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18 November 2016

A quick trip to London first to help host the Camden Cookout at Camden Arts Centre with Jenni Lomax

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It turned out to be a big success with menus created by Karl Holmqvist
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Then I find myself at Artissima in Turin and completely overwhelmed by what I saw. Galerie Alberta Pane was showing Romina De Novellis’ performance ‘La Veglia,’ involving the artist weaving in Booth Orange #6
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We came across a number of interesting artists to seek out further. I thought the work of Jamie Fitzpatrick was fun and full of historical and sexual innuendos
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And a few seemingly whimsical works at AKINCI by Gluklya, which were actually highlighting the very serious refugee crisis
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My favourite work was by Kiki Smith at Lorcan O’Neill. We were totally charmed by this beautiful bird on a milk carton and acquired it for the collection, not really fitting in with our usual criteria of collecting emerging art but loving it all the same
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KOW brought forward the question of ‘art or not art?’ with this work by Michael E. Smith
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Mendes Wood DM had a lovely exhibition by artist f.marquespenteado. They represent such thoughtful and interesting artists
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Watching a video and three people fell off the stage in the pitch black. At least this time it wasn’t into water like in Berlin. After checking there were no injuries we headed to Galleria Franco Noero and saw this amazing Martino Gamper. It was so comfortable, a touch of genius
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From wooden furniture to wooden suits in a work titled ‘coat of arms’ 1988 by Haim Steinbach, very appropriate name for being displayed in a castle. We found it hidden away at Castello Di Rivoli in one of the many rooms of the permanent collection
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My Poju looking up in awe at Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Novecento (1900),’ 1997. Maybe the work should have been called ‘Where’s my Horse?’
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The Rebaudengos were such fabulous hosts and at ARTUNER, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo had put together a brave and sophisticated show, including this Rachel Harrison
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Castello di Rivoli had a beautiful Ed Atkins retrospective across five of its rooms on the third floor, giving us a hyperreal experience. It was showing Ed’s works in tandem with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, which had ‘Safe Conduct,’ a three channel video of airport footage showing the process of passing through security
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The Fondazione was also showing Josh Kline’s exhibition ‘Unemployment,’ having toured it from 47 Canal, New York. We were proud to see one of our special art works in the show that imagines the world in 2031
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We also came across Harun Farocki’s ‘Parallel I to IV,’ which was wonderful to see once again
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Wearing my special ‘arty’ hat at the end of an evening with Eugenio and Samir Sabet D’Acre
Willem Weismann, International Wholesale Ltd., 2016. Photo: Tim Bowditch
Meanwhile back in London, Willem Weismann opened at Zabludowicz Collection to round off what has been an amazing year of programming