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Molteni&C | Dada: Tunes and Preludes
A site-specific sound piece by Emiliano Maggi at Molteni&C | Dada’s Brompton flagship pays tribute to the late British musician and early music historian David Munrow. The artist was inspired by the discovery of an exercise book in the V&A’s collection containing handwritten manuscripts of plays by Munrow. The space also features sculptures by Maggi himself and by other young Italian as part of The Collector’s House, a project curated by Caroline Corbetta.
‘Tunes and Preludes’, 1 – 6 October. molteni.it
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sales
Sotheby’s is exhibiting a smorgasbord of contemporary art during Frieze Week, culminating with an Evening Sale (3 October, 7pm) and Day Sale (4 October, 10.30am). An art-world Who’s Who will be up for auction, with works by Lucio Fontana, Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois among them. As part of the Day Sale, the auction house is offering a selection of works donated by artists including Sarah Lucas and Jeff Koons to benefit a new charity, The Aortic Centre Trust. Pictured, Untitled (detail), by Sigmar Polke (estimated to fetch £650,000 - 850,000).
‘Contemporary Art Sales’, 28 September – 3 October. sothebys.com
The Corner Shop at Selfridges
Carpenters Workshop Gallery isn’t quite ready to let summer go, with a feel-good takeover of The Corner Shop at Selfridges. The sensory pop-up will feature everything from witty lamps by Studio Job and jewellery made exclusively for the gallery, to Mathieu Lehanneur’s marble tables and Wonmin Park’s resin armchairs (pictured). All pieces will be available to purchase – a perfect antidote to art fair fatigue.
‘Summer is an Attitude’, 30 September – 20 October. carpentersworkshopgallery.com; selfridges.com
Betty Parsons: The Queen of the Circus
The expressive paintings and sculptures produced by the late American artist Betty Parsons during her six-decade career drew on a kaleidoscopic range of inspirations, from natural phenomena and the cosmos, to Native American culture and Asian spiritual practices. Born into a prominent New York family, Parsons studied alongside Alberto Giacometti and was later taught by Arshile Gorky. Alison Jacques Gallery is highlighting her output during the 1960s and 1970s in the first exhibition of Parson’s work in London in nearly 40 years. Pictured, Maine (detail), 1972.
‘Betty Parsons: The Queen of the Circus’, 2 October – 9 November. alisonjacquesgallery.com
Enoc Perez: The Cinematic Self
Enoc Perez is taking his fascination with architecture in a new direction, gazing inwards for the first time at the medley of interiors inhabited by artists, collectors and other eccentrics of the 20th century. The Puerto Rican-American artist transfers oil paint to the canvas using a unique technique of press and rubbing multiple small impressions, from which scenes like Le Corbusier’s drafting table and Francis Bacon’s London studio gradually emerge. Pictured, Via Fondazza 36, Bologna, Home and Studio of Giorgio Morandi, 2019.
‘Enoc Perez: The Cinematic Self’, 2 October – 22 November. benbrownfinearts.com
Sunday Art Fair
Now in its tenth edition, Sunday Art Fair eschews the traditional booth format with an open-plan layout that invites new and emerging artists and galleries to rethink the limits of their respective spaces. Held at Ambika P3 – a 14,000 sq ft former concrete testing bunker beneath Baker Street – this year sees 16 first-time participants, including The Hole (New York) and Over the Influence (Los Angeles). Sunday Art Fair is free and open to the public during Frieze week. Pictured, Backyard Patio, 2019, by Jonathan Chapline.
Sunday Art Fair, 3 – 6 October. sundayartfair.com
Albert Oehlen at Serpentine Gallery
Albert Oehlen is a master of organised chaos whose work deconstructs the medium of painting to its most bare essentials: colour, gesture, motion and time. At the heart of his show at the Serpentine Gallery is an installation that commences the German artist’s new study of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, presented alongside a selection of paintings from the past two decades. A newly configured soundtrack by musical ensemble Steamboat Switzerland will play at intervals throughout the exhibition’s run. Pictured, Sachen aus Glas, 2002.
‘Albert Oehlen’, 2 October 2019 – 2 February 2020. serpentinegalleries.org
Henning Strassburger: KARMA MANSION
At Blain Southern, Berlin-based artist Henning Strassburger is tapping into our connection with mass media, pop culture and architecture with a new series of abstract paintings. The works are set against a lo-fi ‘wallpaper’ made from appropriated photographs that originally featured celebrity couple Justin and Hailey Bieber until Strassburger digitally removed them from the frame, leaving behind empty interiors (kitchen pictured). On view concurrently is British artist Michael Simpson’s first solo exhibition with the London gallery.
‘KARMA MANSION’, 2 October – 16 November. blainsouthern.com
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters
Parasol Unit is presenting a major solo exhibition by Rayyane Tabet, a Beirut-based artist who offers alternative perceptions of political and personal events through sculpture and found objects. Mind your step on the gallery’s first floor: Colosse Aux Pieds D’Argile, 2015 (pictured) is an extensive installation of reclaimed marble columns from a 19th-century luxury villa, punctuated with a series of stress-test concrete cores from the modern building that replaced it.
‘Rayyane Tabet: Encounters’, 29 September – 14 December, Parasol Unit. parasol-unit.org
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
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
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
National Saturday Club and Bonhams
Phyllida Barlow, Richard Long 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, detail of Haggadah (P2), 2014, by Gerhard Richter.
Bonhams Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale, 3 October. bonhams.com; saturday-club.org
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
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
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 Cosmin Costinas, 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
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
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
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
Antony Gormley at the RA
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
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
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 (pictured). Shoppers can also snap up bespoke homeware by Simone Rocha or special editions by the likes of Jeremy Deller, Martino Gamper and Wolfgang Tillmans, 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. Read more here.
House of Voltaire, 26 September – 21 December. houseofvoltaire.org
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
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