Frieze Art Week 2013

It's the time of the year in London when everybody suddenly talks about art. Yes, it's Frieze week (or weeks) coming up. Following our tradition, we have handpicked our favourites from the endless offers in town so you don't have to be frustrated scanning through the listings.

Our top 10 of the week are as follows (in no particular order!) -

1. Catch L’Expédition Scintillante, Act 2 (light show) by Pierre Huyghe in Raven Row's current show “Reflections from Damaged Life” - A great retrospective show spanning decades of works, make sure you stay in the gallery until you see this performance, it runs every half hour.

2. "Tomorrow" by Elmgreen & Dragset in V&A - The Norwegian duo's greatest site specific commission yet in Britain inside the V&A museum's former Textile Galleries.

3. "Beyond the Black" by Idris Khan int Victoria Miro - an important departure from Khan's photographic based works, this show comprises a suite of large black paintings, a monumental site specific wall drawing and a series of works on paper.

4. Tatsuo Miyajima's "I-Model" in Lisson Gallery - the Japanese artist is famous for his zen minimal pieces incoporating LED digit displays. There is a clay chamber room for meditation in the show, only one person to enter at time.

5. Wolfgang Tillmans' solo show Central Nervous System in Maureen Paley - once again Tillmans returns to Frieze week and we couldn't wait to see his latest creations.

6. "A series from Within" by Larissa Nowicki in Man & Eve - intriguing pieces formed from the printed pages of books, sliced and intricately woven to form new works that cannot be read in the traditional sense

7. "Sandra Blow Paintings & Prints" in Kings Place - Sandra Blow is a pioneer of the British post-war abstract movement. Seeing her works in the multi-storey atrium in Kings Place is a joyful experience

8. "Erebus" (film) by Du Preez & Thornton Jones in Londonewcastle Project Space - Du Preez & Thornton Jones have created a new body of work in collaboration with choreographer Russell Maliphant, inspired in part by the work of Auguste Rodin

9. "The Seymour & Milton Posters Show" in Kemistry Gallery - a great retrospective show about one of the most influential designer duos in the 20th century who signature push-pin style has become iconic.

10. Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent's Park - this year's sculpture park is the largest in the history of Frieze, and it's free so how can you miss it?

And apart from the Original Frieze and Frieze Masters, you have the choice of numerous satellite fairs around town. Here are a few we believe most of our followers could find something they like and go have a look -

Sunday & Touch Art Fair in Marylebone
Sluice in Bermondsey
The Other Art Fair in Brick Lane
Multiplied at Christie's
Moniker in Brick Lane

Visit our facebook page over the week to see what we have found in town apart from the above. Enjoy the best London offers in the Autumn!


Further Readings -

Page - Top 10 Photograph Exhibitions in town on TimeOut London
Page - Top 10 Art Exhibitions in town on TimeOut London
Interview - of the Director of Sluice Art Fair Ben Street by Tabius Khan for Londonist

art november in london . part 1

Tatsuo Miyajima ���男 - Pile Up Life

until 16.01.2010
Lisson Gallery

"Colour-stained" facade of the gallery seen from opposite of the road

Sorry for the long wait - it's been a busy month but I managed to drop by a few shows. They would be featured here one by one.

Tatsuo Miyajima's counting digit triggered a sense of anxiety, anticipation and thrill in Lisson Gallery on tuesday night. 

Pile Up Life (various) 2008

video link

C.F Counter Brain (various)
note: "C.F" stands for "Counter Fragile"

One may find clueless staring at these jumping numbers repeating the sequence from 9 to 1 or vice versa. But isn't life just as multi-faceted and clueless as Tatsuo's clouds of running digits? Amazing how he could sum up life in a bunch of wires and primitive counting!

The cool blue-ish LEDs in the C.F Counter Brain series are actually quite in time for christmas. I won't be surprised if they are mass-produced and placed on shelves in Selfridges it could easily become a best-seller substitute for traditional christmas tree / flower.

C.F Lifestructurism (various) 2008

video link (video not very successful to show changing digits unfortunately)

video link

full photo set here

Tatsuo has been commissioned for public art in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. His counting digits at the junction next to popular book store Tsutaya is one of the favourite photo spots of locals and tourists -

Tatsuo's work "Counter Void" (2003) at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo (image by hiromy)

Tatsuo's work "Counter Void" (2003) at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo (image by トリプ ・ tripu)

Further Readings
Official page for the show at Lisson Gallery
Official website for Tatsuo Miyajima
Limen at Royal Opera House (also covered by the Guardian here)
Review & Interview by Ben Luke for the Evening Standard, 03.11.2009
Video of C. F. Lifestructurism No.16 by owens096