What to see at Frieze London 2016

This week, Frieze London returns to Regent's Park, unfolding over four days beginning Oct. 6. Here are a few things you won't want to miss.

An installation view of Eddie Martinez's sculptures at Timothy Taylor's Frieze London booth. (Photo: Sylvain Lebleu/Courtesy Timothy Taylor, London)


Surface has joined forces with London’s Timothy Taylor gallery, as well as NTS Radio, for a Frieze kick-off party tonight at Soho’s Phonica Records building, an annex of local record label The Vinyl Factory. Back at the fair, the gallery is presenting the first solo exhibition of sculptures by American artist Eddie Martinez. Up until now, Martinez has primarily been known as a painter, having made his name over the past few years with boisterous, colorful, semi-abstract works on canvas. This new series shows that it wasn’t too much of a stretch to translate his style into three dimensions.

An image from Samson Young's 2016 performance "So You Are Old By the Time You Reach the Island," which was an earlier "multimedia walk" with site-specific video, radio broadcast, and live performance elements. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Frieze)



The Hong Kong-based artist, who holds a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton, will present a “Multimedia Walk” for Frieze Projects. In it, pairs of visitors will be equipped with headphones. They will then be guided through the fair by a recording composed by Young. It’s a chance for an intimate experience with Young’s work in advance of the 2017 Venice Biennale, where he will represent Hong Kong.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's "R.W.F. (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)," a work created in 1993 that will be featured in The Nineties section. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin)


A new section of the fair will focus on artwork made in the 1990s. Curated by Nicolas Trembley, 14 galleries will recreate influential shows from the period. Exhibited artists will include Karen Kilimnik, at New York’s 303 Gallery; Pierre Joseph, at Air de Paris in Paris; and Sylvie Fleury, presented jointly by Berlin’s Sprüth Magers and New York’s Salon 94.


Born in California and based in Berlin, Kim has been deaf since birth. The performance she is planning for Frieze Live, titled “Nap Disturbance,” is inspired by her learned awareness of the sounds she makes when her partner is sleeping. At the fair, deaf and hearing performers will make noise through mundane activities, like crinkling food wrappers in unison, increasing the volume slowly until it breaches what is socially acceptable.

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