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If on one hand, we're sad to say goodbye to another beautiful summer, on the other hand, it's also true that fall always welcomes art lovers with lots of cool events. Today we can officially consider open the new art season with the article dedicated to the "Must see during Frieze Art Fair  2019"!

Open from 3 to 6 October 2019, in London Regent’s Park, Frieze London will be held together with its twin fairs Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters, in order to create the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Our topic for today is bringing you around the city inside the 10 top collateral events, with a list of names that could really make your skin crawl!

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In-Out (Antropofagia) [In-Out (Antropophagy)], from the series Fotopoemação [Photopoemaction]1973/74–2000 (detail),
Photo: Max Nauenberg, Courtesy the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan


Whitechapel Gallery | 25 Sep. 2019 – 12 Jan. 2020

This is the artist’s first retrospective in the UK, spanning six decades of work. With simple materials like clay, paper and ink Anna Maria Maiolino (b.1942, Italy) constructs a fascinating world rooted in human conditions such as longing, fragility and resistance. Opening the exhibition are hundreds of simple shapes made of clay such as balls, rolls and snakes. Slight variations evidence the work of the hand, kneading and shaping the primal material of art – mud. 


Kara Walker (1969), installation view, at the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected: A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an homage to the unpaid  and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Sugar Refining Plant. A project of Creative Time, Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014. Photo Jason Wyche. © Kara Walker. 


Tate Modern | 2 Oct. 2019 -  5 Apr. 2020

Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor are ready to present the new site-specific of Kara Walker. The New York-based artist is renowned for her candid explorations of race, gender, sexuality and violence, from drawings, prints, murals, shadow puppets and projections to large-scale sculptural installations. This year Walker has been chosen for the annual Hyundai Commission to the Tate Modern museum.


Antony Gormley, Lost Horizon I, 2008.  Cast iron. Each element 189 x 53 x 29 cm (32 elements). Installation view, White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, England.
Courtesy of the Artist and PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine) © the Artist. Photo- Stephen White, London.


Royal Academy of Arts | 21 Sep. — 3 Dec. 2019

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley will be the next artist to take over the Royal Academy main galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay. Royal Academy will also bring to light rarely seen works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which led to Gormley using his own body as a tool to create work, as well as a selection of his pocket sketchbooks and drawings.


Albert Oehlen, 1999. Courtesy Serpentine Gallery


Serpentine Gallery | 2 Oct. 2019 - 12 Jan. 2020

Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld, Germany) is one of the most innovative and significant artists working today. He has been a key figure in contemporary art since the 1980s and the diversity of his painting is a testament to the intrinsic freedom that remains at the heart of the medium. Through expressionist brushwork, surrealist gestures and deliberate amateurism, he engages with the history of painting, pushing its essential components to bold new extremes.


Studio Danh Vo Güldenhof. Photo by Nick Ash.


South London Gallery | 19 Sep. - 24 Nov. 2019

The South London Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in London by internationally-acclaimed Danish artist Danh Vo (b.1975, Bà Ria, Vietnam). In Untitled, Danh Vo explores how to exist within and navigate the present through a variety of working methods and across multiple spaces. The first solo show to span the SLG’s Main Gallery and Fire Station building, the project also includes siting an outdoor work on Pelican housing estate and the transformation of Art Block, the SLG’s permanent art space for children on Sceaux Gardens estate.


Tony Cokes, Evil.16 (Torture.Musik), 2009-2011. Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York


Goldsmith Centre for Contemporary Art | 29 Sep. 2019 –12 Jan. 2020

This September 2019, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art will host the first UK solo exhibition of US-based artist Tony Cokes, co-produced with the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see a broad range of powerful artworks made by Cokes since the 1980s, alongside two newly commissioned films.


Practice (Yuzuru Hanyu) by Elizabeth Peyton, 2018, work detail. © Elizabeth Peyton.
Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels


National Portrait Gallery | 3 Oct. 2019 - 5 Jan. 2020

Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s to the present day. Elizabeth Peyton is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Internationally renowned, her work has been at the forefront of a re-evaluation of figurative art and the tradition of portrait painting since the 1990s. The exhibition will include a selection of key portraits from the first two decades of her career, and investigate the new direction in her work over the last 10 years. 


Philemon and Baucis, 1658, oil on panel transferred to panel, work detail, National Gallery of Art, Washington. 


Dulwich Picture Gallery | 4 Oct. 2019 - 2 Feb. 2020

Arranged thematically, Rembrandt’s Light will take you on a journey from high drama and theatricality, to the contemplative and spiritual, showcasing his use of light. The exhibition focusses on the period from 1639–1658, when he lived in his ideal house at Breestraat in the heart of Amsterdam (today the Museum Het Rembrandthuis). Its striking, light-infused studio was where Rembrandt created his most exceptional work including The Denial of St Peter and The Artist’s Studio. His landmark exhibition celebrates 350 years since his death with 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, including major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.


Detail from Paul Gauguin, 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière' (detail), 1888 or 1889; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC;
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1985.64.20); Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.


The National Gallery (Sainsbury Wing) | 7 Oct. 2019 – 26 Jan. 2020  

The first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin! Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide. Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the genre of the portrait. 


William Blake, Christ in the Sepulchre, guarded by angels c., 1805, work detail, Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)


Tate Britain | 11 Sep. 2019 – 2 Feb.2020

William Blake was a painter, printmaker and poet who created some of the most iconic images in British art. Radical and rebellious, he is an inspiration to visual artists, musicians, poets and performers worldwide. His personal struggles in a period of political terror and oppression, his technical innovation, his vision and political commitment, have perhaps never been more pertinent. Inside the exhibition will be an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. 

Cover image: Jaume Plensa, Laura Asia's Dream, 2018. Galerie Lelong & Co., Frieze Sculpture 2019


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