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Thursday 17 April 2014

I am off again

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and this time joined by Stephan Tanbin Sastrawidjaja and Mr McDonald at the airport.

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A wonderful red tie to glide up the wide concrete stairs but then we are confronted by a sight that’s perhaps more not to be seen than seen; a performance of a naked woman giving birth to painted eggs. Later that evening at the Hauser & Wirth dinner, I have a discussion with Pierre Huyghe where he reminds me that this has all been seen before with the Viennese Actionism movement.

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Then straight into the usual question of ‘art or not art’ but for a change it was just a late arrival waiting to be unwrapped.

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However, this work by Astali/Peirce was real art!

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As was Anna Kolodziejska’s take on empty pockets.

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This was an intriguing work by Win McCarthy, one to watch out for.

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Salon 94 and Galerie Henrik Springmann collaborated to present Carlos Rolon/Dzine with an installation on boxing and his life.

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I bumped into Mr Kennedy from Kerlin Gallery who also happens to be Daniel Kennedy’s dad. Daniel and I had met up with him only three days before at Chateau La Coste.

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We loved the work of Sam Keogh, so very lively and thoughtful.

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Another one to watch is David Jablonowski. Such a delicate approach to using every day materials to create a certain intelligent sensitivity. On a slightly different note, what I found very interesting was that the fair was prepared to receive museum directors rather than trophy hunters. It really made things much more dynamic and diverse rather than the usual boring and now quite generic spectacle.

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The shows outside the fair were quite fun. ‘Maybe This Is A Dream’ by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at Kolnischer Kunstverein was as usual, stranger than strange.

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The most amazing moment of my visit was finally getting to view the Pierre Huyghe show at the Museum Ludwig. I was totally stunned and overwhelmed by the intensity. He is a renaissance man through and through and completely ahead of his time.

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Then it was home sweet home to walk ‘The Line’ through east London courtesy of Megan Piper and Clive Dutton’s initiative. Battling sheets of rain we saw some really wonderful sights and a selection of artists put forward to be shown along the sculpture walk. What a girl Megan is, a future great in the making. A quick cable car to the Cody Docks near the mouth of the River Lea allowed us to join Richard Cork and Mark Wallinger and be sped away to choose the final top 10.

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Simon Myers was a lovely host on his Community Boat, who could ask for more? Well, maybe some nice weather would make a change. We all huddled up with Whitechapel’s curator Omar Kholeif to be photographed by Sim Canetty-Clarke.

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One quick visit to Josh Lilly and I finally get to view the work of Nicholas Hatfull in the flesh. The work was actually really good and Nicholas is most definitely on my ‘artist to follow’ list. So that concludes my mini marathon for the past couple of weeks and now I need to put my feet up and have a cup of tea! I know, I am so British....

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Monday 14 April 2014

I feel a bit like I am in an artistic vortex and cannot stop. I find myself a curious cat that cannot keep away from the cream. So much is happening and I have maybe only just scratched the surface. No Dallas Art Fair for me, no Basel Hong Kong for me, no Tate trip to South Africa for me... etc..... but I still manage to experience so much. London is an amazing city to stumble upon new, wonderful and exciting experiences. 

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LLDC and Legacy List invite me to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and we are totally dumbstruck. Despite resembling a red skeleton (minus the exposed shiny metal skin) propelled somewhere into the atmosphere and containing an uneasy feeling of work in progress, it manages to be totally awe inspiring and beautiful. Definitely worth a visit or two. Even if you are dismissing the strange and unsettling architecture, there is a sense that you are actually rattling around in someone else’s brain, Anish Kapoor’s actually. You can admire the incredible views of the Olympic park and beyond. It really is an amazing sight to behold and I think our Mayor, Boris Johnson has done a very good job to create a new city within the city, integrating it to make one huge metropolis.

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Mother’s day was a fabulous surprise with Gabriele Beveridge’s Invites presentation involving a masseur giving us visitors relaxing massages in front of her wonderful art works.

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Then it was goodbye Gabriele and hello Stuart Whipps who had me totally stumped with his intricate installation and how to crack the code. It rather got the better of me and my slow brain could not keep up with it.

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Phyllida Barlow’s (or should I say Eddie Peake’s mum?) commission for Tate Britain in the Duveen Galleries was a show stopper. It was basically a load of old rubbish but on closer inspection you can see the intense structure and placement of materials.

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Many people from far and wide had come to the opening including Stuart Shave and Jake Miller, who look like each other more than ever!

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I went to the intriguing opening of Abraham Cruzvillegas where the question of ‘art or not art?’ was definitely present. Like Phyllida, visual form evolved from what looked like a load of old junk!

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We had a lovely dinner to follow the opening, here’s Abraham with lovely Amalia Pica.

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Then it was to Arles, France and what a treat was to be had! I went there with good intentions and absolutely no idea what I was going to see and left with an amazing feeling of fulfilment. It was thrilling to finally see Maja Hoffmann’s dream starting to turn into a reality. Here is our first night visiting the Foundation Vincent Van Gogh which had very kindly been donated to the city by Maja’s father, Luc Hoffmann. The architecture was sympathetic with the building and Raphael Hefti had created a wonderful permanent installation on the glass roof top.

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I was mesmerised by Thomas Hirschhorn’s response to Van Gogh. Titled ‘Indoor Van Gogh Altar,’ it was rather less violent than Thomas’s usual fare and utterly inviting with these lovely sunflowers.

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A few ears cut off,

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a distorted dolls house

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and a few boots. Everything attached and wired superficially with tinfoil tentacles to give it some sort of metaphysical life source.

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My visit to Arles was centred around Frank Gehry and his incredible plans for a new building there. Here’s Maja and Frank relaxing after a hard few days of preparation for the big ‘breaking ground’ event.

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Lunch was set in Les Alyscamps, Arles where Van Gogh had painted his many many paintings.

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Frank’s amazing new museum. A fantastic accomplishment to get so far and to actually break ground on the site within the Parc des Ateliers.

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To celebrate this Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno had curated a fantastic installation of many magical Gehry maquettes brought to life by the extravaganza of ‘Solaris Chronicles,’ a course of six-month interventions. Pure Theatre!

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A hard act to follow but up the road we were again amazed by all the work that had been going on at Chateau La Coste. Sarvisalo has a long way to go to catch up with the dedicated hard work and management of putting together so many wonderful experiences. From a Liam Gillick installation placed lovingly in the middle of the nature.

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To an incredible Tadao Ando pavilion with a huge Louise Bourgeois spider in the front.

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Tracey Emin had a huge presence with this fabulous platform including a barrel with a cat in it!

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Where there is good art, there is good wine and sure enough a new state of the art winery was built and housed by the architect Jean Nouvelle. However, within 24 hours I had left the beautiful countryside of Arles and was back in rainy London.

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Friday 04 April 2014

Here are my Top 10 Instagrams and Facebook posts of the month! Thank you to all my Instagram mates and for anyone else, check me out @anitazart

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Jon Rafman @ZachFeuer

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Jon Rafman @jonrafman

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Sam Falls @willnyc

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Daniel Gordon @wallspacegallery

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Linus Bill @simondepury

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Alex Ito @neilslantor

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Artie Vierkant @sagart11

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Tomas Downes @limoncellogallery

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Adriano Costa @adrianocostluis

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Frances Stark @realstarkiller and a real and wonderful c-print recently purchased by Zabludowicz Collection.

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