Welcome to London, the city that gave birth to Liberty prints, Mischa Barton, and bathroom stalls in the shape of an egg. Grab your Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor memorabilia and meet us in the Regent’s Park for Frieze London and Frieze Masters, opening today.
During your stay, rest your head at the Ned, Claridge’s, or the NoMad London. Lather on some La Prairie moisturizer, put on your sneakers, and join us for Frieze Sculpture, which is on through November 13. The outdoor exhibition is curated by Clare Lilley, the director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and includes works by Robert Indiana, Beverly Pepper, Ugo Rondinone, Marinella Senatore, Peju Alatise, Ida Ekblad, John Giorno, and so many more.
Say “Savile Row” three times in the mirror and Nathan Clements-Gillespie (@followaginger) will appear in a perfectly tailored virgin wool and mohair suit to greet you at Frieze Masters. Incorporating Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities, medieval Renaissance sculpture, and Old Master paintings, a visit to this fair will have you surveying nearly six millennia of history. Enjoy a glass of Ruinart and lunch at Heckfield Place x Spring, the onsite pop-up restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell to celebrate Frieze Masters’s 10th anniversary.
Pace Gallery will return to Frieze Masters for the first time in four years with a solo presentation of Mary Corse, the pioneering Light and Space artist. Pace’s booth includes the European debut of The Cold Room (1968/2022), which was conceived by Corse in 1968 and realized nearly 50 years later, in 2017. Other exhibits not to miss at Frieze Masters: Joan Miró at Helly Nahmad and Nikki de Saint Phalle at Galerie Mitterrand.
Frieze London confronts contemporary themes. With Eva Langret at the helm, Frieze London presents work mainly created after 2000. Visit the booths of storied galleries like Thaddaeus Ropac, White Cube, Maureen Paley. Be sure to experience our special sections, Focus—which promotes galleries 12 years and under, such as In Lieu, Soft Opening, Derosia, Peana, Vermelho, Copperfield, and Kerlin Gallery—and Indra’s Net, guest-curated by the Guggenheim’s Sandhini Poddar.
Sadie Coles will show a solo presentation of Ugo Rondinone’s “Mattituck,” a series of paintings that was first initiated in 2020. Meanwhile Gagosian puts on a solo presentation of abstract paintings by the much-celebrated Jadé Fadojutimi, and Lisson Gallery is staging a major solo, participatory presentation by Laure Prouvost.
Presented by Kasmin Gallery, No. 9 Cork Street opens a major solo show of James Nares, and Wilding Cran opens a group show featuring Karon Davis, Mustafa Ali Clayton, Michelle Blade, and February James. Mark your calendar for a late-night opening during West End Night, on October 13.
Between exhibitions, make your way to the Row for hand-blended oils, a Margaux tote in cognac ostrich, or a Jacques Adnet ashtray engraved “MKA.” At 5 Carlos Place visit the lovely folks at Matchesfashion and experience the sumptuous interiors by architects Philip and Peter Joseph of P Joseph. They have enough Loewe to last you until your Lohan Beach Club reservation in Summer of 2023, and you may even catch a glimpse of the fabled microscopic Miu Miu skirt that could have you arrested for indecent exposure.
For dinner, bounce over to Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Lastly, pop in at Annabel’s until you’re forcibly removed from the premises for requesting “Champagne Supernova” one too many times from the in-house D.J. —Andrés Perez
Frieze London and Frieze Masters are on from October 12 through October 16
Andrés Perez is VIP Manager, West Coast for Frieze