Top 15 Exhibitions to See During Frieze Week in London

Top 15 Exhibitions to See During Frieze Week in London
Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon 2011
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Frieze Week feels bigger every year. Exhibitions, talks, and performances are mushrooming in London's every nook and cranny to coincide with the super-fair (which itself has added the robust new Frieze Masters section this year). What to see? Where to go? To help you navigate the sea of art on offer, ARTINFO UK has picked out 15 of our favorite happenings this week for a preview. (To see out ARTINFO's recommendations in illustrated slideshow for, click here.)

1) William Klein + Daido Moriyama, Tate Modern


Tate Modern has brought together two giants for what is no doubt the photography show of this autumn: a thoughtful journey through Klein's New York and Moriyama's Tokyo.

William Klein + Daido Moriyama, October 10, 2012 – January 20, 2013, Tate Modern

2) Chris Ofili, Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig

Figurative painting is on the up, and London boasts exhibitions not by one, but three of its most significant champions. At Victoria Miro, Chris Ofili, showcases pieces inspired by Ovid's "Metamorphosis" as part of a collaboration with the Royal Opera House, while Luc Tuymans explores the myth of the artist in relation to the exotic other at David Zwirner, and Doig presents new works in Michael Werner's just-opened British outpost.

Chris Ofili, to take and to give, October 6 – November 10, 2012, Victoria Miro / Luc Tuymans, Allo!, October 5 – November 17, David Zwirner / Peter Doig, New Paintings, September 27 – December 22, 2012, Michael Werner

3) Joana Vasconcelos, Haunch of Venison

Hot on the heels of her much-talked-about exhibition at Versailles (but before she gets her next big push representing Portugul at the next Venice Biennale), Joana Vasconcelos has concocted a spectacular exhibition for Haunch of Venison's Mayfair Gallery. Look forward to a lotus flower made with working domestic irons, "Full Steam Ahead (Red #1)." Smokin'.

Joana Vasconcelos, October 10 – November 17, 2012, Haunch of Venison Mayfair

4) Rashid Johnson at SLG

For his first solo show in the British capital, Rashid Johnson has crammed SLG's elegant exhibition space with paintings, hanging plants, shiny shelves, and zebra-covered daybeds — "hijacking the domestic," as he puts it.

Rashid Johnson: Shelter, September 28 – November 25, 2012, South London Gallery

5) Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Sprüth Magers

In this new series of works, produced before Weiss's death last April, the masters of the ordinary continue to work their magic with the mundane. Here they focus on architectural elements such as walls, corners, and tubes, rendered in black rubber and unfired clay and standing as intriguing artefacts from a familiar civilization.

Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Walls, Corners, Tubes, Sprüth Magers London

6) Paul Sietsema, Drawing Room

"Drawing has always been the beginning and, perhaps, the end of every project I make," conceptual artist Paul Sietsema has said. "Not making sketches per se but investigating the relationships between imagery, form, and material that dominate in our mediated experience in the world." His first UK exhibition includes four delightfully nostalgic "sailboat" images, constructing with a technique once used to retouch photography.

Paul Sietsema, September 20 – November 20, 2012, Drawing Room

7) PAD London

The place to head to for a sophisticated blend of fine art, design, jewellery, and furniture. The Pavilion of Art and Design returns to Berkeley Square for the 6th year, boasting 60 participating galleries including newcomers Castelli Gallery, L&M Arts, Skarstedt Gallery, and Paul Kasmin Gallery. Look out for Pearl Lam Design's special commission to French designer Andre Dubreuil, Michael Hoppen's presentation of a collaboration between André Villers and Pablo Picasso, and Luxembourg & Dayan's solo show by Rob Pruitt, "Panda Paintings."

PAD London, October 10 – 14, Berkeley Square

8) Kiki Smith, Timothy Taylor

"Happiness is the longing for repetition," Milan Kundera famously wrote, and for her second exhibition at Timothy Taylor Gallery Kiki Smith has chosen to explore repetition as a narrative device, in a series of sculptures, bronzes, porcelain pieces, and tapestries. During the private view on Thursday 11th, she will give a short introduction to her work.

