FRIEZE: IN FOCUS
TOP TIPS FROM ARTIST PHOEBE COLLINGS-JAMES ‘Art fairs can be a little overwhelming for artists — Frieze London is huge, with more than 60,000 visitors streaming through Regent’s Park — so you will most likely find them propping up the bar to relieve the pressure. The high point for me, though, is the huge selection of work from galleries across the world. Second to that is the people watching — the looks are outrageous, with people going full glam for the opening night. Outside Frieze itself, galleries across the city utilise the influx of an international audience to put on their best shows. Here are my recommendations for what not to miss during Frieze.’ 5–8 October
1. SEX WORK: FEMINIST
ART & RADICAL POLITICS
In a new themed gallery section at the main fair, curator Alison Gingeras pays homage to a group of artists who have been pivotal to a radical feminist canon. Transgressing sexual mores and often subject to censorship, it has taken many of the artists 20 years or more to be recognised. Look out for works by American-born Dorothy Iannone.
2. HANNAH BLACK
The brilliance of Hannah’s storytelling lies in her ability to weave together both the passions and anxieties of her community, which includes people of colour and members of the LGBTQ community. Her show, part of Frieze Focus, pulls together the voices of her closest friends and allies in a collection of books and other items. 3. LYNDA BENGLIS
Benglis was one of the first sculptors I got into. I loved her floor pourings and the rubbery looking fluoro-coloured latex works that seemingly fell out of the walls. She shows at the main fair at the combined Cheim & Read and Thomas Dane Gallery.
4. DONNA KUKAMA
The South African artist is presenting a botanical display of medicinal plants outside the entrance to the fair as part of Frieze Projects — seven non-profit commissions being shown. I’m interested to see how the healing aspects of plants offer what she describes as a ‘performance of social exchange and empathy’. 5. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Away from Frieze, there’s a unique chance to see the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Barbican.
I love the fervour with which he paints, managing to translate both the anguish and vitality of his short life in New York. Barbican Art Gallery, 21 September 2017 to 28 January 2018