Friday 07 February 2014
It has been a buzzing London this week, a hive of activity and creativity.
I finally make it to Hauser & Wirth and find the most perfect work of art by Hans Arp.
Kean demonstrates for us the interactive nature of this Franz West sculpture.
Next door was showing Zhang Enli’s impressive work.
With another smaller version of Zhang’s internal paintings similar to the one in the ICA.
A visit to the new Serpentine showed a space crammed with sensational art from corner to corner and including both the KKK and Holocaust!
I left with mixed feelings, all my senses had been pulled in different directions. Like, hate, disgust and curiosity.
Lovely Martin Creed kindly signed his book that accompanies his show at the Hayward.
Meanwhile back at 176, Anna Vauhkonen was rehearsing for her big performance as part of the programme accompanying ‘A Sense of Things.’ Such a fantastic exhibition and result of the collaboration between The Cass and Goldsmiths College.
Master Class was the biggest success with Lindsay Seers, Marcus Coates, Hannah Starkey and Ben Rivers taking a number of artists under their wing and advising on progressing their practice. All with the help of Doug Fishbone and Maitreyi Maheshwari, Senior Curator: Public Programme at the Collection.
Highlight of the week was Matthew Darbyshire at Herald Street.
Absolutely loved the cat and shaker chair. Super cool.
We acquired this 3D scanned water cooler carved in stone.
Chelsea school of Art were showing their interim MA work, with Nicholas Cheeseman’s looking really promising.
Glenn Ligon has produced a whole new body of work at Thomas Dane. Here he is explaining in depth to Peter Fleissig.
Yngve Holen’s work at Modern Art was as usual, there to challenge us.
This week also included all the auctions with everything from Sigmar Polke and Cy Twombly to Lucien Smith.
We also managed to go on a lovely and long awaited trip to Toby Ziegler’s studio with CAS where Caroline Douglas spent some time with Toby explaining his brand new body of work.
Toby also spoke about his next humongous show at The Hepworth Wakefield.
My lovely friend Ilana Fattal opened her romantic Valentine show.
Talking of romance, Gary Webb is showing ‘my wife’ in the Bloomberg Space as part of a large installation there.
The week has now left me very much looking forward to our openings on 26th February for Trisha Baga, Invites: Gabriele Beveridge and Infinite City, which was curated in collaboration with the Kadist Collection. Photo by Enrique Metinides, Mexico City, 1971, 2003.
Trisha Baga, Hard Rock, 2012. This work will feature in the exhibition among a number of other works and installations.
Gabriele Beveridge, Mostly That Your Face Is Like The Sky Behind The Holiday Inn, 2013.
Then on the 27 February is the not to be missed, Art 14 where the Collection is collaborating with the Fair to present Art14 Performances.
Thursday 23 January 2014
It has been a very interesting couple of weeks in London with a nice slow start to what will be a very busy year.
Now more than ever there is so much happening over the Internet and ways of working in the art work is constantly and rapidly changing. I have now two Instagram’s, one private, AnitaZab and one pure art, AnitaZart. Facebook and Twitter are being constantly updated and I have my art diary (not a blog) which is my favourite communication method, my favourite treasure.
We started the year at the Collection with the Invites programme presenting the brilliant work of Rachel Maclean. Whilst on residency for six months in Canada and with the help of a green screen Rachel created her dramatic film 'Over the Rainbow'. Rachel uses many different speech overlays and even included the Queen herself in 'The Lion and The Unicorn.'
Here’s Paul Luckraft and Rachel Maclean proudly showing Rachel's Invites presentation of both films.
At the same time Goldsmiths College and the Cass MA curating students have collaborated to create 'A Sense of Things' within the main Collection gallery spaces. The students chose 18 artists from the Collection and another nine from outside. I loved this sound interactive sculpture by Leonardo Ulian titled ‘Technological Mandala 42-Random Relay.’
The opening was a wonderful success and utterly packed with an audience of over 500. The atmosphere was electric and the guest list was as varied as the art. Daniel Silver is showing his masterpieces to his old tutor Nico de Oliveira who is currently course leader of the MA Curating the Contemporary at London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery.
