Featuring work from more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries all focused on representing contemporary art by living artists, we know it’s hard to know where to begin with Frieze London. Here are our highlights to add to your ‘must see’ list:
Winner of the MaxMara Prize and the subject of major show at the Whitechapel Gallery this year, Emma presents an ambitious new ceramic works at the Sunday Painter.
The art provocateur caused controversy in 1974 when she photographed herself nude for Artforum. Over her 50 year career, Lynda Benglis has generated a momentous body of work discussing ideas of femininity and masculinity, nature and forms using unconventional materials. She’ll be in conversation with Eike Schmidt as part of the Frieze Masters’ talk programme on Thursday 5th, or find a survey of her work with Cheim & Read and Thomas Dane Gallery at Frieze Masters.
Barbara Hepworth and Judy Chicago you’ll know, but for this exhibition they’ll be shown together for the first time with Hungarian artist Ilona Keserü and Sweden’s Barbro Östlihn. While all four explore themes of abstraction, it’s the first time Keserü’s work will be shown in the UK. Having worked under the socialist regime in Hungary, Keserü was unable to access books on contemporary art, so a friend smuggled her a Judy Chicago book, making this show all the more poignant to see the artists displayed together.
You won’t be left hungry at Frieze. Start off with breakfast at 45 Jermyn Street (open from 7am), and set meetings at Brunswick House, who have a pop-up on site. Or leave the decisions up to the day: New to the festival this year are Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas, Moro and Ahi Poké, or stop by Petersham Nurseries, Pizza Pilgrims or Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Ruinart is the official champagne partner of Frieze, so we’ll be headed to their dedicated bar on site for blanc de blanc and rosé Champagnes whilst learning about the making of the Jaume Plensa sculpture via wall mounted videos. You may have to drag us away!