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Art season: European jaunts

Dana Schutz, Mountain Group, 2018, Oil on canvas, 304,8 x 396,2 cm, Collection Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Photo Jason Mandella

© 2023 Dana Schutz. Courtesy of the artist, CFA Berlin, Thomas Dane Gallery and David Zwirner

Just as the leaves are about to turn in New York, the art world runs off to Europe. The talk of the town is currently the changing landscape of Paris and London, which host back-to-back art fairs in October: Frieze London (Oct 11) and Paris+ par Art Basel (October 18).

The biggest question this fall is which fair are you attending – Frieze or Paris+ or are you lucky enough to camp out in Europe for two weeks? Paris is certainly abuzz right now, after its successful inaugural fair last year as well as many galleries popping up all over the city. London, on the other hand, hosts its preeminent Frieze fair and incredible museum shows, but has certainly lost some of its luster for galleries post-Brexit.

In addition to the fairs, we are also excited to see some new spaces that a couple of note-worthy galleries are opening in London and Paris. Let’s not forget about our home base of New York – there are some truly stellar gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the city right now.

Below, you’ll find details about these inaugural shows, unmissable fairs, the best shows opening in New York, and more, as we transition into October.

Selected Fall Art Fairs:

Frieze London + Frieze Masters: The Regents Park, London, NW1 4LL

Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 15

Paris+ par Art Basel: Grand Palais Éphémère, 2 place Joffre, 75007, Paris

Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, October 22

Opening in London and Paris:

New Moves:

Sheila Hicks, 2019. Photo: Cristobal Zanartu, 2019. Courtesy of Alison Jacques

I have been looking forward to the opening of Alison Jacques’s new gallery since I first heard the news this past spring. At 6,000 sq. ft. over three floors, the abundance of space will allow for more installation options for her artists and novel ways to display their work. It is perfectly situated in Mayfair—the epicenter of London’s gallery scene—with neighbors such as Flowers, Frieze’s No. 9 Cork Street, Stephen Friedman, who is also making a move to Cork Street; an exhibition by Yinka Shonibare will be its first at this location, and it’s a short walk away from the Royal Academy of Arts. The masterful artist, Sheila Hicks, will be debuting new works crafted in her signature textiles to celebrate the commencement in Infinite Potential.

Marina Rheingantz, Lightning Water, 2023, courtesy of the artist and White Cube

A major highlight for London is the opening of Maré, White Cube's ​inaugural solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Marina Rheingantz​ (b.1983). Stemming from traditions of landscape painting, Marina's paintings negotiate the spatial qualities of movement to reveal traces of memory as place, pulling from influences including abstraction and topography. Her large-scale paintings have been described as lyrical and emotional, and have captured my attention for years.​ This is an exhibition to come back to many times over, each time finding something new.

Tomas Saraceno, 'Silent Autumn (WISE 0359-54/M+M)​' 2023. Image Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Lastly, our favorite part of Frieze is exploring the sculpture park. This year’s presentation of Frieze Sculpture, curated by Fatos Üstek, an independent curator and writer based in London, features 21 leading international artists across The Regent's Park and a chance to witness some of the most ambitious works by​ some of our favorite​ artists like Tomas Saraceno, Louise Nevelson, Catharine Czudej, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, and Josh Smith,​ to name a few. We are especially excited for Saraceno's poetic 'Silent Autumn (WISE 0359-54/M+M)​'​, taking a cue from his cloud sculptures, the colors reflected in the panels represent the shades of autumn leaves before winter approaches.​


Modern Art’s new Paris space in the 8th arrondissement.

It has been fascinating to watch Paris’ art scene evolve over the past few years. International galleries have been opening up spaces all over the city and the energy is palpable.

A new move is imminent for Mendes Wood DM, who are launching their new Parisien gallery this fall. Situated in the contemporary art-focused Marais district, the period building in the Place des Vosges will offer an interesting juxtaposition to the more recent works housed within. I see no difference between a handshake and a poem, a group show curated by Fernanda Brenner, is slated as its premier exhibition.

Additionally, Modern Art, one of the most relevant and important London galleries, is opening a space in Paris. Modern Art has been wanting to give their artists’ the opportunity to exhibit in Paris for a while and the gallery has finally found the right space, located in the 8th arrondissement. Like Mendes Wood, Modern Art will inaugurate their new space with a group show of gallery artists including Richard Aldrich, Frida Orupabo, Sanya Kantarovsky, and Pope L., to name a few.

It is going to be difficult to outdo last year’s Joan Mitchell/ Monet exhibition at Louis Vuitton, but I am very excited to see the upcoming Rothko exhibition, which opens during Paris+. This exhibition will consist of 115 Rothko paintings placed in chronological order on loan from all over the world, a remarkable feat. I can only imagine that 115 Rothko’s together in one room will actually take me to another dimension.

Lastly, just plugging another favorite American in Paris - Dana Schutz at the Musee d’Arte Moderne de Paris. Perhaps you were lucky enough to see this show at the Louisiana Museum, but if not, don’t miss this exhibition, “Le Monde Visible.” The exhibition will show not only Schutz’s monumental figurative paintings, but also her latest sculpture and drawings.

New York Now !

Charline von Heyl, Blue Guitar, 2023, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 78 x 72 inches, 198.1 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery

For those fond of abstract art, von Heyl does not disappoint. Her paintings are diverse; they incorporate bold, graphic shapes with noticeable figuration in varying amounts across her canvases and it is quite difficult to pin a label to her approach or practice. Pattern or repetition might seem significant in one piece only to be absent in another. Elements are often layered or juxtaposed in surprising ways across the large-scale artworks and the viewer who can appreciate the piece’s humor intertwined with its gravity will be rewarded.

© Nicholas Party, Portrait with an Eagle, 2023 (left) and Portrait with a Donkey, 2023 (right), Soft pastel on linen, 150.1 x 110.1 cm / 59 1/8 x 43 3/8 in, 156.2 x 116.4 x 9.2 cm / 61 1/2 x 45 7/8 x 3 5/8 in (framed) Photo: Adam Reich. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Nicolas Party at Hauser & Wirth

Viewers are to be ushered into an uncanny environment for Party’s first solo exhibition with Hauser & Wirth in New York, populated with his signature pastels and site-specific works within the installation. His distinctive use of color, proportion, and figuration set the Swiss artist apart from his contemporaries; his distinctive style draws from a variety of art historical references to generate images that are wholly original. Expected the unexpected with massive murals, unconventional materials, and sculptural displays.

Mohammed Sami, One Thousand and One Nights, 2022, Mixed media on linen, 112 5/8 x 219 1/4 inches (286.1 x 556.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine

Mohammed Sami at Luhring Augustine

Sami creates intricate textures on his canvases, paying particular attention to light and shadow in a semi-abstract display, that do not initially belie their subject matter. The London-based Iraqi artist employs the term “belated memories” to name those thoughts that trigger the remembrance of traumatic events. He translates these visions into allegorical representations in his large-scale mixed-media works. The results are beautifully sublime. Muzzle of Time is his first solo exhibition with the gallery and in the US.

Some of you may be looking to spend more time outside of NYC this month, and I suggest you travel to Cold Spring to visit Magazzino Italian Art for a spectacular assemblage of works by Ettore Spalletti.

Ettore Spalletti. Photo by Werner J. Hannappel. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art

For those of you who saw his exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery last year, it will be another chance to take in the color, structure, and scale that makes Spalletti’s practice so singular.

Follow @annebruderart on Instagram to see the best pieces on offer at the fairs this fall, and other highlights from not-to-be-missed exhibitions in and around NYC!


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