Wednesday 17 December 2014
The big day arrives and we are brimming with excitement. Once again Art Basel opens its doors and once again we have very few expectations but we're also praying we don't make any discoveries, it would be so much easier that way!
En-route to the fair we took a look around the Bass Museum sculpture garden and came across the usual question of ‘art or not art?’ with ‘Waterfall’ by Tatiana Trouvé.
It really reminded me of our Richard Hughes mattress ‘Pit,’ which we showed at Zabludowicz Collection back in 2008
Our first stop at the fair was Michael Werner where we spotted the perfect Michael Williams painting. Straight away we felt DONE and ready to go home.
But we soon came across our beloved home grown Thomas Dane and the Frenchman! Alexandre da Cunha had some magnificent towel works,
completely divine and desirable.
A passionate Abraham Cruzvillegas. Maybe I’ve begun at last to understand his work, it has taken me a few years.
One of the highlights was at Mendes Woods Gallery where Cibelle Cavalli Bastos gave an intense performance. She was brilliant and we were all in awe of her incredibly fantastical stories.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist greeted us at the entrance, all ready for discovery.
The fair was really impressive. They had pulled out all the stops with loads of individuality, so much so it was impossible to see it all. I loved Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan, an acoustic cloth work that actually worked!
This wonderful Martin Boyce day-bed was a serious eye catcher at the Modern Institute.
Then a Dash Manley moment where we met up with the Ostin’s and Jessica Silverman.
The evening was the most fun, giving us the highlight of the whole trip with an alternative ballet where we were wheeled on our chairs into several different positions.
The experience was entertaining and very comfortable. I hope that Ryan McNamara takes this crazy concept around the world. It is a definite must see!
Tuesday 16 December 2014
At last I am in the sunshine in Miami. Euphoria and sun!
After a long flight it was wonderful to be greeted by the brilliant Miami landscape.
The weather took a turn for the worse later on with Lizzie and I being absolutely drenched on our way to Soho House to hear Jon Rafman talk. But it was hard to dampen our spirits as we soaked up the atmosphere during an amazing BMW sponsored talk organised and hosted by the quick drying Francesca Gavin
Arriving the day before gave us a chance to check out UNTITLED, which was full of surprises. Artist Shaan Syed found a good way to fill the booth whilst waiting for his paintings to get through customs at Ana Cristea Gallery.
T Shirt! ‘Art or not art?’
We loved the work by Alberto Borea.
Asya Geisberg Gallery led to the discovery of a very interesting painter; Angelina Gualdoni.
Inman Gallery also provided another gem with the artist Michael Jones McKean
African photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou was incredibly strong at Jack Bell Gallery
Steve Turner Contemporary were showing some thirst quenching works by Yung Jake
Then the lovely painter Fabrizio Arrieta, who seems to be a cross between Cris Brodahl and Avery Singer.
We finished up the day with old friends at Casa Tua. It was a sad moment to not have David Teiger with us, such a lovely man and an inspiring collector.
Thursday 11 December 2014
Here's my pick from Novembers postings
Charles Ray @christopheryin @matthewmarksgallery
Michael Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson @hellocameron @mikeweissgallery
Albert Oehlen @shlexys @skarstedtgallery
Brad Troemel @artobserved @tomorrowgallery
Walead Beshty @gumanism @thomasdanegallery
Kerry James Marshall @artsetintl @davidzwirner
Hannah Perry @hikariyoko @southlondongallery
Franz West @rcembalest @davidzwirner
Dexter Dalwood @dexterdalwood @simonleegallery
Rosson Crow @rossoncrow @csart430