Matthew Smith showing me his customised jacket and telling me all about his glam rock gigs.
Neil Gall presenting his wonderful thing sculpture in front of his wonderful thing painting, all so technically perfect!
I loved Seth Price’s green vacuumed breast statement among all the other weird and wonderful works of art.
Anna Vauhkonen’s performance was quite intriguing as she flitted and floated through discarded rubbish between the sculptures.
I also managed to find time to check out the Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost where she demonstrated her wonderful films.
I revisited artist Juliette Bonneviot at Wilkinson Gallery. It was a rather more challenging feminine work this time, very translucent, digital and poetic. The show seemed to be a battle between the plastic and human waste using a young girls body as the catalyst.
A great surprise was Nina Canell at Camden Arts Centre. She had managed to create some extraordinary works out of cable.
The last time I had stepped into the same gallery Emma Hart was showing. Now she is in the 'Bloody English' show at OH WOW in LA. Wishing us Brits good luck and hoping that La La land likes us!
Then finally back to the Zabludowicz Collection where the wonderful Matthew Darbyshire has created an amazing moo cow for the editions!
Sunday 29 December 2013
I am back in New York and it almost feels like coming home. The work ethic is still in full force, unlike us Europeans who love to party and linger in the aromatic happy holiday atmosphere. However, there is still some fun loving coming from Gavin Brown who arranged a spectacular winter tent on his gallery roof with food to be had in every corner of the room and where I had the pleasure of bumping into TJ Wilcox and Adam McEwen.
Then next day Luhring Augustine had a lovely small intimate event where I cosied up with Glenn Ligon, Josh Smith and Jeff Elrod.
I also managed to drop into Andrea Rosen gallery where we acquired a wonderful new Josephine Meckseper for the collection.
The show was ambitious with Meckseper keeping to her own distinct style using pre-fascist and ‘previously degenerate’ Bauhaus architecture for the basis for the show.
Patricia Treib gave an interesting talk about her work at WALLSPACE. It can be a struggle to explain your own work but Patricia managed very well. Discussing how she started with an object and then worked her way through the spaces in between, sometimes repeating the same idea over and over again. Definitely an artist to watch carefully.
I went to Lisa Cooley to check out what all the hype was about with Scott Reeder. Pasta and painting, whatever next? Alphabet pasta to create painting! Surprise, surprise! The work was good and effective, using pasta as a serious medium to create something more than just visually pleasing. Another artist to watch for sure.
A highlight of all my visits was Michael E Smith at Michael Benevento Gallery, he is an artist with the most unique perspective. His work is usually far from aesthetically pleasing and instead reflects the environment he is working in, now upstate New York but previously in Detroit. There is often a disturbing aura but scrape the surface and you find hidden narratives and associations just waiting to be discovered.
In the evening we headed to ‘LA2: The Young Collectors Exhibition’ opening at Leila Heller Gallery. LA2, alias Angel Ortiz has worked in many artist’s studios including Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Here he is signing old Gameboy’s.
The co-chairs Tiffany, Alexander Heller and friend Raul Cubina were out in full force with 200 future young collectors and artists.
Another highlight were my visits to Brooklyn. We first stopped in to see Roland and Lawrence at Luhring Augustine who were so proud of their wonderful Michelangelo Pistoletto show; ‘The Minus Objects 1965-1966’ in Bushwick. The work looked incredibly fresh having come straight from the artist’s studio, except he had created them right at the beginning of Art Povera and over a period of 5 months in 1965.
Our visit to the painter Zak Prekop was definitely worth a mention, his paintings were very real and technically perfect.
Then onto The Still House Group, which was exceptional. The Red Hook, Brooklyn landscape was utterly breath-taking. As we entered their incredible studios we were greeted by the charismatic and enthusiastic Alex Perweiler, one of the two founders of the group.
Alex had an intriguing studio based on found objects and re-appropriating them into art works. Not an original subject I know but there was definitely a strong sense of happening.
