Reading Room Frieze London 2016

Join writers, editors and special guests for an exciting programme of daily events

The Reading Room brings together the world's best arts and culture publications offering single issues, special editions and subscriptions to visitors and an exciting programme of events hosted by publications including The Art Newspaper, Artforum, FT Arts, frieze and more.

Full daily schedules:
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Some highlights from the programme include:
 
Kaleidoscope: Donna Huanca in conversation (Thursday 6 October, 12.30pm)

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Donna Huanca, Muscle Memory, performance view, 2015. Courtesy: Peres Projects, Berlin

Donna Huanca, Muscle Memory, performance view, 2015. Courtesy: Peres Projects, Berlin

On the occasion of her concurring performance-led exhibition at Zabludowicz Collection, London, and a profile that appears in the current issue of Kaleidoscope, New York-based American artist Donna Huanca will discuss her concern with the nude female body. The interview will be conducted by Kaleidoscope's editor-at-large Francesca Gavin, a writer and curator based between London and Berlin.  

ARTnews: Elizabeth Fullerton in conversation with Richard Billingham (Thursday 6 October, 3.30pm)

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Richard Billingham, Untitled, 1996, photograph. Courtesy: Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Richard Billingham, Untitled, 1996, photograph. Courtesy: Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Artist Richard Billingham and Artnews correspondent Elizabeth Fullerton, author of the new book Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution, discuss Billingham’s iconic series of photographs of his family, “Ray’s a Laugh” (1994-96)—on view at Anthony Reynolds’ booth (N4) as part of Frieze’s special focus on the 90s—as well as Billingham’s current projects.         

Flash Art: Aperto '93 (Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm)

"Emergency/Emergenza" Aperto 93 was the first large Biennial exhibition conceived as an art magazine, and as a full-scale exhibition within an exhibition. Organized by Flash Art publisher Helena Kontova in collaboration with Francesco Bonami, Nicolas Bourriaud, Jeffrey Deitch, Robert Nickas and Benjamin Weil, as well as Frieze founder Matthew Slotover, Aperto was a polyphonic, international showcase dedicated to emerging artists, consisting of 13 sections which together made up an innovative whole.

This year Frieze London takes the 90s as its focus. Helena Kontova will be returning to host a conversation with special section curator, Nicolas Trembley, as well as Frieze publisher and founder Matthew Slotover regarding one of the roaring decade's pivotal shows.

FT Arts: Cai Guo-Qiang in conversation (Friday 7 October, 1.30pm)

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Kevin Macdonald, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (video still)

Kevin Macdonald, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (video still)

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Quaing discusses his work Sky Ladder which was the subject of a documentary by Kevin Macdonald. 

DB Artmag: A Global Conversation with Sarnath Banerjee (Friday 7 October, 2.30pm)

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An artwork from Sarnath Banerjee's commission for Deutsche Bank London. Courtesy: the artist, Deutsche Bank London and Project 88, Mumbai

An artwork from Sarnath Banerjee's commission for Deutsche Bank London. Courtesy: the artist, Deutsche Bank London and Project 88, Mumbai

Following on from his article ‘A Global Conversation’ in the Frieze Week Magazine, Shanay Jhaveri will interview artist Sarnath Banerjee about the artworks he has been commissioned to produce for Deutsche Bank. The project, consisting of almost 80 artworks, is entitled ‘An Encounter with Thomas Browne and Other Commonplace Utopia’. The works draw on renga, a form of ancient Japanese linked verse which flows in the manner of a conversation.  Banerjee compares his work to a long conversation in a tea shop “There is no agenda. Conversations are very important. Human beings evolved through dialogue that is how they moved to the next step intellectually.         

ArtReview: How to be an artist with Siobhán Hapaska (Friday 7 October, 3.30pm)

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Siobhán Hapaska, Love, 2016

Siobhán Hapaska, Love, 2016

Join Siobhán Hapaska in conversation with ArtReview's Helen Sumpter on what art means and how it makes you feel; certainty versus absurdity; and the ways life as an artist in London has changed since the early 1990s. ​Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Siobhán Hapaska graduated from Goldsmiths in ​London in 1992, hot on the heels of the YBA generation, and has lived and worked in the city ever since. ​She exhibits internationally and her work is held in collections​ including the Hirshhorn, Washington, DC, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and Tate.   

CURA.: Jon Rafman in conversation (Friday 7 October, 4.30pm)

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Jon Rafman, Erysichthon (video still), 2015 

Jon Rafman, Erysichthon (video still), 2015 

On the occasion of the launch of CURA. issue 23, featuring a cover by Jon Rafman and a main essay on his work, the artist and curator Maitreyi Maheshwari, Programme Director at Zabludowicz Collection, will talk about the video and its online first presentation. 

Erysichthon (2015), by Jon Rafman, is the final element in a trilogy of videos including Still Life (Betamale) (2013) and Mainsqueeze (2014). Like the other videos of the series, it comprises found images from the web, user-created contents and video clips. These examples of subcultures are investigated through the theme of devouring and ingesting, used as a metaphor for our culture of consumption and our relationship to the virtual world. 

25 Years of Frieze (Saturday 8 October, 3.30pm)

On the occasion of the launch of the Phaidon book Frieze A-Z of Contemporary Art, co-editors Dan Fox and Jörg Heiser discuss the 25th anniversary of Frieze, and the changing nature of art magazines since the 1990s.           

The White Review: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Sophie Mackintosh (Saturday 8 October, 5.30pm)

Literary and arts quarterly journal The White Review presents readings from contributors Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, whose debut novel Harmless Like You is published by Sceptre, and Sophie Mackintosh, winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize.       

Elephant: My Life As a Work of Art (Sunday 9 October, 3.30pm)

To celebrate the launch of Elephant Publishing, publisher Marc Valli and writer Ben Eastham introduce My Life As A Work Of Art, a ground-breaking survey of the art world written by Ben Eastham and Katya Tylevich. The book is a funny, personal and engaging biography of eight great works of twenty-first century art by of the likes of Martin Creed, Camille Henrot, Pierre Huyghe and Marina Abramović. Published in conjunction with Laurence King Publishing.

See below for full daily schedules:
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

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