into its space and a tire endlessly grinding against a wall. Frieze week sees his first solo exhibition at König London, a former car park in Marylebone. The show will revolve around the materiality and symbolism of tears. The umlauts on the gallery’s distinctive neon sign will be modified into red devilish teardrops, while the space will be scattered with 200 teardrop-shaped glass bottles, alongside automated drum sets that produce a cacophony of rhythm. ‘Tear paintings’ made of lipstick on silicone will adorn the walls, and the car park lift will host a video work Tränen that sees a teardrop morphed into an object of substantial mass and destructive power.

    ‘Tear Show’ is on view 4 October – 10 November; König London, 259 Old Marylebone Road, London NW1 5RA;

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  • 21st Century Women

    Echoing the new women-focused Social Work section at the main fair in Regent’s Park, Unit London’s group survey of British female artists at its new Mayfair gallery celebrates the centenerary of women’s suffrage in the UK. The multi-disciplinary artists on view – among them Kate MccGwire, Helen Beard, Polly Morgan, and Sue Webster – are engaged in a variety of topics from body politics to the role of women in modern society, though not all work on show is intended to be read through the lens of their gender.

    ‘21st Century Women’ is on view 4 October – 3 November; Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HD;

    Pictured, Self Portrait, c 1991, by Jenny Saville. Courtesy of the Omer Koc Collection

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  • Zeng Fanzhi: In the Studio

    Beijing-based artist Zeng Fanzhi brings new meaning to multi-venue exhibitions as he takes over no less than three of Hauser & Wirth’s international locations – Zurich, London, and Hong Kong – for his show ‘In the Studio’. At the gallery’s Savile Row outpost, the focus is on portraiture from the late 1980s to present day, including several new series of works featuring the fellow art protagonists Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Victor Hugo created in recent years.

    ‘Zeng Fanzhi: In the Studio’ is on view until 10 November at Hauser & Wirth in London (open from 2 October), Zurich (from 22 September) and Hong Kong (from 8 October); Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET;

    Pictured, Untitled, 2018, by Zeng Fanzhi, oil on canvas. © Zeng Fanzhi. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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  • Mount Street Editions

    Frieze and Mount Street have collaborated to commission four UK-based female artists to produce limited-edition prints, which will be available to purchase for £50 from a customised vehicle positioned on the Mayfair street. The artists include:  Helen Cammock, winner of the 2018 MaxMara Prize for Women’s Art; France-Lise McGurn, whose recently participated in a major group show at Tate St Ives; Renee So, renowned for her knitted and ceramic works; and Zadie Xa, who will also be the subject of a solo presentation in Frieze’s Focus sector. Inspired by the fair’s new Social Work section, the initiative supports two charities, Dress for Success and the Young Women’s Trust, which provide vital support to women across the UK. Printed by Mount Street Printers, specialists in luxury personalised stationary, the works will be released over four days, each in an edition run of 100. Keep an eye out on Frieze’s social media channels for a daily reveal of the artwork up for grabs, and the locations and timings of the pop-up.

    Mount Street Editions prints will be available to purchase during Frieze Week, 3-7 October; Mount Street, London W1;,,

    Pictured, film still from There’s a Hole in the Sky Part I, 2016, by Helen Cammock. Courtesy of the artist

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  • Lucy Dodd: Miss Mars

    Squid ink, iron ire, yerba mate, black lichen and kombucha skobies all find their way into the canvases of Lucy Dodd, their organic chemical reactions continuing to alter a work after the artist’s last stroke. Her show at Sprüth Magers will feature paintings arranged freely in response to the architecture features of the gallery, which occupies an 18th-century building on Mayfair’s Grafton Street. Dodd is also creating a woven chair and a chaise longue for the exhibition, which will be complemented by a selection of vintage furniture. The show’s title, ‘Miss Mars’ references astrological beliefs surrounding our planetary neighbour and imbues a warrior figure with Dodd’s characteristic feminine energy.

    ‘Miss Mars’ is on view 2 October – 17 November; Sprüth Magers, 7 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EJ;

    Pictured, installation view of Open Plan, 2016, by Lucy Dodd, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photography: Bill Orcutt

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  • PAD London

    Running concurrently with Frieze, art and design fair PAD is an essential pitstop for those in town during the first week of October. Staged in Mayfair, the 12th London edition promises to be an impressive showcase of works from 68 galleries across art, design, decorative arts, tribal art, antiquities and collectible jewellery. Furniture designer Francis Sultana and Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel preside over this year’s PAD London Prize.

    PAD London runs from 1-7 October; 1 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6EA;

    Pictured, Console Bordeline, by Hervé van der Straeten, coloured polished stainless steel. Photography: Cecil Mathieu. Courtesy of Hervé van der Straeten

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  • Tom Sachs’ Swiss Passport Office

    With Brexit looming and Trump’s immigration policies causing increasing discord globally, Tom Sachs’ installation for Frieze couldn’t arrive at a more apt time. The American artist is set to open a Swiss Passport Office at Galerie Thaddaues Ropac, issuing coveted Swiss passports to visitors for 24 hours for €20 (no British pounds will be accepted). Those wishing to purchase a faux passport will be photographed and have their name hand-typed onto a serial-numbered Tom Sachs Studio passport, stamped with a Studio endorsement and entered into the permanent database.

