Frieze Week 2020: cultural things to do in London (9-16 October 2020)

Celebrate an abundance of art and culture in the capital, from virtual Frieze Week events and a thought-provoking sculpture showcase in Regents Park to the first Bruce Nauman exhibition in London for more than 20 years

5 October 2020

Frieze Week 2020

Sweet Square of Dark Abyss, Theaster Gates at White Cube

Frieze Week ordinarily takes place every October in Regents Park. This year, the prestigious art fair has launched a semi-virtual alternative that brings together more than 250 galleries online, including Hauser and Wirth, Gagosian, Sadie Coles HQ and Victoria Miro. Conceived for Frieze London 2020, White Cube is presenting a new body of work by American artist Theaster Gates, titled Sweet Square of Dark Abyss, which is available to view both online and at the Bermondsey Gallery. There is also an online Frieze Forever curation of 'greatest hits', including works by esteemed artists including Paul Cézanne and Willem de Kooning.

When: 9-16 October 2020
Website: frieze.com/fairs/frieze-london

Frieze Sculpture, Regent’s Park

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Ad Keywords, 2020. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.
Gavin Turk, L’Âge d’Or, 2019. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.

The gargantuan white Frieze tent may not be present in Regents Park this year, but Frieze Sculpture is still on display. Twelve international artists can be found in the park's English Gardens, including work by Patrick Goddard, Richard Long and Arne Quinze, which explores our relationship with the natural world. Fabio Lattanzi Antinori's thought-provoking LED sculpture, Ad Keywords, projects Google Adwords in realtime to provoke conversation on data privacy and consumerism. 

When: 5-18 October 2020
Price: Free
Location: South side of Regent’s Park, NW1 4LL
Website: frieze.com

Democratic Intuition by Meleko Mokgosi at Gagosian Gallery, Kings Cross 

Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, Power (2018), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Botswana-born Meleko Mokgosi makes her UK debut this week at Gagosian gallery near Kings Cross. Titled Democratic Intuition, her arresting, large-scale paintings confront the way that black subjects have become objects of the empire, often placing figurative studies depicting quotidian south African life alongside religious iconography, political propaganda and advertising visuals.

When: until 12 December 2020
Price: free, but visits must be scheduled in advance
Location: 6–24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD 
Website: gagosian.com

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Isaac Julien, The Lady of the Lake (Lessons of the Hour), 2019
Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2020

Curated by Jane and Louise Wilson RA, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is on display until January 2021. This year's prestigious showcase presents new work by Tracey Emin, Ai Weiwei, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer and Julian Schnabel, alongside an exciting array of emerging talent. Filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien has transformed the first two galleries in tribute to Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian curator who died last year. Every artist on display – excluding Peter Doig – is black and evokes Enwezor's commitment to using exhibitions as a positive platform for engaging politics and raising awareness of discrimination and prejudice throughout history. Look out for Julien's The Lady of the Lake, so-called after a poem by Sir Walter Scott. It features Anna Murray-Douglass, the seldom-photographed wife of Frederick Douglass.

When: until 3 January 2021
Price: £20-£22
Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Website: royalacademy.org.uk

Bruce Nauman at the Tate

 
 

A new Bruce Nauman exhibition has opened at the Tate, celebrating more than 50 years of the American artist's non-conformist work. The multimedia display incorporates video, sound and Nauman's seminal neon work, which has inspired artists including Tracey Emin. Look out for major works including Clown Torture, a controversial video installation created in 1987, and Double Steel Cage Piece, 1974, an interactive sculpture that explores themes of surveillance and confinement, which feels eerily pertinent for our current times.

When: 7 October 2020 – 13 February 2021
Price: £13
Location: The Tate, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Website: tate.org.uk

Photo London Digital

Awol Erizku, Black Fire (Mouzone Brothas), 2019, © the Artist Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts

Ordinarily held at Somerset House, this year's Photo London exhibition will be entirely online. Experience compelling contemporary photography from 104 exhibitors across 21 countries, presented alongside an engaging programme of videos, live talks and online workshops. Iranian artist Shirin Neshat is this year's recipient of the Master of Photography Award, while Photo London’s Discovery section remains dedicated to the work of emerging galleries and artists across the globe.

When: 7-18 October 2020
Website: photolondon.org

Kensington & Chelsea Art Week

Liz West at Duke of York Square

This week, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea continues its 11-day art extravaganza, celebrating local culture and creativity. Embark on a public art trail, which takes you from a multi-coloured glass tunnel on Duke of York Square to Alex Chinneck's 'Alphabetti Spaghetti' installation of knotted postboxes in Notting Hill. Another highlight is the Art in Windows series, which places artists and creative studios centre stage in the shop windows of the King's Road and Kensington High Street. 

This year’s dynamic calendar of events is the most extensive edition of Kensington & Chelsea Art Week to date and participants include Design Museum, David Hill Gallery, Chelsea Theatre, Chelsea Arts Club, White City Place and the Goldfinger Factory. Look out for a new Love Kensington + Chelsea Hoardings mural, which has been curated by Bolanle Tajudeen in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and can be found on Freston Road in Notting Hill.

When: 1-11 October 2020
Website: kcaw.co.uk

Banksy goes on display at HOFA Gallery, Mayfair

Monkey Queen, 2003, courtesy of HOFA and ARTCELS

HOFA (House of Fine Art) Gallery in Mayfair has unveiled a new exhibition of work by Banksy, on display for one week only. Titled Catch Me If You Can and available to view both virtually and at the gallery by appointment, the exhibit celebrates the enigmatic artist's provocative style. Key pieces include Monkey Queen, a satirical screenprint originally released in 2003 as an edition of 750 prints, and Jack and Jill, an iconic work produced in 2005 that depicts two children running through water, wearing bulletproof vests. The exhibition is a promotional show for ARTCELS, a digital art platform that allows clients to buy shares in exhibition portfolios, thus making art investments more accessible.

When: 7-15 October 2020
Website: thehouseoffineart.com