Anyone who has been to Frieze in recent years, especially on the weekend can attest to the heaving crowds and cramped quarters. Our advice? Catch Frieze on a weekday evening, and check out these great shows in and around London in your leisure time.
Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery:
One of the great contemporary artists, the artist behind London's Olympic "Orbit" centerpiece sculpture has a new show at Lisson Gallery starting October 10th and running for a month. This is the artists largest solo exhibition in London since the hugely popular show at the Royal Academy in 2009.
Rashid Johnson at South London Gallery:
For his first major public solo show in the UK, New York based artist Rashid Johnson presents an installation of work made for the South London Gallery’s main exhibition space. The exhibition runs until the 25th of November, and this week, features a talk and introduction to the exhibition by Margot Heller at 10:30 on Thursday October 11th.
Mel Bochner at Whitechapel Gallery:
New York artist Mel Bochner is one of the one of the founding figures of conceptual art. This solo exhibition starting October 12th showcases the artists latest paintings which use a thesaurus to generate word chains that are bursting with colour and meaning.
Art of Change, New Directions from China at Hayward Gallery:
This major exhibition is the first to focus solely on large-scale installations and performances in contemporary Chinese art. The exhibition includes several new commissions specially created for the Hayward Gallery. The show runs until Sunday, December 9th