    The Swiss Passport Office will issue passports for 24 hours only from 6pm Friday 5 October until 6pm 6 October (the installation is on view until 10 November); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4NJ;,

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  • Michael Landy: Scaled-Down

    He’s the YBA who famously destroyed all of his personal possessions (some 7,227 of them) in the name of art and for Frieze this year, Michael Landy will debut a brand new series of ‘compacted sculptures’ made from the materials of his own past artworks. Using an industrial waste compactor, Landy is working systematically through some of his major series of work to compact them into densely packed cubes which will be displayed at Thomas Dane Gallery.

    ‘Michael Landy: Scaled-Down’ is on view 2 October – 17 November; Thomas Dane Gallery, 3 Duke Street, London SW1Y 6BN;

    Pictured, Pre-Saint Drawings, 2018, by Michael Landy. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photography: Ben Westoby

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  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    Now in its sixth edition, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair has become a firm fixture on the London art circuit, This year sees 43 leading galleries (16 of them based in Africa) take over the hallowed halls of Somerset House to showcase more than 130 emerging and established artists  working in a wide variety of mediums. As part of its Special Projects programme, South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga will present an exhibition of new and rarely seen works, which will run until 6 January 2019.

    1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair runs from 4-7 October; Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA;

    Pictured, Ka 2-phisi yaka e pinky II, 2013, by Lebohang Kganye. © The artist. Courtesy of Afronova Gallery

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  • Strange Days: Memories of the Future

    A collaborative curatorial effort from New York’s the New Museum and London gallery The Store X, ‘Strange Days’ will present the work of 21 artists and filmmakers who have shown video works at the New Museum in its ten years on the Bowery. The exhibition may celebrate past works but it is staunchly forward-looking too, considering how images shape memories while anticipating visions of what the future may hold.

    ‘Strange Days: Memories of the Future’ is on view 2 October – 9 December; The Store X, 180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA;,

    Pictured, 4th Floor To Mildness, 2016, by Pipilotti Rist. Photography: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

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  • Tate Modern Turbine Hall Commission

    Political provocateur Tania Bruguera is the latest artist to be invited to develop a site-specific installation for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Over the past 20 years, the Cuban performance artist has been making work that addresses institutional power, borders and migration. Bruguera is no stranger to the museum, having previously undertaken a residency there in 2012. Her work Tatlin’s Whisper #5, 2008, which involves two mounted police officers performing crowd-control exercises inside the Tate, is one of the major performance works in its collection.

    The 2018 Hyundai Commission is on view 2 October 2018 – 24 February 2019; Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG;

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  • Michael Lau: Oh...My Toy!

    He’s known as the ‘godfather of designer toys’, and for Frieze Week the Hong Kong artist Michael Lau will be getting his game on at Duddell’s restaurant. Inspired by its location inside the historic former St Thomas’ Church in Southwark, the exhibition will bring ‘toys, art and God together into a new trinity’, says curator William Zhao. Amen!

    ‘Oh...My Toy!’ is on view from 1 October 2018 to 14 April 2019; Duddell’s,  9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY;

    Pictured, Satisfied Heart, 2018, by Michael Lau

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  • Doris Salcedo

    Over at White Cube Bermondsey, Doris Salcedo will present her monumental installation Palimpsest, shown earlier this year at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum. The artwork comprises a complex hydraulic engineering system occupying the entire South Gallery floor that fleetingly spells out the names of individuals who have drowned in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic while attempting to migrate. The artist also debuts a new sculpture series – Tabula Rasa – centred on sexual violence, subjecting wooden domestic tables to a brutal cycle of destruction and reconstruction.

    ‘Doris Salcedo’ is on view 28 September – 11 November; White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ;

    Pictured, Palimpsest, 2013 – 2017, by Doris Salcedo, concrete, water and hydraulic system. © The artist. Photography: Patrizia Tocci. Courtesy of White Cube

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  • Mat Collishaw

    Mat Collishaw will unveil a new site-specific installation at the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich that responds directly to the Armada Portrait. Details of the project are being kept under wraps until the launch on 2 October.

    ‘The Mask of View’ is on view 2 October 2018 – 3 February 2019; Royal Museums Greenwich, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF;

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  • The Oscar Wilde Temple

    Following its debut in New York last year, McDermott & McGough’s installation The Oscar Wilde Temple finds a new lease of life at Clapham’s Studio Voltaire, alongside a series of paintings and sculptures as well as a statue of the Irish poet and playwright himself. The artists also pay homage to a dozen LGBT persons from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Alan Turing and Harvey Milk. The installation will be free to visit, while donations and proceeds from private bookings will benefit The Albert Kennedy Trust, a UK-based charity that supports homeless LGBT youth. Read more here.

    The Oscar Wilde Temple is on view from 3 October 2018 – 31 March 2019; Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelson’s Row, London SW4 7JR;

    Pictured, The Stations of Reading Gaol (VI. Oscar Wilde in Prison), 1917, 2017, by McDermott & McGough. Courtesy of the artists

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