Today at 6-8 pm, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6: Brooklyn Bridge’s waterside views get even better with Martin Creed’s Understanding, a new rotating neon sculpture commissioned by Public Art Fund. Other Public Art Fund’s commissions in NYC right now include Elmgreen & Dragset’s Van Gogh’s Ear @ Rockefeller Center Plaza, Isa Genzken’s 2 Orchids @ Freedman Plaza and Fischli & Weiss’ mural on LES.
Category archives: Art A-GoGo
This years’ Frieze had less shiny objects and boastful set-ups. And while much had been written about the importance of art fairs as global sales platforms, it looks like the power galleries have outgrown this trend. This was best illustrated by Gagosian and Hauser & Wirth who – instead of ostentatiously flashing their bestsellers – chose to create more inviting and interactive experience on their stands. Our top 10 picks were:
The very first thing to hit your eye when entering this year’s Frieze was Gagosian’s playful display. A solo presentation by Carsten Holler, it spelled Gartenkinder in large scrabble tiles and included a giant rocking mushroom or a dice-shaped sculpture that doubled as a climbing frame. Children were encouraged to engage with the works by a bunch of cheerful gallery girls. Love and peace all around. Would Larry be melting with age, like cheese?
Best time capsule
The Hauser & Wirth stand, A Study in Red and Green, was curated by Mark Wallinger who recently joined the gallery. The presentation evoked the sentiment of Freud’s study mixed with a classic museum. The Sleeping Guard – a work by Christoph Büchel that was picked up en-masse by journalists – helped, but it was especially the contrast of the visual language of the fair and the inside of the booth that transferred the stand into a dreamy, nostalgic retro mood.
Best selfie opportunity
There wouldn’t be a Top10 without Gavin Brown’s enterprise, one of our favourite galleries with a cutting edge artist list and a love to put up a kick-ass show. This year we nominate them as the best stand to grab a enviable selfie shot. Many visitors were indeed seduced to get their iPhones out, and in action, in front of 3 impressive, gradient-perfect Suicide Paintings by Rob Pruitt.
Tomoo and Ei Arakawa, two Japanese artists working under the moniker United Brothers, presented Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? as part of Frieze Live. At the Green Tea Gallery stand, the brothers with their mom cooked and distributed soup made from fresh veggies grown in Fukushima (the region of the 2011 nuclear disaster). Visitors queued happily for a bowl of free soup, some of them probably ignorant of the origin of the ingredients. Others were aware, but took the risk anyway. Art takes courage after all.
Best wallpaper / trompe l’oeil
Esther Schipper‘s stand scored high on beauty with Thomas Demand’s cherry blossom wallpaper and Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud Cities. Demand’s signature style of creating elaborate paper-and-cardboard replicas and photographing them with an astonishingly life-like effect comes to full force in this subject. In line with the “good artists copy nature, great artists steal” quote, Demand is a thief par excellence.
Lisson joined the other superstar galleries in transforming their stand into a consolidated visual experience. We loved Joyce Pensato’s paintings, the mudded Adidas shoes and wearable tech by Ryan Gander, but the honourable mention goes to Cory Arcangel’s carpet – a giant woven version of his Photoshop Gradient Demonstrations that covered the entire booth’s floor. It was complemented with several works from his new Lakes series, celebrating the once so popular java applet that adds a rippling lake effect to digital images.
Credit where credit’s due, and everyone who went to Frieze must agree that this particular award should go to Angela Merkel chair. There was something hilarious about Merkel’s frowning face set in transparent resin, part of Goshka Macuga’s installation at Kate McGarry‘s booth. Chair Merkel was accompanied by chair Duchamp and two others, but it was “das Mädchen” who turned all the heads.
Best art for investment bankers
We loved – and wished we had the funds to purchase – Danilo Correale’s Cat Bond Band shown at Galleria Raucci/Santamaria. A series of 9 prints depicting male torsos clad in power suits and combined with faultless quotes (What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?, Every society has the criminals it deserves., The end of labour is to gain leisure etc.) had the polished perfection and seductive chill worth Patrick Bateman. Looking through Danilo’s portfolio, we quickly discovered that a) we love just about everything he touches; and b) he’s based in London. So an artist’s interview hopefully follows soon.
In order to subvert the commercial and competitive atmosphere of the art fair, Mélanie Matranga used her space to build a small, unassuming café, where visitors could rest, work, have a (free) drink or just unplug their high-strung art sensors for a moment. From A to B Coffee and its simple, friendly message won this year’s Artist Award.
We enjoyed Omar Kholeif’s talk with artist Trevor Paglen Aesthetics of the Invisible, part of the Frieze Talks program. Trevor is researching science, contemporary art, journalism and political geography. These diverse topics resulted in a fascinating discussion about The Internet, state surveillance, drones and the need for more accurate imagery that can illustrate new digital concepts such as the Cloud, the information superhighway etc. Trevor expressed his thinking in an honest and straightforward way while highlighting the urgent political sentiment that is at the core of his work.
