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London Calling: Frieze Week 2014 from Mutual Art

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The Tower of London surrounded by Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins. Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.
Pack your bags, London is calling! As Frieze and its satellite fairs take over London, the action revs up with a bevy of events and art happenings, including the contemporary sales by all three major auction houses.  We’ve rounded up a list of must-do’s that will keep you busy from Wednesday through Sunday. Aside from the decadence that is Frieze and Frieze Masters, check out the beautiful brand-new headquarters of Phillips Auction House, visit the incredible Zabludowicz Collection, take a Tate-to-Tate ferry ride, pop into David Zwirner, or kill two birds with one stone by doing a little sightseeing while visiting Paul Cummin’s incredible installation at the Tower of London. Below we’ve provided some top picks to help you to navigate the week.
Wednesday October 15
West Carriage Drive
Bertrand Lavier’s original Fountain at Versailles in 2009. Courtesy of Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Start the day by visiting the quintessential London gallery to get into the art week spirit. This is your last chance to peep this year’s space-age Serpentine Pavilion designed by Smiljan Radić, which will stay open through Frieze weekend. While you’re there, check out the new Bertrand Lavier installation, Fountain, a mass of unruly garden hoses that snake in every which direction, which opened on Tuesday and will call Kensington Gardens home for one year.
South end of Regent’s Park
12- 7pm
United Brothers, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?, 2014. Courtesy of Green Tea Gallery.
Dive right in and get a first look at Frieze London, allowing you at least a few hours to fully enjoy the fair. Look out for solo exhibitions by Carsten Höller (Gagosian Gallery, London) and Martin Creed (Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Berlin). Try a soup made with daikon grown on the radioactive grounds of Fukushima in Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? by United Brothers, appearing at Green Tea Gallery in Frieze Live.  And visit a presentation of works by artists exploring labor and materiality, featuring Heidi BucherVirginia Overton and Magali Reus (Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich) in the Focus section.
Show Time: Curating Contemporary Art
Book cover of Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art
Bone up on your curatorial history before taking in all of the art this week by attending this discussion with curator Jens Hoffman and Carey Young which will highlight the evolving role of the curator- the topic of his book of the same name that came out earlier this year.
30 Berkeley Square
The new Phillips Headquarters at Berkeley Square. Courtesy of Phillips Auction House.
Jeff KoonsJim Beam- Observation Car, 1986. Courtesy of Phillips Auction House.
Christening their brand new Aukette Swanke-designed headquarters in the swanky art district of Mayfair, head to the Phillip’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale to check out not only the art, but their gorgeous new digs. With airy showrooms and a forthcoming fine-dining establishment within, Phillips is upping their own ante as well as the art viewing experience, purposely planned to debut during the bustle of Frieze week. Tonight be sure to get your ticket and paddle to bid on works likeBanksy’s Submerged Phone Booth, Jeff Koons’ Jim Beam-Observation Car and Tauba Auerbach’sUntitled (Fold).
Thursday October 16
South end of Regent’s Park
Catch up on your jet lag then head back to Frieze at noon, this time to check out the Frieze Masters pavilion just a 15 minute walk north of the main fair. The fair offers a unique experience that features ancient and modern art side-by-side, allowing visitors to create a dialogue between pieces from throughout the ages. Be sure to not miss an exquisite 7,000 year old Neolithic idol and 1st century Torso of Aphrodite, set among masters such as Rembrandt, Monet, Degas and Gauguin, compared with solo presentations of contemporary artists including Francis Bacon(Marlborough Fine Art, London), Joseph Beuys (Galerie Bastian, Berlin) and Jean Tinguely(Hauser & Wirth London).
After you’ve conquered the fair, take a walk through the Frieze Sculpture Park outside, or bring a picnic lunch. This year’s collection was curated by Clare Lilly and includes works from artists such as George Condo, Martin Creed, KAWSYayoi Kusama and Jaume Plensa.
Opening of Control Lapse at Josh Lilley Gallery
44-46 Riding House Street
6-8 pm
Arrive early for the opening of a group exhibition of cast works featuring: Analia SabanAnissa MackJesse GreenbergKathleen Ryan, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Niall Macdonald, Nicholas Hatfull,Patrick Jackson, and Ruairiadh O’Connell.
4-8 Helmet Row
Glasgow-based Karla Black will present an exhibition of new sculptures made from found materials such as cellophane, paper, Sellotape and paint.
8 King Street
Peter Doig, The Heart of Old San Juan, 1999. Courtesy of Christie’s Auction House.
As if tonight weren’t hectic enough, Christie’s is hosting their Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, at 7pm.  Important works by Peter Doig, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sigmar Polke,Gerhard Richter and Rachel Whiteread go up on the auction block tonight, in a sale that is anticipated to rival the results of Christie’s spectacular Spring auctions.  Pop by their headquarters sometime earlier this week to get a preview.
