As the art world moves to the British capital, here are some things you shouldn’t miss during Frieze Art Fair 2019 in London.
1. Frieze Exhibitions: Frieze London and Frieze Masters
Held in the Regent’s park exhibition areas, Frieze London features contemporary art, while Frieze Masters is dedicated to art and antiquities spanning several thousand years of history. Start off by exploring the exhibition areas and all they have to offer in terms of art, music and events. Make sure not to miss Frieze Sculpture in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park featuring works by more than 20 international artists including Stephen White, Tom Sachs, Robert Indiana and Tracey Emin.
Frieze London is located in the south of The Regent’s Park, with the entrance off Park Square West. Frieze Sculpture is located in the English Gardens in the south of The Regent’s Park, with entrances off Park Square East and Chester Road. The postcode is NW1 4LL (Google Maps).
3 – 6 October 2019
2. Frieze Talks & Frieze Masters Talks
A highlight of the programme are each year the Frieze Talks, a series of discussion panels. This year’s topic: Questioning art’s relationship to the wider social world, 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus.
For the second consecutive year, the Talks are co-programmed by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios).
Tipp: Plan your visit around this event:
CAS Curatorial Summit: ‘“It Belongs to me!” Curation, Culture, Censorship and the Resurgent Far Right’ with Eoin Dara (Head of Exhibitions, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK); Júlia Rebouças (independent curator, São Paulo, Brazil); Nicolaus Schafhausen and Elif Shafak (author and activist, London, UK). Chair: Liam Gillick (artist, New York, USA)
Thursday 3 October 4:30 pm at Frieze Masters. More info here.
A further highlight are the Frieze Masters Talks. Curated by Tim Marlow, these talks taking place at the Frieze Masters Auditorium aim to explore the connections between historical art in contemporary practices.
Tipp: Plan your visit around this events:
Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tim Marlow (12pm, Friday 4 October)
Michael Craig-Martin in conversation with Emilie Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague) (12pm, Saturday 5 October)
For those interested in Architecture and Design:
Frieze Academy Art & Architecture Summit, London 2019
New Ways of Seeing: Art & Architecture in a Changing World
October 4, 2019, 9:15am
66 Portland Place
3. Gallery shows
October 3 – November 9, 2019
24 Grafton Street London, W1S 4EZ
Private view 2 October 2019 6-8pm
October 2 – April 5, 2020
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
October 2 – December 21
The debut exhibition of the Los Angeles artist with Hauser & Wirth’s London galleries is definitely worth checking out.
23 Saville Row, London, W1S 2ET
October 3 – November 2
26 Cork Street, London, W1S 3ND
Albert Oehlen at Serpentine Gallery
October 2 – February 2, 2020
3. Gallery booths at Frieze
Austin Lee RELAXGUY, 2019 at Peres Projects, Booth D01
Lucy Stein at Galerie Gregor Staiger, Booth H28
5. A break from art?
Take a break from art and take a walk in Queen Mary’s Gardens, just down from Frieze. The rose garden is named after the wife of King George V and features London’s largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses. Nearby is also the London Zoo, as well as Primrose Hill with its picturesque streets and breathtaking views over the city.
5. Any dining and drinking options?
Experience gastronomy by booking a table at: A Wong, Gloria, Kin + Deum, Kettner’s Townhouse, Pizarro. In nearby Primrose Hill, a good choice is: Odette’s Restaurant, Oka and Lemonia.
Grab a cocktail at: Cahoots, Waeska at The Mandrake, No29 Power Station West, Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel or Sketch, one of my favourites.
For tea, coffee or cake: Romo Coffee Marylebone, The Espresso Room Covent Garden, Greenberry Café and The Little One Coffee Shop in Primrose Hill.
Happy Frieze Art Fair Week!