Art Fairs – Frieze and Zoo 2009 show details announced

A quick look at the schedules for two London art fairs in October.

ZOO 2009
Zoo 2009, 16 – 19 October, is moving east from its former west London Regent’s Park space to a new multi-site location in Liverpool Street. Over 100 artists will be showcased at the art fair, which provides a platform for “emerging contemporary art talent”. Within the art fair’s hybrid format “stand and booth exhibitors will bring the dynamic of an art fair to exist alongside the more contemplative exhibition zones”. The four curated exhibitions, by Rob Tufnell, FormContent, LUX and Studio Voltaire, “enhance the whole Zoo experience”. “For collectors, curators, critics, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts, Zoo 2009 remains a considered introduction to the next generation of art professionals”.

Now in its sixth year, there is usually a variety of work on show, including photographic and lens-based pieces, but what percentage this represents of the entire work  on show, I’m not sure. There will be:

21 Stand exhibitors includes emerging galleries, project spaces, artist collectives, curatorial groups and publishers

14 artists will be showcased in a specially dedicated Solo Works section

Most of these commercial and non-commercial organisations are under six years old.

Arcade, London *
Brown, London
CRISP, London / Los Angeles *
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
England & Co, London *
Faye Fleming & Partner (formerly ARQUEBUSE), Geneva
Four Corners Books, London
Guestroom, London
lokal_30, Warsaw *
Maribel López Gallery, Berlin *
Mitterrand+Sanz, Zürich *
Moot, Nottingham
Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm
OUTPOST, Norwich *
R O O M, London
Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam *
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

* New to Zoo this year

Anna Tanner – Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Bettina Buck – ROKEBY, London
FREEE – Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
Gail Pickering – Accelerator, London
George Young – CRISP, London / Los Angeles
Ichiro Endo – Haruka Ito / magical, ARTROOM, Tokyo
Juan Fontanive – Riflemaker, London
Karin Hueber – KUTTNER SIEBERT Galerie, Berlin
Maciej Kurak – lokal_30, Warsaw
Michael Simpson – David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Neil Hamon – Galeria Leme, São Paulo
Richard Rigg – Workplace Gallery, Gateshead
Robert McNally – One in the Other, London
Scott Mcfarland – UNION Gallery, London

“In addition to the stand presentations, there will be a new section of booths dedicated to artists’ limited editions and multiples, presented by public and private institutions and organisations such as Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, Chisenhale Gallery and 176 / Zabludowicz Collection.”

Frieze Art Fair (15 – 18 October) has announced details of its upcoming Frieze Talks 2009. There will be an international line-up of “highly respected artists, filmmakers, designers, curators and cultural commentators”, including John Baldessari, Hella Jongerius, Sylvère Lotringer, Agnès Varda and Yu Yeon Kim.

Keynote lectures, include one from art historian and cultural critic James Elkins, (E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Professor in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). His books include What Painting Is and Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?. History and theory of images in science and nature. His current projects include The Project of Painting: 1900-2000 and a series Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts. For this keynote lecture, Elkins will discuss the kinds of information contemporary artists both need and know.

Expect panel discussions, featuring artists and curators, focused on current debates surrounding contemporary art and theory , such as the relationship between art and philosophy. Lectures, panel debates and discussions will take place in the auditorium at the art fair. Access to talks is included in the Frieze Art Fair admission price, otherwise tickets for talks cost from £15-£25, with £10 concessions, depending on day of week. One such talk that caught my attention is this:

Platitudes about Contemporary Art – Popular and Provocative, but True? (Thursday 15 October 12pm)

Roger Hiorns (Artist, shortlisted for 2009 Turner Prize)

Kathrin Rhomberg (Curator of the 6th berlin biennial, 2010)

Adrian Searle (Curator, writer, and chief art critic at the Guardian)

Chair: Tom Morton (Curator, Hayward Gallery, London)

“This panel will argue against three of the most common criticisms and truisms leveled at contemporary art: that it is elitist, confusing and irrelevant; that it is peddled by unskilled charlatans conning the general public, and that poor artists will be more inventive and radical because they are not corrupted by the market.”


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