Frieze and Zoo
The big art fair Frieze, buy information pills page and its twin planet Zoo, occur this week and offer us two places to check out millions of artists all under one roof (disclaimer: slight exaggeration for effect). As well as static works, Frieze has live dance performances and workshops, while Zoo concentrates on emerging contemporary art, bringing new artists to the attention of buyers. Even if you don’t have any spare cash, a cat may look at a king – and you never know what might steal your heart and your overdraft.
After my euphoric experience at Gardens and Cosmos, this reviewer is a total convert to anything involving India and the word “splendour”. What could be more apt then, than a new exhibition of art and objects owned by and representing India’s princes, from the 18th to the 20th century. Believe, these people know how to do colour, glamour and intrigue. And yes, their splendour is pretty much unrivalled.
Frank Auerbach @ The Courtauld Gallery
Frank Auerbach’s life and art reflect the two most tragic elements of the Second World War for a British reader: the Holocaust, in which he lost his parents; and the Blitz, which left London, his home after being sent to England on the Kindertransport, devastated. Auerbach’s drawings and paintings depict the rebuilding process afoot in London after the war, where he was studying as an art student.
Another Jewish painter, but many miles away from Auerback in space and spirit, Ed Ruscha’s art comes to the Hayward Gallery. Pulsing with American spirit, Ruscha’s paintings are of “gas” stations, palm trees and buildings on the Sunset Strip. The paintings have a definite pop art vibe and act as a record of fifty years of American culture, its vocab and visual language.
Mind the Gap show
The Women’s Art Movement show “Mind the Gap”, including artists The Girls, Pamela Morgan and Claire Freer, aims to tackle the issue of women’s depression and bring it “above ground”, breaking taboos, as well as addressing how women are represented in society in a more general way. Including painting, photography, slide projections and all sorts of crafted objects, descend into the crypt at St Pancras Parish Church to find out more.