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20 Frieze fair gains an older brother


FRIEZE ART FAIR, now in its tenth edition, has long been a highlight of the autumn art calendar. But this year, it has an exciting new offshoot.


Frieze Masters, the organisation’s first fair for historical art, will take place just a 15-minute stroll from Frieze, in the north- east corner of Regent’s Park. “Frieze has always been a very contemporary fair, and we felt that what was missing from the London calendar was a serious historical art fair for leading galleries around the world who deal in 20th-century art, ancient art and old masters – many of whom haven’t exhibited in London before,” says Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze Masters. “We spent a long time visiting galleries,


ABOVE: STILL LIFE WITH LEDA AND THE NEWBORN, COURTESY OF BRUCE SILVERSTEIN GALLERY


BELOW RIGHT: THREE MONUMENTAL GARGOYLES (DETAIL), OEUVRE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE-DAME IN STRASBOURG, SAINT- GEORGE, HAGUENAU, ALSACE, 1250-83, COURTESY OF SAM FOGG


making sure this was what they wanted, and I think the exhibitor list speaks for itself – these are great international galleries that want to exhibit in a fair like this in London.” In its inaugural year, Frieze Masters has signed up more than 90 galleries representing 18 countries, with some impressive names including Acquavella, Colnaghi, Gagosian, Daniel Katz, Moretti Fine Art and Helly Nahmad galleries. The artwork is equally impressive – old masters on display will include El Greco, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Giovanni Stanchi and Cornelis van Haarlem, while the modern art contingent boasts works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.


OCTOBER 9– NOVEMBER 10 John Hoyland


The first show of work by the British abstract painter after his death last July. Beaux Arts London, 22 Cork Street. Tel: 020 7437 5799.


OCTOBER 10–14 PAD London


Sixth edition of the Pavilion of Art and Design London, with 60 leading galleries from around the world showcasing modern art, design, decorative arts, photography and tribal art. Berkeley Square, Mayfair. See www.pad-fairs.com for details.


OCTOBER 10– NOVEMBER 24 Nihilistic Optimistic Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s large-scale “street compositions” made from discarded wood and other materials. Blain Southern, 4 Hanover Square. Tel: 020 7493 4492.


OCTOBER 11– NOVEMBER 17 Angela Ferreira Specially commissioned works by the Mozambican-Portuguese artist to launch Marlborough’s


new Mayfair gallery. Marlborough Contemporary, First Floor, 6 Albemarle Street. Tel: 0207 629 5161.


OCTOBER 11– NOVEMBER 23 FOS: Watchmaker New works and installations by the Danish artist FOS – aka Thomas Poulsen. Max Wigram Gallery, 106 New Bond Street. Tel: 020 7495 4960.


OCTOBER 16–20 William Foyle First solo show by the emerging artist, featuring more than 35 watercolours, mixed media works and oil paintings. Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s. Tel: 020 7930 0375.


OCTOBER 23– FEBRUARY 9 Leslie Hunter: A Life in Colour


Major exhibition of works by the Scottish Colourist, covering his life in San Francisco, Scotland, France and Italy. The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street. Tel: 020 7409 5730.


The fair also has a number of galleries showing photography: Timothy Taylor is bringing works by Diane Arbus, Victoria Miro is showing newly printed William


Eggleston photographs from the late 1980s, Eric Frank Fine Art is bringing Henri Cartier Bresson pictures and Bruce Silverstein Gallery is showing Brancusi’s photography. Rather than group the galleries


according to period, they will all be mixed together, creating some interesting juxtapositions – such as minimalist sculpture next to medieval sculpture. The architecture of the fair, designed by Annabelle Selldorf, is minimal and contemporary, so that all the work is treated in the same way, further encouraging people to think beyond the chronology of the works displayed. Siddall says the concept of the fair


reflects a current trend among collectors to mix and match art from different eras. “People are already juxtaposing ancient and contemporary within their collections – we’re seeing lots of evidence of that. We want this to be a fair for discovery, where people can see the best of what they’re already interested in and stumble upon something new as well.” The concept of juxtaposition and links between past and present continues in the fair’s talks programme. It will see contemporary artists talking about the works that inspire them, in conversation with museum curators who are experts in their field. “So if you collect a certain contemporary artist’s work, you can hear them talk about an old master who has influenced them,” says Siddall, “which might also inspire you to juxtapose the work of those artists in an interesting way in your own collection.”


Frieze Masters and Frieze London are in Regent’s Park from October 11-14. www.friezemasters.com, www.friezelondon.com


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