Wednesday 15 May 2013
EMPTY AND SOULFUL IN DETROIT
On my way to Detroit I had time to visit NADA art fair which was most interesting.
We acquired some beautiful Laeh Glenn's from Night Gallery
And a lovely Despina Stokou from Derek Eller Gallery.
I liked this work at Duve Gallery.
And David Brooks at American Contemporary.
Josh Faught at Lisa Cooley.
Then the highlight of the week the visit to Detroit to MOCAD where with the help of Artangel in their grounds was the final resting place of the deceased Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead.
It was a ghostly experience with Jim Shaw leading us to a small room in the homestead/community centre where there was a hole and ladder leading underground. We scurried from hole to hole like monkeys using heavy industrial ladders, feeling quite uneasy at the thought that we may never find our way out. The homestead is a replica of Mike’s childhood home which came to life on the year of his death. What was going on in Mike's head? Wear these caves where he dreamt you could hide and escape? Do these weird claustrophobic spaces have a more sinister meaning? We will never know.
Plan of the Mobile Homestead revealing its secrets...
Meanwhile back in the community centre above ground was an abundance of community activity. Children and families interacting in the fun packed activities.
We visited some wonderful places and there was a sadness and hope. There were beautiful houses around downtown scattered sporadically in the landscape such as the Z Villa. Many of the mansions were in ruins and could be bought for a steal.
The artist Tyree Guyton had approached downtown with the help of the community by building DIY artworks at the Heidelberg Project...
MOCAD were gracious hosts, I had to shorten my trip but thank goodness had time to grab an amazing lunch at the Hygrade Delicatessen. One of Mike Kelley’s old hangouts, now kept in business by the local S&M club next door.
Myself and James Lingwood in front of the Deli.
Brian Boylan adding Mustard to his sandwich.
As I leave Lizzie arrives to take over and enjoy the second half of the trip. They all wave me goodbye.
Then Sunday was full of surprises. I go to visit Simon Preston Gallery and I walk into the marriage celebrations of Josh Tonsfeldt who took residency with us last year in Finland and Lauren Cornell from the New Museum.
Then a lovely group show at James Fuentes which included Eddie Peake and Matthew Darbyshire’s work. I liked the Prem Sahib work City Living.
Last stop was Rachel Lehmann’s space where Tracey Emin had her new show.
Her new body of work seemed vulnerable.
The works in Chrystie street were a suite of drawings all of a similar nature and very delicate.
Tracey in her BA Pyjamas in the evening with her fellow little lamb chops to keep her company.
But before we get to bed on the big aeroplane in the sky we had time to visit PS1’s show EXPO 1. I thought the show was absorbing. I was not quite sure of the underlying philosophy around this show but there was a powerful theme running through.
Adrian Villar Rojas work La Inocencia de los Animales was magnificent and awe inspiring.
We met the artist Agnes Denes who had managed to plant a two acre wheat field in Manhattan.
The question of art or no art appeared before me again or is it a hole in the wall. Alan Sarets Catholic solar wall temple.
Josh Kline had curated a show with his work and other artists within EXPO1. I loved this attempt at pushing the boundaries and saw some parallels with Sound Spill at 1500 Broadway. This show was a breath of fresh air and my favourite work was Flesh Diamonds by Dina Chang.
Then it was time to leave......and head for our big bed in the sky as we headed over the atlantic back to the UK. How can UK compete with what I saw in the US? Here is a good starter Mathias Faldbakken who sadly was in hospital getting his hand put back together after he cut it in half!?
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Something and nothing, frieze 2013 in New York
Straight off the plane and straight to Sound Spill at 1500 Broadway where an exhausted Lizzie Thom O'Nions and Richard Sides were waiting for me they achieved only magnificence. The show stood out in New York because mostly art in New York is so commercial and this show was obviously not!
A breath of fresh air and very thought provoking all at the same time.
It was straight to the 33rd floor to listen to the piece by Melissa Dubbin and Aaron s Davidson it was a surreal experience, a string of different sound artist curated into one peace, creating an incredible interactive atmosphere with the work at the same time visually absorbing the colours and lights of times square as the day fades into an even brighter lighter evening.
Tiffany Z and Alex Gartenfeld enjoying the moment. Alex is just about to start his new position in North Miami in two days’ time.
Great artists hanging out together including Oliver Michaels who was in our Toby Ziegler show and Peter Coffin in Sound Spill
Andy Holden who will be working next in time square and giving a solo show in September standing happily in front of the big apple.
Haroon Mirza, Richard Sides and Angharad Williams relaxing outside the restaurant.
The after party was lovely, a relaxing dinner at antique garage.
Sound spill artist Trisha Baga happily ordering in the cocktails.
Alex Logsdail and his lovely fiancée Emma Fernberger
Then the next day was a fine lunch given by our sponsors at mana. Igal Azouri in front of one of his masterpieces.
Across the road Jeff Koons new sculptures were selling out like hot cakes and the younger collectors were grabbing their free signed t shirts from Rob Pruitt outside a disused factory in Chelsea.
However I did manage to drop by to Casey Kaplan and acquire the most magnificent Garth Weiser for the collection. It is absolutely brilliant!
Then it was a visit to Leila Heller gallery where Amir had curated a show called “bass! How low can you go” he was very proud and this is a picture of him with Raphael Danke in front of his work called “the disappearance of a girl held by a man” and “the disappearance of a cigarette held by a girl”
Roy particularly enjoyed interacting with the work of artist Reza Aramesh.
A statue of Terence Koh lay there with a ghostly presence at Vito Schnabel's new show dsm- v curated by David Rimanelli.
The Tate dinner was spectacular the venue looked awesome.
Simon de Pury once again with tremendous vigour was wielding his hammer and Jim Lambie was controlling his brood with his magic notes.
The venue was so vast it was impossible to see all in a cloud of mellow and happy atmosphere.
Finally we were at frieze art fair, it was humongous and impressive.
Even though the vast tent and set out was disorientating, I saw some great pieces and a saving grace was all the cool restaurants such as fat radish at every twist and turn. Francis Upritchard's new sculpture at her new gallery Anton Kern, was proudly on show for all too see.
For the first time I liked the work by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Regen Projects the work was called April in Paris.
Also I loved this work by Sam Falls who will be having shows in Eva Presenhuber and Metro which is great news.
Alexandre da Cunha had an amazing cement mixer. The question was is this art or no art?
Also art and no art I loved this work by Michael E Smith at Clifton Benevento. This we acquired for the collection.
Loved the Gabrielle Beveridge.
The highlight for me was Tino Sehgal's work at Marian Goodman gallery, the work was relating to our work by Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe called One Million Kingdoms Ann Lee this where this little girl was mimicking the animated Ann Lee.
Then at Almine Rech gallery Aaron Curry drawings were delightful.
Roy added a fabulous new drawing top left to his collection.
I loved the work of Jack Early, Hey Jesus.
Plenty of light moments in the fair Roy and Lizzie joking with the older generation.
Yana Peel my lil sis and Lizzie posing in front of a Barbara Kruger work Truth.
Talking of posing another gentle giant alongside Mark Bradford and Baldessari is Michael Williams.
Michael happily showing us his painting which we happily welcome into the collection.
In contrast petite Samara Golden and wonderful gallerist Phil Grauer from Canada gets down on one knee for us.
The new work by Nathan Mabry at Sean Kelly was a show stopper would love to have taken that one home.
Also at Eigen art barking fun painting by Melora Kuhn
There was a great sense a humour around the fair, I loved this large pizza by tom Friedman at Luhring Augustine gallery.
At Peter Kilchman gallery Bruno Jakob was performing painting and painting nothing. Frieze art fair this year was about something and nothing.
In the evening the beautiful Maria Baibakova hosted a sumptuous dinner at the palatial James Burden mansion I was delighted to be sitting with Maria, Rashid Johnson and Sheree Hovsepian.
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Back in London and the sun is shining.
Nicholas Frahm and Frankie Cohen are presenting their new project space The Dairy, with the older artist Armleder, whom I am not so familiar with, painting after painting, sculpture after sculpture.
The guest list was spectacular and there was Cathy Wills with young sculptors Sam Zealey and Lucy Tomlins, her work I admire, who will be in our next invites show alongside the second part of our painting show with the likes of Josh Smith and Albert Oehlen later this month.
On the same evening Mathew Darbyshire had created a show-stopping installation for Bloomberg Space called Oak Effect, it was a cross between DIY Utopia and real life Sim City. All the objects on show had been resurrected from the Noth Eastern museum archives.
Then it was Berlin which was a wonderful array of great wonders. That is if you made the effort to look around in every little corner. We headed to the Schinkel Pavillion to see Oscar Tuazon but alas I arrived there a day too late. I managed to admire the overland pipes which were everywhere in Berlin. How very odd.
Talking of Pipes at the Boros collection there was a sense of connectivity everywhere by amazing knowledgeable Gallery Assistants who were bordering on the guise of a Tino Sehgal performance. The pipes were by the duo Awst and Walther.
Then there was the question of art and no art once again? With Klara Liden’s work which was scattered around the Boros Bunker. I very much liked the work in this context.
We dropped by to Peres Projects and Javier’s new space was magnificent. Once again we bumped into the enigmatic Alex Israel.
The next morning we were at Gallery KOW where Michael E Smith was very hospitable. This was a highlight for me and his thoughtful work was placed sympathetically with the KOW architecture and the Berlin Landscape.
We dropped into Gallery Krobath to look at the work of Despina Stokou whose work I had spotted in the Armoury and at the gallery of Derek Eller. I thought this work to be full of energy. Yes not so original in concept but definitely incredibly individual. Despina seems to me a writer who expresses her thoughts through her visually powerful art works. I was also impressed with her Berlin independent Guide which she has founded and is Editor, she is certainly out there. I look forward to meeting her in June.
We dropped by to Spruth Magers where we saw some wonderful shows including Richard Artschwager.
Outside Johan Koenig’s Gallery were some lovely new Jeppe Hein Social benches, would love to add them to the collection!
Then once again home sweet home. Where I was given the red cup, watch this space something to do with Venice I believe.....??????
I headed straight to Base where we are showing Pio Abad’s installation in Invites and he happily revealed all for me and Ben Jones’ enthusiastic art loving Serpentine group.
I headed over to Imitate Modern where Grumpy Bailey kids were showing off their talents. David Bailey, myself and young hard working artist Taline Temizian.
Finally the cream on the milk was visiting White Cube in Bermondsey. The collaboration between Julie Mehretu and David Adjaye was magnificent. Also alongside was a lovely showing of Erin Shirreffs work, Matthew Booth and Lucas Blalock. I had the honour at last to be introduced to Lucas and he is a wonderful artist and person.