As well as solo and group exhibitions across the city’s public and private galleries (see my recent blog on RA Magazine’s top ten shows),
the week of Frieze Art Fair has also seen three smaller ‘satellite’ fairs open up in an effort to attract some of the many art lovers who are out in force in the capital.
SUNDAY Art Fair
has over the last three years filled the shoes of the Zoo Art Fair, which had previously posed itself as the showcase for younger, up-and-coming galleries that might not find representation in the main Frieze fair. SUNDAY is staged at Ambika P3, the atmospheric subterranean space at the back of the University of Westminster on Euston Road, about 10 minutes' walk from the Regent’s Park tent. It’s a gallery- and artist-organised affair, with over 20 spaces taking part, all focusing on just one or two artists on their stands. New exhibitors I’m looking forward to visiting include Lisa Cooley Gallery from New York, which twins Brooklyn-based painter Cynthia Daignault with British multidisciplinary artist nominee Lucy Skaer, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009.
SUNDAY is free of charge, as is Multiplied,
a fair dedicated solely to contemporary art prints and multiples, based at Christie’s in South Kensington. It’s an opportunity to buy affordable works by both emerging and well-established artists, many of whose originals are on view at Frieze Art Fair: from Op art pioneer Bridget Riley (on view at Karsten Schubert’s stand) and sculptor Rachel Whiteread (whose multiple is sold by the Whitechapel Gallery’s edition outfit) to this year’s Turner Prize-nominated film-maker Elizabeth Price (whose work is on offer at Eastern Pavilions).
A hybrid of fine art and design comprises PAD London,
located in a tent in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. New York’s L&M Arts is one of several galleries flying the flag for modern masters, their stand sporting works by great artists including Yves Klein, Cy Twombly and David Smith. But the fair’s overall feel is about decorative art and interior design: many of the exhibitors curate interiors that combine sculptures with, for example, light fittings and furniture for sale. One of my favourite stands was Galerie du Passage from Paris, which shows some of Alexander Calder’s exuberant tapestries.
- SUNDAY art fair
is on until 14 October at Ambika P3, Marylebone Rd, NW1
- PAD London
is on until 14 October at Berkeley Square, London W1
- Multiplied 2012
is on until 15 October at Christie's, South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7