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Thursday 12 February 2015

Here are my 10 favourite Instagrams over the past few weeks. Looks like it's going to be a busy but fabulous year ahead!

My Top 10 Instagrams

Ron Arad @rcembalest @kasmingallery

My Top 10 Instagrams

David Altmejd @ghl_please @stuartshavemodernart

My Top 10 Instagrams

Haegue Yang @christopheryin @galeriechantalcrousel

My Top 10 Instagrams

Ida Ekblad @carlomar24 @passerbystop #gavinbrownenterprise

My Top 10 Instagrams

Samara Golden @dianesolway @momaps1

My Top 10 Instagrams

Matisse @stuartshave

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Jose Dávila @aydnpolatcan @maxwigramgallery

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Yuki Matsueda @upperplayground #LAartfair

My Top 10 Instagrams

Donna Huanca @bignickberlin @joesheftelgallery

My Top 10 Instagrams

Gillian Wearing @zabludowicz_collection

Back in London

Wednesday 04 February 2015

Back to a rainy and cold London but with so many new exhibitions to see, I barely noticed the weather.

Back in London

Ziba Ardalan welcomed me at Parasol Unit and took me round the skilled paintings of Katy Moran. She had managed to fill every corner so majestically with her small detailed paintings.

Back in London

We had lent two paintings from the Collection.

Back in London

Josh Lilley had an amazing show by Vicky Wright. The layering and detail had a sense of accident rather than purposeful intent. Her mark-making is so gestural.

Back in London

Wilhelm Sasnal had full billing at Sadie Coles except for these two very oversized bent nails by Urs Fischer.

Back in London

These beautiful grasses rising up from nowhere were wonderful

Back in London

but my favourite discovery was this view and a human eye.

Back in London

Virginia Overton was opening on the same night at Mason’s Yard, White Cube. The artist had managed to encompass the whole gallery in the most effective way using the most simple of materials.

Back in London

A big surprise was dropping into the new space of the De Pury’s on Grafton Street and seeing an older Polish artist born in 1928. It was quite apparent that somewhere down the line Wojciech Fangor had influenced many artists.

Back in London

I absolutely loved loved Joseph Kosuth’s work at Sprueth Magers. It was very brave to show so many neon works together and instead of causing total chaos they really worked and managed to each hold their own.

Back in London

The reflection in the window was as beautiful as seeing it in the flesh.

Back in London

It was an absolute joy to see the work of Graham Little at Alison Jacques. It just gave me such pleasure to see such good art. Some collectors like to dump artists like this because they are not producing enough work to create a big market and force their prices up but this really isn’t my approach and I’ll stay loyal and follow to the end.

Back in London

Then a big reprieve as the Zab Team are all let out for a day on the farm; Hauser & Wirth Somerset. It was an amazing experience and team there were wonderful. We were allowed to wonder through their fantastic guest house and discover every corner.

Back in London

A Pipilotti Rist chandelier, bringing back to life found objects from an old dump on the hill.

Back in London

Then Pipilotti’s amazing film, made during her residency in Somerset. We all snuggled deep into the sheepskins and allowed ourselves to be enveloped.

Back in London

Lunch was in their fabulous restaurant; Roth Bar and Grill, a name taken from Dieter Roth’s amazing bar in their New York space.

Back in London

Stuffed to the brim, the team took a walk outside to check out what appeared to be a rather weird post-apocalyptic countryside.

Back in London

I skipped the apocalypse and stuck to Subodh Gupta’s bucket. Then just before leaving we grabbed a team photo as a reminder of a great day.

Back in London

In the evening we finished the day at Hauser & Wirth, London where Michael Walker, who had hosted all day, had curated an amazing Martin Creed show. Martin Creed seemed very happy.

Back in London

The next day was another day of openings and I sped along to the Arts Club to see Gregor Muir, James Lingwood, Polly Staple, Ossian Ward and Emma Dexter all informing us of the best upcoming shows in London.

Back in London

Ossian was showing us all the Holy Bible, an unusual version.

Back in London

A big congratulations to Rashid Johnson, (definitely a Hauser & Wirth week) he managed to create a strong show with a hint of irony whilst addressing family values in the USA.

Back in London

His work is moving in an interesting direction. Perhaps a touch of Basquiat?

Back in London

The Invites programme at the gallery kicked off with Athena Papadopoulos who has put together a really exciting and punchy presentation of painting and sculpture. Athena lingers amongst ‘Kevorka and Finer than Frog Hair’.

Back in London

Meanwhile back at HQ we were beginning our wonderful Master Classes with Mark Titchner, Elizabeth Price, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Matthew Darbyshire all tutoring nominated artists. Led by Doug Fishbone the artists get the chance to participate in week long intensive tutorials.

Back in London

Very happy with our Testing Ground this year, the MFA students from Goldsmiths and Cass had managed to curate the collection in an interesting direction. Entitled ‘Partial Presence,’ it really feels that the students have chosen, with care and consideration artists who respond much more to their thought processes than the ‘art market.’ I love this Gillian Wearing mask.

Cuba Visit

Wednesday 21 January 2015

I was lucky enough to visit Cuba for a few days, it was so much fun.

Cuba Visit

As soon as we arrived we met up with my lil sis Yana Peel

Cuba Visit

and took off in a wonderful bubble gum pink convertible.

Cuba Visit

All the wonderful old cars were queuing up to be hired by the visitors.

Cuba Visit

Headed to ceramicist José Rodríguez Fuster. There were ceramics everywhere, he had covered the whole neighbourhood in ceramics - including his amazing home.

Cuba Visit

Architecturally Havana is a feast for the eyes, building after building...

Cuba Visit

after building. The people in the streets all smiles.

Cuba Visit

Everything was worn down, all but rack and ruin. No money to build and refurbish. No Capitalism.

Cuba Visit

The old architecture was stunning with so many palatial and modernist styles. Public sculptures all over the place. All sorts.

Cuba Visit

Political Sculptures. Modernist Sculptures. Outdoor Wall sculptures.

Cuba Visit

The evenings were fun - partying with Marco and Dagoberto from Los Carpinteros.

Cuba Visit

One of Cuba's most popular artists, Roberto Diago.

Cuba Visit

Or checking out the beautiful Cuban Homes: Ella Cisneros opened up her doors for us and showed us her amazing modernist paintings and the studio of artist René Francisco.

Cuba Visit

Then it was back into the throes of New York City and all the shows were starting to open. At Clifton Benevento Zak Kitnick had organized a wonderful show. A question of art or not art arose with this box of realistic looking bottles.

Cuba Visit

I loved the work of Charles Harlan.

Cuba Visit

The work of Roelof Louw was interesting having been shown alongside Joseph Beuys, Barry Flanagan and Richard Tuttle in 1969. He has recently entered the Tate collection.

Cuba Visit

Marlborough Contemporary's show 'Space Jam' was also interesting. A new artist, Devin Troy Strother had created an Instagram splash.

Cuba Visit

They were also showing this amazing Tony Matelli work, ‘Sleepwalker.’ The work was so real - very unsettling.

Cuba Visit

At Pace, David Hockney was showing some very colourful and naïve paintings of dancers and sitters.

Cuba Visit

Managed to check out Greer Patterson's work. Was all about his childhood. I remember these painting by numbers, maybe this was the spark to my intense love of art.

Cuba Visit

My highlight was at James Fuentes to see the Amalia Ulman show ‘stock images of war’. It was very full on, there was a huge intensity, amazingly loud music playing in the background and very unusual sculptures of wheelchairs and tricycles made of flimsy wire material. Amalia again dealing with her accident. After this it was time for me to leave and get back to an even busier London.

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