Frieze London

What to see (and hear) at Frieze & Frieze Masters

What to see (and hear) at Frieze & Frieze Masters

It is quite something to be able to celebrate five decades of work by a living artist, but that is exactly what the Lisson Gallery will be doing at Frieze Masters with a solo booth showcasing brightly colored, minimalist paintings of Carmen Herrera who is 100 years old this year.

Favorite Show of Frieze Week (so far!)

Installation view at Thomas Dane One of the best shows currently on in London, Hurvin Anderson at Thomas Dane presents only new works. The Jamaican descent British artist is known for his large interiors and landscapes that bear marks of his life: makeshift barbershops, public parks, gardens and swimming pools all evoke memories, adopting visual languages of both England and Jamaica. Some of the paintings on view at Thomas Dane reminds us of the same spacial construction of his Peter's Series (2007-9) depicting make shift barbershops set at home, a popular trend amongst newly arrived Caribbean immigrants in 1950s. Other works on view are landscapes, hinting at lonely journeys and solitary. Still, these are not dark, gloomy paintings but have vivid brushwork and dynamic palette. Our favorite show that opened during Frieze so far, but we still haven't made it to Gagosian for "The Show is Over" and to Sprueth Magers for Cyprien Gaillard/Morris Louis that we heard good news. And not to forget the Mark Bradford show at White Cube, which we are curious about. So many exhibitions are opening this week, it is overwhelming.

1980s Generation Enters the Major League of Evening Auctions in London

This week London offers so many options and distractions for art lovers from around the world, with several art fairs, gallery shows and auctions taking place around the major attraction of Frieze Art Fair. We already made a must have list from a visit to the Christie's contemporary viewing, but it's barely our first stop and we are breaking the bank already, even if it is imaginary. When did even the young good art become so unobtainable? Ryan Trecartin, Oscar Murillo and Tauba Auerbach, all born  in 1980s, are the new young talent making their debut in the major league of Contemporary Evening Auction this week. Those who follow the art market were probably expecting this, as both Murillo and Auerbach have reached amazing auction records this past year: Auerbach's 2010 canvas made 505,875 pounds in June 2013, and Murillo's 2011 work sold for 253,875 pounds at the same sale. It is so encouraging to see a video work by the young Trecartin included in the evening sale too, with an estimate of 20,000-30,000 pounds. We want more collectors buying video works! Another of our favorite is a large work by the brilliant Arte Povera artist Pino Pascali from 1964. Pascali was one of the driving forces behind this Italian movement, and exploded the traditional boundaries between painting, sculpture, language, and performance; all present in the work on view at Christie's. The artist died in an accident at the age of 32, cutting his career short having produced about only 100 works or so. Estimated at 400,000-600,000 pounds, we think it might go for much higher at the Italian Sale on 18th of October.