The 10 Booths Everyone's Talking about: Frieze London 2018 Highlights
What to see at Frieze Art Fair 2018: read our insider's guide to navigate the scrum with aplomb
Impossibly beautiful galleristas, head honchos in crisp white shirts, haggard journalists and heiresses in real fur traipse up and down the aisles looking at each other and, at times, the art.
Frieze London is monumental and an impossible task for one day. Read our insider's guide to navigate the scrum with aplomb.
FRIEZE LONDON 2018: THE LOWDOWN
STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY (C9)
Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a brilliant solo show of the British satirical artist David Shrigley. The Mayfair-based gallery has transformed their booth into a shopfront featuring four main elements: a new series of large-scale neons, a major two-screen digital animation, a new sound-based extractor fan installation and a new body of works on paper. It's all over Instagram already, so you'll be able to talk the talk in no time.
SOCIAL WORK: STEVENSON GALLERY (S7)
The Social Work section spotlights eight female artists from the '80s and '90s whose work emerged in response to the global social and political schisms of the time. The eight monographic exhibitions also highlight the role that galleries have played in the support of women, alienated from the mainstream, over the years. Each exhibitor in this section merits attention, but the presentation of work by Berni Searle at Cape Town-based Stevenson Gallery is among the most visceral, engaging and thought-provoking.
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY (C10)
Marian Goodman Gallery has recently announced its worldwide representation of the photographer Nan Goldin. To mark the announcement, Marian Goodman presents an outstanding series of works by the celebrated photographer, dating from 1978 to 2016, alongside works by John Baldessari, Tacita Dean and current Serpentine Gallery exhibitor Pierre Huyghe. Unlike last year's stand, which had Leonore Antune's glittering cascading ladder-like structure as its centrepiece, the booth this year is restrained and minimalist in style.
XAVIER HUFKENS (D4)
Major Belgian gallery Xavier Hufkens makes its Frieze London debut with a strong stand of big-ticket names. There's a glorious pastel nude in acrylic on canvas by Tracey Emin, as well as a striking baby pink and blue neon sign in the artist's characteristic handwriting. But at its heart is the attention grabbing larger-than-life gnome by satirical American artist Paul McCarthy. McCarthy often appropriates icons of popular culture, including Father Christmas, gnomes, Barbie and Snow White, recasting them as depraved and disgusting. McCarthy delights in creating sensationalist works that subvert expectations and triggers discomfort within his viewer. For that alone, he is regarded as one of the greatest satirical chroniclers of our time. His work also makes great Instagram fodder, especially when Emin serves as his backdrop.
KAMEL MENNOUR (A2)
Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé has literally shaken things up with her enormous, ground-breaking installation, The Shaman, 2018. The 30-tonne installation is formed of concrete, a 1.2-tonne bronze tree, a water tank and marble sculptures. A shaman is a person believed to possess the power to transgress between two dimensions, whether that be between two worlds or between good and evil spirits. Existing both underground and overground, a tree embodies this sentiment. As one of the largest and most complicated works to be parachuted in for Frieze London, it's well worth snapping for the gram.
Gagosian Gallery is now the sole representative of the Man Ray Trust around the world. To mark this special announcement, Gagosian presents a solo show of Man Ray's work at Frieze Masters. The booth brings together paintings, objects, lithographs, 'rayographs', and photographs, some of which are exhibited for the first time. We fell head over heels for Man Ray's exquisite Self-Portrait, 1924. The booth as a whole offers a pleasantly surreal experience.
GALERIA CONTINUA (D10)
Husband and wife duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov emerged from the wreckage of the USSR, and its birth and death informs every aspect of their work. They are Russia's best known contemporary artists and are particularly renowned for their large-scale immersive installations. This year, Galeria Continua dedicates its booth to the revolutionary pair: Ilya Kabakov's Twelve Commentaries on Suprematism line the walls, while a large-scale floor installation serves as an intriguing centrepiece.
DICKINSON GALLERY (C4)
To mark the 25th anniversaries of both the gallery and Tate St Ives, Dickinson Gallery has partially recreated the glorious garden of Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Hepworth's monumental River Form, 1965, in bronze serves as the stand's focal point. With plentiful foliage, water features and a beautiful collection of outdoor sculptures, the Dickinson booth offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the fair.
HAUSER & WIRTH and MORETTI FINE ART (D01)
FRIEZE SCULPTURE PARK
The sculpture park is, quite possibly, our favourite bit of the whole affair. Freed from the claustrophobic and overwhelming interior of the tents, the artworks are allowed to breathe. You wander through the park, dodging joggers, and are surprised by sculpture behind a corner, or hiding underneath a tree. It's great fun. Walk from Frieze London to Frieze Masters (or vice-versa) to take it all in.