Much has already been written about Frieze week and how its fair has once again positioned itself at the epicentre of contemporary art internationally. Doing so for 20 editions now.
One of the privileges of working full time for an art gallery is that before the now classic Regents Park pavilion opens, I have the opportunity to wander around the booths at my leisure. The fact that I can enjoy all the works that the galleries present during the fair without having to have thousands of people around is a privilege that even today I still wonder if I deserve.
It would be easy for me to highlight the works that caught my attention at the fair, but since I started writing articles for Conceptual Projects, I have always tried to keep things fresh. I think there are so many good exhibitions containing photographic-based works in London at the moment, that I personally believe they must be taken into account if you live here or if you pass by. Below I present to you three institutional shows by photographers and visual artists you have to consider visiting before they close.
Daido Moriyama at The Photographer’s Gallery
Until 11 February 2024
One of the exhibitions I can’t recommend enough is the wonderful Daido Moriyama retrospective at The Photographer’s Gallery. This large exhibition of the Japanese photographer takes up 4 of the 5 floors of the building and surveys his entire career as a street photographer and his extensive bibliography. Accompanied by videos, interviews, large-scale installations, rare photo books and magazines, the show features more than 200 photographs which offer a glimpse of the different interests he had over a 40-year career.
Starting on the top floor, we discover his early works from the late 1960s, inspired by the American occupation and the sensationalism of the magazines. We see how early on, Moriyama was already beginning to develop his own visual identity characterised by strong contrasts in his black and white images. As we continue to explore the floors of the building, we move on to the photographer’s career. There were many works that, although I knew about Daido Moriyama’s practice, I did not know he had made…