Tuesday 30 October 2012
After Frieze and FIAC there is a deafening silence in London. All the activity including the storms are moving to New York for the Auctions and Gallery openings. I wish I was joining them but for some unknown reason I am staying put in London.
We bravely rode our storm on the “boat” on top of the Hayward Gallery with a hearty lunch hosted by James Lingwood from Artangel in collaboration with Living Architecture.
I still managed to fit a few things in. The Moving Images art fair was for me, as always, a revelation.
I even had time to sit in a discussion between David Gryn, Amanda Coulson from VOLTA, Janet Bigg whose work I liked very much, Michael Hall Director of Armory and Jayne Drost Johnson Co-Director of Independent.
I noted the work of Joan Leandre.
Art of Change. New Directions from China, the Hayward Gallery’s Chinese show is a big hit. I was so surprised and found the show to be very interesting. I found the work of Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Dogs that cannot touch each other fascinating.
Also the great big prehistoric creatures “I didn’t notice what I am doing”.
Then a little South Korean art at the “House of the Nobleman” where Xooang Choi was displaying the work “Perception” 20 floors in the air overlooking Tate Modern.
I jumped from there to the Turbine Hall where Tino Sehgal’s invisible performance was happening. Sitting on the floor were invisible persons vocalizing a delightful melodic song. The performance made me feel self-aware. The performance became all about me. The tanks were astounding and vibrant and a tribute to the Tate and how they can look at art as a future as well as art as a past.
Surprise of surprises was Anish Kapoor’s show. The large scale sculpture made of Corten Steel was mesmerizing.
Probably because we had a private tour by Nick Logsdail we were able to see things in a much more sympathetic way. The works seemed to be related to surface of imaginary planets in the night sky.
I loved his use of texture creating weird organic sculptures out of cement and enamel.
A quick trip to the East End with Lizzie where we spotted the work of Samara Scott who seemed the obvious winner for the Converse/Dazed emerging prize.
Finally the highlight of the week for me, the opening of Ruairiadh O’Connell’s show at our London home, the Zabludowicz Collection.
Many wonderful guests paid us a visit including artists Annie Lapin from Los Angelas and Mustafa Hulusi.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
This morning was awesome, back in rainy London, there we were in this church made of iron, built in WW2.
With the help of Artangel, Lindsay Seers had interfered and turned it all upside down. Inside it was built like a Navy Ship. It was totally bizarre and an upside boat was covering us and we watched a film projected on some strange shapes telling us a surreal story about two coloured eyes which lead us all on a journey to Zanzibar to the WW2 church in Kilburn. I was so disorientated when it finished and could not determine what was real or unreal.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Art No Art.....Question?
Valerie Snobeck... An ostrich folded deck chair, nice comfortable place to put his head.
A cover in FIAC on Booth to hire fire hose
Increased Stress 2012 by Cory Arcangel. Waste basket with Red Bull Cans.
At the Pompidou Claude Rouault 1973 very bland walls
And Oscar Tuazon’s Tire Test Column 2009
Also Betrand Lavier's amazing witty work La Bocca, Bosch (2005) Great show a highlight of our Paris Trip.
On the streets of Paris some cardboard boxes.
We saw so much art so I hope I don’t bore you too much but there were many good works to be seen, for instance Mathew Darbyshire had created a whole rack of shelf works for French Gallery Jousse Enterprise.
We acquired the Toby Ziegler work Composition with Triangles 2012 from Max Hetzler.
Loved the Aaron Young 1969 Spoilers at Bortolami gallery.
Campoli Presti was showing work by Nicola Martini who reluctantly posed for me in front of his work.
An edition of our work by KAWs was on display at Emmanuel Perrotin, it looked magnificent.
KAWs or Brian Donnelly had also lent his collection to Cartier Foundation to a show called Show and Tell, where I loved the work by Isabel Mendes la Cunha.
Then after a romantic dinner with all my fellow Tate Icons we headed to the Pompidou Centre which was fantastical. On this visit I was totally mesmerized by the building. Jessica Morgan and Maya descending the staircase.
The inspiring view of Sacré Coeur in Montmartre.
We made our way to a few galleries. First and second stops were to view Gabriel Orozco at Marian Goodman where we spotted this wonderful tree and then to Chantal Crousel where Chantal hosted us with the coolest food by Instant Culinaire.
We dropped by into the other space where we saw a performance by Haegue Yang.
Then I headed to Palais de Tokyo to the show Imaginez L’imaginaire and watched Ryan Gander’s fantastic new work. If you are an older person reading this you will remember Bruce Forsyth and the generation game in the 80s. (Brucie was ancient even back then). I coincidently had dinner with him last week; he is truly a phenomenon of the UK, showing it is cool to be ancient. Brucie as much an icon as Kate Moss. So items that have meaning to Ryan go past on a conveyor belt and you sit on a gorgeous Eames chair and watch them go by. However whatever you remember you do not go home with like in the game show all those years ago!
Lovely Black and White work by Josh Smith at Luhring Augustine.
One of the highlights was checking out Urs Fisher and the Ecole des Beaux Arts with Jessica Morgan.
Where we came across a show stopper exhibition with Urs Fisher.
Not sure this was part of the Urs Fisher presentation.
There were sculptures everywhere with clay and weathered cats holding desperately onto their forms before they dissipated in the rain.
One even tried to escape tragedy.
Helen Marten's new film was also impressive.
Back to the Galleries and Alex Israel at Almine Reich was very humorous. In this case definitely NO ART.
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin showed the most beautiful works by Swedish Ceramicist Klara Kristalova