Last Wednesday Emma Hart won the 6th Max Mara Art Prize for Women, following in the footsteps of internationally acclaimed artists like Laure Prouvost and Andrea Büttner. As the prestigious award finds another winner, we learn more about the practice of an exciting emerging artist. But the announcement is also an opportunity for reflection: is an art prize exclusively for women still necessary in 2016, a time when not just art institutions but also the rest of the world are paying increased atte... [more]
What does the interior architecture of the artist's workspace tell us about their process and practice? In psychoanalytic terms, it's often assumed that the artist's studio is a reflection of the artist's thinking.
But nowadays, the spaces artists inhabit are very different than what they once were: they've had to adapt to a more migratory life, squeezed by bigger economic problems. The desk is really the only universal marker left, a synecdoche of the artist's studio; it's where the action is... [more]
One of the things we most look forward to at the London Art Fair is the official launch of the XL Catlin Guide. Curated by Justin Hammond, the guide is a selection of 30 of the best graduates from art schools across the UK. Over the last ten years Hammond and his team have helped launch artists who have gone on to excel in the art world. Among them, Juno Calypso (the winner of the 2013 Visitor Vote) who was awarded the British Photographer of the Year 2015; Jasmina Cibic (included in the first ed... [more]
The London Art Fair's Photo50 exhibition, Feminine Masculine, opens today, January 20. There are two reasons to like this year's edition. First, it is an exhibition that clearly gives the feminine voice precedence, but without excluding male artists. Second, it doesn't plaster slapdash the word #feminism on its statement. I'm not against the use of #feminism, of course, but: feminine does not mean feminist. (And #feminist does not always been feminist, either.) This presentation seems to be to be a more... [more]
“Ask me anything—I’m not afraid of anything, anymore,” Annie Leibovitz told a room packed with cameras and journalists who had flown in from around the world for the grand opening of WOMEN: New Portraits at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in East London, the first stint in a world-touring exhibition. It was a rare audience with a woman who is now as famous as many of the famous people she has photographed.
Yet hyperbole is necessary when talking about the portraits Ann... [more]
London poses specific and difficult problems for artists’ accommodation. It’s the capital of culture in the UK with more galleries, museums, theatres, and events spaces than any other city. It’s also by far the most unaffordable place for creative people to live. As a result, many artists choose to move away, and only come in for exhibitions or events and find accommodation prices so exorbitant that they end up crashing on friends’ sofas.
Opening in spring 2016, Green Rooms, th... [more]
It's not hard to understand why so many people write off art of the kind 26-year-old Molly Soda makes: to date, she's best known for works such as dating a giant teddy bear, and "leaking" her own nude selfies (Should I Send This?). In the artist's new London solo, the tropes of hypergirly net art are all here, unabashedly IRL: glitter, miniature unicorns, stickers, glitches, and iPhones with cracked screens. The walls are painted, of course, pink. But there's much more to Molly Soda's work than I had thought havin... [more]
David Stewart was awarded the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 last night at an awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery, where his portrait will be on display alongside a selection chosen from almost 5,000 entries, at an exhibition running until February 21, 2016.
Stewart's winning entry is a restaged photograph of his 2008 entry of his daughter and friends after completing their university degrees. It's the 16th time Stewart's work has been selected for the annua... [more]
Private collections are often born of a profound personal interest—a genuine passion devoted to a very specific subject or object that extends beyond financial return. In their devotional breadth and depth, private collections sometimes inadvertently become talismanic, unearthing artwork that might have otherwise remained distant. Perhaps it's that magical fascination that inspires public explorations and attracts new audiences. One such unusual and influential collection is that of Sydney L. Mos... [more]
We love a big city art week because it's like taking your mind to a theme park. If ever there's a time for critical thinkers to kick back and allow themselves to not take things too seriously, it's Frieze Week. From your relegated position at the bottom of the art hierarchy, you laugh as the art PR attempt to placate the elite with the deftness of a headless chicken. Meanwhile, artists pretend to be sociable creatures and woo museum people and curators do their best impression of being unpretenti... [more]
Looking around an art fair with a fixed criteria is an amazing thing. I’d recommend it to any visitor as a tool to cut through the vast amount of work that will pass in front of their eyes. It doesn’t have to be fancy or intelligent. It can be as simple as “I’m only looking for blue,” or “ceramics,” or “a piece of work that I would hang above the fireplace.” In all instances it forms connections between works that wouldn’t otherwise be connected... [more]
Producing a trend report for The Other Art Fair and Moniker is an almost impossible task given the diversity of the work on display, which is another way to say that there is a really mixed bag in terms of both quality and aspiration.
It might indeed be the best place to pick up some really good quality pictures for relatively little money, but I’ll spill the naked truth and admit that if you’re hoping to find the next big thing and make a million bucks, that isn’t going to hap... [more]
Reading can be a very private pursuit. It requires solitary attention, time, focus: all the things you often don’t find in abundance at an art fair. As part of 2015’s Frieze Projects commissions, alongside works from Thea Djordjadze and Rachel Rose, castillo/corrales are bringing their DIY publishing spirit to a broader context, with newly commissioned texts and furniture for the booth, presented with a vinyl floor recreation of the typical Parisian social hangout: a passageway cafe. With... [more]
"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein
The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the place the real working action happens must surely be the desk (or desktop). Desks for many mean 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a desk mean to an artist, and what do they keep on it?
From t... [more]
Our suggestions for things to do, see, learn, and avoid, and facts and figures about the year's biggest art week in London.
1:54 Is Our Top Fair for 2015
Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Untitled, (No one but you, Dakar series), 2014, Inkjet print on cotton rag paper, edition of 6, 120 x 120 cm. Courtesy of Fondation Donwahi
In case you hadn't noticed, the popularity of African art is exploding, and 1:54 is the only fair of its kind dedicated to contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. 1:54... [more]