FRIEZE: IN FO­CUS

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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

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