Must-see stands at Frieze London 2016
- 5 October 2016
The biggest fixture in the capital's art calendar offers everything from immersive environments to nineties nostalgia.
D8, Hauser and Wirth
In this fully immersive installation the gallery has presented L'Atelier d'artistes, a deliberate cliché presenting works by various artists under the guise of a singular studio practice. The densely packed room draws inspiration from Cézanne, but is not restricted to a historical, romanticised view of a creative hideaway. Pieces by Henry Moore and Hans Arp can be found nestled among a video by Pipilotti Rist and collages by Berlinde de Bruyckere. The result is a glorious frenzy of colliding viewpoints, but manages to retain an element of harmonious chaos that will surely keep visitors enthralled with numerous layers of discovery.
B13, Limoncello and Taro Nasu
Based in London and Tokyo respectively, these galleries asked Ryan Gander to curate their booth, featuring a selection of works by artists they represent. This wonderful assemblage is presented on a large scale, geometric super-plinth. Apparently all of the works were supposed to by completely abstract, though in fact one marginally figurative work made the grade. This squared off, featureless mannequin head sports a fetching futuristic wig, created by Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams.
N1-11, The Nineties
This new section of the fair has been created as an homage to some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions of the 1990s. The group of stalls feature a recreation of Sylvie Fleury's pioneering 12-channel installation depicting iconic fitness videos from the likes of Jane Fonda and Cindy Crawford. It originally caused a stir for its cutting commentary on popular culture, though remains just as relevant now with the resurgence of fashionable fitness. Perhaps the most renowned reappraisal is Wolfgang Tillmans' compact exhibition that first took place in 1993, in a tiny space at Buchholz & Buchholz in Cologne.
P6, Julie Verhoeven
This site-specific performance piece is based in the women's bathrooms. Titled The Toilet Attendant... Now Wash Your Hands, it features bizarrely customised cubicles complete with seat covers and coloured toilet paper. The artist is accompanied by another surreally dressed attendant wearing thick makeup and comical outfits; both will be maintaining the installation and fully-functioning stalls throughout the duration of the fair. The piece is designed to interrogate intimate, invisible spaces while also examining the treatment of an overlooked, yet integral workforce.
Frieze Sculpture Park
Once again Claire Lilley, Yorkshire Sculpture Park's head of programme, has curated an impressive selection of outdoor sculpture, available to view for free throughout The Regent's Park until January 2017. It features 19 internationally acclaimed artists including Conrad Shawcross, Claus Oldeburg Barry Flanagan and Lynn Chadwick. For the first time, as a programming partner, Art Fund is not only offering a dedicated app featuring Lilley's commentary, but also a programme of photography workshops for the duration of the outdoor exhibition. Download the free app on your iPhone or Android device.