Frieze London 2014: Preview

By Jo Phillips

Frieze London, one of the leading international art fairs alongside The Other Art Fair, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 15–18 October 2014. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank and Alexander McQueen it brings – for the eleventh year in a row- 162 of the leading galleries and artists from 25 different countries to the UK.

Additionally, to the basic programme, Frieze also introduces ‘Live’, a new gallery section for performance-based installations and ‘Focus’, a section dedicated to galleries for up to 12 year olds with works specifically made for the fair.

Deputy Director Joanna Stella-Sawicka said: ‘Live is a major new initiative that shows Frieze’s commitment to featuring the most ambitious and experimental art being made today. We’ve always helped galleries to realise works that capture visitors’ imaginations and allow people to participate. With Live we will be integrating an important part of Frieze’s history into the fabric of the fair, seeing where galleries are breaking new ground and supporting them in that venture.’

We at .Cent summed up the highlights of this fair in a little preview – art exhibitions and performances to look forward to:

Marlborough Fine Art – One-Man exhibition of Francis Bacon at Frieze Masters

The exhibition at the Frieze Masters stand is dedicated to the work of Francis Bacon of which the centre will be one of Bacon’s most important and celebrated works. It will be exhibited alongside works covering different periods of Bacon’s artistic oeuvre, never before seen correspondence and photographs and press material from his very first shows and will feature unpublished archival material documenting the longstanding relationship with Marlborough that began in October 1958 when Bacon joined the gallery.

This exhibition gives the public an insight view into one of the world’s leading painters.

House of the Nobleman LIGHT FANTASTIC

People have always been fascinated by light and its transformation; LIGHT FANTASTIC explores art works by leading artists as well as new work by some of today’s artists such as Troika, Random International, Tim Noble &Sue Webster and many more. Curated by House of the Nobleman director, Victoria Golembiovskaya, LIGHT FANTASTIC is an exhibition in which art has the ability to challenge our perception and stimulate wonder and serene contemplation when it comes to light and light technology. She says: “We are delighted to bring together such a diverse group of inspirational artists and works which truly embrace the immersive and interactive nature of this exciting and dynamic art form. Presenting established names alongside fresh contributors to the contemporary art scene, LIGHT FANTASTIC illustrates the continual evolution and adaptation of technology to produce relevant, inspirational and thought-provoking works of art.”

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Victoria MiroWangechi Mutu | Nguva na Nyoka

This exhibition Nguva na Nyoka (Sirens and Serpents) by Wangechi Mutu, widely known for her elaborate collages that explore and subvert cultural preconceptions of the female body , presents Mutu’s latest body of collages, video and sculptural works. Mutu draws on diverse references such as East African coastal mythologies, gender and racial politics and Western popular culture and depicts worlds within worlds which are shaped by hybridised female figures.

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Victoria Miro – Alice Neel –  My Animals and Other Family

As a keen observer of life, focused on her surroundings and with the domestic habitat of her family and animals, Alice Neel’s first solo exhibition shows fascinating examples of paintings and drawings in which she captures the spirit of people and animal.  As a result, over the course of her career from the 1930s until her death in 1984, we find fascinating examples of works that include or focus on particular animals such as cats and dogs. Take a look here and get down to celebrate her and her work.