Thursday 17 July 2014
Off to Manchester to visit the Ryan Gander show at Manchester Art Gallery
where we are greeted by one of his lonely Rodin dancers.
Up in the main gallery we stumbled across a crumbled table plan from the night before and the Gallery Assistant’s all reading William Morris’ ‘News From Nowhere.’ It was a fabulous show and well worth the effort. Well done Ryan!
Further west we caught the Liverpool Biennale. Here’s Kelly Large, Curator: Public Programmes with Team Manchester Art Gallery.
The Biennale was rather fragmented with few spaces working harmoniously together however, there were a few gems. Glen Pudvine at Cactus Gallery was certainly one.
The John Moores Painting Prize wasn’t ready to announce the winner but did have a short-list. Covadonga Valdés’ ‘Homeland’ was rather lovely.
I was also quite taken with the work of Jane Bustin and this Thomas Hylander who both unfortunately hadn’t made the final cut.
The Old Blind School was showing Norma Jeane’s ‘All Artists are Liars (Potlatch 9.2)’ meaning the poor gallery assistant had to continually mop up the melting ice.
Michael Stevenson was on form with some wonderful and weird installations.
STRAUTCHEREPNIN’s ‘The Metaphysical Store’ couldn’t be ignored but I’m not certain whether I liked it. It’s very weird and nonsensical.
By contrast Judith Hopf’s multiple installations were a joy to encounter and return to more than once. They were scattered all over the place and ranged from this to concrete sheep.
That really concludes my mad art blitz year and now I’m taking some time off before the crazy and exciting Autumn. See you for our Fitch/Trecartin show!
Wednesday 16 July 2014
The next day and to my complete surprise I found myself at another art fair.
Gallery SUN Contemporary at START fair were making me again ponder the question ‘art or not art?’ with work by Shan Hur.
Tom Gidley at Paradise Row is becoming more and more accomplished with age.
Indonesian artist Gede Mahendra Yasa was very interesting at ROH Projects. My lovely friend Niru Ratnam showed me around.
‘Life Witness (Lost and found objects report)’ by Antonio Castañeda was interesting.
Then I headed to the Royal College of Art so see the MA and MFA shows. This year felt a particularly strong year. There were some really promising artists such Peter Watkins.
The very strange shapely sculptures of Tian Zhu. Her work is quite brilliant.
Yves Scherer had something about her, one not to be missed.
One of my favourite artists, who is full of potential is Vangeli Moschopoulos.
Mr Essen had created the Essen Kunsthaus in the back of a shed, a very brave attempt.
Kees Van Lankveld work was fascinating, an albino actor dictating a blue alphabet methodically out load to himself.
One artist also not to be missed was Robert Cervera. He’s very experimental using all sorts of materials right down to strawberry jelly.
At the other end of the scale there was a hair raising moment for Tracey Emin and British Art at Christies as her bed rocketed to £2.2m in auction. We were all relieved.
The Serpentine Summer party was its usual big splash with Pharrell Williams singing his heart out to the audience.
Tiffany Zab. and Sue Webster looking stunning in their McDonald’s Moschino!
Tuesday 15 July 2014
I find myself once again back in New York for a very very quick visit. It is Ron and Jen Beller's special party and they decide to dazzle us in Brooklyn with an amazing display of performance art, a mini New York Performa for the night.
Great picture of myself, Tate Trustee John Studzinski and Jen dressed in all different versions of ‘Hipster’.
Artist’s John Downing and Bob Afede were performing something usually seen in the glitzy places of St. Tropez and not Brooklyn.
Then it was a quick check in to a few galleries. On my first visit to Eli Ping Frances Perkins Gallery I was fascinated by Dena Yago, the work was so sad and thoughtful.
Dropped into American Contemporary where I spotted some iconic and stunning Jean-Baptiste Bernadet works.
I loved the work of Evan Robarts at The Hole.
Then it was straight back home for our amazing opening of 4 solo exhibitions and ‘Invites.’ Adriano Costa making his last minute adjustments.
As was Michael E. Smith who happily explained the narrative of the piece next to him; a man jumping off the balcony!
With Sam Falls’ Finland residency and gallery installation finished it gave a bit of time for a lovely lunch in the garden. Great snap of Michael E. Smith and Sam.
Mendes Wood boys relaxing.
Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian hanging out with James Lingwood and Alexander da Cunha in front of the garden shed!
Finally and totally relaxed, Samara Scott and Sam Moore take a dip.
Then the opening! Rachael Pimm’s proudly showing me her stunning and intriguing installation.
The night was a big success and a great crowd attended. The artists were thrilled to bits. Caragh Thuring, Nicholas Dechayes and Stuart Shave came to cheer Erin Falls and Sam on. His installation is beyond stunning.
The work of Michael E. Smith is so fascinating and arresting. A ‘no sound piece’ created by placing a few very strange empty gas containers in a row.
A dogs head seemingly embalmed in the body of Mr Potato Head.
Samara’s work is a crowd show stopper. She uses all manner of materials and chemicals to create her works; nail varnish, toilet paper, shampoo…..