Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2015: Ten of the best events and exhibitions

By Ben Miller | 13 October 2015

Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters return to London with hundreds of galleries offering thousands of exhibits and events this week. Where to start? Here are ten

A photo of a glowing red room from Frieze Art Fair 2015
Samara Scott, Harvest (2015). Installation View, The Sunday Painter© Courtesy Samara Scott / The Sunday Painter
Sunday Painter, Frieze
Fabric softener, nail varnish, food colouring, sand, rope, insulation foam, rice, noodles, tights and wine are the unlikely materials of Samara Scott, the young London-based artist whose floor-based Lonely Planet is a “water relief” encasing an otherworldly environment. A narrow path around its edge aims to enhance the installation’s feel of being a living, natural organism.

Allied Editions, Frieze
A fairly titanic alliance of galleries are uniting here: Camden Arts Centre, the ICA, Serpentine Galleries and the Whitechapel Gallery among them, as well as Glasgow International, who are also presenting a selection of their specially commissioned editions. Starting at £40, the works include exclusive new launches for Frieze by 14 artists including Pablo Bronstein and Rachel Rose.

The Gallery of Everything, Frieze Masters
Untrained, undiscovered, unintentional and unclassifiable artists are the flock of The Museum of Everything, a charity which will use the proceeds from the third Masters appearance of its gallery to support their output. Two outsider artists headline the display: Latin American draughtsman Martín Ramírez offers monumental works on paper, while Josef Karl Rädler’s delicate watercolours – found by chance during the 1960s, and recently used in a centrepiece of the Wellcome Collection’s Madness and Modernity – reflect daily life at the turn-of-the-century Austrian asylum in which he resided.

A black and white photo of Iris Clert as part of Frieze Art Fair 2015
Iris Clert in her gallery during the exhibition of Arman Le Plein Paris (October 1960)© Courtesy Arman Studio Archives, New York
Microclasan – An Homage to Iris Clert, Frieze Masters
Inaugurated 60 years ago, Iris Clert’s one-room Paris gallery was a centre of avant-garde activity ahead of its time, with artists including Yves Klein – who made an exhibition out of the empty gallery – and Arman, who countered that idea by cramming the space with found objects. An early blue monochrome by Klein and examples of Arman’s Poubelles – discarded objects encased in glass boxes – accompany archive material relating the gallery’s far-reaching materials and a new publication inspired by iris.time, the satirical newspaper published and distributed by Clert at her openings.

The Reading Room, Frieze
Frieze has always retained a keen literary bent, but the new Reading Room is a purpose-designed space featuring a variety of enticing events this time around. Look out for a temporary tattoo shop manned by international artists offering skin daubings for a fiver, talks by the likes of Shanghai-based artist Zhang Ding – currently enjoying a solo exhibition at the ICA – and readings by award-winning writers Emily Berry and Zoe Pilger.

Arcadia Missa, Frieze
All visitors will be required to surrender their phones and bags at the entrance to Amalia Ulman’s work. The Argentinian, Los Angeles-based artist has created a narrow, labyrinth-like space, and she will act as the guard to it on the opening day.

A photo of a purple sculpture of a head, an antennae and a yellow arm chair as part of Frieze Art Fair 2015
Hauser and Wirth at Frieze (left to right): Paul McCarthy, Dick Eye (2002). Silicone (blue); Isa Genzken, Weltempfänger (World Receiver) (2015). Unfired clay and metal; Mary Heilmann, Clubchair 78 (2011). Painted wood with nylon and polypropylene webbing© Courtesy the artists / Hauser and Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne
Hauser and Wirth, Frieze
If you like uniform white plinths bearing gifts, these small-scale sculptural works by the powerhouse’s artists should stand out. American sculptor Ruth Asawa’s quote, “sculpture is like farming. If you just keep at it, you can get quite a lot done”, has been printed as a motto on the booth’s back wall.

Franco Noero, Turun / Luhring Augustine, Frieze
Roughly translating as Capillary Siamese Twins, Brazilian Tunga’s Xifopagas Capilares is a performance by two twin girls umbilically connected by their long, braided hair. Made in 1984, this “work” will spend its time walking around the fair.

Richard Saltoun Gallery, Frieze Masters
Labelled an “inner space explorer” by William Burroughs, Parisian avant-garde experimentalist Henri Chopin’s audio-poems, performances, writing and art were informed by his studies in French literature following World War Two. This display includes typewriter poems influenced by his ideas of order and disorder, rare paintings, sculptures and early, hand-painted dactylopoems dating from the 1970s.

Misako and Rosen, Frieze
Ken Kagami is known for turning his apparently childish doodles to frequently sordid subject matters (phallic shapes and cartoon characters having sex are particular favourites.) Drawing on comedy, portraiture history and performance art, the Tokyo-based inspirer of art-rock innovators Deerhoof is holding live portrait sessions here – unsurprisingly, a humorous twist is promised for each sitter.

  • Frieze Art Fair is in Regent's Park, London from October 14-17 2015. Visit friezelondon.com for full details and tickets.

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