It’s beginning; you can hear the dull tap-tap-tapping of stilettos and winklepickers in hollow rooms, crowded with people. There is the tinkling of glasses but the wine is warm. Go for red, plus it’ll hurt less in the morning and you’ll have to do it all again tomorrow anyway. That’s right: it’s Frieze week. Your Culture Editor has been spoiled for choice this year, with the official Cultural Olympiad and the related-yet-‘unofficial’ cultural events taking place over and in the months leading up to summer. September saw the opening of the Liverpool Biennial, and October also brings with it the BFI London Film Festival, the Serpentine Gallery Marathon as well as the usual roster of world-class art on offer in our great city. So what do we have to look forward to over the coming weeks? Well, I’m glad you asked.
As already mentioned we have the big two: Frieze Art Fair and the BFI London Film Festival. Frieze launches a brand new event this year: Frieze Masters, a marketplace for works made pre-21st century. Following the middling success of Frieze New York, attempts at conglomerating art continues, with the focus now also on the historic as well as the contemporary. Capitalising on the visiting art world crowd, the Serpentine Gallery host their annual Marathon on the very same weekend, this year based on the concept of ‘memory’. It has one of the most delicious line-ups ever assorted for any event anywhere. Kicking off with a five hour performance by Tarek Atoui, the marathon will bring together names including Ed Atkins, Dara Birnbaum, Daniel Buren, Herzog & De Meuron, Douglas Coupland, Michael Craig-Martin, Adam Curtis, Brian Dillon, Jefferson Hack, David Lynch, Sissel Tolaas, Marina Warner, Richard Wentworth, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon and Michael Stipe. No less starry is this year’s London Film Festival. Under new directorship, there are premieres of new films by and with Tim Burton, Michael Haneke, Ben Affleck, Jacques Audiard, the Rolling Stones, Bill Murray, Monty Python, George Clooney and Slavoj Zizek. There will also be women there.
And art? We haven’t even begun! New exhibitions on display to coincide with Frieze include works by John Akomfrah, David Bailey, Hannah Sawtell, Luc Tuymans, Liam Gillick, Franz West, Noble & Webster, Eddie Peake & Prem Sahib, Fischli & Weiss, Damien Hirst, Joana Vasconcelos, Jamie Shovlin, Bedwyr Williams and more artists than in the ICA bar. If you’re prepared for a busy October, then you’ll be in luck, and you know you’re revered Because Magazine Culture section will be right there with you and for you.