Art14 is in its second edition (it was called Art13 last year) and judging from the crowds lined up Thursday night at Olympia Grand Hall, it is definitely one to take notice of. Branded as the global art fair, it brings together artists and dealers from up-and-coming art cities as Hong-Kong, Beirut, Cluj, Istanbul or Sao Paulo, plus the usual suspects. Impressions? Rainbows, unicorns and kittens are globally in!
Puppies in every form were present too: a ceramic one (the beloved Koons’ vase), mixed media specimen and a live chihuahua, merging splendidly amongst the ample presence of bling and kitsch. Other entertaining arrangements involved bumblebees, 3m high Facebook tombstone, South Park–themed stained glass wall, paintings of little Mermaids and Lazarides’ street art galore.
What we liked:
Los Carpinteros‘ speakers’ installation and Felipe Dulzaides‘ photo series (a Cuban version of Belgian Solutions) @ Galeria Habana,
Adeline de Monseignat‘s cocoon sculpture @ Ronchini,
Katinka Lampe’s paintings @ Les Filles du Calvaire,
Jake & Dinos Chapman‘s etchings @ Paragon Press,
Yinka Shonibare Cannonball Heaven @ Pearl Lam galleries
and the Emerge section of the fair.
Art 14 is in London Olympia Grand Hall from today till Sunday March 2nd from 11am till 7pm (on Sunday till 5pm)
Frieze is back and opens its door to local and visiting art addicts this week. As last year, it is accompanied by the impressive Frieze Masters, but also by a number of satellite fairs, gallery openings, museum shows and contemporary art auctions. With so much to chose from, it’s handy to have a little overview and some further info assembled on what’s up in the coming days. Here’s our selection:
A R T F A I R S
Frieze London and Frieze Masters
friezelondon.com | friezemasters.com
Opening hours for both: Thu 17 – Sat 19 Oct 12–7pm | Sun 20 Oct 12–6pm
Location: both in Regent’s Park and walking distance from each other, with Frieze on the south side (Park Square West entrance) and Frieze Masters at north-east.
On display: the best of contemporary art (Frieze) + ancient to modern art (Masters)
What has changed from last year? There will be less galleries and more space at Frieze: 152 instead of 180. Frieze Masters, on the contrary, has grown from 90 to 120 exhibitors. The outdoor sculpture park will be shared by both fairs, mixing contemporary and older pieces. (more info on FT)
What not to miss? The Frame section of Frieze, with young artists’ solos; five large-scale works by Jeff Koons @ Gagosian; Sterling Ruby @ Hauser & Wirth; single-artist booths @ Frieze Masters, eg. Willem de Kooning (Mnuchin Gallery) Richard Long (Lisson Gallery); Henri Matisse (Thomas Gibson); Robert Motherwell (Bernard Jacobson) etc., and Lucian Freud’s drawing of Francis Bacon @ Thomas Dane. (more info on Bloomberg)
Talks, talks, talks! Both fairs have brilliant series of talks; no need to book in advance, just show up at the entrance of the auditorium in time! Speakers will include John Currin, Catherine Opie and Richard Wright @ Frieze Masters + Meredith Monk, Stephen Shore and Jérôme Bel @ Frieze. (more info here and here and on artsy)
Sunday Art Fair
Opening hours: Thu 17 – Sat 19 Oct 1–8pm | Sun 20 Oct 12–5pm
Location: Ambika P3, Marylebone Rd (Subway Baker Street)
On display: 22 young galleries from Berlin, London and New York
Opening hours: Thu 17 Oct 2–8pm | Fri 18 – Sun 20 Oct 11am–7pm
Location: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street (Subway Blackfriars)
On display: video art, experimental film, time-based installations and sculptures
PAD London (Pavilion of Art & Design)
Opening hours: Wed 16 Oct – Sat 19 Oct 11am–8pm | Sun 20 Oct 11am–6pm
Location: Berkeley Square (Subway Green Park)
On display: high quality historic design, modern, decorative and tribal art
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Opening hours: Wed 16 Oct – Sun 20 Oct 10am–6pm
Location: Somerset House, West Wing Strand (Subway Temple)
On display: 15 galleries showing contemporary African art
Moniker International Art Fair and The Other Art Fair
monikerartfair.com | theotherartfair.com
Opening hours for both: Fri 18 – Sat 19 Oct 11am–7pm | Sun 20 Oct 11am–6pm
Location: both in The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane (Subway Old Street)
On display: 16 street art galleries (Moniker) + 100 unrepresented artists (The Other)
Multiplied Art Fair
Opening hours: Fri 18 Oct 9am–7pm | Sat, Sun 11am–6pm | Mon 21 Oct 9am–5pm
Location: Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Rd (Subway S. Kensington)
On display: contemporary art editions – sculpture, photography, printing, and artists’ books from established and emerging artists
G A L L E R I E S
West End Night: Thu 17 Oct 6-8pm
White Cube Mason’s Yard: Haim Steinbach
Spruth Magers: Cyprien Gaillard
Pace Gallery Soho: Mingei: Are you Here? (read our review)
David Zwirner: Philip-Lorca diCorcia
The Photographers’ Gallery: Home Truths
Frith Street Gallery: Tacita Dean
Anthony Reynolds: Leon Golub
Artangel, The Odeon Site: Daniel Silver, Dig
