Why You Can’t Miss Frieze London This Year

London Art Map by Joelle McTigue
London Art Map by Joelle McTigue

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Frieze London & Frieze Masters welcome the art world each year to explore London’s cultural landscape through a series of collaborations with critical arts organizations and public institutions.

Highlights include an exciting new ‘Artist-to-Artist’ section, an off-site film program at the ICA, and a unique project with Outset. Frieze Masters also welcomes back the Art Fund Curators Programme and the highly respected Frieze Masters Talks.

Frieze London

Adham Faramawy, the 2023 Frieze Artist Award winner, will debut his new work “And These Deceitful Waters” at Frieze London. The work is a video and sculptural assemblage examining the history of the Thames, its underground tributaries, and the people who live along its banks.

Faramawy’s project will be installed at the entrance to Frieze London this year. You can read more about the award and Faramawy in my post, Frieze Artist Award Winner Adham Faramawy Will Debut New Work at Frieze London.

Frieze artist award
Frieze Artist Award

Outset’s Studiomakers Prize will present an artist takeover of the entrance corridor to the fair, giving a platform to some of the UK’s most promising emerging artists. This unique project will provide a chance to see the work of artists exploring the relationship between art and technology, art, and identity.

Artist-to-Artist at Frieze London

For the first time, eight internationally acclaimed artists, including Tracey Emin and Simone Leigh, will propose new voices for solo exhibitions at Frieze London.

Work includes paintings by Vanessa Raw that meditate on the feminine body as a landscape and Deborah Anzinger’s that use pigments ground from local cookshop charcoal.

Participating artists and galleries:

  • Deborah Anzinger, Proposed by Simone Leigh and presented by Nicola Vassell Gallery (New York)
  • Mark Barker, Proposed by Wolfgang Tillmans and presented by Shahin Zarinbal (Berlin)
  • Ayoung Kim, Proposed by Haegue Yang and presented by Gallery Hyundai (Seoul, New York)
  • Fabian Knecht, Proposed by Olafur Eliasson and presented by alexander levy (Berlin)
  • Simonette Quamina, Proposed by Alvaro Barrington and presented by Praxis (New York, Buenos Aires)
  • Vanessa Raw, Proposed by Tracey Emin and presented by Carl Freedman Gallery (Margate)
  • Wantanee Siripattananuntakul, Proposed by Rirkrit Tiravanija and presented by Gallery Ver (Bangkok)
  • Carlos Villa, Proposed by Anthea Hamilton and presented by Silverlens (Manila, New York)
Frieze masters - (l) ben enwonwu, africa dances, 1969, oil on board, 102. 3 x 46 cm. (r) ben enwonwu, black culture, 1986, gouache on paper, 74 x 53. 5 cm.
Frieze Masters – (L) Ben Enwonwu, Africa Dances, 1969, Oil on board, 102.3 x 46 cm. (R) Ben Enwonwu, Black Culture, 1986, Gouache on paper, 74 x 53.5 cm.

Frieze Masters Booths To See

Kó gallery from Lagos, Nigeria, will be showing work by Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994.)

Enwonwu pioneered African modernism as a Nigerian artist, sculptor, and art critic. He argued that European artists were copying from and being profoundly influenced by African art. His work and writings continue to be influential.

He was born in 1917 in Onitsha, Nigeria, and was the first African graduate of the Slade School in London. In 1956, Enwonwu was commissioned to create a bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II. This commission was a significant coup for Enwonwu and helped solidify his reputation as one of Africa’s leading artists. The sculpture, unveiled at the Tate Gallery in London, was praised for its beauty and sensitive portrayal of the Queen.

Enwonwu explored masquerades in his Africa Dances series. His work Black Culture (1986) reflects his affinity with the Harlem Renaissance. His art is connected to global movements, representing cultural pride, unity, and connection.

Frieze Masters | Spotlight Section | Booth S13

Parrasch heijnen at frieze masters  - alonzo davis pan-african direction iii, 1973
mixed media on canvas 54-14 x 48 inches. Framed 56-34 x 49-12 inches
parrasch heijnen at Frieze Masters – Alonzo Davis Pan-African Direction III, 1973 mixed media on canvas 54-14 x 48 inches. Framed 56-34 x 49-12 inches

Alonzo Davis: Select Works, 1973 – 1979

Parrasch heijnen will be exhibiting a selection of Alonzo Davis’s work from the 1970s.

