As October charges on ahead, hurtling towards a season of winter festivities and celebrations, this weekend offers an ideal chance to take a pit stop before all the revelry begins. Soon clocks change and figures of Hallowe’en and even Christmas time emerge so make the most of one of the last autumn weekends by indulging in some of the very best exhibitions and events across the globe. Here’s a list of our top suggestions for this Saturday and Sunday.
1. Frieze Art Fair, London.
The international contemporary art world once again descends upon Regent’s Park with force as 150 of the world’s top galleries set up stall for a weekend packed with cutting-edge works. Joined by the historical sister fair, Frieze Masters, and an array of Fringe activities within the capital, the fair encompasses everything from million dollar inflatable sculptures by American pop artist Jeff Koons to Jennifer Rubell’s participatory re-birthing experience, where you can clamber into the fibreglass womb of a giant pregnant stomach. Representing more than 30 countries, Frieze offers an epic, celebratory event certain to attract leading figures and enthusiastic audiences from every corner of the contemporary art scene.
2. Greg Lotus, Robin Rice Gallery.
Glamour goes wild in this first photographic exhibition of Greg Lotus’ (b.1967) arresting work at the Robin Rice Gallery. Shot through the influence of classical art and geometric forms, this show pulls the iconic and gorgeous into the rural environment. Popping with colour and skewed with the quirky, Lotus showcases his sharp eye for style and playful approach to fashion. He honed his skills over 20 years by capturing celebrities ranging from Penelope Cruz to Mary J. Blige across publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ. Reveling in surprising and unique encounters in his photographs, this exhibition sees high fashion meet sublime, earthy landscapes to startling effect.
3. Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest + Other Stories, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Taking to task the impact of mining on the natural spaces of Odisha, India, this first major UK exhibition of Amar Kanwar finds its home in the restful, leafy estate of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. This is particularly poignant in that the location of the park is similarly surrounded by a circle of now destitute communities, once defined by the coal industry. Recreating itself as an art installation, an exhibition, a library, a memorial, a public trial and an archive, this show delves into the political, economic and ecological conditions of the Indian subcontinent. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, the exhibition returns again and again to the natural world, on both a local and international level, exploring the implications of its ability to nurture and heal, in spite of its scars.
4. Antoni Tàpies: From Object to Sculpture (1964–2009), Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
From the commonplace wardrobe to huge bronze works, this exhibition from the Guggenheim Bilbao puts the spotlight on the sculptures of one of the leading Spanish artists to emerge in the period following WWII. Spanning five decades of work across different mediums and new ideas, the show documents the evolution of the artist from the canvas to the sculptural. Celebrating Tàpies’ preoccupation with translating the everyday- walls, chairs, beds and books- into provoking, monumental works of art, this is a unique opportunity to get up close to some of the largest and most fascinating works of this celebrated Catalan artist.
5. The Other Art Fair, London.
London’s largest artist-led fair returns for its fifth edition this weekend, connecting art lovers across genres, tastes and locations, and drawing together some of the most talented emerging and unrepresented artists under one roof. A hub of creative activity, full of commercial galleries and pop-up spaces, this is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the best of independent art, across every conceivable medium. This year’s fair is also joined by the Moniker Art Fair, London’s premiere event for contemporary art with roots embedded in urban culture, making for a fair packed with opportunity for discussion, debate and discovery.
1. Antoni Tàpies, Armari (Wardrobe), 1973, Object-tapestry, 231 x 201 x 156 cm, Collection Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona /VEGAP, Bilbao, 2013, Source of the images: VEGAP Image Bank.