Lisson: Liu Xiaodong, Tatsuo Miyajima
Victoria Miro West End: Yayoi Kusama
The Showroom: Ciara Phillips
Timothy Taylor: Volker Huller
East End Night: Sat 19 Oct 6-8pm
Rivington Place: Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga
Kate MacGarry: Florian Meisenberg
Campoli Presti: Liz Deschenes
Vilma Gold: Hannah Sawtell, Adriana Lara, Josef Strau
The Approach: Rezi Van Lankveld
Herald St: Amalia Pica
M U S E U M S
Paul Klee: Making Visible
Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (read our review)
Sarah Lucas: SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble
Ana Mendieta: Traces
Dayanita Singh: Go away Closer
A U C T I O N S
Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Wed Oct 16 | 7pm
Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Thu Oct 17 | 7:30pm
Post-war and Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Fri Oct 18 | 7pm
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Can’t make it? Follow it here on the blog and through our photo coverage on flickr.
Apart from the Biennale itself, there are plenty of additional exhibition around Venice. Some are great, many are mediocre. Some are worth visiting particularly because of their location: the architecture and charm of the palazzos and the churches never disappoints. Here is our, strictly subjective, selection of the ones that we enjoyed most this year and why:
Lawrence Weiner’s The Grace of a Gesture @ Palazzo Bembo | photos
Weiner : Rialto = 1: 0, in other words: how Weiner manages to take over your concentration, even on one of the busiest streets of Venice, is striking. The Grace of a Gesture phrase is written in 10 languages on the walls of the palazzo in the artist’s signature style. It also appears on some of the vaporetti, crossing the Venice canals. There are 4 additional works in the palazzo from an earlier series titled Displacement
that relate to various artistic materials and the physical presence they acquire when combined together. Weiner’s work has many layers: you can love its freshness
and the beauty of its graphical execution, or dive in deep semiotic analysis.
Although two-dimensional, it seems to transform the space around.
When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 @ Fondazione Prada
The original show “Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form” was curated by Harald Szeemann at the Bern Kunsthalle in 1969 and celebrated for its innovative take on exhibition practice. Completely restaged at Ca’ Corner della Regina with the original works and even the interior setup, it has some amazing pieces on display which you’re not likely to ever see again (many of them are in private collections and the rest is all over the world) plus an eerie effect of a time travel. It was curated by Germano Celant in dialogue with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas.
Marc Quinn @ Fondazione Giorgio Cini | photos
Quinn‘s big solo show is on the island of S. Giorgio Maggiore, a great destination on itself, with wonderful views of the city and a unique atmosphere. The artist’s monumental shell sculptures look splendid here; the even bigger Alison Lapper pregnant is like an elephant in china store, but that’s probably the point. From the works inside, the most impactful is still his frozen blood self-portrait. We also loved how the embryo sculptures outside seemed to have emerged right out of the laguna; and this carpet!
Rudolf Stingel @ Palazzo Grassi | photos
One of François Pinault’s spectacular locations (the other is Punta della Dogana) hosts a solo of Rudolf Stingel. One floor of abstract, and another floor of figurative paintings (hyperrealistic portraits of religious statues) offer good comprehensive view of Stingel’s recent work. The most impressive is however how the artist transformed the space of the palazzo: the entire interior has been “upholstered” with persian low-res carpet tapestries. When we were there, we were almost the only visitors and felt like being lost in a real-life computer game. The contrast between the dark, soft and silent interior and the strong sunlight and city noise coming in through the windows makes the whole experience even more bizarre.
If you still have time and energy, here’s more:
Peggy Guggenheim museum shows Robert Motherwell Early Collages in its beautiful venue on the Grand Canal; Ai Weiwei is one of the four artists representing Germany at the Biennale and he also has two installations in the city: in Giudecca and at San Antonin church; Punta della Dogana hosts a group show Prima Materia
and has great views of the laguna and amazing interior architecture; Pinchuk’s Future Generation Art Prize shows some interesting artists and the palazzo itself is awesome, but what you’ll remember most is all the things you must not do…
Last, but not least, a nice digital, rather than physical intervention from the Dutch artist Jonas Staal: Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale, a downloadable app that provides insight into its political, economic and general ideological infrastructure.