Is Frieze happening exclusively online, or will there be in-person events collectors in London can attend?
What other fairs are taking place, and how are they adapting their programs?
What are you most excited for at the fairs, and which works would you recommend to collectors?
At Frieze London's online edition, I'm especially curious to explore Josh Lilley's virtual booth showcasing works by the likes of Derek Fordjour, Celeste Rapone, and Nick Goss (whose solo show at the gallery's London space will be on view at the same time). Based on reviewing countless PDFs from galleries and other fair preview materials, the piece I've been most excited to see is Patrick Goddard's strange and wonderful 24-part sculptural installation Humans-Animals-Monsters (2020), which Seventeen Gallery is presenting as part of Frieze Sculpture. And for those interested in the robust in-person programming happening around London concurrent with the virtual Frieze fairs, I'd strongly recommend checking out Rome-based Galleria Lorcan O'Neill's pop-up exhibitions at 14 Hay Hill (October 1st-24th).
Seeing as exhibitors at 1-54 have been brave enough to take part as usual, I would highly encourage all of you who can to visit the fair at Somerset House. Among the wonderful offerings, I am most excited to see Jack Bell Gallery's stand. One artist he will be showing there, Jean David Nkot, will also be having a solo show at the gallery's space in Mason's Yard. If there's one body of work from the fair's materials I'm particularly eager to see more of, it's Wole Lagunju's dazzling paintings, being shown by New York gallery Montague Contemporary. A related event that should entice those of you who can to leave the house is Christie's collaboration with 1-54, whereby the auction house invited each gallery at the fair to install one artwork at its King Street complex, offering visitors a slimmed-down highlights exhibition.
And at Photo London, I am most interested in Purdy Hicks Gallery's virtual booth showcasing works by Takashi Arai, Susan Derges, and Leila Jeffreys, among others (the works will also be showing at the gallery's space in South Kensington). As for a favorite artwork from the fair, my eyes keep being drawn back to Frank Horvat's work Cover for Harper's Bazaar (C) - Umbrella, Paris (1967), being shown by Holden Luntz Gallery of Palm Beach, Florida. And for those who want to learn more about a photographic icon, tune into Photo London exhibitor Ben Brown Fine Arts's Instagram Live conversation with Brazilian artist Vik Muniz on October 15th (6 p.m. BST; 1 p.m. EDT).