So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.

27 April 2015

So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Straight to the Louis Vuitton building and am utterly in awe of the scale and ambition of the architecture. It’s mesmerising.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
The art was interesting but not at all what I was expecting. Amongst the fine collection of Giacometti’s were many unabashed contemporary works, including my favourite Ed Atkins, ‘Ear Prick,’ which I had mentioned in my diary some months ago when I was in Warsaw.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
A number of the artist’s on show will coincidentally be in our upcoming 20 Years exhibition such as Rachel Harrison and Wolfgang Tillmans, so it was great to see other works by them. I loved this ‘Charlie don’t Surf’ by Mauricio Cattelan. Mauricio loves to use the name Charlie in his work.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Then Mona Hatoum’s lonely work ‘Capello per due V’ reflecting upon living with other communities.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Buried in the bowels of this big humanist building was an Olafur Eliasson looking like a golden treasure reappearing from the ashes.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
After Vuitton we had a bit of time to make a few other visits with a first quick stop to Max Hetzler’s ‘Open Source:Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism’ show where Re Rebaudengo junior, Eugenio had co-curated it across both the Berlin and Paris spaces. Loved this 3D resin maquette of the Royal Academy’s Frank Stella.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Roy Zab. was rather taken with ‘Mars Potential’ by Katja Novitskova.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Then it was home sweet home just in time to see Nic Deshaye’s new work at Jonathan Viner. A tough and challenging work but of course this is what you would expect.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Then I was right back to Paris to see the rest of it! The Musée Picasso’s refit is magnificent and some of the works were outstanding, notably ‘The Kiss’
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
And ‘Pregnant Woman’ 1949. Simple, violent and minimal and really one of my favourite works in the show.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
At the Pompidou I was lucky enough to have the whole of the Koons show to myself, a huge luxury to view all these works in stillness and silence. I’d of course seen many of the works before but there were quite a number I had only seen in text books so it was such a joy to catch them in the flesh. I’m pretty sure this ‘Bunny’ 1986, taken from his earlier plastic works of rabbits and flowers, sold for more than $50M dollars at auction.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Then time to point the camera and experiment, hence ‘Gazing Ball “Farnese Hercules”’ and ‘Ballerina.’
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
We had a wonderful visit to see Frederique Laroque’s rather desirable collection. He was so happy to show myself and the BFAMI ladies his world, surrounded by Ruby, Hylden, Leckey and Loman to name but a few.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
The BFAMI ladies adorned by a Nate Lowman and in the distance, a Sterling Ruby.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
We also found time to visit the home of Clémence Krzentowski, where she showed us her interesting collection on Rue Dauphine and the most delightful view of the Eiffel tower I have ever seen out of a Parisian window!
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
A beautiful Sarfatti chandelier adorning the ceiling in front of the view.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Then it was home sweet home again and a last goodbye to our amazing Still House Group show. Hayley Mellin’s take on the Richter candles is truly wonderful. She’s one of the more interesting emerging artist’s on the scene.
So here I am in Paris after a whirlwind trip around what felt like the whole globe.
Louis Eisner’s Princess Di which he managed to appropriate from online with its watermark on view. I find the work totally mesmerising, bringing back a woman who was an icon to us all in our past lives.
Samara Golden, Bad Brains, 2012 Installation shot, Frieze New York 2012, Video projection, and Live video feed. Rmax foam insulation, paint, mirror. Courtesy the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Now however, it’s time to get ready for our big 20th anniversary show! It’s going to be spectacular with a celebratory opening party to match. 30 April 2015 - pop it in your diaries.