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London’s calling and Art Fix has answered. Frieze week is kicking off and as per usual there is just so much going on around town. Feeling lost about where to begin? Art Fix is here with an essential tiplist to London’s biggest art event.

Frieze Sculpture

There’s nothing that marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn like Frieze in London. With the sculptures arriving in the English Gardens in mid-September and the full fair opening on October 13th, Frieze 2021 promises to bring a true comeback of the English contemporary art scene. Don’t miss our favorite Annie Morris’ colourful planet-like stack at the entrance of the English Gardens – it’s the perfect way to start your Frieze week!

Frieze no9 Cork Street

  • Until 23 October 2021
  • 9 Cork Street 
  • frieze.com

Do not miss this new Frieze space in Mayfair where you can find three ambitious exhibitions from the international galleries James Cohan, Commonwealth and Council, and Proyectos Ultravioleta.

Mixing it up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery

A great exhibition of contemporary painting of almost all UK based artists such as Lubaina Himid, Allison Katz and Denzil Forrester, and Lisa Brice. 

Superblue

  • From 12 October 2021
  • 6 Burlington Gardens (former Pace Gallery)
  • superblue.com

Superblue London is opening tomorrow! Kicking off with a multisensory installation by artist duo A.A.Murakami featuring a grove of tree-like automata releasing scented bubbles titled “Silent Fall”. This immersive art experience will blow you away. 

Summer  Exhibition 2021 at The Royal Academy

For the first time in history the Summer Exhibition, the largest open submission show, will fall in the winter. This year it is curated by Yinka Shonibare RA. The exhibition explores the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’ and celebrates the joy of creating art.

Liza Lou at Lehmann Maupin Gallery 

Do you remember Liza Lou, the amazing artist who made a complete kitchen out of millions of glass beads, who we showed  in our Episode 7: “Materials Matter”? This is your chance to see her work IRL in London.

Annie Morris at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Timothy Taylor gallery will display a series of sculpture, drawings and tapestry by British artist Annie Morris. This exhibition coincides with her inclusion at Frieze Sculpture 2021.

Jordan Casteel at Massimo de Carlo

Remember American Superstar Jordan Casteel from our 9th episode on Black female artists? She now shows a new body of work in London.

Ron Mueck at Thaddaeus Ropac

  • From 13 October to 13 November 2021
  • 37 Dover Street
  • ropac.net

Every Art Fixer who has seen Episode 2: “Can I Touch It?” will recognize the work by the sculptor Ron Mueck. Here is a chance to see “25 Years of Sculpture, 1996-2021″. The artist’s first exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac will mark the most comprehensive gallery survey of the internationally acclaimed sculptor to date. From his largest to his smallest works, the exhibition includes Mueck’s most celebrated sculptures from a career spanning two and a half decades, shown alongside new and previously unseen works. His unparalleled eye for physical and emotional detail charts the full spectrum of human experience – from the onset of life in pregnancy and in birth, to its final point in death – with unsettling power.

Yoko Ono at Whitechapel Gallery 

Whitechapel Gallery visitors are invited to respond to the instructions from artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono. She was one of the stars in our 5th episode.

Theaster Gates at Whitechapel

“A Clay Sermon” is an exhibition of the significance of clay, its material and spiritual legacies by Theaster Gates.

Noah Davis at David Zwirner

This exhibition provides an overview of Davis’s (1983-2015) brief but expansive career showing his lush, sensual figurative paintings.

Tacita Dean at Frith Street Gallery

At the Golden Square gallery, the ground floor will feature works relating to Dean’s forthcoming designs for “The Dante Project”, a new commission by The Royal Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House.

Anish Kapoor at Lisson gallery

​​Everybody loves Anish Kapoor’ exhibitions but this one requires a strong stomach. A new series of paintings where he delves into the deep inner world of our mind and body, from the physical exploration of flesh and blood.

Marina Abramovic at Lisson Gallery

Yes! Our episode 11: “Eye to I” featured the courageous and wonderful Marina Abramovic. This exhibition is based on seven untimely demises she undergoes on screen, set to the moving soundtrack of seven Callas solos.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House 

  • 14 October VIP, 16 & 17 October 2021
  • Strand
  • 1-54.com

London’s Somerset House is hosting the ninth edition of 1-54  the leading art fair dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. There will be 48 galleries in attendance, between them showcasing the work of more than 150 emerging and established artists.

Marina Adams at Stephen Friedman

Marina Adams dazzles us with her new large-sale paintings in which she explores color, form and movement. By sketching compositions in charcoal before pairing them with color palettes, she creates unexpected powerful contrasts. 

Elizabeth Neel at Pilar Corrias

Elizabeth Neel’s show titled “Limb after Limb” is a result of the artist’s introspection during isolation. Here, Neel explores themes of suffering, transformation, and redemption. 

What’s Up London at LVH

  • Until 6 November 2021
  • 80 Grosvenor Street 
  • lvhart.co

Curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, “What’s Up London” showcases not only art, but also unique design pieces, like furniture and everyday objects, chosen to mirror the mind of a collector. Some of the artists featured include Sol LeWitt, Loie Hollowell, Jose Davila and Emily Mae Smith, among many others.

