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Join us at Frieze

It’s that time of the year again: Frieze Week. We will, of course, be there picking out our own high points and favourite pieces so if you would like to meet us at the fair then do call us before you go.

As ever, there are certain things that are worth particular attention. Rather exciting is the way Frieze and Frieze Masters are capitalizing on the gardens between their two tents by asking Clare Lilley, the Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Sculpture Park to curate the Frieze Sculpture Park this year.

With a major installation by Richard Serra being shown for the first time since it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1976 alongside works by Haroon Mirza and Anri Sala it promises to be a wonderful opportunity to look at late 20th-century and contemporary sculptures alongside each other. Outside of the Frieze tents are many other exhibitions around London, some of which are the highlights of the year.


Highlights from outside Frieze: Goya,The Portraits

Goya: The Portraits, The National Gallery. For the first time an exhibition will be focussed on Goya’s work as a portraitist. Bringing together almost half of the portraits he painted, many of which have never been shown publicly before, this is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the most personal and personality-filled artists at work. Closes 10 January

The World Goes Pop

The World Goes Pop, Tate Modern. The alternative history of Pop is shown in this exuberant exhibition that shows how countries not normally associated with Pop grappled with the movement. It is bold, brash and rather fascinating. Closes 24 January.


The Big Blue

The Big Blue, Pilar Ordovas. Conceived by Damien Hirst and curated by Pilar Ordovas The Big Blue explores the way artists have handled the sea. The works in this exhibition, from an ancient Roman sarcophagus decorated with a nereid and triton to works by Courbet and Freud, show the shifting role of the sea in many artists’ works. At its centre is a stunning Shark sculpture, Heaven, by Hirst himself. Closes 12 December.

In Residence

In Residence, Six Fitzroy Square. The Irish gallerist Oliver Sears presents the work of 29 Irish artists in painting, sculpture and photography. This snapshot of the often-overlooked Irish art is fascinating in its own right but the jewel at the heart of this exhibition is an opportunity to see Freud’s never-before-shown Donegal Man. Closes 31 October.


Palladio: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

Palladio: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected, Royal Institute of British Architecture. Just down the road from Frieze is this exhibition that shows the works and influence of Andrea Palladio using his own drawings and the works of architects who have re-imagined his principles up to the present day. Designed by Caruso St John it is a fascinating look at one of history’s strongest influences on the built world we inhabit. Closes 9 January.


PAD, Berkeley Square. The other big-tent event that combines design an art in an irrefutably chic environment can often throw up some of the most exciting aesthetic collisions of the week. With new work by lighting designer Paul Cocksedge, Swedish Modernsim from Rose Uniacke and delicate contemporary Chinese ink paintings from Michael Goedhuis, this years PAD is shaping up to be typically interesting.