It’s that time of year again. Frieze Week sees the world’s most esteemed galleries, artists and collectors congregate in London for a week-long celebration of contemporary art. At the heart of this celebration is the famous Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park which showcases over 170 leading contemporary art galleries from around the globe. Frieze Masters is also returning for its second year, with a dedicated programme honouring pre-21st Century artworks.
But there’s also a plethora of art to be seen outside of the confines of Regent’s Park. London is awash with private views, workshops, talks, parties and gallery openings during Frieze Week. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top off-Frieze picks on our blog – for adventurous art goers in the capital this week.
WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2013
Some Fun, 1993 / Damien Hirst
Candy: Damien Hirst & Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Blain Southern Gallery
4 Hanover Square
16th October – 30th November
Candy opens at Blain Southern, featuring the works of celebrated artists Damien Hirst and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. This is the first time Hirst’s Visual Candy paintings have been presented together exclusively. They will be displayed alongside one of Gonzalez-Torres Candy Spill works – visitors of the exhibition will be encouraged to interact with the piece by touching – or even consuming – the candy on display.
More info: Candy at Blain Southern
THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER 2013
Oxo Tower Wharf
17th October – 20th October
Moving Image is London’s first contemporary video art fair, dedicated to the medium of the moving image. Bringing together artists from all across the globe, the fair showcases the best emerging talent in video art. Exhibitors include established artists, commercial galleries and non-profit organisations. Our favourite installation is the International #Selfie Portrait Gallery which sees a host of artists poke fun at the pop cultural phenomenon that is the ‘selfie’ (the act of taking a photo of oneself to post online).
Thursday 17th between 6pm-8pm will see Bring your Own Beamer (or BYOB for short) return to London as part of Moving Image. BYOB is an international movement initiated by Sedition artist Rafael Rozendaal. Moving image artists – professionals and amateurs alike – are encouraged to bring their own projection equipment and simultaneously screen their works alongside their peers. The result is a unique collaborative project that has taken place in over 40 international cities.
The Vinyl Factory Presents: Dinos Chapman (Live)
77A Charterhouse St
Dinos Chapman’s first audio-visual show at Sonar in Barcelona was an unbridled hit. Now the artist and producer is bringing his new show ‘Luftbobler’ to London’s famous Fabric nightclub. A triptych of screens will present a series of short films which will be accompanied by an experimental electronic soundtrack to create a consuming, eerie and exhilarating ambiance. You can listen to one of the tracks from Dinos Chapman’s new EP ‘LUV2H8’ here.
More Info: Fabric
12 Carlton House Terrace
This event is a part of the ICA’s off-site season. Deliberating the notion of ‘post-internet’ as a discourse in the realms of contemporary art practice, this event brings together a host of notable figures from new media, art and academia to discuss. The panel will tackle questions such as whether post-internet art is in ‘vogue’ and what the future holds for its practitioners.
The event and panel has been curated in conjunction with Rhizome. Tickets have sold out – whilst there may be returns on the door, the event will be able to stream live online.
More info: Post-Net Aesthetics
FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER 2013
18th – 19th October 2013
The 89Plus Marathon hosted by The Serpentine Gallery is a two-day event bringing together the greatest minds of practitioners born during or after 1989. The goal of 89Plus is to give a platform for a younger generation of thinkers who have yet to have their voices heard. Merging the art, architecture, music, activism, science, and technology fields – this multi-disciplinary event will explore the socio-political questions and challenges that these industries face.
More info: 89Plus at The Serpentine Gallery
SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 2013
Collecting Art in the Age of Digital Technology
ICA off-site at The Old Selfridges Hotel
1 Orchard Street
Another event from the Institute of Contemporary Art’s ‘off-site’ season, the organisation have instigated a meeting of minds to discuss the ever evolving role of the art collector in the digital age. With the rise of online auctions and digital art facilitators like Sedition, the topic is becoming increasingly relevant in the wider art world. Speakers include Rhizome’s Executive Director Heather Corcoran, art advisors Sabrina Buell, gallerist Jonathon Carroll, and Thomas Balgraith from Paddle8. Tickets are free but seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Do it, England: The Hamlet Doctrine
The Hamlet Doctrine is a critical re-examination of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – reading the drama alongside writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts – Schmitt, Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce – to claim Shakespeare as a modernist precursor, providing a language for articulating contradiction and transformation. The event is hosted by Jamieson Webster, Simon Critchley, and Tom McCarthy and promises to leave audiences with a deeper understanding of politics of the era and the exigencies of desire.
More Info: Tate Modern
SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2013
The Other Art Fair
The Old Truman Brewery
17th October – 20th October 2o13
Artists represented by leading commercial galleries account for less than 1% of working artists. The Other Art Fair recognises this as a stumbling block for many creatives and as a result, over 100 of the most talented – yet unrepresented – contemporary artists are invited to exhibit each year. Unlike major art fairs like Frieze, The Other Art Fair champions new and emerging artists and galleries, meaning visitors get a look at the very zeitgeist of the London art scene. It’s also great news for burgeoning-collectors as artworks tend to be much more favourably priced.
More info: The Other Art Fair