6 Shows to See in London During Frieze 2018

Top Lists, Exhibition Announcements

October 2, 2018

One of the most anticipated art events in the United Kingdom and beyond, Frieze Art Fair London will be a unique opportunity to discover the world's most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic. Taking place between October 4th and 7th at Regent's Park in London, the fair will bring together more than 160 of the world's leading galleries.

In addition to the diverse gallery program, the fair will also present Frieze Artist Award, featuring new, site-specific works by contemporary artists, Frieze Film, new film commissions premiered at the fair, Frieze Music, the fair’s off-site music program; and Frieze Talks, a dynamic series of panel discussions, conversations and keynote lectures, as well as curated gallery sections Focus and Live.

If you are in London for the Frieze Week, be sure to also check out these exhibitions taking place around the town.

Featured image: Frieze Art Fair London 2016. Courtesy of Frieze Art Fair.

Turner Prize 2018

Returning to Tate Britain for its 34th edition, the Turner Prize has announced four shortlisted artists - Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson.

Comprised of an interdisciplinary team of architects, filmmakers, lawyers and scientists, Forensic Architecture explores human rights violations by using the built environment as a starting point. On the other, the practice of Naeem Mohaiemen spans films, installations, and essays. He is focused on examining transnational left politics in the period after the Second World War, the legacies of decolonization and the erasing and rewriting of memories of political utopias. Charlotte Prodger explores issues surrounding queer identity, landscape, language technology and time through diverse media such as moving image, sculpture, writing and performance. Lastly, Luke Willis Thompson addresses traumatic histories of class, racial and social inequality, institutional violence, colonialism and forced migration through film, performance, installation and sculpture.

The winner will be announced in December 2018, while the exhibition of these artists' work will be on view at Tate Britain until January 6th, 2019.

Featured image: Naeem Mohaiemen - Tripoli Cancelled, 2017. Single channel film. Commisioned by documenta 14. Co-commisioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Jameel. Additional support by Locus Athens, Hellinikon AE and Experimenter.

Oceania at the Royal Academy

On the occasion of 250 years since Captain James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, the Royal Academy celebrates the stunning and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary. Upon his arrival, Cook discovered a civilization with a rich history of inter-island trade, ocean navigation, and social and artistic traditions.

The exhibition at the Royal Academy now presents the original, raw and powerful art that resonated across the European artistic sphere. Titled Oceania, the exhibition brings together around 200 works from public collections worldwide. Spanning over 500 years, the works on view include shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, huge canoes and stunning god images, among others. It also includes works by seminal contemporary artists which tackle history, identity and climate change.

The exhibition Oceania will be on view at the Royal Academy of Arts until December 10th, 2018.

Featured image: Ta Moko panel, 1896-99, New Zealand. Carved panel, wood, shell, paint. Supplied courtesy of National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro

Taking place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden at Victoria Miro, a major exhibition of works by Yayoi Kusama will bring together new paintings, the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large-scale Infinity Mirrored Room. Titled The Moving Moment When I Went to the Universe, the show is a testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday.

The public will have an opportunity to see paintings from the ongoing series My Eternal Soul, works which abound with imagery including eyes, faces in profile, and other more indeterminate forms; new bronze pumpkin sculptures, painted in a vibrant palette of red, yellow and green, a recurring motif within the artist's oeuvre; painted bronze flower sculptures which straddle a line between nature and exuberant artifice; and the debut of Infinity Mirrored Room - My Heart Is Dancing Into the Universea large mirrored room with paper lanterns covered with polka dot patterns which conveys the illusion of the endless space.

The exhibition The Moving Moment When I Went to the Universe will be on view at Victoria Miro until December 21st, 2018.

Featured image: Yayoi Kusama -Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe, 2018 (detail). Wood and glass mirrored room with paper lanterns. 303.9 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm, 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai and Victoria Miro, London / Venice © Yayoi Kusama. Photography: Thierry Bal.

Pierre Huyghe at Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries will showcase the latest work of Pierre Huyghe, one of the world’s leading conceptual artists known for creating complex immersive ecosystems. Titled UUmwelt, the exhibition will transform the gallery space into a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviors.

Throughout the Gallery, large LED screens present images which began in the mind of a human, reconstructing a deep neural network of a person's thought. These works will be in a constant process of reconstruction, endlessly modified by external factors – light, temperature and humidity levels, the presence of insects, and the gaze of visitors.

The exhibition UUmwelt will be on view at Serpentine Galleries until February 10th, 2019. The Evening Viewing will take place on October 12th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Featured image: Pierre Huyghe, UUmwelt, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, (3 October 2018 – 10 February 2019). Copyright Ola Rindal. Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries