Monday 27 October 2014
Frieze is always great fun so with a torn meniscus in my knee, (too much dancing for my own good) I dragged myself through the aisles. Even had a wheelchair on the ready just in case!
The tent was vast but felt manageable and not too huge. There was so much happening around us you really gained a true sense of the experience, a big contrast from the year before.
Nick Mauss gave a wonderfully powerful performance.
Olivia Zab’s enthusiasm had drained a little after I had dragged her to the fair for the fourth time. However, she was a trouper and a great art enthusiast. We both loved the Nicole Wermers chair at Herald Street.
The Thomas Dane booth sucked us in and easily tempted us to go that one bit further with an amazing 1990’s Michael Landy work. One of my girlfriends, Wendy M asked me in passing if I had seen the catering trays left out from the night before, she nearly died there and then when I told her I had actually purchased this work. Wendy if you are reading this; ‘You are the Best’.
This Alexandre da Cunha sculpture was another perfect addition to the Collection.
Ed Fornieles was in full gusto, happily working with his nail bar at Carlos/Ishikawa.
My bestie Cindy managed to acquire one big shiny Instagram Nail.
KAWS was a total eye catcher. I loved the minimal black and white Snoopy.
Particularly in comparison to the colourful KAWS.
Loved this work by Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan.
A very exciting moment at Mary Mary came with our first ever Jesse Wine purchase. Just could not resist this organic glazed extravaganza.
Jane Hait and Elizabeth Neilson were reunited after their baby incubation period. Emerging back in to the art scene after being hidden away in the midst of breast-feeding, nappies and goo.
Laura Bartlett’s booth proved to be my favourite of the fair, a whole interpretation of Venezuela transferred to Regents Park by Sol Calero.
Stuart Shave’s juxtaposition of Steven Shearer and Lothar Hempel was very impressive.
Meanwhile Stuart’s lookalike Jake Miller was next door happily displaying some fabulous Amanda Ross-Ho and Magali Reus. I was quite keen on the wine glasses with ice cubes.
Hidden behind the door at Peres Projects was a very expensive Joe Bradley, which had been quickly removed after the auctions by the owner as his work became even more expensive.
A lovely moment at Marc Foxx booth. Amanda Sharp was all smiles with another successful Frieze nearly over.
In another part of Regents Park, Frieze Masters provided a much more sedate and traditional setting with many older and deceased artist’s for sale on the secondary market. Much quieter and less fun but very interesting all the same. I loved this Barbara Hepworth from 1963.
Spotted this chic stone hand grenade finial at Victoria Miro by Ian Hamilton Finlay. Very apt for your friendly local dictator to take home and display at his front gates.
One of my favourite galleries in the Masters tent was the Antoni Tàpies with this lovely ‘Fusta amb samarreta’ from 1971.
We then rounded off our London week with a trip to PAD, a much more decorative fair. Daniel Blau’s booth was very clever. I adored how he made it look like a throwback to the department stores of the 60s with the Andy Warhol’s going very cheaply! Now I am on my way to yet another fair and desperately writing my diary on the train.
Friday 24 October 2014
What an amazing week, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. How did I survive? With my two simple rules; first one is not too much alcohol and sadly the second rule is, to limit yourself to a few events rather than many or all. One of my lovely art collector friends told me one evening that she’d already been to 15 events beforehand!?
Number one priority at the beginning of the week was to visit Bermondsey and see Tracey Emin’s amazing show at White Cube. It was impressive to see how Tracey and her team had handled this humungous space. This wonderful photo of Tracey at Lehmann Maupin’s space in Frieze really sums it up! ‘It’s all about love.’
I also loved this little swan shrine hidden away from view.
An incredible Rachel Kneebone showing me just how her sophisticated practice has developed.
Grandpa Harry checking out Damien Hirst’s ‘Black Sheep’ in Bermondsey.
We then took in something different with ‘MIRROR CITY’ at the Hayward, where we were delighted to see Anne Hardy’s works and how wonderfully her practice has progressed.
The auctions were also incredible and I picked up a great Adam McEwen for an amazing price, although the question of ‘art or not art’ had definitely appeared again. Then WOWZA! The new Phillips building is amazing! Situated smack-bang in the middle of Berkeley Square. It was a shame that the very first auction was tainted with a little bad luck from the Stock Market crashing for a day.
The Tate was also extraordinary. We visited the Eyal Ofer galleries to see the Malevich show and the famous ‘Black Square’!
and the Polke show, which was brilliantly curated by Mark Godfrey. This shows the ‘Japanese Dancers’ of 1966.
