The most exciting official and unofficial events include sex-positive radical art, Andy Warhol and Egon Schiele, a talk with Marina Abramović, and more
Frieze London is back for its 15th edition. Across 5-8 October at Regents Park, more than 160 galleries from 31 countries will showcase internationally established and emerging talents across every medium possible. From 70s-80s explicitly sexual feminist iconography to talks with Marina Abramović, as well as Egon Schiele, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work in the flesh. However, it’s not just within the confines of Regents Park which is where the action is – as of today, various spaces across London are hosting a range of takeover events. Here are nine official and unofficial events that are happening over the coming week.
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ’S ALT FEMINISM(S) AT FRIEZE TALKS
There are some strong conversations happening at Frieze Talks this year. On Friday October 6 you’ll find Marina Abramović conversing with Tim Marlow – art director of the Royal Academy, London. On October 5 at the Alt Feminism(s) panel, curator of Frieze’s Sex Work: Feminist Art and Radical Politics section, Alison Gingeras, will also lead a discussion on the multifaceted nature of feminism. The talk features two artists from Sex Work including Marilyn Minter and Renate Bertlmann, while also introducing the multidisciplinary Cosey Fanni Tutti to the mix.
Alt Feminism(s) is on October 5, 12pm at Frieze Auditorium, Regents Park and Marina Abramović and Tim Marlow chat on October 6, 12pm at Frieze Auditorium, Regents Park
BASQUIAT, WARHOL AND EGON SCHIELE AT FRIEZE MASTERS
Frieze Masters allows you to get close and personal with works that are often only read about in books. Take this year’s curated survey on European expressionism where Dickson (London) is exhibiting the works of Symbolists Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele. Another Masters highlight is Thaddaeus Ropac’s George Orwell 1984 inspired presentation featuring works from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
October 5-8 at Frieze Masters, north-east corner of The Regent's Park
SPIT! COLLECTIVE’s MANIFESTOS
SPIT! stands for “Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts, Together!” and it’s a new collective of queer activism, art, and performance. Formed of artist Carlos Motta, writer John Athur and performer Clarios Maria Romero, SPIT! Collective will bring a two-part display to Frieze: a performance and a book compiling historical queer manifestos.
Performances at 2.30pm and 5.30pm October 5-8 at Regents Park
DRONE WORK ON THE FEMALE FORM AT FRIEZE FILM
Supported by Random Acts, Frieze Film will exhibit artists who use popular TV culture as the backbone of their work. Highlight from the schedule is Frieze Film’s youngest artist Raphaela Vogel. Vogel’s installation work questions how technology interferes with the human form and for Frieze she will be using a drone to film her own body from a ‘hornet’ perspective: one that tries again and again to attack the female body.
October 5, 3-4pm at Frieze Auditorium, Regents Park
JARVIS COCKER’S DANCE MEDITATIONS AT FRIEZE MUSIC
On Friday 6 October at The Store Studios, English musician and once frontman of 90s band Pulp, Jarvis Cocker, and The Vinyl Factory will host Dancefloor Meditations, an attempt to use clubbing to access the state of mind found only in deep meditation.
October 6, 9pm-1am at Store Studios, 180 The Strand
#COMMUNEPRESENTS BY COMMUNE EAST
#COMMUNEPRESENTS brings a moment of diversion from the Frieze calendar. Presented by Commune East, the week-long Frieze takeover event will host five artists in residency at Ace Hotel’s Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch. Opening night on Wednesday, October 4, will host the screening of a performance film by Dominic Myatt, made with filmmaker James Cooper, that explores mark-making through movement and the human body. The night will also feature a hanging wall and body adorning art collaboration between Myatt and poet James Massiah. A second event will be held on Friday, October 6 (10pm-1am), and will feature a collaborative piece between performance artist Holly Blakey and designer Caitlin Price.
#COMMUNEPRESENTS will be open October 4-8 at Hoi Polloi, 100 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JQ. Opening night 4 October 10pm-1am
1:54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR
Since its inception in 2012, 1:54 has become the world's leading international contemporary African art fair and it returns to London over Frieze week for its fifth edition. The fair draws on work from the 54 countries that make up Africa and its 2017 edition increases the inclusion and visibility of North African artists. A strong highlight of is the way it celebrates of Africa's young wave of art kids. Be sure to check out work from Fabrice Monteiro, Safaa Mazirh, and Athi-Patra Ruga.
October 5-8, Somerset House, The Strand WC2R 1LA
DOVER STREET MARKET OPEN HOUSE
Dover Street Market opens its doors to an open house on Friday, October 6, to host an array of work across fashion, music, art, and photography. Michele Lamy will be presenting her new vinyl recording of her band LAVASCAR and an accompanying music video directed by Matt Lambert, and photographer Ben Toms will be selling a set of his iconic postcards.
October 6, 6-8pm at Dover Street Market, 18-22 Haymarket London SW1Y4QU
MUSHPIT’S BYE BYE UBER PARTY/NEXT ISSUE FUNDRAISER
It’s official – Uber in London is no more (for now), BUT the next issue of Mushpit seems to be on its way. So what better way to see-one-thing-out-and-another-in than with a party at Tottenham’s Five Miles.
£5 entry. October 6, 10pm-4am at Five Miles. More information here
SHAPE AT THE HOPSITAL CLUB
Shape Arts is holding an art benefit exhibition and sale on Tuesday, October 3, at The Hospital Club. Artists including Anish Kapoor, Penny Slinger, Joy Miessi, and Anna Ostoya, have donated works to raise money in recognition of the venue’s work in creating a more inclusive and accessible arts world for disabled people. 26 works across painting, print, photography, and sculpture will go on sale, many works newly-created and never before seen.
October 3, 6-9pm at The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