Frieze Week 2017

03 Oct 2017

by ArtRabbit

It may be called Frieze Week, with Frieze Art Fair as the main event, but London has plenty more to offer beyond the art fair circuit. Here’s our handy guide featuring 10 art events you shouldn't miss while on the hunt.

Frieze Week is upon us, bringing the best of art, design and parties. London’s busiest art week sees a number of satellite fairs and collateral exhibitions and events beyond Frieze. What’s there to do, what should not be missed?

Derek Mainella: It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine at Castor Projects

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. Derek Mainella explores our rapidly changing cultural climate in this new show that has just opened at Castor Projects.

The Bureaucracy of Angels at King's Cross Underground Station

Broomberg and Chanarin are currently screening a new 12-minute film within King's Cross Station for Art on the Underground. No more sleep-walking to work and back but instead a confrontation with a very different kind of journey. Time to stop and stare.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns for its fifth edition at Somerset House with an expanded programme of exhibitions, special projects and talks. The leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora has given a platform to 42 galleries from 17 countries, representing a unique mix of perspectives. We look forward to the daily screenings (12-1pm) of artists' films and videos, History is Not Mine, a programme curated by Goodman Gallery, and to British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj's solo display and his vibrant colourful fusion of contemporary cultures.

Ryoji Ikeda. Test Pattern [N°12]

Japanese artist, composer and arch data manipulator Ryoji Ikeda will be unveiling a new, immersive audio-visual artwork at Store Studios, 180 The Strand: test pattern [N°12] is the latest iteration of Ikeda’s test pattern project, begun in 2006, in which the artist converts data (from music, sound, photo and video) into monochrome binary patterns that are generated in real-time and envelop the viewer in a disorientating, highly-charged kinetic environment.

Basquiat at the Barbican

To this day, Basquiat's inventiveness and powerful visual language are unparalleled. Boom for Real at the Barbican brings together a selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. It's a brilliant exhibition because Basquiat was brilliant and nothing, really, can corrupt his work. But the show has one flaw: it feels overcurated, hyper-contextualised and like it's trying to tame Basquiat's raw creative energy to make him "presentable". Regardless, you're in for a treat to see so many of his iconic and lesser known works all in one place. Make sure to book your time slot in advance.

Serpentine Marathon 2017: GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! at City Hall

This years marathon brings together artists, scientists, engineers, poets, AI developers, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, occultists and musicians to consider the impact of artificial intelligence and its relationship to human development on planet earth. 7th October 10am - 10pm, 12 hours for £15. Just remember to bring a cushion.

Idris Khan: Absorbing Light

Making use of fascinating new paint technology, Absorbing Light asks visitors to question their perception of scale, mass and volume to ask aesthetic and metaphysical questions.

Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

From the intimate to the monumental, the work of Whiteread sits beautifully within the Tate Britain space. Whether you’re visiting the free spaces or paying to visit the exhibition you’re in for a treat.

In Residence: Studio Wayne McGregor

Catarina Carvalho, Neil Fleming Brown and dance artists from Studio Wayne McGregor have spent three day using the Zabludowicz Collection gallery as a studio. The resulting performances loop in three repetitions throughout the evening of the 5th October. Grab your (free) tickets quickly as it’s selling fast. Performances on 5th October 7 -9pm

East End Night
Galleries located in East London will host special evening viewings on the 6th October between 6-8pm. Jump on a walking tour using the ArtRabbit app and explore the best of what the East End has to offer.
More details on East End Night here.

Highlights were selected by ArtRabbit editors Vivi Kallinikou and Drucilla Burrell. You can browse all new and current exhibitions and openings on the ArtRabbit website or our app. For more recommendations and behind the scenes commentary follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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