This blog post was updated on October 1, 2018.
This week sees the annual Frieze Art Fair descend upon London. With it comes a scope of art related activities and satellite events across town with some of London’s best known galleries taking advantage of this time of heightened buzz to put on their biggest shows of the year. Here’s a list of five of the biggest exhibitions around town that are on now and well worth checking out.
Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Priority Innfield
The first UK solo exhibition by Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin is an ambitious series of sculptural theatres where four interconnected films “that touch upon our changing relationship to the camera and its influence on conceptions of history, evolution and selfhood.” Zabludowicz Collection is located at 176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3PT. The nearest Tube station is at Chalk Farm. The exhibition runs until the 21st of December. For more information go to zabludowiczcollection.com.
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Hermitos Children 2
Hermitos Children 2 is part of an ongoing series of “experimental television crime drama” films which follow telepathic detective Joan Shipman as “she uncovers and solves sex crimes” and is screened within a large scale gallery installation incorporating a number of props and interiors. Not for the easily offended or perplexed and definitely one to file under “out there” – fascinating stuff! Studio Voltaire is located at 1A Nelson’s Row, SW4 7JR. The nearest Tube station is at Clapham Common. Hermitos Children 2 runs until the 14th of December. Find out more at studiovoltaire.org.
Steve McQueen, Ashes
Thomas Dane Gallery
Best known as the director of 12 Years a Slave, winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Motion Picture, Steve McQueen is back with an exhibition featuring a short film and a sculptural installation through which he “further extends the range of his enquiry into the image and the object.” Thomas Dane Gallery is located at 11 Duke Street Street James’s, SW1Y 6BN (with another space up the street at 3 Duke Street as well). The nearest Tube station is at Green Park. The exhibition is on until the 15th of November. Find out more at thomasdanegallery.com.
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkins
One of Japan’s most celebrated artists, Yayoi Kusama, is exhibiting a new series of large scale bronze sculptures of her iconic pumpkins. Victoria Miro is located at 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW. The nearest Tube stations are at Angel and Old Street. The Pumpkins remain on view at the gallery until 20 December. Find out more at victoria-miro.com.
Yoshitomo Nara, Greeting from a Place in My Heart
Dairy Art Centre
Another popular artist from Japan, Yoshitomo Nara, exhibits a range of paintings, large and small sculptures, and a retrospective of drawings which spans 30 years in Greeting from a Place in My Heart, the largest and most comprehensive UK exhibition of work by the artist to date to be shown in the UK. Dairy Art Centre is located at 7A Wakefield Street, WC1N 1PG. The nearest Tube station is at Russell Square. Greetings from a Place in My Heart runs until the 7th of December. For more about the gallery visit dairyartcentre.org.uk.