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September 23, 2014

Highlight Reel: Frieze London 2014

By Susan Michals | Art
Highlight Reel: Frieze London 2014
MARY CORSE Untitled (Black and White with Blue Outer Bands, Beveled), 2014 glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 84 x 84 inches 213.4 x 213.4 cm Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Frieze London, the grande dame of all art fairs, returns to the city’s Regents Park to showcase another annual installment dedicated to contemporary and living artists (friezelondon.com). From October 15 to 18, visitors (over 60,000 people are expected) can take in works from 162 participating galleries from around the world. With plenty to see, hear and learn, here’s what you cannot miss. 

Brand-new to the fair this year is Live, a section devoted entirely to performance-based installations, including works specifically conceived for Frieze and the restaging of important historical pieces. Works by Robert Breer, Franz Erhard Walther, Tamara Henderson, Adam Linder, Shanzhai Biennial and United Brothers will all be on view.

Head to Lehmann Maupin Gallery’s stall for a curated selection of multimedia works by artists like Lee Bul, Alex Prager, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández and others, who all share an interest in the perception of constructed environments—both physical and psychological.

Also of note is the presentation from New York’s Lower East Side gallery Canada, which showcases works by artists such as Michael Williams and Xylor Jane. Keep an eye out for pieces by the late artist David Askevold, once dubbed by fellow artist Mike Kelley as the “difficult conceptualist.” Askevold’s artistic endeavors, such as his Psychedelic Buffalo 3, defy explanation and hark back to trippy days gone by; they should not be skipped.

For art of slightly older provenance (all works on view were made before 2000), check out Frieze Masters (friezemasters.com), just a 15-minute walk away. Pay special attention to the solo artist presentations from the fair's impressive list of 120 galleries from October 15 to 19.

Should you need a break from the throngs, but not from quality art, head to London’s oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot (48 Greek St.; 44-20/7439-7474; lescargotrestaurant.co.uk). Only 14 minutes away by Tube, the old standby has just launched its Upstairs Club, with six kaleidoscopically redecorated rooms full of comfort and calm. Thanks to its collection of works by Salvador Dalí, Matisse, Laura Knight, Peter Blake and Grayson Perry, among others, you’ll still feel part of the artistically inclined fanfare.

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