Our selection of exhibits to see during Frieze London


Choosing between the myriad of exhibitions that pop up in London around Frieze week can be a daunting task. To help you navigate through the offerings, we’ve selected eight of the best shows that take place outside the Regent’s Park Fair Tent.

While Noguchi has made a name for himself with his Akari lights, lesser known are his sculptures made in a variety of different media and styles. © Tim Whitby / Getty Images

Until January 9, 2022, Barbican Art Gallery, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS

This exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi using his rich and varied work – sculptures, furniture, theater sets, models of monuments, children’s playgrounds, commercial objects – and influential working relationships with such people as sculptor Constantin Brancusi and architect and theorist R. Buckminster Fuller. Noguchi is an artist little known to the general public. “Most people consider Noguchi to be the designer of the [eponymous] coffee table or the Akari light sculptures, ”says Ostend. “Somehow he was always lost in limbo between the modernist canon of sculptors and the commercial designer.” Ostend hopes that the exhibition “will give people a better understanding of what can be the definition of art or real art”. Equal weight is given to Noguchi’s sculptures, like his sultry brass pieces from the late 1920s – clearly influenced by Brancusi, for whom he worked – and commercial items such as the baby monitor. Radio nurse (1937). JS

Uncut Estorick Collection
Until December 19, The Estorick Collection, 39A Canonbury Square, N1 2AN

The Estorick Collection holds one of the world’s finest collections of early 20th century Italian art outside of Italy. With an emphasis on futurism and metaphysical art, the collection includes works by great modernists such as Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi and Gino Severini. The collection was put together immediately after the war and its 120 works were rarely presented together. The exhibition also includes several reviews, editions and copies of various manifestos of the time. Uncut is also accompanied by a smaller exhibition of contemporary works by British artist Paul Coldwell, produced in response to a set of prints and drawings by Morandi. SS

The helium-filled floating orbs, each with its own flight path, respond to information from electronic sensors positioned around the Turbine Hall. Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas

Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi: In love with the world
Until January 16, 2022, Tate Modern, Bank side, SE1 9TG

Two species of intelligent robots have moved into prime real estate on the Thames: Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Collectively named aerobes, the floating orbs that New York artist Anicka Yi created to inhabit cavernous space are inspired by ocean life forms and fungi, the helium-filled forms move using rotors and of a small battery. Together, they create an “ecosystem” within the museum, says Yi, interacting with their environment and visitors, and displaying individual and group behaviors.

Behind the scenes, a team of specialists developed these aerial vehicles using software that gives each a unique flight path, thereby simulating the somewhat unpredictable processes of natural life. “Like a bee’s dance or an ant’s scent trail, aerobes communicate with each other in ways we can’t understand,” a statement from Tate Modern reads. A D

Untitled by William Scott (2019); the work of the American artist, which focuses primarily on black figures, explores citizenship, community and cultural memory

Guillaume Scott
Until January 2, 2022, Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, SW4 7JR

Continuing its tradition of giving artists an often long overdue exhibition, Studio Voltaire reopens its doors with the first solo exhibition of American artist William Scott outside the United States. It is also the first retrospective of Scott’s 30-year career and includes paintings, drawings and sculptures that are both deeply rooted in Scott’s personal history and also address broader questions of citizenship, community and cultural memory. These range from portraits of predominantly black figures such as Prince, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Kamala Harris to self-portraits and depictions of family members, neighbors and other devotees. KG

Bira (2019) by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, one of the artists featured in the Hayward Gallery exhibition. © Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro

Mix things up: paint today
Until December 12, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

Mixing It Up presents the recent work of 31 intergenerational painters based in the UK, with a focus on an investigation of painting in the country today. The artists range from greats like Rosie Wylie and Peter Doig and mid-career stars like Oscar Murillo and Alvaro Barrington to emerging artists like Rachel Jones and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. The show is not united by an overarching theme, and despite a level of inequality, the diversity of subjects, processes, and style could be seen as the show’s greatest strength. Each of these artists has already organized important personal commercial and institutional exhibitions, and any visitor will be sure to rejoice in the talent presented and, indeed, to get a clear idea of ​​the current state of painting. SS

Bacchic revelation before a term of Poussin (1632-33) © The National Gallery, London

Chick and dancing
Until January 2, 2022, National Gallery, London; February 15-May 8, 2022, Getty Center, Los Angeles

The National Gallery in London has an unexpected and improbable offer. It hosts its very first exhibition dedicated to Nicolas Poussin, the master of 17th century French Baroque and neoclassicism for which he holds the second largest collection after the Louvre. And in a perhaps counterintuitive move, given the artist’s reputation as a purveyor of all that is solemn and austere, the exhibition will focus on the thin but important slice of Poussin’s paintings depicting dance. and bacchanalia: these include paintings that the museum already holds, such as The worship of the golden calf (1633-34), alongside loans such as A dance to the music of time (c. 1634-36) from the Wallace Collection and Bacchus and Ariadne (1636-38) from the Prado Museum. “Exactly what we need after the pandemic,” says exhibition curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper. PA

Ten exhibitions will take place at the Silvertown space, featuring 110 emerging artists. Courtesy of the Factory Project

The factory project
Until October 22, Thameside Industrial Estate, Factory Road,
E16 2HB

Designed by curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri, The Factory Project invited ten London-based partner curators to stage their own exhibitions. Each exhibition has had full curatorial independence and will feature the work of 110 emerging artists primarily based in the UK. Particular emphasis is placed on installation, painting and sculpture, but several exhibitions also include video, audiovisual and textiles. The 67,000-square-foot venue is located in Silvertown in London’s Docklands, a ten-minute walk from London City Airport DLR station. Supported by Arts Council England, tickets are free – a small charitable donation is suggested – and a time slot must be reserved in advance. SS

Self-portrait by Léon Kossoff (1980); the artist was a contemporary of Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, members of the London School

Léon Kossoff: a life in painting

Until December 4, Annely Juda, 23 Derring St, W1S 1AW

This is the first major posthumous exhibition on Léon Kossoff (1926-2019) and the largest ever organized in a commercial gallery. Comprising 58 works, the exhibition has the quality and breadth of a museum retrospective and, true to the title of the exhibition, is drawn from Kossoff’s nearly 60-year career. A pupil of David Bomberg in the 1950s and a member of the School of London which included Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, Kossoff’s work has always remained figurative and never passed into abstraction. Considered primarily as a figurative painter, Kossoff, a longtime resident of London, has also regularly painted scenes of the city, tracing its development from the postwar period to the present day. As a traveling retrospective, the show will continue in New York and Los Angeles in early 2022. SS


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