Greetings from a dependably damp London! It’s been an exhilarating day at the Frieze VIP Preview and our London art tastemakers all agree that the 2014 fair highlight is Hauser & Wirth’s booth, “A Study in Red and Green” curated by Mark Wallinger. Without further adieu, here are tastemaker takes on Frieze 2014:

 

KATE GORDON OF LONDON ART STUDIES

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Kate Gordon of London Art Studies

“If Venice was the place to be last month, then London is the only place to be this week. The frenzy around Frieze has been building steadily and all of London, it seems, is putting their very best art on show. There’s truly something for everyone. Marian Goodman’s new gallery  is opening on Tuesday with a selection of Gerhard Richter’s latest works, The Pace Gallery  is showing a retrospective of the Arte Povera master Mario Merz, whilst Gagosian had to create a custom-made space to cope with the weight of Richard Serra’s four new steel works. Other highlights include Richard Tuttle at The Tate Modern, while a show about a “penniless, dead bloke” (to quote this week’s Sunday Times, and otherwise known as Rembrandt) will have queues around the block at the National Gallery. A personal favourite (gallery space and artist) is Wangechi Mutu’s new show at Victoria Miro, as well as a smaller show at Frith Street Gallery entitled “Silver”. It celebrates the gallery’s first 25 years, and I would have willingly taken the Thomas Schütte home with me (see above).  Also to be recommended on the viewing hit list is Paula Rego’s new show at Marlborough Fine Art. There’s also a charming book available for children: Stone Soup (pictured) – written by her daughter, and illustrated by Rego, which would make a rather nice addition to the Holiday gift list. Steve McQueen (dinner-party conversation – he took the Turner Prize home in 1999, rather than Tracey Emin for her bed) is showing at Thomas Dane  and is exhibiting sculpture for the very first time – made from Zimbabwe granite, it’s a long way from Hollywood. And we haven’t even started on the auction houses. £230 million pounds worth of art will be on view in Sotheby’s and Christie’s alone, including a beautiful Modigliani (see above) that I covet;  however, “price on application” is never a good sign. And finishing touches were being put in place on Sunday (see above). And finally, Phillips is now open in its rather fantastic location on Berkeley Square, and the Schwarzenegger-style skybox (where you can bid without being seen) is the talk of London. Last but not least, the highlight of the Frieze Fair is the Hauser & Wirth Booth curated by Mark Wallinger. However, I thought White Cube‘s booth was best in memory. Overall, Frieze is infinitely better than last year and there is quite a lot available under the 8,000 euro point.  My four favourite pieces at the fair were: a Thomas Ruff nude from the Konrad Fischer Gallerie, a hand  by James Daunt, a beautiful Louise Bourgeois at Hauser & Wirth, and a Wolfgang Tillmans at Maureen Paley.”

Kate Gordon
London Art Studies
Lectures at Koffmann’s in the Berkeley Hotel
Wilton Pl
Knightbridge, London
+44 (0)20 7259 5634
londonartstudies.com

 

ADAM CLAY OF PHILLIPS LONDON

Adam Clay of Phillips in front of an Alex Israel

Adam Clay of Phillips in front of an Alex Israel

“At Frieze, I’m most looking forward to Sadie Coles, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the Modern Institute and Herald Street stands.  Also, intrigued to catch some of the dance goings on at the new Frieze Live spaces, and if time allows,  a trip down to Studio Voltaire in Clapham for Anne Collier and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.”

Philips London
30 Berkeley Square
London
+44 20 7318 4010
phillips.com

 

ELEANORE DRESCH OF CULTURE WHISPER

Eleonore Dresch

Eleonore Dresch of Culture Whisper

“Martin Creed at the Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle stand,  won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his light switching on and off: he is one of the biggest names at Frieze this year.
Korean artist, Koo Jeong at Pilar Corrias Gallery  is a minimal installation artist who creates an environment in her work using smell. I am told she will show a construction of magnets that play with the idea of invisible forces. It should be an interesting structure.
I am also curious to see Laure Provost’s latest work – she won the Turner prize last year – with the Gallery MOT International.”

Culture Whisper
12 Grosvenor Place
London
+44 20 7752 0429
culturewhisper.com 

 

MEGAN PIPER OF THE LINE: A SCULPTURE WALK FOR LONDON

Megan Piper of The Line: A London Sculpture Walk

Megan Piper of The Line: A Sculpture Walk for London

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Hauser & Wirth’s stand, A Study in Red and Green, curated by Mark Wallinger. The Sigmund Freud-inspired stand has a central divide whereby works are separated thematically into the conscious (red) or the unconscious (green) – a divided self.  I’m also looking forward to Kate MacGarry’s solo presentation of Goshka Macuga’s work and the Frieze Sculpture Park, curated by YSP’s Clare Lilley. It’s great to see contemporary and historical works presented in Regents Park and I’m especially looking forward to seeing Yayoi Kusama.”

The Line: A Sculpture Walk For London
the-line.org