Tuesday 16 September 2014
With summer ending I said goodbye to Anton and Lisa B's wonderful Garden of Ibiza
their lovely Antony Gormley
and a Buddha in the sun.
It feels like there is a new dawn on the horizon and the real fun is just beginning. Alex Ito was one of our first ever Still House purchases and he had presented a wonderful and thoughtful show at Rod Barton. Two contrasting works; a sleek dolphin polished and produced to a high standard
and a weird taxidermied rabbit with horrid little eyes. Enough to creep you out for good. It certainly woke us up and reminded us of the horror that can often lay behind beauty.
Nel Aerts at Carl Freedman was showing solid talent with some rather dynamic painting and odd creatures crawling out of woodwork.
Talking of new dawns, Lizzie is back! It’s such a relief and joy to have her in our midst once again.
We made a quick visit to Kinman Gallery to see ‘Flora, Fauna’. Rebecca Ackroyd’s soft material was interfered with by silicone moulds of concrete. The contrast appears to be harsh but in reality is quite delicate.
It was also wonderful to see Graham Collins shine at Jonathan Viner. He had worked wonders with the aluminium vitrines I had seen in his Brooklyn studio, now placed meticulously in the gallery.
Modern Art is showing a fantastic painting show, every one is a winner particularly this lovely Sanya Kantarovsky.
A fabulous work by the artist Michael Williams.
A trip to Ancient & Modern on Whitecross Street meant seeing Eva Berendes and Andreas Bunte’s ‘Norma’ but also an absolutely electric food fest which Bruce Haines gave me tour of.
I even spotted a Conor Harrington graffitied on the walls.
In total contrast, Jewyo Rhii’s show at the Wilkinson Gallery was incredibly interesting and full of narrative. The work had a lot of movement with a big block of ice melting in the gentle breeze of the fans.
Also managed to find time to drop by French Riviera and check out the work of Lucy Woodhouse, where she had used parts of discarded objects from Regent’s Canal such as the glass from an old television screen.
Then for dessert it was Herald Street, which presented me with the beautiful watercolours of Ida Ekblad. All incredibly different and vibrant and all incredibly experimental.
Meanwhile, back at Zabludowicz Collection HQ a ‘Trecartin/Fitch Green’ was being applied ready for the big day. The show is really starting to take shape and will look amazing when finished. Watch out for 2 October; Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: ‘Priority Innfield.’
Monday 01 September 2014
Here are my Top 10 favourite instagrams from the past month
Friday 08 August 2014
Next trip was to Napa, which was totally awesome.
We met up with the Stones and as usual, their hospitality was outstanding. Sampling some of the famous Stonescape wine.
We then headed to the Art Cave where we saw the most wonderful work from the Stones’ collection. Walking into the voluminous cavity we were treated to Keith Tyson, Ai Weiwei, Theaster Gates, to name but a few. Poju and Ron pointing out a rather poignant work by Ryan Gander.
Our favourite work was a humungous protest painting by Rirkrit Tiravanija. We took the opportunity to be included with our hosts Ron, Jesse and Jen Beller.
Then with sadly no time for LA, we headed to Malibu and spotted a fabulous Sam Falls sculpture in pride of place in a friends driveway.
During a treat of a lunch we bumped into a few wonderful old friends. Beth de Woody and Alex Israel in deep conversation in front of the beautiful Pacific Waves.
A group photo with Philip Martin from Cherry and Martin, art collector Theo, Beth, Alex, Alex’s sister Andy and my lovely hostess Joyce.
Next stop on our whistle-stop tour was the Hamptons where we were shown all the sights. The villages had really great art galleries with the The Drawing Room showing the wonderfully intricate sculptures of Brooklyn artist Adrian Nivola.
Karma in Amagansett provided a nice surprise with a host of beautiful sculptures by Peter Regli.
A five hour visit to a mostly closed New York art scene meant we weren’t able to catch the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney. After such a great disappointment I was however, cheered by Hito Steyerl’s outstanding presentation at Andrew Kreps. A true post-internet artist.
Then Karma on the Lower East Side provided the grand finale of our stateside excursions with the most magnificent Sam Falls. Sam had recently created a number of works in Upstate New York which were certainly on par with his recent residency in Sarvisalo, Finland.