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What Not to Miss at the Frieze Art Fair in London

October 7, 2016
Written by: sbe Editor
Header image: Serpentine Pavilion

Yesterday marked the official start of the Frieze Art Fair in London. Taking over Regent’s Park in the British capital, this sprawling contemporary fair is the best way to see the art world’s biggest and brightest stars under one roof—and, if you can spare a few hundred thousand—take home a canvas or two. During the annual event, which is open to the public until October 9, all of London will be abuzz with art, with the city’s galleries putting on their best shows, staging performances, talks, and more. And fortunately, in between all that art, the city boasts some of the world’s best bars and restaurants like Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane, or the Rumpus Room in the Mondrian London, to help you refuel.

Below, five things not to miss this week, whether in person or following vicariously on social media.

Frieze Art Fair at Regent’s Park
The main event should not be skipped. Keep an eye out for Portia Munson’s installation—an explosion of pink plastic, a subtle commentary on feminism; and in keeping with the color palette, also check out Daniel Arsham’s pink selenite boombox—what the artist would call an “architectural relic from the future.”


Portia Munson installation at PPOW gallery


Daniel Arsham

Phillips de Pury Auction
Akin to a sporting event, for those in the business of buying and selling art, the contemporary art sales during Frieze are a chance for important works of art to find new homes. Up for auction this week are Warhols, like this Mao silkscreen below (yours for a cool $8 million), sculptures by British icon Damien Hirst, and classic works by Alexander Calder.


Performances at David Roberts Art Foundation
Art and music have always been cozy bedfellows, and during Frieze, it will be no different. On October 6, guests will be treated to live performances by artists and musicians like Rodney Graham & Kim Gordon, Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, Olof Dreijer of the band The Knife, Goshka Macuga, and more.


Goshka Macuga, End of Line, 2016. Courtesy the artist

Zaha Hadid, “UltraStellar” at David Gill Gallery
When architect Zaha Hadid passed away earlier this year, we lost one of the world’s most inspiring creatives. The Iranian-born pioneer was known for her stunning buildings, but also for her design objects, eight of which will be on display for the month.

zaha hadid

The Serpentine Pavilion
One of London’s best cultural experiences any time of year is a trip to the Serpentine Pavilion. Each year a different artist realizes a new vision for this outdoor space. This year, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has turned the space into a futuristic honeycomb-like structure.