My London top five: Ralph Rugoff
Art world figures share their "don't miss" picks for shows going on during Frieze Week
By The Art Newspaper. From Frieze daily edition
Published online: 17 October 2013
Ralph Rugoff is the director of the Hayward Gallery. Since his appointment in 2006, he has organised a number of acclaimed exhibitions, including “The Painting of Modern Life”, “Jeremy Deller: Joy in People” and this
summer’s “Alternative Guide to the Universe”.
1) Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, until March 2014
Hahn/Cock, 2013, by Katharina Fritsch is a brilliant wake-up call for the city and a witty send-up of Trafalgar Square’s phallic monuments. Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock is an extraordinary and exemplary public sculpture.
2) Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, 1733, is a precursor to graphic novels. The wickedly satirical series of eight paintings, depicting the gradual downfall of an heir who squanders his money while living large, seems as relevant today as when he made it in 1732.
3) “Michael Landy: Saints Alive”, National Gallery, until 24 November
Mind-boggling, haunting and outrageous slapstick sculptures, reimagining the iconography of Christian saints with a nod to Jean Tinguely and a house of horrors.
4) “Tacita Dean”, Frith Street Gallery, until 26 October
Tacita Dean’s JG, 2013, is a 35mm film installation using voiceover texts from stories and correspondence with J.G. Ballard that ruminate on motifs of entropy and time while also reflecting on Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970. This densely layered conceptual and visual collage shows an artist brilliantly expanding the language of film.
5) Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, N6 6PJ, Monday-friday 10am-5pm, weekend 11am-5pm
The best possible antidote to the frenzy of contemporaneity at Frieze, this eerily beautiful cemetery includes the graves of Karl Marx, 1818-83 (which has endured two bombing attempts), as well as those of more recent London luminaries, such as Patrick Caulfield and Malcolm McLaren.
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