Back in September we teamed up with Paddle8, the premier online collecting destination and offered 40 VIP tickets and private tours to our members to the coolest art fair of the year.
As the big Frieze grips London, we thought it was only fair (ahem!) to ask Paddle8’s specialist, Jacqueline Towers-Perkins to take us through some of her highlights from her upcoming tour.
1. Laure Prouvost’s new tapestry, at MOT International
The 2013 Turner Prize winner will be unveiling a new tapestry measuring a colossal 290 cm x 424 cm. It is fascinating to see elements of collage, painting and mural realized in this traditional and unexpected medium. Skilfully weaving a fluid narrative, Prouvost’s unpredictable motifs and fragments of text make it hard to take your eyes off this immersive work.
2. Arcadia Missa gallery, at Frieze Live
As well as the established heavyweights from across the globe, this year’s Frieze also hosts a selection of newcomers from London’s burgeoning art scene, including Arcadia Missa – a gallery, research and publishing project based in Peckham. Their stand, which includes a video installation by Amalia Ulman, promises to bring a new dynamism and excitement to the fair.
3. Samara Scott, at The Sunday Painter, Frieze Focus
Focus is a section for young galleries and emerging artists, made up of solo and group stand proposals, specifically conceived for the fair. Here I’m most looking forward to seeing the stand from The Sunday Painter, another Peckham gallery, showing a floor-based water relief by Samara Scott.
4. ‘Xifópagas Capilares’ (Capillary Siamese Twins) by Tunga, at Frieze Live
Another highlight in the Frieze Live event – a section which provides an opportunity for galleries to present ambitious live, action or performance-based projects in an art fair context – is this processional performance by Brazilian artist Tunga: twin girls, umbilically connected by long braided hair, will be walking around the fair.
5. Nicole Wermers’ ‘Abwaschskulptur’ (Dishwashing Sculpture) at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Wermers earned a Turner Prize nomination this year for her exhibition ‘Infrastruktur’ at London’s Herald St, in which a series of sleek designer chairs are backed with fur coats, alluding to themes of class, control and the consumerist trappings of wealth and status. That undercurrent carries through to her ‘Dishwashing Sculptures’, where fine china and other table accoutrements jostle for space in dishwashing racks.