Ibrahim Mahama at White Cube Bermondsey

  • Until 7 November 2021
  • 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street 
  • whitecube.com

This exhibition of new works by Ibrahim Mahama explores the notions of time, obsolescence and regeneration. His works, featuring large-scale installations, sculpture, collage and film, embody the artist’s upbringing in Ghana. 

Theaster Gates at White Cube Masons Yard

Theaster Gates decorates White Cube Mason’s Yard with a clay project that inspires us to think about change. “My hope was to strip the material back to its most basic form then call forth the potency of ritual, utility and philosophy and end up at new bodies of work and new ways of thinking about other forms,” explains the artist.

Georg Condo at Hauser & Wirth

This powerful exhibition sparks a range of emotions by depicting states of mind that are an inherent part of human nature. The artist’s interpretation of these fragmented psyches results in captivating and surrealistic works, that Condo refers to as being part of the “psychological Cubism” stream.

The Roberts Institute of Art

This exhibition titled “Earthbound” features land art, landscape paintings, video installation, sculpture and photography, by contemporary artists including Etel Adnan, Helen Chadwick, Richard Long, Dan Holdsworth, Theaster Gates and many more.

AUCTION HOUSES

Christie’s – Post War and Contemporary Art: 15 and 16 October

  • Viewing from 9 Oct – 15 Oct open till 5 PM  
  • 8 King Street, St James 
  • christies.com

What better way to learn about art collecting than by visiting the most prestigious auction houses? You can’t miss Christie’s Art Day Sale, highlighted by renowned contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Peter Doig, Andy Warhol and Rudolf Stingel.

Phillips – 20th Century & Contemporary Art: 14 and 15 October

  • Viewing from 6-15 October open from 10am to 6pm
  • 30 Berkeley Square
  • phillips.com 

Fixers, make sure to also pay a visit to Phillips’ Art Evening Sale, which will include works by George Condo, Milton Avery, Cinga Samson, and more.

Sotheby’s – Contemporary Art: 14 and 15 October

  • Viewing from 9 to 14 October open from 9am to 4.30 pm (except Tuesday, only open until 3pm)
  • 34-35 New Bond St 
  • sothebys.com

Sotheby’s most dynamic annual sale is unmatched. This year, it will present a diverse selection of works by established masters and emerging artists working today.

DRINK, DINE & DANCE

Beyond the fair and the best gallery shows, we’ve also included some of the town’s newest spots to enjoy a cocktail next to a Magritte or Louise Bourgeois, and where to refuel after a day of the city’s best sculptures and paintings.

Cafe Cecilia – @cafececilia

Not as much a cafe as it is a lunchtime delight. Order the hake and the agnolotti  – it is true Frieze fuel. 

Greenberry Cafe – @greenberrycafe

Less is more at Primrose Hill favourite Greenberry Cafe. Always bustling and the best place for a brunch or lunch during your busy week. 

Little Duck The Picklery – @littleduckthepicklery

  • 68 Dalston Ln
  • littleduckpicklery.co.uk

A fermenting kitchen and wine bar in Dalston that has a wonderful little window seat waiting for you during your Frieze week. While the whole menu is a delight, don’t miss the bread or the beetroots

River Cafe – @rivercafe

An institution all year round but a particular fave for this week. A Tuscan charm like no other and the only white-table cloth you’ll need for a pre or post-fair lunch.

Red Room at The Connaught – @theconnaught

  • The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair
  • the-connaught.co.uk

Home to a magical collection of red art by female visionaries like @jennyholzerstudio and Louise Bourgeois and the newest bar at @theconnaught in over ten years. No reservations but try your luck in London’s loveliest hotel.

Sessions Arts Club – @sessionsartsclub

The sexiest and most indulgent restaurant in London at the moment – this old judges’ dining room at Sessions House is the only place you want to end your art day. Florence Wright’s hotel menu is wonderful, but the sea bream and crab croquettes were our highlight.

Hectors – @hectorslondon

This new wine bar is the coziest east London spot to relax and put your feet up after a day at the fair. No reservations so you may need to wait, but trust us – the natural whites and jamon Iberico are worth it.

ChaCha – @chachaxsisterjane

Live music junkie? Get your Peruvian fix while swaying your hips to Latin music at this Notting Hill local. 

Louie – @louielondon_restaurant

Named after both King Louis XIV and Louis Armstrong, this hotspot has not only the best drinks in Covent Garden but also the loveliest bar and roof to continue the Frieze festivities into the depths of the night. Slurp down some oysters and you’ll feel fresher as ever to keep up the Frieze stamina. 

Soma Soho – @somasoho

  • 14 Denman Street
  • somasoho.com

This Indian-inspired speakeasy in the heart of Soho will keep the creative juices flowing as the sun goes down. Our fave is the Mooli – with pickled Mooli and fresh vermouth.