Welcome to this year’s Artlyst Frieze Week 2021 printable pull-out Guide. This is our curated choice of events not to miss during the busiest week in the London Contemporary Art calendar.
“From the sublime to the ridiculous London Frieze week” – Artlyst
This events guide is one of the most respected Frieze and Frieze week collateral art fair guides produced. We update it daily, adding new events as they ‘Pop-Up’! It includes information about the main fair and all of the satellite events launching the week of 13 October 2021. Please make sure you return over the next week to find out more.
Frieze London 13-17 October 2021 The Regent’s Park
Frieze London was founded in 2003. The fair is one of the world’s key contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art. It takes place in October in Regent’s Park, in the heart of London. The 2021 edition of the fair showcases over 160 of the most notable galleries from around the world.
The fair’s exhibiting galleries represent some of the most exciting artists working today, from the emerging to the iconic, and a team of world-leading independent curators advise on feature sections, making possible performance-based work and ambitious presentations by emerging galleries. The fair’s focus on living artists and innovative practices are also evident in the critically acclaimed Frieze Talks programme.
Frieze London 2021 will once again foreground discovery, engaging this year with the next generation of European curators who are reshaping the discourse around contemporary art today. Unworlding, curated by Cédric Fauq (Chief Curator, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux), will feature a selection of international artists whose practices are centred around the idea of the undoing of the world as we know it. This year’s fair also sees the addition of
Editions, a new section showcasing the world’s leading publishers of editioned works and multiples by today’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Georg Baselitz, Do Ho Suh, Julie Mehretu and more.
Frieze London coincides with and is within walking distance of its sister fair, Frieze Masters, in The Regent’s Park. Frieze Masters gives a unique view on the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice, showing work made before the year 2000, whereas Frieze London presents work created mainly post-2000. Connecting Frieze London and Frieze Masters, Frieze Sculpture is a free display of major outdoor works located in The Regent’s Park’s English Gardens at the south end of The Broadwalk. Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will again select and place the works in Frieze Sculpture 2021. Frieze Sculpture is free and open to all from 14 September until the end of October.
Each year, for the last six years, we have had over 60,000 visitors to Frieze London and Frieze Masters combined. These visitors included those with an interest in the art world, such as curators, artists, collectors, gallerists and critics, as well as the general public. Some visit as first-time collectors of art whilst others view the fair more as an exhibition, enjoying the experience as a cultural day out.
Frieze Masters 13-17 October 2021 The Regent’s Park
Frieze Masters, founded in 2010, offers a unique contemporary perspective on thousands of years of art history, from collectable objects to significant masterpieces from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century. The 2021 edition of the fair showcases over 130 of the most significant galleries from around the world.
This year, Frieze Masters will introduce a new section called Stand Out, curated by Luke Syson (Director of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), which will bring together art objects from across the ages that are great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance. Stand Out looks beyond hierarchical distinctions between works of art in different media, and in doing so, reconsiders art objects often termed ‘decorative’ or ‘functional.’ The celebrated Spotlight section will also return. Dedicated to pioneers of avant-garde art from across the world and overseen by Laura Hoptman (Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York), Spotlight will feature solo presentations of work by overlooked figures and rarely seen practices by modern masters.
Frieze Masters coincides with and is within walking distance of its sister fair, Frieze London, in The Regent’s Park.
FRIEZE MASTERS – SIX MILLENIA OF ART: Bringing together a snapshot of art history – from rare antiquities, to Old Master paintings, to luminaries of the 20th century – Frieze Masters is an unmissable destination for visitors and collectors. Highlights include: • Galerie David Ghezelbash showing a rare 5th-century mosaic, depicting a unicorn.
Marian Goodman Gallery showing an unseen body of work by William Kentridge made between 1985-
1991 (one of the most turbulent periods of South Africa’s history), including his first charcoal-and-collage animation.
