ArtLyst round-up of the best alternative fairs and events for Frieze Week
Last year was a boom year for Frieze satellite fairs, seeing the opening of two major new contemporary art fairs – Sunday and Moniker International Art Fair – to fill the void left by the demise of Zoo (the contemporary satellite fair, founded in 2004 and considered by many to trump Frieze on trendiness). This year, both are back, eager to leech off the activity generated by Frieze, and to cash in on the international collectors set to arrive in the capital.
Sunday (13-16 October), returning to Ambika P3 after their successful debut there last year, receiving more than 5,000 visitors over just 3 days, is a gallery-led art fair housing some 20 young international galleries, and exhibiting work by artists they believe to be ‘at the fore of emerging talent’. Unlike Frieze, Sunday is free, aiming to provide ‘an easy going and accessible temporary platform for young galleries’. Among the artists on show will be Ryan Gander, the recent creator of the acclaimed ‘Locked Room Scenario’ with Artangel, and Christian Jankowski, whose September exhibition ‘Casting Jesus’ at the Lisson Gallery, was featured in ArtLyst’s ‘10 London Exhibitions Not to be Missed’. Other artists include Jessica Warboys, currently exhibiting in the Cell Project Space, and Simon Fujiwara, one of the contributors to Rivington Place’s ‘Entanglement’.
Similarly, Moniker International Art Fair (13-16 October), following their hugely successful debut last year (with 10,000 people walking through its doors), is back ‘to shake up London’s art fair scene once again’ with their exhibition of international street art, a category often overlooked by mainstream art fairs. It will take place at Village Underground – a vast Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch with a 10m high ceiling – but will, in addition, commission a series of offsite projects, from public artworks, educational workshops to film screenings. Among the exhibitors will be London’s Scream, Stolen Space, and Mauger Modern, Amsterdam’s Andenken Gallery and The Garage, LA’s LeBasse Projects, Tokyo’s Souled Out Studios, and Cologne’s Able & Baker.
Sunday and the Moniker International Art Fair are not, however, the only fairs set to compete with Frieze for punters. The Pavilion of Art & Design (12-16 October) will be returning to Mayfair for a fourth year with more exhibiting galleries than ever before, to bring together works of Modern Art, Design, Decorative Arts, Photography, Jewellery and, for the first time, Tribal Art (1860 to the present day). The fair promises to feature some of the latest works by renowned international designers, including Studio Job, Vincent Dubourg and Sebastian Brajkovic, Yoichi Ohira, Kate Malone, and Francis Vizner. Alongside their work will be a selection of rare Design and decorative Art Deco pieces, examples of 20th century Italian Design primarily from the 1940s to 1960s, and vintage design works by Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte and Gio Ponti. The Pavilion will furthermore feature work by major contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei and Bridget Riley.
Moving Image (13-16 October) is another art fair scheduled to clash with Frieze, but one devoted entirely to contemporary video art. Located in the Bargehouse in the South Bank Oxo Tower Wharf, and with free admission, Moving Image has invited a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions to present single-channel videos, video sculptures, and other larger video installations. It promises to provide ‘a unique viewing experience’ with ‘a rich program time-basedwork from around the globe by today’s most important and exciting new artists’. The London Moving Image fair will be the same size as the one in New York that took place in March, with around 30 galleries, but this time there will be more emphasis on large-scale pieces and experiential installations
. Auction houses are also keen to get in on the Frieze action, with two Contemporary Art sales at Philips de Pury, and another at Sotheby’s on 13 October, to be followed by Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions at Christies, King Street, on 14 and 15 October. But Christie’s has gone even further than its peers in the form of the Multiplied Art Fair (14-17 October) which will take place at their South Kensington venue. Following the success of their inaugural contemporary editions fair in 2010 – the first of its type in the UK – Christie’s has announced that it will once again throw its doors open to the public during Frieze week for what they call ‘a must-see event’, featuring ‘the hottest galleries and publishers working today’. Devoted to contemporary art editions – sculpture, photography, printing, and artists’ books –, Multiplied will be showcasing new work ‘by rising stars and established superstars’. A carefully curated selection of 40 galleries from around the world is set to include some big names, from the White Cube to the Whitechapel Gallery and Studio Voltaire, Riflemaker to Purdy Hicks.
Even individual artists are feeling the pressure to compete and prepare for the colossal traffic of art buyers, collectors and VIPS about to hit London for ‘Frieze Week’. Eleanor Lindsay Fynn, for example, is attempting to capture the attention of hundreds of thousands of people set to pass through Regents Park on their way to Frieze with her new work ‘yellow faces’ that documents her experiences with the International Art Scene. As Ben Moore of Art Below (the company staging her show) explained, ‘What better audience to present this kind of work to than those on their annual commute to London’s biggest art event of the year?’: ‘no one will understand her [Lyndsay Fynn’s] work more than Frieze goers and if they don’t understand it on their way to Frieze they will definitely understand it on their way back!’