Venue Design by Kevin Carmody & Andrew Groarke for Frieze Art Fair 2011
With the return of Frieze Art Fair to its home town after a trans-atlantic conquer in New York earlier this year, it would be interesting to see how its spin-off fair Frieze Masters would fare among fellow art critics and audience. Continuing its well-praised tradition last year, Carmody & Groarke is reappointed (see photo above) to design the venue of the main fair this year. The Masters show next door would be, interestingly, designed by New York-based Selldorf Architects. It seems the competition between the two global cities are everywhere.
As usual, apart from the Giant Frieze, Moniker Art Fair in Village Underground and Sunday Art Fair in Ambika P3 are catering to a slightly more specific audience and do not cost a penny to get in. For the numerous shows in galleries around the whole city, we have shortlisted the followings for those who have no time to do the window-shopping: (in no particular order)
Kris Ruhs in the Wapping Project - full photo set here
Kris has created a series of large installations in the power station (see photo above) that have a dialogue with each other as well as the space.
Elmgreen & Dragset's transformed attic space in Victoria Miro
The duo who put a bronze boy on a rocking horse on the 4th plinth is making two distinct spaces inside the gallery's two floors in their latest show in town.
snails on junk in one of Bertozzi & Casoni's works in the show
Examine the bizarrely colourful life-like works of the Italian duo which are almost renaissance paintings come alive in 3D.
Left: Untitled 12050; Right: Untitled 12044 (2012) by Lee Knagwook
Korean artist Lee uses colour pencils and charoal to create minimalist works (see photo above) that look vibrant yet intriguing in order as a whole. The sparkle highlights in his works make a glam touch to the works.
Revolver presents works by ten artists made between 1983 and 2012 in discrete spaces in the gallery in a three-part series of short exhibitions. Show 2 features Anna Barham's live installation, Graham Gussin's sepia toned photographs and Tai Shani's sound-tracked installation.
No other artist have made a more poetic piece for Whitechapel Gallery's columned room yet than Penone (see photo above).
Ligurian Sea Saviore (1993) by Hiroshi Sugimoto
If you think David Chipperfield's museum space is a must-see, a joint show of Mark Rothko & Hiroshi Sugimoto inside a space designed by Chipperfield would be one that is seen to be believed. See the above teaser photo. We hope the show can stay forever, it is timeless.
Carpenters Workshop is renown for their taste of craft designs. It is showing a few pieces of AVL's works that viewers can view the chemistry among them when they are all in the same space.
On a sidenote, there was outrageous queue everyday in the Barbican Curve gallery since its current show opened last week (see below photo), those who live in London should avoid getting there in frieze week to save your valuable time in this period.
Random International (also represented by Carpenter Workshop)'s interactive Rain installation in the Barbican Curve gallery
A Kassen's work in Sunday Art Fair 2011 represented by New Gallerie Paris
Danish Collective A Kassen is known for their reaction with the environment and space in their works. The show would see how they respond to the relocated gallery (from Vyner Street) in its new premise and hence an one-off not to be missed.