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Tuesday 29 July 2014

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MANCHESTER & LIVERPOOL

Thursday 17 July 2014

Off to Manchester to visit the Ryan Gander show at Manchester Art Gallery

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where we are greeted by one of his lonely Degas dancers.

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Up in the main gallery we stumbled across a crumpled 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!

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Further west we caught the Liverpool Biennale. Here’s Kelly Large, Curator: Public Programmes with Team Manchester Art Gallery.

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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.

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The John Moores Painting Prize wasn’t ready to announce the winner but did have a short-list. Covadonga Valdés’ ‘Homeland’ was rather lovely.

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I was also quite taken with the work of Jane Bustin and this Thomas Hylander who both unfortunately hadn’t made the final cut.

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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.

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Michael Stevenson was on form with some wonderful and weird installations.

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STRAUTCHEREPNIN’s ‘The Metaphysical Store’ couldn’t be ignored but I’m not certain whether I liked it. It’s very weird and nonsensical.

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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!

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

The next day and to my complete surprise I found myself at another art fair.

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Gallery SUN Contemporary at START fair were making me again ponder the question ‘art or not art?’ with work by Shan Hur.

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Tom Gidley at Paradise Row is becoming more and more accomplished with age.

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Indonesian artist Gede Mahendra Yasa was very interesting at ROH Projects. My lovely friend Niru Ratnam showed me around.

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‘Life Witness (Lost and found objects report)’ by Antonio Castañeda was interesting.

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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.

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The very strange shapely sculptures of Tian Zhu. Her work is quite brilliant.

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Yves Scherer had something about her, one not to be missed.

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One of my favourite artists, who is full of potential is Vangeli Moschopoulos.

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Mr Essen had created the Essen Kunsthaus in the back of a shed, a very brave attempt.

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Kees Van Lankveld work was fascinating, an albino actor dictating a blue alphabet methodically out load to himself.

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One artist also not to be missed was Robert Cervera. He’s very experimental using all sorts of materials right down to strawberry jelly.

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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.

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The Serpentine Summer party was its usual big splash with Pharrell Williams singing his heart out to the audience.

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Tiffany Zab. and Sue Webster looking stunning in their McDonald’s Moschino!

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