Friday October 17
Tate Modern and Tate Britain
The Tate Boat passing beneath the Millennium Bridge in front of Tate Modern.
If you didn’t get a chance to peruse all of the Tate Modern at the Show Time lecture earlier in the week, take a trip back to check out the new Sigmar Polke exhibition that opened on October 9 and catch the Malevich show which closes October 26. Once you’ve had your fill jump on the Tate to Tate ferry to Tate Britain for the JMW Turner show, as well as the exhibition for the 2014 Turner Prize finalists, Duncan CampbellCiara PhillipsJames Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell. Ferries run every 40 minutes while the galleries are open.
Charles Atlas in conversation with Wu Tsang
5 pm
Moderated by MoMA’s Stuart Comer, artist Wu Tsang speaks with filmmaker Charles Atlas, whose use of film as a platform for producing dance and documenting the underground, has been one of Tsang’s influences. Be sure to make a reservation for your seat at the fair, available from midday on the day of the talk.
34-35 New Bond Street
7 pm
Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (Meine Lugen Sind Ehrlich), 1992. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Ever a contender in the auction game, Sotheby’s will allure buyers tonight with works that coincide with the new ZERO artists exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York, offering works by Yves KleinOtto Piene and Heinz Mack, as well as young contemporaries like Adrian GhenieAlex Hubbard and Lucien Smith. As a highlight in the evening sale, the auction will also feature important self-portraits by Martin Kippenberger.
Saturday, October 18
Panel Discussion: Buying and Selling Art Online
Moniker Art Fair– 15 Hanbury Street
2-3p pm
The London Police installation at Moniker Projects. Courtesy of Moniker Projects.
Head back to Moniker Art Fair for a panel discussion on a topic that modern collectors are dealing with, buying and selling art online, outside of fairs, auctions and consultants. The talk includes Tabish Khan – Art Critic for Londonist, Guy Armitage – Founder/CEO Zealous, Mark Hayes-Westall – Founder/Editor in Chief FAD.  Stick around and check out the two fairs at the Old Truman Brewery.  First check the rest of Moniker is London’s urban art fair, in its 5th year, then head to The Other Fair, a unique platform for young artists to showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors.
Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35-100 Marylebone Road
Installation view of the Sunday Art Fair. Courtesy of Sunday Art Fair.
Like Frieze, the edgy Sunday Art Fair will not be open on Sunday (despite its name), so head over this afternoon to experience 23 innovative younger galleries- with free admission.  Galleries this year include Laurel Gitlen and White Columns out of New York, Seventeen and Studio Voltaire of London, What Pipeline from Detroit, The Apartment from Vancouver and Sandy Brown out of Berlin to name a few.
Amanda Ross-Ho, WHO BURIES WHO, at The Approach
47 Approach Road, 1st floor
12-6 pm
Check out Ross-Ho’s new exhibition (which opened the 15th) that continues her interest in infinity and looping perpetuities, explored in a mixed media installation. Her work can also be seen at the gallery’s booth at Frieze.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
11 am- 7pm
MIRRORCITY at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre. Courtesy of Southbank Centre.
Visit one of London’s premier cultural centers, and experience the new exhibition featuring London-based artists who confront the digital age with their work. Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, the exhibition explores the line between the digital and physical, in alternative realities that the artists have created. Some of the artists included are Turner Prize Winner Laure Prouvost, Ursula Meyer, LuckyPDFTom McCarthyEmma McNally and Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq. Stick around and dine at one of the center’s delicious restaurants that overlook the River Thames.
Sunday October 19
176 Prince of Wales Road
Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Priority Innfield (Fence), 2013. Courtesy of the Zabludowicz Collection.
With the bulk of events over, you can take today to relax and slowly meander to exhibitions and institutions that London has to offer. Why don’t you head to the Zabludowicz Collection for the exciting Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin exhibition in which the artists have pushed their views on the impact of technology on communication.  Expect splashy video and sculptural installations that will leave your head spinning – in a good way.
London EC3N 4A
10am – 5:30pm
Paul Cummins, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, 2014. Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.
If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by the Tower of London to experience ceramic artist Paul Cummins’ expansive Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which features 888,246 ceramic poppies across the Tower’s moat to pay tribute to soldiers fallen during World War I.
24 Grafton Street
11am – 6pm

<divKerry James Marshall, Untitled (Club Couple), 2014. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.

David Zwirner is opening its doors today, so fair goers can enjoy the latest exhibition, Look See by Kerry James Marshall, the artist’s first solo show in London since 2005.
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