Good evening, art-appreciators! Please pull up a Beuysian chair, with a heap of fat on it, because I have something to ask you:
Had a good Frieze, did you, reader? Drank some complimentary champagne? Saw at least one instance of 'is this art'? Hung out at Selfridges Hotel, in a dress with spaghetti straps? Wore a black smock instead—normcore style? Said the words "art market," and didn't even flinch at how serious you were about it? Listened, once, "ironically," to "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj a... [more]
Every bit as run-down as I remember it, the escalator at the tube station ejects me onto the dull evening streets of Archway. In the queue for the cash machine, a flower-seller smiles and asks me to move aside so he can manoeuvre his heavy but empty trolley closer to the curb. As I insert my card, in the light coming from the doors of the bar on the corner, three men with the yellow-grey skin of a longtime drinker bicker and spit. They give me looks as I pass. From within comes the lilting sound of a... [more]
Frieze Art Fair is very much not free. A day ticket will cost you £33 this year. If you want to pop in after work, a 5–7 PM entry is £15. Heaven forbid you want to bring a child. Doing so will set you back £21, even if they sleep through it. Jake Chapman recently caused controversy by stating in public that children shouldn’t be taken to see contemporary art because they don't get it. In the case of Frieze, I’d have to agree with him—it's unlikely to be worth spe... [more]
Given that I am now older (although no wiser, perhaps) than I was when I was 21, there are very few things which can coax me over to the Camden area these days. To make your first trip back there after you've reached something sort-of-approximating adulthood is like having the lights flicked on, abruptly, in a low rent simu-dive-bar: Soylent Green may be people, but the human skulls on the bar here are made of B-grade plastic, and the candles shoved into them are melting their crania. Its patina... [more]
If only real life were more like Frieze: a psychotropic world full where adults jump without fear through giant dice and emoji come to life. Look closer, and you'll see the colorful people, bobbles jangling copiously from every seam; the artwork might even pass you by as another vermillion suit-clad publisher slides by; this is the time the chrysalis is shed, and the beautiful butterflies inside, emerging to live and flourish for only a few days, flee towards their nectar: the front-facing camera.
Here is a series of eavesdroppings from the first day of the Frieze Art Fair. A pleasure and a parody of itself, the fair is a collection of arms and legs and moans and groans tumbling and trellising over each other. The atmosphere is absurd from the upstart: people want to buy a line, a point, an idea, an experience. This carnival is both carnivorous and celebratory. The reactions to the work and random parley make up a tantalizing network of conversation, collaboration, and cacophony. If we we... [more]
It's the perfect desk fodder for all the art world haters: fresh in our inboxes this morning were images of the latest limited edition releases as part of a collaboration between smock sweatshop "long history of supporting the arts" corporation Gap Inc. and "even the name sounds like a Kanye invention" Visionaire. They have teamed up and made a "super exciting" collection, printing artworks featured in their previous issues onto sweatshirts and t-shirts.
As Visionaire's co-founder Cecilia Dean... [more]
It seems like this year, perhaps influenced by the performance series 14 Rooms that took place at Art Basel a few months ago, Frieze has taken a performative turn. Many of its special projects incorporate live shows, and a new section called Frieze Live will introduce performance-based works and reenactments of historical performances at the fair itself. For example, the Japanese duo United Brothers will offer the visitors a soup made of vegetables grown in the region of Fukushima’s 2011 nuc... [more]
We've already recommeded Disabled Theatre, a "hip hop party"-like performance, and a Frieze Project at the zoo. Here are a few more events and performances to look out for this week:
Part of ICA London's Off-Site programme during Frieze this year is a series of panel discussions organized in collaboration with Rhizome. Taking place from Wednesday to Friday, the three panels of "Do you Follow? Art in Circulation" will focus on the politics of digital circulation and its effect on contemporary art... [more]
Also part of Frieze Projects 2014 is Cerith Wyn Evans' offsite project that will take place at the London Zoo at Regent’s Park. Wyn Evans, known for his neon works, will create an installation at the impressive Snowdon Aviary, designed in the 1960s by Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Frank Newby, and Cedric Price. The work will be viewed together with the rare birds from the see-through structure, and on Thursday the 16th, at 5:30 PM, a special performance will take place, with... [more]
In the run up to Ed Fornieles’ solo show, Chisenhale Gallery's Instagram feed was peppered with quick-moving pictures of wholesome family activities—brightly colored breakfast cereals, food porn and sleeping infants, angelic kids growing up to uplifting muzak, hand-holding—some of which descend into destruction, fire, or violence. Other images remained open-ended, such as the repeated phrase "Be Yourself." Fornieles, a British artist now working in LA, who was part of Sarah McC... [more]
The ICA London will feature its Off-Site series of performances and talks throughout Frieze days, at the special location of The Old Selfridges Hotel.
On one of the most intriguing nights, Thursday the 16th, Korakrit Arunanondchai will present four videos combined with performances: 2012-2555 (2012), 2556 (2013), Painting with history in a room filled with men with funny names 2 (2557) (Part 1) (2013), and his recent on-going work, The Future (2014). The Thai artist, known for his body painting on denim canvases and his semi autobiographical video work... [more]
In April 2013 the Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked, and announced the false report to the world that President Obama had been injured. The offending tweet was immediately removed, but with today’s nanosecond-accurate high-frequency trading algorithms, ‘immediately’ now comprises enough time for a 143 point downturn on the Dow Jones, a ‘flash crash’ that only lasted minutes.
Although the stock market recovered quickly, the event spurned concern ab... [more]
ArtSlant's resident London critics and lovers Philippa Snow and Thogdin Ripley first met at a William S. Burroughs show. They recently revisited the artist and writer's work in Animals in the Wall at London Newcastle Project Space.
Thogdin Ripley: I'm going to put my cards right here on this table to start with. I've always been a big fan of Burroughs’ writing—he was one of the most inventive writers and at times one of the best, in my opinion—but I've never, never really go... [more]
Autumn is high season for art and it’s an impossible task to keep up with the Smoke’s endless openings. Best to spread it out and try to see something of everything. The best exhibitions will kick off the season before Frieze takes over in October and demolishes everything artistic in its path. With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a little bit of this and a little bit of that—but basically, it’s all about the Internet.
Best exhibition for British Art: MIRRORCITY, the Hayward Gallery
Naked Ladies and More by Char Jansen Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Yinka Shonibare, Rebecca Warren, Paloma Varga Weisz, Andro Wekua, Cathy Wilkes at Hayward Gallery
June 17th - September 7th
With the world reeling from recent global events that have severely impacted on our collective conscience—the barrage of scenes of manmade destruction, death, and disaster a vivid testimony of the dark side of humanity—visiting The Human Factor at Hayward Gallery was oddly cathartic.
Of course, the curators were not prophets, but in bringing together twenty-five years of sculpture through twenty-five artists they have created a perspicacious and timely exhibition that reflects on som... [more]