London is painting the town every colour under the sun this month, as the best art fairs and exhibitions are opening their doors to art collectors and aficionados from around the globe. As well as the world renowned contemporary art fair, Frieze London, there are many satellite fairs and exhibitions taking place across the city this October, showcasing everything from ancient relics to urban structures...
Kaws 'Small Lie', Frieze Sculpture Park, London 2014
This month is London’s turn to host one of the worlds most celebrated contemporary art fairs, as Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park from 14th – 17th October. Over 160 leading galleries from over 25 countries will descend upon the park’s mega tent to showcase the latest work from their top contemporary artists. Join the hoards of international collectors, and peruse highlights including the Focus section dedicated to solo presentations, Frieze Projects (a non-profit curated programme) and the Sculpture Park (no ticket required). Frieze London, 14th – 17th October, www.friezelondon.com
Frieze Masters 2014
Think of Frieze Masters as the older more refined sister fair to Frieze London. This beautifully curated and elegant fair focuses on historical art, from the ancient to the modern and hosts 131 international galleries. This is art that has stood the test of time. New for this year is Collections, which will feature presentations from eight new to Frieze galleries showcasing objects from historic times. Frieze Masters, 14th – 18th October, www.friezemasters.com
The Other Art Fair
The Other Art Fair
As the name suggests, this fair has nothing to do with Frieze, but is equally as enticing for art lovers. This is an artist-led event meaning the artists themselves showcase their work here, not the galleries, so is a great opportunity to communicate directly with emerging artists from around the world. There are plenty of art related activities too, and held at The Old Truman Brewery, a creative hub in the arty East End; The Other Art Fair is a great excuse to head east for an art infused day. The Other Art Fair, 15th-18th October, www.theotherartfair.com
The Moniker Art Fair
Moniker Art Fair
Venue sharing with The Other Art Fair at The Old Truman Brewery from 15th – 18th October, this is the fair for contemporary art seekers who like their art with an urban twist. Moniker Art Fair, 15th – 18th October, www.monikerartfair.com
Affordable Art Fair
Affordable Art Fair, Ryan Callanan 'Reservoir Dogs Storm Troopers'
It is all well and good to simply admire artists and their work, but buying art and showcasing it in your own home is far more fun. This October the 50th UK edition of the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park will showcase work from over 100 contemporary art galleries and over 1,100 artists. If you see something you like, it needn’t break the bank, as prices range between £100 and £5000. Affordable Art Fair, 22nd – 25th October, www.affordableartfair.com
Multiplied Art Fair
Multiplied Art Fair work by Yanko Tihov
Celebrating and showcasing some of the finest contemporary art in editions, Christie’s South Kensington will host the Multiplied Art Fair from 16th – 18th October. Established galleries and high profile artists including Sir Peter Blake and Eileen Cooper will unite with start-up spaces and emerging artists, and exhibit everything from prints, digital art and 3D multiples to artist’s books and photographs. Multiplied Art Fair, 16th – 18th October, www.christies.com/multiplied
Open Art Spaces
Open Art Spaces
This 10-day event sees an exciting array of free exhibitions by 170 local artists, spanning Kensington and Fulham, from Pimlico to Hammersmith. The artists will welcome visitors into their unique exhibition spaces, be it homes, studios or shop spaces and showcase work including paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures and jewellery. There will also be talks, performances and workshops. Open Art Spaces, 9th – 18th October, www.openartspaces.co.uk
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Decisive MomentsTruman Capote, 1947. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Magnum Photos. Courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The Fine Art Society, in collaboration with the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, brings a stunning exhibition to London featuring over 50 photographic masterpieces by one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century – Henri Cartier-Bresson. The exhibition includes some of Cartier-Bresson’s most famous works including Behind the Gare St Lazare, Paris, France 1932 and Coronation of King George VI, London 1937. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Decisive Moments, 6th – 29th October, www.faslondon.com