Monday 22 April 2013
IN ONE DAY...
We are welcomed at Brussels by James Fuentes waiting in despair on a Maarten Vanden Eynde sculpture at the front entrance for his art works from New York to arrive.
The fair was full of goodies hidden in in all corners. There was something about nudity running through the art fair. John D Andrea’s meticulous detail of a beauty.
In Cologne Mel Romos at Ernst Hilger Wein: a woman sitting on a hamburger.
Back in Brussels Julie Berther naked gentleman discretely covered up at Gallery Georges Phillipe and Nathalie Vallois.
Wang Du’s Post Image 03 at Baronian.
Also there were a few animals lurking around, I particularly loved this work by Cory Arcangel at Team Gallery, president Clinton on a running Circuit with the Chinese PM.
Deborah Sengl at Cologne I thought was crackers.
And a real life pretty bird as part of the installation at Figge Von Rosen by Yelena Popova.
Back in Brussels a fabulous Rachel Harrison dog at Galerie Laurent Godin.
We loved the indoor cinema, cool architecture.
We liked the work of Julia Rometti and Victor Costalzs at Gallery Jousse Enterprise.
Also on their stand was the most desirable Matthew Darbyshire.
The question of art no art came up again with Christoph weber at Gallery Nachst St Stephan
Then again in Cologne at Gallery Gisela Capitain with Karla Black.
A concrete meal at Heike Curze and Wolfgang Beckstiener made me very hungry and made me think of Lucy Tomlins who will be showing with our Invites programme in May.
We were very happy as we had acquired for the collection a colourful Secundino Hernandez from Gallery Krinzinger.
Francesca DiMattio at Pippy Houldsworth.
On our way out we dropped into the Derek Eller Gallery where we bumped into artist Adam Marnie who told me he his brutal challenging works were a celebration of resting from flowers.
The next day Myself Lizzie, Muriel from the Crandford Collection (thank goodness she spoke French) and a Chinese girl made a run for the train to Cologne under the streets of Brussels.
Cologne like last year was vibrant and full of interesting art. Sam Falls at Gallery Marta Cervera.
Lizzie and Kai Forsblum posing next to a wonderful Per Kirkeby.
Per Kirkeby drawings.
Eigen + Art showed a magnificent new David Schnell and I was happy to see David had moved in a new direction.
Then Stella Hamburg leaning against a wall.
At Ancient and Modern a new interesting artist looking at traditional modern painting called Jan Pleitner was being shown.
I discovered for the first time the artist Bettina Pouttschi at Buchman and thought her work was brave and bold.
As we left for London there was Ed Atkins to wave us goodbye. Back to London we go.
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Another type of earthquake has hit LA and this wave comes in the abundance of emerging talent and genius. It was an incredible high to see all this in just a couple of days.
Jeffrey Deitch and LA MOCA is an explosive combination - no wonder- he is revolutionizing the whole of the museum world and he is doing this by simply reflecting what is actually happening in LA and USA now in a strong way, giving the majority of the public what they really want - an interactive experience.
I was struck hard by the permanent collection which Rothko’s and Jackson Pollock’s but as equally as strong was Urs Fisher retrospective. Jeffrey very much part of this great work – here a table full of sculptures attempting to create his image in clay to no avail.
All these wonderful clay works produced by 1500 separate artists, it was quite a delicious grey feast for the eyes.
Every corner there was something interesting going on, one of the colourful human candle sculptures placed carefully within this melting, metropolis of oozing figures.
Jeffrey’s favourite the Magritte train emerging from its clay counterpart fireplace.
My favourite the clay sculptures in one of the many sculpture gardens.
Also this lovingly created head.
I particularly liked the Urs Fisher wallpaper of Josh Smiths studio.
Then it was the galleries and they were very impressive. Honor Fraser showing Kaz Oshiro’s work, paintings that actually are more sculptural than painterly.
Later in the evening we bumped into him in a pop up restaurant I thought very cool called “Slow Bateau” where 20 guests were entertained together as one dinner party. They served some unusual food.
Takashi Murakami at Blum and Poe - the sculptures were amazing.
The most magnificent healthily breasted sculpture I have ever seen.
Little Takashi with his dog.
Big gold sculpture reaching to the sky with many little skulls buried in the eyes.
Talking of shoes again… here are Friedrich Kunath’s monster shoes with a huge happy orange tucked in them for good fortune.
