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My London Week: The warm up for the big Frieze

Posted at 2:30 pm, October 17, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Sunday Art FairWe know you’re all curious about what other fun stuff Londoners are getting up to (we sure are) so we thought you would be interested to know where members of the Time Out team have been gallivanting about town. This week Time Out’s Art editor, Ossian Ward, shares his adventures.

Frieze week in London

‘A busy run-up to art fair week began with two talks: one at the Threadneedle Prize with Times critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston (above) and Gyles Brandreth – I kid ye not. He’s a real pro, as well as an ex-MP who now stars in panto. The mind boggles.’

Frieze week in London © Ossian Ward / Time Out

‘At Saatchi Gallery there was a right old ding-dong for the Intelligence Squared debate: ‘Is the art market the best judge of art?’ Luckily I was sat in between Matthew Collings, Richard Cork and a team of market specialists as they landed intellectual blows on each other, but strangely when the vote came in (perhaps inevitably most were against the motion) no hands shot up when I suggested that as an art critic, I was naturally the best judge of art. What, no one?’

Frieze week in London © Ossian Ward / Time Out

‘This was good preamble to the main events of Frieze Art Fair week. Dinners for Tate, Whitechapel, Timothy Taylor and Alison Jacques galleries aside (the latter on top of Jean Nouvel’s new building facing St Paul’s), there was a retro Lisson party for Cory Arcangel. And then some more parties. And some more collectors, shows and art fairs (luckily my trusty VIP chauffeur-driven BMW was on hand to whisk me to everything). Oh, and a magazine to produce.’

Frieze week in London © Ossian Ward / Time Out

‘Time for bed, wake me up next October.’

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