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STATE OF THE ART: FRIEZE 2020

The must-see pieces of Frieze Art Fair, and a guide to how to do it under the guidelines.

Nothing welcomes autumn for KOIBIRD (aside from our new season drop, obviously), more than those two big white tents arriving in Regent’s Park. We’re talking about Frieze Art Fair, of course. On what would have been the busiest week in the UK for the art world, many of us thought there was no hope of spotting a celebrity or two pondering art across London. But for you major art fanatics, you can still get your fix, with some galleries showcasing with social distancing measures in place. In quarantine, or out of London? Fear not! There’s an abundance of galleries going online for you to enjoy from home. Because alas! The show must go on.

Here’s just a few that we’ll be attending... 

CROMWELL PLACE

Coined as a ‘new hub for the arts’ - Cromwell Place is a new first-of-its-kind membership which allows members of the public to visit for free. The office-space building has 14 exhibition spaces, which will constantly change. Opening on Saturday with Billy Childish represented by Lehmann Maupin, you have to wonder, is this what galleries look like in 2020? Perhaps...

Billy Childish

Billy Childish Swimmers, 2018           

SARAH MAPLE, NAZI SEXY ART SHOW

Renowned British provocateur Sarah Maple’s new must-see show takes its name from the words with the highest click-through rate. Demonstrating text based marble pieces, collage and installation, the artist is best known for her work that challenges identity, religion, feminism and the sexism in the artworld. The work includes a series of short semi-autobiographical films in the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Extras, which features David Tenant, and will be available to view on Sky Arts for free. Want to see it physically? Head to Jealous East between 1st-18th October.

Sarah Maple Self Portrait with Preceptor, 2020

THE BARBICAN

Opening this week just in time for Frieze, an exhibition of work dedicated to dance legend Michael Clark will go on display until January 2021. Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer will include pieces from Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Charles Atlas and more, and celebrates the radical presence of the dance legend in British cultural history, showcasing his work with many industries across music, fashion, film and the visual arts.

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer (image via @markgodfrey1973)

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer (image via @markgodfrey1973)

BRUCE NAUMAN, TATE MODERN

For his first show in London in 20 years, Bruce Nauman will be coming to Tate Modern to showcase 40 pieces, new and old, featuring sound, sculpture, video and his famed neon installations that inspired a generation of artists after him. Most notably his seminal work One Hundred Live and Die, which depicts the typical language used in advertising, will also feature. But don’t rush down this weekend, the exhibition will be on display until 21st February 2021.

Bruce Nauman The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, 1967

1-54 LONDON AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR

The only physical fair still going ahead is 1-54, which will return to Somerset House 8-10 October, showcasing the best contemporary African art by 30 international exhibitors. The fair may be stripped back, but will go online too - as powered by Christie’s - which will see 110 emerging and established artist’s works.

Modupeola Fadugba Gossip Girls, 2008

Ajarb Bernard Ategwa Am Looking Good, 2020

FRIEZE SCULPTURE

Given the current climate, heading to Regent’s Park for some open-air exhibitions is somewhat appealing. There’s no big tent this year, but there is some spectacular sculpture from Kalliopi Lemos and Patrick Goddard, as well as Fabio Lattanzi Antinori’s 2020 work Ad Keywords, a large LED structure that will project keywords entered into Google live, commenting on language and data.

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori Ad Keywords, 2020

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