This One Thing... London’s Art Scene
There is a lot of art to see in London this month. Glorious, but potentially overwhelming. So, the highlights: Frieze Masters and Frieze London (12-16 Oct) are essential. At Frieze Masters, which focuses on artworks dated pre-2000, Helly Nahmad presents Joan Miró pieces, ACA celebrates African-American artists such as Faith Ringgold, and Galerie Mitterrand exhibits Niki de Saint Phalle’s work. At Frieze London, head to Gagosian’s showing of British-Nigerian Jadé Fadojutimi’s abstract pieces. At Focus – a discovery space for exciting, nascent artists from the world over – check out Selome Muleta (Ethiopia), Agnieszka Polska (Poland) and Kenturah Davis (US and Ghana). Beyond the fair, the Gagosian has a highly anticipated exhibition of Tyler Mitchell’s work in its Davies Street gallery (6 Oct-12 Nov). He rose to fame in 2018, at age 23, as the first Black photographer to shoot the cover of US Vogue (with Beyoncé no less). Hauser And Wirth is also a worthwhile stopover if only for Amy Sherald’s exhibition (12 Oct-23 Dec). While much more established than Mitchell, Sherald’s public profile was also boosted by a ‘celebrity’ subject; her portrait of Michelle Obama hangs in Washington’s National Portrait Gallery. Finally, October is the last chance to catch The World Reimagined. Curated by Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye, it features 100+ artist-designed globes scattered across public spaces in the UK, inviting us to follow the trails and explore our own relationship with racial justice.
Funmi Fetto is the global editorial director of Service95 and a contributing editor at British Vogue
Joan Miró, Soirée Snob Chez La Princesse, c. 1946, courtesy of Helly Nahmad and Frieze; Nikki de Saint Phalle, Sphinx, 1975, courtesy of Galerie Mitterrand; Agnieszka Polska, Perfect Lives (Mirror), 2020; The World Reimagined, London Globes in Dean’s Yard Westminster Abbey, 2022; Tyler Mitchell, A Glint Of Possibility, 2022, © courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, Gagosian