Waddington Custot at Frieze Masters
Frieze Masters, now in its sixth year, takes place in Regent’s Park, a 15-minute stroll away from Frieze, the longer-running contemporary spectacle. Highlights include ‘At Work with Peter Blake’, an installation representing the artist’s studio, including pieces from his personal collection. It is at the stand of Cork Street gallery Waddington Custot.
Rudigier Gallery at Frieze Masters
Early reports around Frieze Masters suggested higher, steadier attendance in the fair’s opening hours and good representation by international museums. Among the pieces on offer at Frieze Masters is this c.1520 painting by Ulrich Apt the Elder Young Woman and Child, which is on the stand of Munich gallery Rudigier.
Queues at Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
In Battersea, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair opened on Tuesday. Organisers sent round trays of prosecco to a queue that doubled over on itself in front of the venue. Decorators, members of the trade and private buyers burst through the door at noon and selling commenced.
Autumn at 'Battersea Decorative'
The third of its three annual events, the Battersea fair hosts more than 160 dealers. New to this edition is an early opening for Megan’s Kitchen, the restaurant on the exhibition centre’s mezzanine. Visitors are welcome to come from 10am (ahead of the 11am opening) to eat breakfast and plot their trip around the fair.
Cromwell Place opens applications
Cromwell Place, the new arts hub under development in South Kensignton, used the week to stage a series of open mornings for galleries and art professionals. It also released its membership information and opened applications for office and exhibition spaces at all membership levels.
Blueprint Breakfasts by Vastari
Also taking place at Cromwell Place were a series of Blueprint Breakfasts Briefings organised by arts technology provider Vastari. Talks took place every morning and included ‘Mining for Big Data in the Art World’ and ‘Authenticity in the Digital World’. Pictured here are, (l-r) Sarah Gillett (moderator, Cultureshock Media) Sylvain Levy (DSL Collection), Hugh Feilden (Feilden+Mawson) and Elizabeth Markevitch (iknonTV) discussing ‘The Evolving Gallery: exhibition spaces and audiences in the physical and digital world’.
Lucas Ratton at PAD London
In Berkeley Square, PAD London hosted more than 60 exhibitors showcasing design, modern art and tribal art. Galerie Lucas Ratton, a Paris tribal art dealer, was among those returning this year.
Chahan at PAD London
A new version of the fair is set to launch in Geneva in February. It is the latest in a fair calendar that also includes this original Paris event in March. Chahan, also based in Paris, brought a selection of 20th century design and decorative arts.
Hignell Gallery holds Sophie Ryder exhibition
Many London galleries used the week as a chance to stage an opening, including Hignell Gallery. Tepozteco, an exhibition of works by contemporary sculptor Sophie Ryder opened, on October 5. As well as the gallery show in Shephed Market, there are pieces on display outdoors in St James’s Square.
Modern British sculpture at Osborne Samuel
Osborne Samuel, meanwhile, took advantage of its new location on Dering Street to stage a major exhibition Aspects of Modern British Sculpture. It showcases the works by sculptors including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. Osborne Samuel opened on Thursday night, coinciding with Frieze Week’s West End Night where galleries including Mazzoleni, Marlborough Fine Art and Tornabuoni opened late for the public.
ArtCircle at Albemarle Street
Also in the West End, the curator-led art platform ArtCircle staged its second-ever exhibition on Albemarle Street. The Essence of Things. The show was curated by Berlin gallerist Daniel Marzona and featured the works of 10 artists associated with minimalism and post-minimalism in the 1960s and ‘70s. This is also ArtCircle’s last show at the space, but it will continue to stage pop-up exhibitions across London and internationally.
Record sales from Moniker Art Fair
In East London’s Brick Lane, Moniker Art Fair, an urban art fair, sold around £300,000 worth of art on Thursday, its preview day. More than 1500 guests attended the opening day of the event which has tripled in size since it debuted seven years ago. Here, two visitors play Artopoly at the stand of Stick Together Gallery.
Face art at UNFOLD
Finally, on Church Street, UNFOLD Festival has welcomed 1200 visitors (so far) to meet contemporary artists such as Adelaide Damoah, seen here staging a body paint performance, and to view their art. Gallery, project and studio spaces are open all week. Visitors are invited to attend an ‘immersive experience celebrating emerging artists’.