Peter Harrington Rare Books with a collection of manuscripts and books on climate change, which date from as early as the 15th century
Lévy Gorvy featuring a ‘conversation’ between Carrie Mae Weems and the late Terry Adkins
Lullo • Pampoulide presenting a lost colossal masterpiece by Jules van Biesbroeck
Thaddaeus Ropac’s recreation of Rudi Fuch’s landmark documenta ’82 exhibition featuring Georg
Baselitz, Gilbert & George, Robert Mapplethorpe, Arnulf Rainer and Emilio Vedova
Stair Sainty Gallery exhibiting the last late subject painting by Francisco de Goya in private hands, to coincide with a major exhibition of the artist’s work at e Fondation Beyeler, Basel.
Each year, over 60,000 visitors to Frieze Masters and Frieze London combined. These visitors include those with an interest in the art world, such as curators, artists, collectors, gallerists and critics, as well as the general public. Some visit as first-time collectors of art whilst others view the fair more as an exhibition, enjoying the experience as a cultural day out.
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair SOMERSET HOUSE 14 – 17 OCTOBER 2021
1-54 London returns for their ninth and largest edition yet. Presenting work from 48, leading international galleries from 23 countries across Europe, Africa and North America: Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among the exhibitors this year are 20 galleries from Africa, a record number of galleries from the continent, and of the 48 exhibitors, 14 galleries will be welcomed to the fair for the first time. Exciting showcases include the work of more than 150 emerging and established artists, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds.
The fair will be accompanied by 1-54 Forum, an extensive programme of artist talks, panels, screenings, performances and readings that will be curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation. It will take place both online and at Somerset House. Entitled Continental Drift, 1-54 Forum will gather artists and audiences, mediators and narrators, to collectively delve into themes of legacy, philanthropy, and digitality. Exploring this interstitial moment in history, 1-54 Forum explores the concept of the drift as a moment for gradual reflection.
The Other Art Fair LONDON 14-17 October 2021 – The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
The Other Art Fair is the UK’s leading artist-led fair, and we are excited to be returning this October! New to the Fair? Get ready to experience art differently this October; meet over 100 forward-thinking and inspiring emerging artists, discover 1000s of artworks suiting every budget and style, and get involved in our unique visitor features – it’s an art lovers dream! This October at The Old Truman Brewery, the fair has got a features programme that will blow your mind. Enjoy a sound bath experience, buy artwork created by Guest Artist Noel Fielding, discover Tracey Emin’s brain (bet that got you intrigued), take part in a surreal treasure hunt, dance to a sound artist performance, sip some free Tequila tasters, plus much much more.
Start Art Fair 2021 13-17 October 2021 Saatchi Gallery
Start fair returns to Saatchi Gallery presenting both emerging and established artists and galleries from around the world. This year the fair features a section dedicated to curated Projects.
180 The Strand LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art
180 The Strand is the heart of London’s creative community, an iconic Brutalist building that has been transformed into a cultural centre. At its core is 180 Studios, a network of production and exhibition spaces that supports emerging talent and provides a platform for creative growth.
LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art 13 October – 18 December 2021 LUX is organised by SUUM project in collaboration with Fact at 180 Studios, 180 The Strand. It is the second in the ongoing LG OLED ART SELF-LIT GALLERY series, sponsored by LG.
LUX will showcase works from a’strict; Refik Anadol; Je Baak; Cecilia Bengolea; Cao Yuxi; Es Devlin; iart; Julianknxx; Carsten Nicolai; Random International; Hito Steyerl and Universal Everything
Featuring 13 large-scale installations, LUX brings together 12 of the world’s most celebrated media artists and collectives, creatives working with the latest audio-visual technologies to expand the boundaries of interactive, immersive art, blurring the lines between the physical and virtual worlds.
The French Dispatch Exhibition 14 October – 14 November 2021
180 Studios presents an exhibition of original sets, props, costumes, and artwork illuminating the unique aesthetic of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.
Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to enjoy “Le Sans Blague” Cafe serving classic French refreshments as featured in the film.
Ticketholders will also receive a physical copy of the limited edition The French Dispatch magazine.
Please note 14 October is a 180 Studios Members day, general tickets available from 15 October.
FRIEZE WEEK 2021 AT SERPENTINE
Exhibitions, live events, architecture and performances from Hervé Télémaque, Tosh Basco, Sophia Al-Maria, Torkwase Dyson, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, James Barnor and Sumayya Vally, Counterspace 10 – 17 October. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, FREE For all bookings firstname.lastname@example.org
11 October – press view 4-6pm, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: Heavens at The Swiss Church
16 October – Tosh Basco and Sophia Al-Maria, NO SKY x taraxos in the Pavilion
All week – Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of The Mind (press view, 6 October, 9am – 2pm)
All week – James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective
BOOKING NOT REQUIRED, FREE
10 October and 17 October – Pavilion Fragments Live Event at The Tabernacle
12 October – 17 October – Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: Heavens at The Swiss Church, Holborn
16 October – Tosh Basco and Sophia Al-Maria, NO SKY x taraxos day performance
Until 17 October – Serpentine Pavilion 2021, designed by Sumayya Vally, Counterspace
Until 17 October – Torkwase Dyson sound commission, Serpentine Pavilion
All week – Sophia Al-Maria: taraxos, Serpentine x Modern Forms Sculpture Commission
A monumental new artwork by artist and designer Es Devlin, BLUESKYWHITE, commissioned by 180 Studios will be unveiled at 180 The Strand, London on 13 October 2021. The work is part of a new immersive group show: LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art organised by SUUM Project in collaboration with Fact at 180 Studios, featuring works by Refik Anadol, Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, Random International and Universal Everything. Es Devlin’s new work has been made in response to solar engineering proposals to ‘dim the sun’ in order to counter global heating, with unpredictable potential side effects including an end to blue skies.
Recommended Gallery Exhibitions During Frieze
Marlborough Gallery presents works by Gillian Ayres (1930-2018). The first exhibition of the late artist’s work at the gallery, this is a rare opportunity to see works made during a transformative period of Ayres’ life in the 1980s – a time during which she established her dynamic and gestural style. Many of these paintings have not been seen for decades, while several other works from the same period were lost in the 2004 Momart fire.
Unit London will host Song of Songs, a group exhibition curated by Rachel Thomas (Senior Curator, IMMA) and focusing on loaned masterworks from Ithell Colquhoun. Expelled from the British Surrealist group in 1940 – for refusing to renounce her association with the occult – the show places Colquhoun’s works in conversation with contemporary artists including Linder, Richard Malone and Bharti Kher. Preview: Thurs 7 October
On view at David Zwirner, the first UK solo show of work by US artist Noah Davis (1983–2015), organised by Helen Molesworth. Alongside the paintings which present an overview of Davis’s brief but expansive career, the gallery will host a recreation of The Underground Museum founded by Noah and his wife, artist Karon Davis. Of huge importance to the cultural scene in LA, the museum has become one of the most important destinations for black art in the country and a crucial gathering place for its working-class Arlington Heights neighbourhood. Press View: Fri 8 October
Ronchini Gallery unveils new site-specific works by New York-based, Japanese artist Jacob Hashimoto. Hashimoto collages intricate, geometric patterns onto larger paper forms to create the kites which form his installations. Lying somewhere between painting and sculpture, these dense, layered compositions create a complex world from the different modular components. Private View: Tues 12 October
Frank Stella: What You See Is What You See Wednesday 29th September – Sunday 17th October 2021 Shapero Modern, 41-43 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PD Private view: Tuesday 28th September 2021
Jeff Koons & Cy Twombly: Primal Gestures – BASTIAN, 8 Davies Street, London W1K 3DW Tuesday 12th October – Saturday 4th December 2021
Launching alongside this year’s Frieze Masters (13th – 17th October 2021), Shapero Modern will hold the first comprehensive UK exhibition of Frank Stella works since 2013. The exhibition covers the period 1967 – 2001, showing the progression of Stella’s prolific career. The Shapero Modern show is a survey of Frank Stella’s prints and works on paper bringing the experimentation in his printmaking, his love of colour and his enduring relationship with abstraction to a new audience.
