London’s Frieze Art Fair doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14, when it will open to invited guests, but if you’re looking to get a head start on the action, head over to the Regent’s Park Underground stop, which is a short walk from the big tent, and ride its two lifts.
Strange posters have been hung in each elevator—one reads, “very grown up”; the other, “what are we thinking?” They are, of course, artworks. The former is by the dependably idiosyncratic British artist Ryan Gander, the latter is by the tech-obsessed New Yorker Cory Arcangel, and both are being billed by their gallery, Lisson, as an “extension” of its rather unusual-sounding Frieze booth.
Lisson, which runs galleries in London, Milan, and soon New York, in a new space under the High Line in Chelsea, explains in a press release (so weird that press releases for fairs are a regular thing now) that Arcangel, Gander, and New Yorker Joyce Pensato “are intervening and disrupting the [Frieze] stand through installation, performance and collaboration—manipulating how the public interact with works and staff members, who will be sporting custom-made shoes, suits and other wearable works of art.” Which sounds like a nice change of pace.
Over at Frieze Masters, Lisson is taking a more traditional approach to the fair format, offering work by three “elder statesmen”—Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, and Lee Ufan.