What Galleries To Visit During Frieze Week
By Sarah Hyde
7th October 2022
As Frieze opens in Regents Park this Monday, there has never been a better time to go and see some art, and at this time, London's galleries put on their best shows. There are not only fabulous shows in the big Museums – both the William Kentridge at the RA and The Lucian Freud at the National Gallery ( with pay what you can afford on Friday nights) are magnificent. But I wanted to draw your attention to London's commercial galleries who put on their best shows for Frieze week. It is a perfect opportunity to allow your mind to be transported in all directions by the bounty that is on offer, and here follows a small selection of what to see:
At Tristan Hoare in the beautiful rooms of 6 Fitzroy Square, discover Confluence -
'A dialogue exhibition of glass sculptures by Japanese artist Ritsue Mishima and acrylic paintings by Italian artist Alessandro Twombly. Like the confluence of a river, the exhibition brings together two artists whose differing modes of expression nonetheless have a common point of departure — energy, movement and the natural world around them. This will be the first time the gallery has exhibited a group of Ritsue Mishima's sculptures and is our second exhibition with Alessandro Twombly – who uses nature as his model as other artists use the female nude.'
Just around the corner, At Alison Jacques at 16 Berners Street, discover the work of Veronica Ryan as she explores several themes, some of which are from her childhood in the Caribbean. The seed is one of the recurring themes of Veronica's work. It can be found here constructed and modelled in bronze and ceramic: including mango and avocado stones, as well as various other materials. Ryan has been casting and constructing both from found and organic forms since the 1970s, a process which has rendered lifelike and sensuous results. Combining vintage and recent works – most of which are on a domestic scale. Look out for the wonderful and timely bouquet of flowers and embroidered tea bags...
Whether you have had the opportunity to see the William Kentridge show at the RA yet or not, visit The Goodman Gallery at 26 Cork Street. This will either give you the perfect introduction to the larger exhibition or provide an extra serving of this incredible artist's work in the form of their latest exhibition of Oh To Believe in Another World; a celebration of the gallery's thirty years of representation of the artist. The must-see is Kentridge's latest work which is a five-screen projection in response to Shostakovich's Symphony number 10.
At David Zwirmer, 24 Grafton Street, call in to get drawn into Joy Revision, the photograms and lead-crystal sculptures of Andra Ursuţa which stem from a premodern conception of art as an essential tool to deal with mortality, loss, and grief. Step back into the light and head to Berkley Square to lift your spirits at Phillips, where both the evening and day sales are on view, before heading to Gagosian in Grosvenor hill Mayfair to see Mark Grotjan, Backcountry. The title came from the artist's ski touring and fly-fishing activities in Colorado. Grotjahn explores painting's formal and expressive possibilities, experimenting further with abstract mark-making, colour, and texture. These works are mighty and physical with a graphic muscularity, imparting a different feel from his previous white paintings. "In the new paintings," he observes, "it's into the night. It's the stars; it's being a small person on a big globe."
Finally, if all of this art is making you thirsty, why not slip down Mount Street to The Audley, which is this year's Frieze's destination pub. However, if you were hoping for a break from all the art, don't look up at the captivating new ceiling, an installation by British artist Phyllida Barlow - the pub offers more than a pint as Artfarm have created an art destination with three floors of 'art lead experience'. This week they have free live music every night.
10th - 12th October
Friday 14 October
Caitlin & Ollie Clarke- vocals & guitar
Saturday 15 October