The Arts Club are hosting an exhibition of paintings, found objects and collage artworks by Peter Blake, the President of The Arts Club. Bringing together new and historic pieces, the exhibition includes his recent painted portrait series Girl with a Disney Tattoo, on public display for the first time.
Survey II Jerwood Space Jerwood Space 171 Union Street, Bankside, London, SE1 0LN. Showcasing new commissions by ten of the most exciting early-career artists from across the UK, providing a distinctive snapshot of current artistic concerns and approaches right now.
Exhibiting artists are Saelia Aparicio, Tereza Červeňová, Sadé Mica, Rebecca Moss, Cinzia Mutigli, Katarzyna Perlak, Shenece Oretha, Tako Taal, Nicolaas van de Lande and Angharad Williams.
The exhibition will present new sculptural, photographic, textile, moving-image, sound and assemblage pieces across the galleries, curated by Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts. Many of the artists have used the space and time enabled by this commission to use mediums new to their practice or to expand on ideas tested in previous bodies of work. At Jerwood Space the works will come together in new configurations, embracing the unique position of the gallery as a place for cross-disciplinary artistic conversation.
Cork Street Galleries Frieze London Programme
Exhibitions and Events, 7 – 17 October 2021 – Cork Street Galleries, London, W1S
Cork Street Galleries open for its annual Frieze week programme from 7-17 October 2021. As well as exhibitions hosted by Cork Street’s permanent roster of galleries, the street will present two outdoor site-specific installations as part of its programme. Gina Fischli’s work titled Ravenous and Predatory (2021) will hang across Cork Street like bunting, inaugurating the Cork Street Banners commission. Acute Art and Cork Street Galleries present Electronic Hydra Prelude, the first augmented reality (AR) exhibition on London’s Cork Street. With European premieres of works by artists Julie Curtiss, Koo Jeong A and Precious Okoyomon, both exhibitions open on 7 October.
Frieze (9 Cork Street) launches its first-ever exhibition space in London, welcoming visiting galleries throughout the year and London’s West End galleries mark the peak of the October art season with Mayfair West End Gallery Hop taking place on 14 October. An evening of events on Cork Street includes a talk by Artist Garrett Bradley as part of the Frieze Talks programme at Lisson Gallery and a commissioned performance by members of MassHysteria, an all-female collective formed of twelve multinational dance artists, in response to the current exhibition Making It: Women and Abstract Sculpture at Waddington Custot.
Mazzoleni London presents BURRI, KOUNELLIS, NUNZIO: Ethic of the artwork, opening next Tuesday curated by Bruno Corà 6 October – end of November 2021
Cromwell Place, the international arts destination and membership organisation, located in the heart of South Kensington, has announced its 2021 Frieze programming.
The exhibitions on show during this important moment in the art world will explore language, texture, and the natural world from a multiplicity of viewpoints.
Since opening its doors last October, Cromwell Place has fast become one of London’s most exciting arts destinations offering a year-round programme of diverse exhibitions, accessible to the public free of charge.
Thaddaeus Ropac present Ron Mueck 25 Years of Sculpture, 1996–2021 Opening: Tuesday 12 October London Ely House
The most comprehensive gallery survey of the internationally acclaimed sculptor to date and his first exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac
Spanning over two decades of Mueck’s career, including some of the artist’s most celebrated works and loans from major collections as well as new and never-before-exhibited sculptures
Previously unseen sculptures including the artist’s first sculpture made in cast-iron, Dead Weight (2021), an imposing one-tonne human skull dominating the ground-floor gallery.
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