«Frieze and Beyond: Cultural Explosion in London»

Анастасия Исаева
Frieze Art Fair week has come to an end. However, it only marked the "awakening" of cultural life after the «summer hibernation». A huge number of worthy exhibitions that opened the season will be held until New Year’s Eve.

As for the fair itself, my definite favourite gallery was White Cube, especially exhibited sculptures by Anthony Gormley and the objects established in Seo-Bo Park. I was absolutely captivated by Eddie Martinez's installation «Studio Wall Redux» at Timothy Taylor Gallery, reminding me of the inspirational wall I created in a imaginative frenzy in my Milan apartment.
I was also attracted by Christian Franzen's series of works presented by the American gallery “In Lieu” and objects by one of the most talented contemporary sculptors Rachel Whiteread, Lorcan O'Neill Gallery.
At Frieze Masters, my attention was drawn to several lithograph prints by Matisse from his "Jazz" series and «objects» in the form of sculptures from Paris' Mitterrand Gallery and various-shaped vases by Elizabeth Frith from Adrian Sasoon Gallery.

And thanks to my daily morning jogs in Regent's park, I was able to appreciate the Sculpture part of the fair way before the official opening.

And I have to admit that I liked it the most. What could be better than the synergy of nature, art and healthy lifestyle?
One of my favourite exhibitions this fall (also because of it’s location:)) - «Stupor» by German painter Daniel Richter at Thaddaeus Ropac. The artist presented a series of human poses in motion, using energetic lines, dynamic brushstrokes and sometimes even frightening colours to depict the movement. By the way, he had his first personal exhibition in Moscow in '10.

While visiting the art space, you can also be inspired by several works by Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer.
For photography enthusiasts, I strongly recommend visiting the exhibition of Japanese master Hiroshi Sugimoto at Hayward Gallery.

It's the largest retrospective analyzing time and memory, featuring the photographer's major series: nature, animals, theater, lightning, Buddha, forms, models, and color. The space itself is definitely worth visiting!
I almost forgot! Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy. Sculpture, video, several live performances, the main one of which is a narrow corridor with a completely naked couple, which the visitor of the exhibition is invited to «share» to pass to the next room.

I have to say, one must go in the right mood. The main theme is the exploration of the limits of one's body and human nature with all the implications.
Of the classics, you definitely should not ignore Frans Hals at the National Gallery. More than fifty of the most famous works, including «The Laughing Cavalier» are included in a major retrospective of the artist and will last in London until the end of January. A good reason to remember why a contemporary of Rembrandt and Vermeer made it into history.

I also recommend making the trip to Rubens at the Dulwich Gallery and see the women who inspired him on his creative journey. Many of works are being presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition is also intended to debunk the stereotype that the artist was fixated on «pudgy» women.
And finally you can get to the large-scale retrospective of abstractionist Philippe Gaston at the Tate Modern, the opening of which has already been postponed several times. The artist's trouble-loaded life was reflected in his work - he used his art to criticise society and politics and openly expressed his own thoughts and feelings in his works, inspired by events around him. At the exhibition, the artist shows the viewer what he calls «the brutalidad of the world».
And if you're more of a fashionista, Chanel's "fashion manifesto" at the V&A is definitely for you. You can't get tickets anymore unless you're a regular customer of the brand. However, by purchasing a museum membership, you can easily savour the evolution of Coco's iconic style.