Kiki Smith, October 12 – November 17, 2012, Timothy Taylor Gallery

9) Richard Hamilton, National Gallery

A small but dense Richard Hamilton exhibition retraces the late artist's production of the last couple of decades, including his unfinished painting "Balzac (a) + (b) + (c)," based on the French writer's short story "The Unknown Masterpiece." This work crowns Hamilton's lifetime fascination with Marcel Duchamp, and is considered by some as a response to the master of the readymade's own final work, the enigmatic "Étant Donnés."

Richard Hamilton, The Late Works, October 10, 2012 – January 13, 2013, National Gallery

10) Spotlight Section at Frieze Masters

Frieze Masters has also cannily replicated a section found at Turin's Artissima in which galleries present works by historical artists they consider overlooked. Frieze's version, Spotlight, is curated by former Istanbul Biennial curator Adriano Pedrosa, and includes solo presentations by Sigmar Polke, Hassan Sharif, Teresa Burga, and Bruce Nauman.

Frieze Masters 2012, October 11 - October 14, 2012, Regent's Park

11) Moving Image

The contemporary video art fair Moving Image is gathering momentum. In London for the second time, it boasts this year a prestigious curatorial advisory committee — including Pace director Emily-Jane Kirwan and Elizabeth Dee — and features pieces by Roman Signer, Ryan McNamara, and Francesco Jodice.

Moving Image, Contemporary Video Art Fair, October 11-14, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

12) Turner Prize 2012, Tate Britain

Head to Tate Britain for the exhibition of this year's Turner Prize nominees: Spartacus Chetwynd, Paul Noble, Elizabeth Price, and Luke Fowler. (To read ARTINFO UK's full review, click here.)

Turner Prize 2012, October 2, 2012 – January 6, 2013, Tate Britain

13) SUNDAY Art Fair

When it first launched in 2010, SUNDAY felt like a welcome departure from the main fair, and it has steadily become a mainstay of Frieze Week. Held like every year in Ambika P3's cavernous space on Marylebone Road, SUNDAY gathers 20 young galleries, this year including newcomers RODEO from Istanbul, Seventeen from London, and Lisa Cooley from New York. Curatorial duo Baz and Chaz are behind the bar, and every day for the duration of the fair they invite a different artist to make a contribution, from the modest to the immersive. Also at SUNDAY, Jonathan Monk has teamed up with Three Star Books and design team OK-RM for the "Billboard Book Project" — a publishing-as-performance event, involving a self-reflexive monumental poster, chopped up, and turned into limited-edition prints.

SUNDAY Art Fair, October 11 – 14, Ambika P3

14) Laure Prouvost's "The Wanderer" at the Rio Cinema

At 11.30pm on Friday 12th, Laure Prouvost is premiering her first feature film, part of her multifarious project "The Wanderer" based on a translation of Franz Kafka's novella by the non-German speaking Rory Macbeth. Prouvost's DIY style of filmmaking has rightly received a lot of attention recently, and this is great chance to see what she's capable of with a full crew and cast of actors.

Laure Prouvost, The Wanderer, Friday October 12, 11.30pm

15) Serpentine Marathon: Memory

This year, the famous Serpentine Marathon focuses on the concept of "memory," and is hosted in a geodesic dome standing next to Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei's cork-clad pavilion. Cast in the image of its prolific initiator — Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist — it features personalities as varied as filmmaker David Lynch, who will present a new film, and neuroscientist Israel Rosenfield discussing "The Problem of Memory" with writer John Hull. Other contributions are by poet John Giorno, author China Miéville, and composer Gavin Bryars.

Serpentine Marathon, October 12, 2012 (6pm – 11pm), October, 13, 2012 (12 noon – 10pm) and October, 14, 2012 (11am – 9pm)