Ten stands to see at Frieze London

  • 11 October 2012

Not sure where to start at Frieze? We've drawn together our favourite stands to give you a head start.

1. David Zwirner (gallery G9)

With the paint still drying on the walls of its new London branch, the David Zwirner setup cuts a confident dash on its return to the fair. Champions of painting, they are showcasing an intriguing set of canvases by German painter Neo Rauch.

2. Hauser & Wirth (gallery C8)

Paul McCarthy's huge White Snow Head greets visitors as they enter the fair, and is an image that will stay with everyone who attends. Part of the artist's salacious retelling of the Snow White story, this sticky-smooth silicone bust captures the heroine in a moment of ecstasy.

3. David Kordansky (gallery C14)

The LA-based gallery showcases the work of new client Jonas Wood, and his Big Naked Snakes – an oversize, oil and acrylic painting of a snake-festooned amphora – gave us a big fat warm Greek glow that we haven't felt since the Olympics.

4. Galeria Fortes Vilaça (gallery E8)

Take one tree. Pack the base with compressed air cylinders, press the big red button, photograph, and print the resulting image on to dibond. Thank you Michael Sailstorfer, and thank you Galeria Fortes Vilaça for bringing it to our attention. 

5. Sadie Coles (gallery C11)

Frieze's punters are just as interesting as the art on show, and Jim Lambie's mirror with enamel painted eyeballs affords an unsettling, intriguing lens through which to view your fellow fair-goers.

6. Contemporary Fine Arts (gallery C12)

A perennial favourite at Frieze, Chris Ofili gets a strong showing this year, including a sensual series of 'Golden Angel' creations.

7. Frith Street Gallery (gallery C1)

Frith Street presents Fiona Tan's celebrated mosaic of other people's lives, Vox Populi London, which went on show this year at the Photographers' Gallery. This wall tiled with tiny photos, an oasis of nostalgia and human interest, is guaranteed to stop you in your tracks.

8. Galleri Magnus Karlsson (gallery E1)

Portaits of absorbing delicacy from Swedish painter Maria Nordin make a trip to the far west end of the Frieze tent well worth your while. 

9. Marc Foxx (gallery B8)

Frances Stark's videos recording her online sex chat take an absorbing narrative detour in Nothing is Enough, in which she exchanges messages with an Italian architect.

10. Sculpture Garden

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Clare Lilley has selected works from emerging and established artists, from Yayoi Kusama's fabulous flowers to Michael Landy's Self-portrait as Rubbish Bin.