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.
Thursday 07 August 2014
At last a bit of time to relax and take in this past, rather intense year. We all escaped to Sarvisalo, Finland with a few artist's following suit.
Jon Rafman and Artie Vierkant grabbed some respite in the hammocks as they ‘texted’ away.
If not texting then it was the obligatory beer drinking, eating and sauna as demonstrated by Tiffany, Daniel Keller, Jon and Michael Ruiz.
Stephan from Jeppe Hein’s studio also paid a visit and caught up with Jeppe’s benches installed across the island.
The Finland fun was short and sweet followed up with an even shorter trip back to London. I did however, manage to squeeze in a visit to Pace to see ‘Today’s Specials’ curated by Abdullah Al-Turki’s that included an awesome Claes Oldenberg spoon of spaghetti and meatballs.
We also grabbed some time to say goodbye to the Summer Solo Exhibitions at the Collection. Here’s Liam standing in front of Samara Scott’s wonderfully delicate Paris Melts.
Then just before zooming off to Aspen we acquired an amazing Tony Lewis from Massimo de Carlo. It was definitely worth the wait!
The Aspen Art Museum was a very pleasant surprise, with the combination of Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson’s leadership and Shigeru Ban’s architecture it was quite an intoxicating success. Shigeru Ban was also showing his humanitarian architecture; complete structures to shelter a family in times of disaster for less than $50.
Amongst the other incredible displays was Rosemarie Trockel’s ‘Less Sauvage than Others.’ Her ceramic works and sculptures are always show stoppers and I always feel it’s a shame that she isn’t represented in the Collection.
The opening of the museum kicked off with a bang courtesy of Cai Guo-Qiang’s spectacular pyrotechnic display.
The party itself was quite lovely, very red and very focused on raising a whacking amount of future funds for the museum. Oliver Barker was once again at the helm working wonders with works from a number of artists including Ernesto Neto and our very own home-grown Ryan Gander.
Then it was time to visit some friends. Mr Hulk was waiting to have his photo taken with Stefan and myself. Jeff Koons is always outdoing himself.
Jill posed for me in front of Stefan’s new pet donkey by Maurizio Cattelan.
Then into the incredible ‘Gardens of Aspen’ with each one more beautiful than the last. Ugo Rondinone’s garden with a bubbling river.
Another garden with another Ugo Rondinone and many other famous friends; Paul McCarthy, Tom Friedman etc….
Even a few Richard Woods were spread around.
The town itself was full of art, I even spotted Tony Oursler at Baldwin Gallery.
Tuesday 29 July 2014
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