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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See

London’s galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent’s Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists and galleries at Ambika P3, a subterranean exhibition space in Westminster (4–6 October 2019). Tessa Moldan presents her selection of the city’s must-see shows in this Ocula Lowdown.

Tt X AB, Tall Boys & A Double Shot Espresso (2019). Oil and mixed media

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The real reason jazz drummer Moses Boyd should win the Mercury Prize this week

Recently, Moses Boyd was standing in a friend’s garden holding his godson in his arms when he received a phone call. He discovered that his debut solo album, Dark Matter, had been shortlisted for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize. He’d forgotten he’d even applied. “So much has happened since the album came out. It was surreal,” he tells me, a fortnight later, smiling with humble pride. “I’ve watched the Mercurys for years, from Ms Dynamite to Dizzee to Sampha. They’re important.”

The Dark Matter European tour ended with a show at Electric Brixton, in South London, on 12

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