The Best of Frieze Week 2015
Frieze Week – you know, that time of the year when you dress in your finest creative garb and pretend you know lots about art, but actually you’ve just trekked through Regent’s Park in the hope of getting a free drink and maybe meeting someone rich. We know. Philistines. However, in the name of bettering ourselves, we have compiled a list of our highlights from Frieze Week 2015 – both in the tent and at other artistic happenings around London. Which obviously means plenty of dubious fashion references and the rest shamelessly pilfered from more artistically astute news sources. Serious art buffs, please avert your eyes.
Jeff Wall “Woman and Her Doctor” at the Johnen Gallery
Firstly, let’s ease ourselves in with something expensive. Expensive things we can get on board with. Expensive things we can understand. Like, say, Jeff Wall’s photograph ‘Woman and Her Doctor’, valued at the grand price of a million pounds. And, if this is a little over your budget, there’s a lovely Wolfgang Tillmans available – a steal at £500,000.
Jon Rafman at the Zabludowicz Collection
Jon Rafman’s solo show at the Zabludowicz Collection is giving us thoughts of Louis Vuitton’s Spring collection – you know, anime, immersions in cyber worlds, Oculus Rift etc. Except darker – expect disturbing internet-inspired films that reference “spaces of play and spaces of contemplation, forcing the viewer to physically enter into these unsettling psychological realms.” Welcome to the not so bright future.
AYR, “Comfort Zone”
We often spend our day wanting to lie down. Really from the moment we get out of bed until we get back in bed again. But now we have an excuse to. Thank God! It’s all thanks to the the installation “Comfort Zone” by AYR, part of Frieze Projects, which is basically made of lots of artistic looking beds that you can recline upon. Plus there’s massage. And phone chargers. It’s all about the way the internet is invading our homes, apparently. A concept we’ll be sure to contemplate whilst we lie down and charge our iPhones.
Jeremy Herbert’s Underground Chamber
Jeremy Herbert once created tour sets for Madonna. Our lowbrow cultural assertions continue. We can only presume this life-changing experience inspired the creation of the mysterious underground chamber he has built this year under the fair, again part of Frieze Projects. So mysterious, in fact, we are having to use a picture of one of his previous designs. Apparently it’s filled with wind machine that promise to evoke strong associations of memory and place. And not for just pretending to be Beyonce. Of course not.
Tate Modern, “The World Goes Pop”
Out of the tent and on to the other side of the river to the Tate Modern, who are opening their latest exhibition “The World Goes Pop” to coincide with Frieze. Now, we know this sounds a little bit like a compilation album from 2001, featuring the works of the Spice Girls, Steps and B*Witched, but it will actually explore an alternative history of notorious cultural movement, Pop Art. Which sounds a little more culturally fulfilling – “this is pop art, but not as you know it”
Eddie Peake, “Forever Loop” at the Barbican
Last week, Ten Towers spent a good ten minutes looking at Time Out magazine’s coverage of Eddie Peake’s Forever Loop at the Barbican. Why? A debate about the various meanings of the artwork? Planning our cultural weekend? No, of course not. Because there was a picture scantily dressed man on rollerskates, who’s part of the exhibition. Who wouldn’t want to see that? But in all seriousness, this is a very good exhibition that explores desire and sexuality in modern life – with enough nudity to pique our interest.
“Allied Editions” by the ICA
Yes, we like expensive things, but often our budget does not stretch all that far. Especially in the world of art. And we thought a fashion habit was expensive. Hence the wonderfulness of ICA’s Allied Editions, where you can get a work of art from as little as £40. And these are like, proper artists – Prem Sahib, Juergen Teller, Gosha Rubchinskiy and Zhang Ding, to name but a very small few. If that wasn’t enough, all the proceeds go to education programmes and artistic institutes. Oh, sweet charity!
The Sculpture Park
Even better than cheap things are free things. For who doesn’t love to live the life gratis? So, for those of you who don’t want to pay/beg for a ticket, you can just walk around Regent’s Park and look at the sculptures erected for the event by Claire Lilley, including pieces from Richard Serra , Anri Sala and Seung-Taek Lee. So now all you need to say “yes, darling, mwah mwah, I’ll see you in there, I’m just enjoying the fresh air and outdoor sculptures far too much!”