Regen Projects new space is beautiful, I remember when we first visited in the mid-nineties her was space no bigger than a cupboard. It is wonderful to see galleries be as successful as much as their loyal artists.
The Marilyn Minter show was striking.
In the back room the mature sculpture Jennifer Pastor.
Then it was a visit to the Made in Space at the Night Gallery where another successful curated show was on view. I like this work by John Seal called Orpheus singing to Pluto for Eurydice’s Release.
We went to visit the astonishing Mark Bradford at work.
He showed us his wonderful studio and his work for the up and coming show at White Cube also his commission for LAX.
The highlight of our trip was our visit with Shaun Regen to Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch's studio where they had just finished filming their first leg of production. I felt like I had walked into the set of Big Brother UK reality show.
Before visiting Sam Falls studio we dropped into Michael Benevento Gallery and saw his alluring videos.
Then we headed straight to his studio where there was an abundance of magical works in every corner.
Sam showing me his treasure trove.
Then Las Vegas where down town is really happening. The show stopping Frank Gehry building down town housing the Lou Ruvo centre for Brain Health
Fun outside the Plaza Downtown where Hangover and Casino were filmed.
Everything goes in Down Town Las Vegas, Brain Health, Great Architecture and great music. Bono singing Frank Sinatra songs. Michael Caine, Quincy Jones, Whoopee Goldberg and Stevie Wonder.
This is now the place to be creative and real, any ideas there are 34 million tourists and a city of two million culture hungry residents to try them out on! Followed by DJ Pauly D and DJ Aviccii all coming down town!
Real Art starts to show its face, Artist Designer Jennifer Henry in her gallery making her dresses out of fabric.
Amanda Harris opening her art gallery in downtown Las Vegas and there will be many to come.
Talking about Shoes in Las Vegas they serve food in shoes.
Thursday 04 April 2013
Head out to Long Island City and drop by to The Freedom Factory - not much to see here -
all the studios were out of bounds and the art shows were down.
However we peaked round the door of the deceased artist Roy Gussow it was amazing to see everything left in place and thick layers of dust on this treasure chest of history.
Marquette’s were all over the place no hint of which of these dreams were made real.
Unusual shapes and sizes every corner
The garden was full of sculptural ghosts
I felt as if I had walked into another treasure chest at Laurel Gitlen, Corin Hewitt’s work, CSFGF, 2013
Bill Jenkins - his Table in Box will certainly be entering the collection.
Good paintings by Scott Olson at Wallspace.
Some New Young Hot Shot at Gagosian
Will Kurtz ‘Another Shit Show’ at Mike Weiss was a total show stopper.
All these revolting Newspaper dogs - there was no avoiding these works they were so entertaining. Gentleman and his dog.
Dog in an uncompromising position.
A wonderful Nick van Woert at London transplant Christopher Crescent
I found very interesting the group show at Foxy Productions curated by Alexander Shulman called HMV. The suit case full of Vodka and spray paint by a very interesting young artist called Bradley Kronz.
A new work by Nicolas Ceccaldi and Morag Keil.
In the back room more surprises a bronze by Sterling Ruby
Shoes with Silicone in them by Pamela Rosenkrantz
Talking of shoes this wonderful work by Mark Dion at Tanya Bonakdar.
Then I enter F.A.T Lab at Eyebeam - I feel I have stumbled on something great, fresh and new. A compilation of free spirited artists and musicians who have collaborated over the internet for five years, curated by Lindsay Howard, there was some very interesting work that had left the cyber world and entered the real world. As I entered I stumbled upon this chap sucked up by his Laptop. Laptop Compubody Sock by Becky Stern
I felt there was an American David Blandy brewing here… Online Gallery Playset by Aram Bartoll.
Shaved Bieber by Greg Leugh finally – a way to remove Justin Bieber from your web surfing…
F... Google Streetview Car FAT Lab.
Then it was the beautiful Hamptons a visit to the Old Parish Art Museum in ...
Lovely gardens with delightful sculptures.
The collection was such an eclectic mixture they will sort themselves out with some genius curating and this magnificent museum will be perfect.
The new New Parish Museum in Watermill, by Herzog and de Meuron – a wonderful design.
We loved John Chamberlain Tambourinefrappe.
The Hamptons Houses were full of variations …from bowling alleys…
to train rooms…
and awesome Richard Serras. I think I would like to come back to the Hamptons.