Alonzo Davis is a Black American artist who has worked for over 60 years. His work explores various media and methods, including painting, sculpture, performance, and installation. He is known for using self-referential iconography, such as arrows, which represent navigation.

Davis is also the co-founder of Brockman Gallery, the first major Black-owned contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. His work is included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Hammer Museum.

Frieze Masters | Spotlight Section | parrasch heijnen at Booth S17

You can read more about Frieze Masters in my post, Frieze Masters Highlights Groundbreaking Modern Women. Camille Morineau and AWARE (Archive of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions) are curators for Modern Women, a new sector at Frieze Masters this year. The solo exhibitions include artists working in a wide range of mediums between 1880-1980.

Frieze Sculpture London 2023 – What to Expect This Year?

Frieze Sculpture: Where Art and Nature Collide

Frieze Sculpture is a free public exhibition in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens. It will be on view from September 20 to October 29.

Featuring new work by Ayşe Erkmen, Ghada Amer, Hank Willis Thomas, and many others, it is curated by Fatoş Üstek for the first time. Üstek has chosen a diverse group of artists for this year’s show, whose work reflects on the current moment in history.

Erkmen’s installation, “The Longest River,” will be on view in the park’s lake, while Amer’s “The Eternal Thread” will be suspended from the trees. Thomas’s “All Power to All People” will be installed in the park’s bandstand, and many other works will be scattered throughout the grounds.

You can read more about Frieze Sculpture in my post, Frieze Sculpture: Where Art and Nature Collide.

Off-site Frieze Exhibitions and Events

The city comes alive with contemporary art during Frieze Week. Almost every gallery in town will have its most anticipated exhibit of the year open this week.

You can discover five must-see shows in Mayfair and Soho in my post, 5 Shows to See During Frieze London, including Derek Jarman’s Queer and Liu Ye’s Naive and Sentimental Painting.

As you create your itinerary for exploring off-site, make sure to include the Frieze exhibitions and events that are outside of The Regent’s Park.

Ghanaian artist El Anatsui unveils work at London’s Tate Modern

El Anatsui Commission for Tate Modern

Tate Modern is a modern and contemporary art museum located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is the world’s second most visited art museum, after the Louvre in Paris.

El Anatsui, the Ghanaian artist known for his bottle-cap tapestries, was awarded the Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The commission has been running since 2002 and has featured artists Olafur Eliasson and Kara Walker.

Anatsui was born in Anyako, Ghana, in 1944. He studied sculpture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has taught at universities in Nigeria, Ghana, and the United States.

Anatsui’s work is often made from found materials, such as bottle caps, aluminum cans, and wood. He uses these materials to create large-scale sculptures and installations that explore history, memory, and identity.

His work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou. He has received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Anatsui’s use of found materials gives his work a sense of history and immediacy. His sculptures are often monumental in scale but have a delicate and ephemeral quality. The Turbine Hall is a vast space, and seeing how Anatsui fills it with his work will be interesting.

Tate Modern and The Globe Theatre are located very close to each other, just a short walk apart, so you can easily see the theatre after seeing El Anatsui’s work.

The Globe Theatre is a reconstructed Elizabethan playhouse in London. It was built on the south bank of the River Thames on the site of the original Globe Theatre, which was built in 1599 and demolished in 1644. The new Globe Theatre opened in 1997 and is used to perform Shakespeare’s plays and other Renaissance dramas.

Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall | Oct 10 – April 14, 2024 | Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 AM – 6 PM | in the Bankside district of London, UK | Free

Inaugural Frieze x ICA Film Programme

The Institute of Contemporary Arts’s (ICA) off-site film program will showcase a selection of films that explore the intersection of art and cinema, providing a unique perspective on the power of art to communicate ideas and emotions.

One film, for example, will explore how art can document social change. The film will follow the work of a photographer who documents the lives of impoverished people. The film will show how art can be used to raise awareness of critical social issues.

Another film will explore how art can create new worlds. The film will follow the work of a filmmaker who creates experimental films that explore the nature of reality. The film will show how art can be used to challenge our perceptions of the world.

