Sunday 08 December 2013
NADA was a triumph. Such a relief after the hard hitting Basel Art Fair. The atmosphere was younger and much more relaxing and there was some wonderfully refreshing art to be seen.
I loved the XYZ collective from Japan.
Soshiro Matsubara showed me his wonderful double fried eggs
and his partner offered me his house keys so I could live in his house in Japan!
Alex Freedman at Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery introduced me to the Swiss artist Tobias Madison, I found their take an art refreshing.
There was a great atmosphere all around Paradise Garage run by Liz Craft and her husband.
Liz had her lips with money scattered all around the booth.
The art scene was buzzing and in the Lobby of the W I bumped into my old friends Jérôme Sans and Peter Doreshenko.
Max Wigram hosted us for the evening in a fabulous kind of Mexican/Cuban-esque Macdonalds type of taverna with huge fluorescent lights and great food. Jumex Foundation Director, Patrik Charpenel posed for me with Jose Dávila.
At David Gryns bash to celebrate his marathon of films at Art Basel Charles Atlas paid us a visit.
David making a very good attempt at impersonating James Bond.
I also had the pleasure to meet the artist Dara Birnbaum, she is quite the lady and the curator, Karen Archey.
Roy and Tiffany were bouncing around on the Friends are Us installation at the Mondrian, was quite a show stopper I thought.
And the boys Roy, Jamison and Dylan were hanging out by the pool.
Wednesday 04 December 2013
It starts with the wonderful Tracey Emin’s amazing opening at MOCA, Miami.
She was an absolute star and the Neon show was outstanding. We partied the night away in Soho Beach House till 4am!!!
Two big Tracey fans Peter Fleissig in a Margate T-shirt and Hamish McAlpine.
I had time before we arrived at the fair to check out Sam Falls’ beautiful flower paintings, they were all sold out before I arrived!
Then it was the art fair and as usual I had that feeling of a kid entering a sweet shop. This year the diversity on sale was incredible. My first stop was to check out Naomi Fisher and Jim Drain’s hidden bar, ‘Paradise Working Title.’
There were some serious gems and one lucky person went home with this genius Josh Tonsfeldt from Simon Preston gallery, which was also sold before I arrived!
Fantastic ‘Different Strokes’ by Robert Heinecken from 1970 at Petzel Gallery
Sam Durant at Sadie Coles had something to say.
Also at Sadie’s was Adriano Costa’s underwear piece ‘Rosa,’ which put a big smile on my face!
Sam Gilliam’s ‘Red Stanza’ 1969 at David Kordansky was quite outstanding. An artist I need to research.
Argentinian gallery Ruth Benzacar was showing some great works by Carlos Huffman.
My favourite work by Hans Op De Beeck, ‘Circular Pond’
Then quite a moment at Almine Rech gallery with Ida Tursic and Wilifried Mille, so refreshing to see a new discovery!
Tom Friedman’s Hamburger was once again begging for attention at Luhring Augustine.
Tracey’s sculptures at Lehmann Maupin were endearing.
My favourite work in the whole art fair was Ryan Gander’s wondering eyes, they followed you around the room. So alive!
The stars were out, Leonardo Di Caprio, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and here is P. Diddy checking out some paintings with Gavin Brown.
Tiffany and Adam Fields posing in front of another version of Rob Pruitt’s panda. According to my UP band I had walked 9KM, my legs feel like two lumps of concrete!
Friday 29 November 2013
This week I have found myself within a whirlwind of interesting shows scattered from one end of London to the other.
I have seen some great contemporary art and after visiting Oscar Murillo at South London Gallery and with Andy Holden at the Zabludowicz Collection, I thought I would be hard pushed to find better.
DIG, an architectural show produced by Artangel and created by Daniel Silver left me curious and intrigued.
In a dirty old building site in the middle of London and set over two floors was some sort of weird and wonderful architectural DIG, of course all made by Daniel but it still stretched our imaginations.
In the depths of the leaky and dug out basement surrounded by wire, metal, concrete and open air were huge monolithic fatherly figures looking out into the distance.
At the Whitechapel we found even stranger environments created by Sarah Lucas in ‘SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble.’ The Zabludowicz work ‘Spamageddon’ was given prime alter position in the grand hall of weird sculptures.
I loved this leggy work ... my favourite.
Sculpture seemed to be a strong point of my visits this week. Kevin Francis Gray’s show at Pace is brilliant, the hidden master begins to emerge!
Herald St was showing this magnificent Amalia Pica, an absolute steal for any serious budding collectors!
The ICA was also an enveloping experience. Gregor Muir took Lizzie and I straight to check out the Zhang Enli 'Space Painting', he was definitely trying to emulate Leonardo Da Vinci.
Steven Morgana's work at New Contemporaries was wonderful.
I was charmed by the strange work of Simon Dybbroe Møller at Laura Bartlett. From unappealing left over dishes….
to shipwrecked, sleepy, shingled figures resembling the sad scenes of Pompeii but instead of being buried in sand, they are buried in the sea.
Vilma Gold were showing the interesting ‘Servants Order ov Ancient Psychik Youth’ curated by Neue Alte Bruecke. I particularly loved the work by Max Brand.
Meanwhile, back at the Zabludowicz Collection we had launched our magnificent MI!MS book.
The launch was accompanied by a great talk between Andy Holden and cultural theorist Dr Timotheus Vermeulen.
My week was summed up by the valiant attempt of so many wonderful individuals including Yinka Shonibare to help raise funds for BFAMI, which helps to support the Art Museums and breadth of culture in Israel. Here stands Candida Gertler, Founder of OUTSET.
Our fabulous philanthropic gang including Simon de Pury, Javier Pérez and one of London’s most vibrant socialites; Lisa Tchenguiz.
Our lovely hostess and Chairman for the night, Wendy Fisher with her daughter Justine pose for me together in harmony with Roger Tatley and Peres Projects’, Nick Koenigsknecht. Nick was also here to celebrate the opening of David Ostrowski at Simon Lee Gallery.
The Legacy List dinner was also a huge success with Boris Johnson giving a gripping financial speech on London. I was very proud of our 14 projects including our Legacy Youth Radio Station.
Now I am heading off to Miami to see what the HELLS BELLS is happening over there. The art world has gone totally barmy with hundreds of collectors queuing up to buy one painting!! What a phenomenon of our times, will this continue?? Totally fascinating!!!!