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C&TH’s One Stop Shop Guide to Frieze London 2018

Inside the event, 4-7 October

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Frieze London 2018 brings together the world’s leading galleries, showcasing today’s most significant modern and contemporary artists, alongside the fair’s celebrated programme of films, talks and performances.

Frieze London is located in the south of The Regent’s Park, with the entrance off Park Square West. The postcode is NW1 4LL – for more information on getting there, visit

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Fair Highlights

Liu Bolin ‘Reveal The (In)Visible’ Exhibition at Ruinart Art Bar

Liu Bolin x Ruinart Mucha

Hiding in Mucha posters, 2018 © Liu Bolin / Ruinart

From 4-7 October 2018, Ruinart, official Champagne of Frieze Art Fair, will be exhibiting a selection of artworks entitled ‘Reveal the (In)Visible’ by its 2018 Artist of the Year Liu Bolin in the Ruinart Art Bar at Frieze London. Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Liu Bolin is the latest contributor to Ruinart’s annual commission of a leading artist to present his own unique vision of the savoir-faire and heritage behind the first established Champagne house founded in 1729.

Gallery HyundaiGallery Hyundai

For this year’s Frieze London booth Gallery Hyundai will present a selection of works by prominent artists broadly regarded as representative figures of Korean contemporary art, including: Seung-taek Lee (b. 1932); Chung Sang-Hwa (b. 1932); Minjung Kim (b. 1962); Lee Ufan (b. 1936) and Yeesookyung (b. 1963). These artists will be exhibited alongside works by two pioneers of Korean video art, Nam June Paik (1932 – 2006) and Park Hyunki (1942 – 2000). Section: Main – Booth C13

Tracey Emin curated exhibition at Deutsche Bank VIP LoungeFrieze

Deutsche Bank will this year hold an exhibition of sixty works by female artists – including Louise Bourgeois, Kara Waker, Marlene Dumas and Rosemarie Trockel – from their collection in the VIP lounge at Frieze, which will be curated by Tracey Emin’s studio. Furthermore, Emin has approached some of the artists from the collection to ask them to create unique post-card sized works for a charity sale, to be held both in the DB lounge during the fair as well as online for the public. The identities of the 220 artists who have created the 600 postcards will be revealed after the works have been sold. Each postcard will cost £200, the sale of which will go towards supporting vulnerable women community projects.

A guide to navigating the fair is available at frieze.

Talks and Performances

Laurie Anderson; Friday 5 October at 4:30pm: Legendary artist Laurie Anderson presents multimedia storytelling, drawing on her personal experience – from her Midwestern upbringing to the recent conditions of life in Trump’s America – followed by an in conversation with Frieze Talks co-curator Lydia Yee.Frieze live

Vivian Caccuri; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro: Vivian Caccuri uses sound as a vehicle to combine experiments in sensory perception with issues relating to history and social conditioning. Caccuri’s illustrated lecture is inspired by the mosquito and its relationship with humanity. Mosquitos buzz to each other as a love call, but their buzz in the ears of humans, once understood, is now hated. Caccuri proposes delirious ways to re-bond with these insects.

Keynote Lecture: Alexander Chee; Friday 5 October at 12:30pm: Addressing this year’s Frieze Talks programme theme of autobiography, a Keynote Lecutre by the author of Edinburgh (2001), The Queen of the Night(2016) and the acclaimed essay collection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel(2018), which Eileen Myles praised as: ‘a really moving (and sometimes devastating) writing memoir of being young, of being someone and not entirely knowing it yet—all the while being so poetically receptive to the fragrant and devastating strains of beauty and beauty’s harsh wisdom that wind up moving and shaping a life’.

Visit frieze for a full line-up of talks and performances.

City Highlights

Absent Minded at Etro

In London’s boutique Jacopo Etro collaborates with French artist Patrick Tresset presenting an exclusive exhibition of robotic installations, titled “Absent Minded”, during the Frieze Art Fair. The Etro boutique on Old Bond Street will host Tresset’s two performative installations, which use robots as actors. The robots, representing stylised minimal artists, are only capable of drawing obsessively. Their bodies are old school desks on which the drawing paper is pinned. A left arm, bolted on the table, a mechanised camera looks alternatively at the drawing in progress and at the subject. The London boutique will offer the opportunity to have your own portrait taken upon request, realized by the robots, from October 4th until October 13th. Visit the Etro Boutique at 43 Old Bond Street, London 

Partnership Editions and Mortimer House Life Drawing Workshops with Venetia BarryVenetia Berry

To coincide with Frieze London, Partnership Editions have teamed up with Mortimer House to co-host a series of lively Life Drawing Workshops on Sunday 7th October led by artist Venetia Berry which celebrate the female form. Using specialist inks and materials from Winsor & Newton, Venetia will guide you through all the techniques you need to perfect your own drawings. At the end of each session Venetia will select her favourite sketch to take permanent residence within Mortimer House. All levels of drawing are encouraged and welcome. Materials and welcome drink included in the cost of the ticket price. £35 per person (Spaces limited to 15 per session).Tickets are available for purchase here. Sunday 7 October, 12pm and 3pm | Loft & Gallery, Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH


‘Reveal the (In)Visible’ at 108 GarageRuinart

Ruinart will blend interests in contemporary art and gastronomy through a special collaboration with Chris Denney, Executive Chef of the critically acclaimed restaurant 108 Garage. The unexpected 8-course menu entitled ‘Reveal the (In)Visible’ inspired by the eponymous exhibition of commissioned camouflage artworks by world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin will be available during the run up to and beyond Frieze Week from 21 September until 20 October. Denney has devised a thought-provoking collection of dishes that emulate Bolin’s artistic concept of ‘revelation’ with dishes such as Jelly Fish with unripened green mango – a rarely used and surprisingly ‘sea spaghetti like’ ingredient which is revealed as the second biggest threat to ocean life. 108 Garage, 108 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5PS 21 September – 20 October Friday and Saturday only £135 for lunch (incl. food and wine), £145 for dinner (incl. food and wine).


Dorset Square, Marylebone Dorset Square Hotel Review

The first of Firmdale’s sexy yet welcoming city hotels, owned and run by multi-talented husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, opened in 1985. Like their Knightsbridge Hotel and Number Sixteen, it’s a beautiful London townhouse, this one Georgian, with some gentle decorative reminders that it occupies the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. There are bats arranged like works of art, tiny cricket balls as wardrobe doorhandles, photographs and cartoons of famous cricketers and other memorabilia, all incorporated into Kit’s sophisticated interiors. Her style is witty, contemporary and bold, combining strong colours and contrasting fabrics, enhanced by exciting modern art. There’s an elegant drawing room with an honesty bar, and 38 seductive bedrooms, many overlooking the Dorset Square garden, to which guests have access. The Potting Shed restaurant serves exceptional modern British food, with a clever lighting installation by Martha Freud as a backdrop. Doubles from £276.

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