London; the big shows

Posted on November 1, 2014



Wow! London was resplendent with BIG shows during Frieze week. Not only was there an abundance of big names on show at all the major institutions, but most of them put on pre or post-punter private views for Frieze VIPS, involving a fancy brunch or glass of bubbles. I felt VERY lucky to arrive at Tate Britain on the dot of 8.30am and take in the glorious Late Turner; Painting Set Free exhibit almost entirely on my own. It was almost overwhelming. The early showing of Late Rembrandt at The National Gallery was not so quiet, but equally staggering. At the Royal Academy an evening viewing of Anselm Kieffer also had me quietly beside myself. And breakfast with Contstructing Worlds at The Barbican was a wonderfully calm way to start the day. I tried to take in Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern at the end of a very long day, and pretty much failed. At Photographer’s Gallery, it was easier to digest Lorenzo Vitturi and his bright installations. At ICA I struggled to see Neil Beloufa’s work because of the braying crowds. The Beware Wet Paint show upstairs was slightly less besieged, I guess because the booze stayed on the ground floor. At The Serpentine, I enjoyed Cerith Wyn Evans at the Sackler, more than Trisha Donnelly at the gallery proper. Of course the Pavillion was amazing. As was the fountain by Bertrand Lavier. So much to take in, so little clean space in my head.

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