As the Frieze flurry descends upon London, it can be intimidating to try to wade through all the events on the art fair agenda. In addition to Frieze-related projects and the booth displays themselves, a bevy of landmark exhibitions coincide with the fair’s dates across both galleries and institutions.
Fear not, we’ve got your covered: what follows is a round-up of the 15 best shows to see in London during Frieze Week.
1. “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” at Tate Modern, July 12 – October 22.
Covering the years between 1963 and 1983, “Soul of a Nation” is a critically-lauded, comprehensive presentation of Black art and artists practicing in a time period often overlooked in art history. Beginning in the Civil Rights era, it is comprised of more than 150 works by over 60 artists—many of whom are being shown for the first time in the UK. Included on the long roster are David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Sam Gilliam, Lorraine O’Grady, and Noah Purifoy, among many others.
Tate Modern is located at Bankside, London SE1 9TG. General admission to the exhibition is £15.
2. Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain, September 12 – January 21, 2018.
Down the River Thames at Tate’s British-centric museum, Tate Britain has mounted the most substantial survey to date of work by British artist Rachel Whiteread, who in 1993 was the first woman to win the Turner Prize.
The show traces works dating back to 1988, covering over three decades of her oeuvre. Among the pieces on view are seminal sculptures such as Untitled (Book Corridors) (1997-8) and Untitled (Room 101) (2003), as well as 2017’s Chicken Shed, which Whiteread created specifically for the exhibition.
Tate Britain is located at Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. General admission to the exhibition is £15.
3. Martin Puryear at Parasol Unit, September 19 – December 6.
In what is the American artist’s first outing at a London institution, Parasol Unit presents over 40 years of work from Martin Puryear’s career, exhibiting a total of 30 works on view. Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Parasol Unit’s founder and director, the show includes Puryear’s signature large-scale sculptures as well as his lesser-known works on paper, providing a comprehensive look at his four-decade-long practice.
Parasol United is located at 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW. Admission is free.
4. Hannah Black, “Some Context” at Chisenhale Gallery, September 21 – December 10.
Her Dana Schutz-lambasting aside, Hannah Black has made a name for herself in the contemporary art world for her sharp writing and use of language in a visual context. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, Black’s solo presentation—which also serves as her first outing at a UK institution—is centered around 20,000 copies of The Situation, a book comprised of conversations between the artist and her friends. Each exchange has been transcribed, edited, and censored by Black, and in each case, “the situation” takes on a different definition, depending on who is included in the dialogue.
Chisenhale Gallery is located at 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ. Admission is free.
5. “Basquiat: Boom for Real” at Barbican Centre, September 21 – January 28, 2018.
“Boom for Real”—which takes its title from a phrase Jean-Michel Basquiat used when he particularly loved something—is particularly notable, as it is his first show in the country since 1984. Comprised of over 100 works, the show will not only include painting but also his work in collage, Xerox, performance, graffiti, and music.
Ahead of the opening, artnet News spoke to the show’s co-curator, Eleanor Nairne, who discussed the aim to shed new light on Basquiat’s oeuvre: “His work was really a space in which he could play out all of the different areas from which he drew inspiration, and I think that hasn’t really been understood with a degree of sensitivity before. So hopefully we are allowing a very different, fuller picture of him to come through.”
The Barbican Centre is located at Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. General admission is £16. Read more