October is always our favourite time of the year for the arts. As well as Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2023 rolling in to town, the museums commence their autumn schedule, the main auction houses have their major sales, and big galleries roll out their blockbuster shows.
We love to attend Frieze and whilst critics will often try to pick out ‘good’ or ‘bad’ years, we think it is enough to simply enjoy the art – good, bad or indifferent, and the show itself as a spectacle. Whether it is seeking out the nuggets of high quality art (always there if one looks hard enough), gasping in amusement at ugly overpriced art, or soaking up the busy atmosphere, we always look forward to it.
Here the atmosphere (and lighting) is noticeably more subdued. And, dare one say, the art is much better. Whilst the crossover with Frieze is growing year on year (probably not a good thing) the works here have, on the whole, stood the test of time. Masters exhibitiors are neither fighting for your attention by showing the flashiest or most controversial pieces. After all, why should someone selling a T Rex or a Roman vase feel the need to compete for attention with a vendor of medieval manuscripts?
Rose Wylie at David Zwirner
Robert Mapplethorpe x 3 and Ana Mendieta portraits with blood at Alison Jacques
Alison Katz landscape, Warhol Campbells Box and Longo Palm next to an Erwin Wurm at Thaddeus Ropac
Vivienne Sassen at Stevenson
Doh Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin
Damien Hirst at Gagosian
Tacita Dean at Frith Street
Gilbert & George and Jeff Wall at White Cube
George Baselitz Sunseeker and Damien Hirst Glorification at White Cube
Anne Collier Crying at The Modern Institute
Installation at Clearing
Grayson Perry Morris Gainsborough Turner Riley tapestry at Victoria Miro
Richard Misrach Cargo Ships at Pace
Marina Abramovic Places of Power at Sean Kelly
Wolfgang Tillmans Easter & Vessels at Maureen Paley
Barbara Kruger Much Regards at Spruth Magers
Peter Saul at Michael Werner
Franz West at Gagosian
Gunter Ueker at Axel Vervoordt
Richard Pettibone at Castelli
Eduard Degas at Richard Green
T Rex at David Aaron, but is it art?
Cedric Norris at Philip Mould
Ai Wei Wei at Continua
Lucien Freud at Dickinson
Alighiero Boetti and Gerhard Richter at Ben Brown
Marcel Duchamp at Larkin Erdmann
Ed Ruscha Standard at Susan Sheehan
Images by CELLOPHANELAND*