Soho house dean street townhouse, london
Soho House Dean Street Townhouse, London

Where to Stay for Frieze London

Staying at a hotel within walking distance of the fair is convenient to avoid traffic and to be able to take a break during the day. There are plenty to choose from.

Having a bit more British experience and staying at a Soho House might be more fun for London. While the social club is private, several houses book rooms for non-members. One of them is the Soho House Dean Street Townhouse, which is around the corner from the original location on Greek Street.

The Georgian townhouse has 39 bedrooms and is right in the heart of Soho, so you will be close to galleries and evenings out while not being too far from Frieze. Having breakfast and a nightcap at your hotel makes the day much more manageable.

You’re also guaranteed the food will be good at any Soho House. The club’s first floor has two dining areas: a formal restaurant and an upscale diner-inspired area with leather booths and counter seating. All member areas have the all-day club menu from early morning to late night.

The house renewed its art collection in 2022 to include more contemporary work. Global Director of Art, Kate Bryan, tells the story behind some of the most iconic pieces here if you want to get some insight before your stay.

Soho House Dean Street Townhouse | 76 Dean St, London, UK

Frieze London Art Map

The map is marked for easier planning. The three Frieze events have yellow pins. Galleries and museums are blue pins with numbers.

Zoom into London, England, and pan over to the north side of the city center to find The Regent’s Park.

Frieze London is held on the south side of The Regent’s Park in the Marylebone Green. It’s one block from the Regent’s Park Underground Station if you walk down Park Square West.

Frieze Sculpture is just north of Frieze London in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens.

Frieze Masters is held on the north side of The Regent’s Park between the Gloucester Gate and the London Zoo.

Art Galleries & Spaces in the United Kingdom

50 Golborne
Addis Fine Art London
Aleph Contemporary Ltd
Alison Jacques Gallery
Almine Rech – London
Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
Anima Mundi
Annely Juda Fine Art
Atlas Gallery
Bartha Contemporary
Ben Brown Fine Arts
bo.lee gallery
Cardi Gallery
Carl Freedman Gallery
Carlos Ishikawa
Castor
Collective Ending HQ
Cooke Latham Gallery
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Cromwell Place
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
David Hill Gallery
David Zwirner
Dellasposa Gallery
Diba Art London
Ed Cross Fine Art
Edel Assanti
Flowers Gallery
FOLD Gallery
Foreland
Francis Gallery
Frith Street Gallery
Galerie Max Hetzler
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Gazelli Art House
Goodman Gallery | London
HackelBury Fine Art Ltd
Hales Gallery
Hamiltons Gallery
Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Hauser & Wirth
Herald St
HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art)
Huxley-Parlour
Ingleby Gallery
Jack Bell Gallery
Jack Shainman Gallery: The School
Janet Rady Fine Art Ltd
JD Malat Gallery
Kate MacGarry
KOPPE ASTNER
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
Large Glass
Lévy Gorvy Dayan – London
Lisson Gallery
Long & Ryle Ltd
Lumitrix ‘The Studio’
Lyndsey Ingram
Marlborough
Massimo De Carlo
Maureen Paley
Mazzoleni Art
Michael Hoppen Gallery
Modern Art – London Bury Street
Modern Art – London Helmet Row
Michael Werner Gallery London
New Art Projects London
Nicoletti Contemporary
Offer Waterman
Pangolin London
Parafin
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art
Pilar Corrias
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Pontone Gallery
PUBLIC Gallery
Rabley Drawing Centre
Repetto Gallery
Rhodes Contemporary Art
Richard Saltoun
Ronchini
Sadie Coles HQ
Seventeen
Skarstedt Gallery
Sid Motion Gallery
Simon Lee Gallery
Southard Reid
Sprovieri
Sprueth Magers London
Stephen Friedman Gallery
Sulger-Buel Gallery
TASCHEN Store London
Tate Modern
Taymour Grahne Projects
The Approach Gallery LLP
The Cob Gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Modern Institute
The Paragon Press
The Perimeter
Thomas Dane Gallery
Timothy Taylor
TJ Boulting
Turley Gallery
Union Gallery
Victoria Miro
Vigo Gallery
Waddington Custot
WORKPLACE
Wren London

Frieze Masters | Oct 11-15 | The Regent’s Park’s Gloucester Greens in Camden Town area of London, UK | Tickets

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