I entertained a few times at home with some lovely lunches and dinners. Before the Friday Total Freedom performance night at the Zabludowicz Collection we had a little get together for some of the out-of-towners. It was so fun to catch up with Dora Budor, Daniel Keller and Brian Donnelly.
Brian standing happily in front of our most endearing member of the family.
The actual performance night was packed twice over but everyone managed to see the fantastically violent performance of Raul De Nieves and his merry band
and the theatrical musical by Rachel Lord.
Sunday Art Fair was a bit of a disappointment, only because the galleries had hardly any time to prepare for their opening and there weren’t really many works to discover. We did find a few though with Emily Mae Smith at Laurel Gitlen really showing promise.
As well as the work of Florian Auer at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler.
Sunday lunch was full of surprises. The lovely Nile Rodgers came to pay us a visit alongside the De Pury’s, Hannah Perry and Heather Kerzner.
Jeffrey Deitch in the garden was getting fit post-Frieze.
The best dinner of the week was hosted by Jane Hamlyn at Frith Street Gallery. The gallery was celebrating it's 25th Anniversary and was well attended by all the Institutional leaders and artists of the gallery.
Maria Balshaw and I managed to compare our shiny shoes with each other.
The week then finished up with a lovely article about Finland in W Magazine, written by Diane Solway with photography by Jason Schmidt. Who could ask for more.
Monday 13 October 2014
The week started with a lovely Neïl Beloufa opening at the ICA.
‘Counting on People’ explores the relationship between technology and sculpture through a variety of different channels. Human interaction is challenged by the different realms of reality and digital scenarios and Neïl invites his audience to make their own mental representation of presentation.
All the boys were in town, François Ghebaly came over especially from LA. Here he is standing with Matt Williams and a very happy Neïl.
Upstairs Gregor Muir was also showing ‘Beware Wet Paint’ with the focus on painting by a number of multi-disciplinary artists. I was pleased to see Zabludowicz Collection artist Ned Vena in the show.
Had time to visit a few shows before the craziness begins but there was still so many galleries to see. Perhaps my favourite was Lynda Benglis at Thomas Dane. Her ceramics had such human character, interacting with each other in different ways.
Parker Cheeto was in full swing, chains and all. The day was rather rainy and sad on the outside but Inside the White Cube there was a hint of happy with a full presentation of art from all sources, even friends children had participated. The atmosphere was alive and the plush carpet actually added a certain richness to the presentation.
Carl Kostyál is showing Austin Lee. There is something about him and his crude 3D renderings.
My favourite show of all at the moment is Adriano Costa at Sadie Coles. Adriano is prolific, he just does not stop making art wherever he goes. His eye is incredible so nearly everything he creates is a winner.
Then back at Zabludowicz Collection HQ we had our very first InstaMeet just before we opened our amazing Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin show. Ryan arrived with his studio all ready for action. We later celebrated with a magical evening finished off with dinner on the glittery Shoreditch House rooftop. So romantic and dreamy.
Ed Atkins and Ryan met for the first time.
A very happy me with Mark Godfrey, Omar Kholeif and Maitreyi Maheshwari
and Helen Benigson finally got to meet her hero.
Anthony Valdez proudly wearing his red frat cup pin in his ear!
The exhibition is spectacular and it’s been followed up with an Instagram explosion. The official opening led to us opening our doors to what felt like a thousand young people flowing in for the evening. It feels like a really special moment for the Collection. Here's a very happy Collection Manager, Ginie with Lizzie, Ryan and Anthony under the evening stars.
After the deluge there was no time to stop and rest as we had to head to Camden Arts Centre, where Glenn Ligon is showing his amazing ‘Call and Response’ exhibition.
Based on the arrest of the ‘Harlem Six,' he is showing a number of paintings and some new neon's reflecting the words used by one of the six to describe the experience.
Glenn’s really bringing attention once again to this incident that both affected civil rights and brought attention police brutality.
We had a wonderful dinner at our home afterwards. Muriel from the Cranford Collection spent time with Alexandre da Cunha
and Jenni Lomax took time out with the lovely Yinka Shonibare.
I was able to catch up with Glenn, Thelma Golden and Shaun Regen.
Nearer the end of the week I made a quick visit to Tate Britain to see Olafur Eliasson’s reaction to Turner. This work is a response to ‘Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons’ from 1834.
Then to round off the week l very excitedly acquired our first Richard Prince in about ten years. He has taken his tacky Instagram pictures and printed them out into a much larger size to give it a new level of ‘unsettling.’ Nothing is new and he is definitely being consistent with his practice. A great example of where fine art meets low culture!