Once again Frieze Art Fair dares to go where many tread cautiously. The 13th edition of Frieze London mixes old and new to form a coherent noise. There is something for everyone, including resident animals, at its Regent’s Park home.
New York-based Rachel Rose, winner of the second Frieze Artist Award, will create a scale-model of the fair structure, in which lighting and sound design will simulate the sonic and visual sense frequencies of animals inhabiting the park. Rose is also the subject of a solo exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery (1st October — 8th November 2015).
Frieze London 2015 provides a discerning perspective on contemporary art while its grown-up sibling Frieze Masters offers art from a period when the word ‘installation’ might have conjured something more mechanical. It is all given context by a sterling line-up of curators including Nicola Lees (Curator, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director, ICA, London) across its feature sections and programme.
From the emerging to the iconic
For the 13th edition, 164 galleries from 27 countries will present the work of some of today’s most significant and exciting contemporary artists. In the main section, solo presentations include Camille Henrot (Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Chris Martin (Anton Kern Gallery, New York); Ken Okiishi (Pilar Corrias, London); Xu Qu (Almine Rech Gallery, London) and Mary Weatherford (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles) while, returning to Frieze London, Simon Lee Gallery (London) presents a sequence of three specially conceived solo presentations by Valerie Snobeck, Toby Ziegler and Heimo Zobering, changing the stand over the course of the fair. Other notable presentations include 42 sculptures on a forest of plinths (Hauser & Wirth, London), new works made by artists in dialogue with architect Luis Barragán’s iconic House and Studio in Mexico City (Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo) and a stand dedicated to Abraham Cruzvillegas and Jimmie Durham (kurimanzutto, Mexico City) – both of whom will have significant exhibitions at London institutions during the fair.
Evolving into the definitive destination for young galleries, the Focus section, advised by curators Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum, Zurich) and Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago), offers a chance to discover exciting emerging talents. Solo stands include an historic installation by recently rediscovered Polish artist Maria Pininska-Beres (David Radziszweski, Warsaw); a new film installation by Amie Siegel, developing the themes of her 2014 presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Simon Preston, New York); a floor-based ‘water relief ’ by young UK talent Samara Scott (The Sunday Painter, London) and a multifaceted ceramic presentation by another up-and-coming British artist, Jesse Wine (Limoncello, London).
The Live section develops from its critically acclaimed debut to encompass varied formats, including: portrait sittings with an humorous outcome by Ken Kagami (Misako & Rosen, Tokyo); an auditorium-based choreography by Edward Thomasson & Lucy Beech (Southard Reid, London); a re-enact- ment of Xifopagas Capilares (1984), a rare work by Tunga (Galeria Franco Noero, Turin and Luhring Augustine, New York) and an intimate, installation- based encounter by Amalia Ulman (Arcadia Missa, London). For the first time, Live is also curated by Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor.
The Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 comprises 16 new and historical works, set in the English Gardens between Frieze Masters and Frieze London. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and with free public access, the Frieze Sculpture Park gives visitors to The Regent’s Park a rare opportunity to encounter exceptional sculpture and installation art by international artists in the open air.
Works for 2015 include: Lock (1976-7), a major installation by Richard Serra, which Peter Freeman (New York) will be shown for the first time publicly since it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1976; Anri Sala’s Holey Wall (Should I Stay or Should I Go) (2014-15), together with live performances originally commissioned for the 12th Havana Biennial (Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris & Marian Goodman Gallery, London); a new solar-powered sound and light work by Haroon Mirza (Lisson Gallery, London); Earth Play (1979), Seung-Taek Lee’s monumental balloon model of the earth (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul); Open Screen (2014) by Carol Bove (David Zwirner, London) and an impressive 11th-14th Century AD pre-Ekoi mono- lith from Western Africa (Didier Claes, Brussels).
For the third year running the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, will develop a dedicated app for the Sculpture Park with detailed information on each of the sculptures and an audio guide by curator Clare Lilley.
Frieze Talks is a series of daily conversations, lectures and panel discussions taking place in the Auditorium at Frieze London. The programme is co-curated for the first time by Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director of the ICA, London).
Muir explains: ‘This year’s Frieze Talks mixes radical dissent with a focus on emerging artistic practice.” On Wednesday 14 October, Frieze Talks 2015 kicks off with Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera giving her first public address in the UK since her detention by Cuban authorities; and artist and novelist Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X comes together with Emily Segal, co-founder of trend-forecasting group K-HOLE in a talk titled: ‘Energy as Clickbait’. Thursday features New York-based artist Anicka Yi, while Adrian Searle (Critic, The Guardian) is joined by four prominent curators from institutions around the world in a panel entitled: The New Museums: Coming Soon To A City Near You. On Friday 16 October, graphic design studio Metahaven, who devised visual identities for WikiLeaks and Sealand, preview exclusive imagery from their latest project, in conversation with Justin McGuirk from London’s Design Museum; and Justin Simons, Head of Culture for the Mayor of London, chairs a panel discussion which addresses the question, ‘Can artists still afford to work in London?’
Presented with BMW and curated by Cecilia Alemani, Frieze Sounds activates the fair visitor’s experience through sound. Commissions by Alicja Kwade, Xaviera Simmons and Sergei Tcherepnin are made accessible at a listening station located in the Frieze London BMW 7 Series Lounge.
Visitors to Frieze London will find Caravan and Caravan-To-Go, offering a specially devised menu and cocktail list which adapts its ‘well-travelled’ food philosophy for the fair. Brunswick House; Company Drinks; GAIL’s Artisan Bakery; The Juice Well and Pizza Pilgrims return to the fair, while Ibérica, brings authentic Spanish cuisine to the VIP room, and Petersham Nurseries, recreates its critically acclaimed restaurant and café.
This new concept creates a space for visitors to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts publications; Financial Times; frieze; Monocle; ArtReview + ReviewAsia; Artforum; The Art Newspaper; Even; The White Review and other guest publications will host a schedule of events in the Reading Room, offering visitors opportunities to meet with editors and contributors in a series of informal encounters.
Frieze London and Frieze Masters is on from 14–18 October 2015 in The Regent’s Park, London