Fashion month has only just skidded out the door, and we’re straight into London Frieze. Swap your fashion hats for your painter’s berets, and lets art.
Screening as part of London Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ hotly-anticipated new film Poor Things hits select London cinemas this weekend. Emma Stone owns the film as Bella Baxter, a young woman in Victorian England who, after committing suicide, is re-animated by scientist Dr Goodwin Baxter and discovers a wild new world of self-discovery and sexual liberation. Also starring Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley, in typical Yorgos fashion, the film exists in a brilliantly fantastical, macabre and contorted world you’ll never want to leave.
London Film Festival runs at BFI Southbank until October 15th, more info here.
The big Frieze
This week Frieze takes up its annual spot in London’s Regent’s Park London, and with that, swathes of art lovers flock.
The fair is a great opportunity to see works from a tightly curated mix of both emerging and long-established artists from some of most innovative and influential galleries across the world. As always the line-up proves to be a hotbed of art nuggets. Sadie Coles are holding a group presentation featuring works by artists who participated in the inaugural event in 2003 such as John Currin and Sarah Lucas, Barbara Chase-Riboud’s bronze statues will be on show at Hauser & Wirth, and Tracey Emin has curated a showcase of paintings by Margate-based Vanessa Raw for Carl Freedman Gallery. Obviously there’s a lot going on, here’s your annual chance to gorge on all things art.
Frieze Art Fair runs until 15th October at Regent’s Park, London
Axel Arigato has opened an installation of new works by Mexican artist Débora Delmar as part of Frieze. Delmar herself focuses on the effects of globalisation – with particular scrutiny on consumer culture on society. Her work examines the contextual value of goods, analysing their production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
Directly confronting this by interacting with Axel Arigato’s retail space on Broadwick Street, Delmar has created an installation of new works made specially for the occasion. These consist of a series of site-specific works: three suspended security mirrors, clocks made with Axel Arigato shoe boxes that tell the time of brand/artist relevant time-zones, chrome finish vinyls of Victorian wrought iron gates, ‘Marathon circles’ constructed from the popular Axel Arigato style – and roses that directly link to Delmar’s solo presentation at Frieze itself.
The installation will be open in Axel Arigato’s Broadwick St store until 22nd October.
Two new records
It’s a double release day for two of our favs. Troye Sivan’s hot new record Something To Give Each Other is out today, bursting with passionate, euphoric verve, while Jonny Pierce’s highly personal, self-reflective eponymous record, Jonny, is also out. We advise buying both and playing back-to-back.
Sampha in a church
As the title above suggests, Mercury Prize-winning musician Sampha is performing inside Hackney Church this Friday, filling the venue with his rich, layered soundscapes. Not only has he collaborated with the best of the best – we’re talking Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and Grace Wales Bonner – Sampha’s solo records are works of high art, shimmering with emotion and depth. Hearing these works in a church setting will be special.
Sampha plays at Hackney Church on Friday 13th October.
Love Potion NV
Royal College of Art graduate Frida Wannerberger and her delicate drawings have taken up residency at Oranj in Shoreditch. Creating a new series of seven pencil works alongside signature pieces such as I’m Having Sex with You in My Head and I Saved a Seat for You, Wannerberger uses her work to imagine the infinite possibilities which arise from adopting, or rejecting, the definitive societal codes of femininity. Coincidentally, Oranj is also the perfect spot to have a wine break amid gallery hopping over the Frieze weekend and thanks to Frida you can still soak up some art while you’re at it.
Love Potion NV will show at Oranj until October 28th, more info here.
‘I’m having sex with you in my head’ by Frida Wannerberger
Chasing Chasing Amy
Often, seeing a film transcends just the simple act of watching. Sometimes, seeing a piece of media has the power to show ourselves who we truly are – or at least help us discover it – and that’s exactly what 1997’s cult hit, Chasing Amy, was able to do for director Sav Rodgers. Join her for a panel discussion about her new documentary Chasing Chasing Amy on the nuances of utilising media for self-identification as a queer person.
Chasing Identity: Queerness and Empowering Ourselves Through Film will take place on October 15th at BFI Southbank, more info here.
Still from Chasing Amy, dir. Kevin Smith, 1997.
Coinciding with Frieze Week, The Artist Room has opened the doors of a brand new home on Great Chapel Street – marked with a solo show by William Brickel taking residency until November. It’s the British artist’s largest solo show to date, debuting a body of work focusing on Brickel’s experience of growing up in the English countryside. Enigmatic male figures exist in ambiguous settings as their exaggerated figures contort and shapeshift in an outward portrayal of the artist’s formative years.
William Brickel runs at The Artist Room until November 11th, more info here.
Greek Freeze, Multiple Figures Very Close, 2023
Assuming you’ll be spending your whole weekend in the Frieze tent, you’ll want some good food. This year, Frieze will be hosting pop-ups by some of the most delicious eateries in town. Perhaps you’re after a couple of Bao’s soft and delicious bao buns? Or perhaps you’re more into a Maison Francois ouefs en gelee? Or a signature Petersham Nurseries roasted cauliflower with saffron potatoes and crispy rise? Oh, we hear you, you’re hungover and want a triple espresso and ham and cheese croissant from Gail’s. There’s no shame in that.
See the full selection of Frieze restaurant pop-ups here.