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October Brings Frieze, 1:54, and More
The end of summer ushers in two art fairs and exhibition openings across London Town this October
On October 5, the 15th edition of Frieze London and the fifth edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art, open to the public.
Both fairs take place from 5–8 October, with a preview day for VIP & Press on Wednesday, 4 October.
At Frieze London, more than 160 galleries from 31 countries will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films, and talks. New to the fair this year is Frieze Talks, curated by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London), a series of discussions exploring how – in an age of ‘alternative facts’ – art’s capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ can take on new meanings. The 2017 fair will also feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, organized by independent curator Alison M. Gingeras. Read more about Frieze London 2017 here.
Concurrently, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place at Somerset House. 1:54 strives to promote a diverse set of African perspectives from around the world and has carefully selected 41 leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art from 18 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. The fair will showcase the work of more than 130 emerging and established African and African diaspora artists, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a spread of geographical backgrounds comprising 32 countries. More information about 1:54 2017 is available here.
In addition to the Frieze and 1:54 fairs, the end of summer ushers in a series of new exhibitions around London. Keep reading for a selection of recommended exhibitions to check out.
Hassan Hajjaj: Le Caravane – One of the Special Projects at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
October 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018, Somerset House
Somerset House is hosting a season of exhibitions and events, talks and new commissions to celebrate African Art. ‘Le Caravan‘ is showcasing Hassan Hajjaj’s vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. Find more information about the 1:54 Special Projects here
Poolside Conversations, Lungiswa Gqunta
October 5–December 17, 2017, Kelder Projects
In Poolside Conversations Gqunta invites us to reconsider the suburban garden as a space reserved for leisure activities as experienced by the privileged. She seeks to disturb these spaces of privilege and highlight the structures of colonialism that are still in place today.
Power Figures, Alexis Peskine
September 13–October 21, 2017, October Gallery
In his first solo exhibition in London, Peskine channels his multicultural background to explore both the Black Experience and the world of the refugee, forced to exist between fixed boundaries of state and identity.
The Bureaucracy of Angels, Broomberg & Chanarin, presented by Art on the Underground
September 28–November 25, 2017, King’s Cross St. Pancras Station
The Bureaucracy of Angels is a 12-minute film recording the demolition of 100 migrant boats in Sicily in the winter of 2016.
Purple, John Akomfrah
October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018, Barbican Centre
Akomfrah’s most ambitious project to date, Purple is an immersive, six-channel video installation which charts the incremental shifts in climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity and the wilderness.
Basquiat: Boom for Real
September 21, 2017–January 28, 2018, Barbican Centre
Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York.
If You Keep Going South You’ll Meet Yourself, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami
September 29–November 15, 2017, Tyburn Gallery
For her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Hwami has drawn inspiration from her collection of family photographs, using experimental techniques to paint figures and scenes evoking the nostalgia and longing of the diaspora experience.
Stall(s) of Fame, Gareth Nyandoro
September 28–November 4, 2017, Tiwani Contemporary
Stall(s) of Fame is an immersive installation, partly inspired by the urban landscape of Paris. Nyandoro’s new large works on paper, at once graphic and sculptural, cover the floor and take the shape of a quintessentially Parisian urban structure.