LONDON ART FAIR
Preview evening 2012
One could feel the excitement when one walked into the London Art Fair preview on Tuesday night.
But, as soon as the champagne was gone, the drop of enthusiasm lowered quite dramatically and I could hear desperate moans "Where is the booze?" or see people eyeing longingly at the ones who still had a glass with bobbles in it.
But, the London Art Fair shouldn't be about getting a glass of wine or not, a pity then that there was nothing one could buy either. More signs of a dooming recession?
The Business design Center is a great building for the Art Fair, first of all it's London's first Carbon Neutral venue. But, originally it was built in 1861 as The Agricultural Hall with an amazing barrel vaulted roof. There were about 100 galleries exhibiting in this fair, that is on its 24th year.
Some of the highlights are bellow:
After Flock, 2011
Death or Glory Hazy Gold/ Europen Gold Glorious Skull 2011
Biggs + Collings
The Toil of our Hands, 2011
Untitled, Yellow 1997
Crane Kalman Gallery
Crane Kalman Gallery
Me and Jonathan Huxley
Talking to Jonathan about his art work we discovered something funny, earlier this month I got stranded in Frankfurt overnight since the flight back to London got cancelled. Having to stay at the Sheraton I could not overlook the immense painting at their entrance looking very similar to Huxley's work. I therefore asked Jonathan if by any chance he had been commissioned to do a painting at the Sheraton in Frankfurt, and bingo it was him:)
Dementer (Goddess of agriculture, nature and the seasons)
Real time high definition film 52 hour loops, edition of & 7
Rebecca Hossack Gallery
Buy 1 get 10 free, Aug 2011
Ackroyd & Harvey
Sea bream skeleton, alum crystals, perspex case
The exciting part of this piece is how after the fish bone has been placed in a hot chemical solution and it cools down the crystals form and attach themselves to the bone.
Sacred Milk or Mother
"I have an interest in ever so slightly repulsing the viewer at first experience. They are unsettled. This uneasiness then turns into wonder and in a later stage, fascination."
- Juz Kitson
Ink, resin and oil on paper
Tamzin Plummer is one of the 40 Artists that has been picked for the Caitlin Guide this year.
A guide that profiles the most talented recent graduates from UK art Schools.
The other wall Gallery
This last piece was not shown at the fair, but a Galerist from the Other Wall Gallery introduced me to it and it gave me a kick. What a timely piece, humorous and horrifying at the same time.