Alex Ito, who at 22 is the youngest member of The Still House Group and Brendan Lynch, the oldest member at 28.
Brendan’s work was full of energy and hitting all the right notes to create a formidable body of work by an emerging artist.
Louis Eisner, whose work of a fully plastered mannequin I showed in a previous post, was intriguing.
He had taken monkey drawings and turned them into art works, taken shop fronts and turned them into art works. Something about Louis’s work attracts me to keep looking and learning.
It reminded me of the Zabludowicz Collection’s Michael Landy, ‘Costermonger's Stall 1992.’
Then Dylan Lynch was using found objects to create his art. He showed me his latest work where he had been influenced by the Fraternity culture in college. He looked a little uncomfortable underneath all the furniture….
Tiffany’s favourite of all the artists was Nick Darmstaedter, one of the old boys. Like Brendan his breadth of work was vast and is set up incredibly well for the commercial art world.
My favourite artist in the group and the only lady is Hayley Mellin, her work is so engaging and I loved the Richter candles.
The group’s artist in residence, Dominic Samsworth, from Wiltshire in the UK was explaining to us his complicated practice. He had taken old billboard photographs and re-appropriated them but still kept a hint of the old meaning. He is having a show next year in their showroom where all will be revealed.
I had time to drop by Aaron Suggs’ studio to see the most magnificent translucent boat reflected in Perspex. The installation is designed to show the reflection all around the room and will look fantastic!
We visited Jacques Louis Vidal of Know More Games gallery, where I finally met Joe Graham-Felsen and managed to join all the dots. Matthew Booth and Joe often collaborate together. This is one of the works by Matthew in our collection; ‘Joe Graham-Felsen’ 2010.
Here’s Joe hiding amongst some of his work. His practise is totally unique based on human social interaction as well as the performative.
In TriBeCa we met with Laurie Simmons, the famous mother of the famous daughter and creator of Girls; Lena Durham. She took us into her home and we spoke about her time at Yale and how she had taught Gregory Crewdson. Just nearby outside the studio of Lucien Smith we bumped into Klaus Biesenbach from PS1 who had been visiting the new Mayor to learn about his new New York Hurricane initiative after his horrible experiences and incredible endeavours to rescue his beloved Rockaway in New Jersey. Pam Kramlich, and Fabienne Stephan of Salon 94 joined us and my two girls Tiffany and Olivia.
It was lovely to visit the world of Lucien Smith. Only 24 years old but with great plans to build an interesting future both as an artist and a collaborator. Here is Lucien in front of his next project; STP, which he will work on with his assistants Ben and Luke.
Even Lucien had a version of a signed KAWS ‘Companion’ on his desk.
He very kindly took the time to show us his intense practice. We were all mesmerized and found the whole process thoroughly captivating.
I had time to visit Team Gallery in Soho where Tabor Robak was exploring the digital world in ‘Next-Gen Open Beta.’ My favourite work was ‘20XX’ where the artist uses city scapes to create a new visual landscape.
Last stop and what a treat Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim.
My last day in New York was surreal, December 22nd and it was 60C! We were walking around in T-Shirts and after a couple of glasses of wine at the Mercer and then Sidi greeting me on the street corner I thought for a moment I was in LA LA land.
Finally on the dreamy island of St Barths, less Europeans and more Americans this year so plenty of sports and noise.
Also had a special moment with Andrew Williams who was wearing the Zabludowicz Collection’s amazingly wearable David Blandy T-Shirt surrounded by palm trees and a great bottle of Ott, who could ask for more!
Roy modelling Jamison Ernest's T-Shirt with his happy mum in his arms as we head back to London and the unending rain. In all the darkness I am sure there will be a few more sparkly gems to be discovered.
One of those gems was Pio Abad’s wonderful art work made to help towards the relief efforts in the Philippines.
Happy New Year! Hope you all have a great 2014 and thank you for reading my light hearted diary. It’s been seven years of what I sincerely hope has been useful information and lots of entertainment!