Frieze London 2014: Ten to see during Frieze week

By Ben Miller | 16 October 2014

Ten highlights of an action-packed week at Frieze and around London

Lisson Gallery, Frieze

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Joyce Pensato, Mickey for Mickey (2014). Charcoal and pastel on paper© Joyce Pensato, courtesy Lisson Gallery
Hack extraordinaire Cory Arcangel, conceptual plotter Ryan Gander and cartoon obsessive Joyce Pensato cause a playful ruck around a stand peopled by attendants wearing works of art. Gander and Arcangel have also adorned the lifts of nearby Regent’s Park tube station with “cryptic” poster descriptions of their processes.

Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park

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Frieze London 2014© Photo: Linda Nylind. Courtesy Linda Nylind / Frieze
The pre-21st century accompaniment to Frieze returns with galleries from Brussels and beyond, bringing with them everything from the geography of Richard Long and the shimmering installations of Bruce Nauman (both at Sperone Westwater) to busts of muses and symbol-playing statues (Tomasso Brothers). Hop over to the sculpture park for works by the likes of Martin Creed, Jaume Plensa and Michael Craig-Martin.

The Other Art Fair; Moniker Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery

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The Old Truman Brewery has a busy week© Other Art Fair
Now in its fourth year, the Other features undiscovered artists, although its star name is the distinctly well-known taxidermist Polly Morgan, who’ll be selling limited edition prints of snake sculptures. There’s also an immersive theatre piece, workshops, live music and beer, while the modest ticket price includes entry to urban art showcase Moniker, which offers live mural art, DJ sets and street art tours.

Daniel Crouch, Frieze Masters

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John Rocques' 24-sheet Map of Georgian London© Courtesy Daniel Crouch Rare Books
The first appearance of a rare books and maps dealer at Frieze. Look out for a four-fold screen of 21 hand-coloured, copper-engraved maps from mid-18th century London, as well as the 24-sheet Map of Georgian London by French Hugenot émigré John Rocque and charts from the Dutch Golden Age of the 1660s.

1:54, Somerset House

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Hahnemuhle, Impression jet d'encre pigmentaire sur papier Harman (2014)© Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
Dedicated to contemporary African art, this fair has doubled in size, taking over the East and West Wings of Somerset House. Speakers include Elvira Dyangani Ose, Tate Modern’s Curator of International Art.

A Study in Red and Green, Hauser and Wirth, Frieze

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Rashid Johnson, Untitled (daybed 5) (2012)© Mark Wallinger, courtesy the artist / Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne
Mark Wallinger has been inspired by Sigmund Freud’s study – in Hampstead, little more than a leap from the couch away from Frieze – in curating this stand, which includes a zebra skin chaise longue themed around unconsciousness and psychoanalysis. Phyllida Barlow, Louise Bourgeois and Franz West are among the contributors.

Extinction Marathon; Bertrand Lavier Fountain, Serpentine Galleries

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Bertrand Lavier: Fountain. Part of the Serpentine Autumn Season© Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Serpentine Galleries
French artist Bertrand Lavier’s fountain, outside the Sackler Gallery, is not your usual serene water feature: its jets emanate from an unruly mass of differently coloured garden hoses. Back indoors, the two-day, Gustav Metzger-curated Extinction Marathon is a festival of ideas featuring artists, poets, queer theorists, sound recordists and other creative souls.

MIRRORCITY, Hayward Gallery

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Anne Hardy, Unity (2009). Diasec mounted c‐type print© Anne Hardy, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
A surreal “cat’s cradle” of tangled stories by Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, neons glowing above London (by Tim Etchells) and a panorama of visual patters, retrieved from the afterglow of the Big Bang by Susan Hiller, are among the highlights of the Hayward Gallery’s new show examining society in the digital age. Lindsay Seers takes over the first gallery of the space with an immersive installation based around an upturned ship.

Gagosian Gallery, Frieze

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Carsten Höller has created Gartenkinder© Matthew Lloyd / Getty for Gagosian Gallery
Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who envisioned a series of giant slides for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, has made a children’s playground, Gartenkinder. Its walls and floor are red, green, blue and yellow, and its charms include a large-scale dice that children can crawl inside, a giant mushroom that rocks like a roly-poly toy, a Perplexity Ball bouncing off at unpredictable trajectories and a striking octopus.

Kinetica Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery

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Hans Kotter, Fractal Structure (2012). LEDS perspex, mirror© Hans Kotter, courtesy Kinetica Art Fair
Scottish artists Helson and Jackets have spent seven years creating Help Me Obi, a video machine deploying 3D technology to visualise the holographic message from star wars. Animal hybrids and a museum of works by artists from 10 countries also appear this year. Futurism at its most effervescent.

  • Frieze London runs until October 18 2014. Open 12pm-7pm, tickets £15-£50. Book online.

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