I was in London this past week sloshing through the slosh and strolling through St. Pancras.
Despite the cold and the tube delays and the cabbie demonstration at Trafalgar Square, I managed to get to a few hot shows and to meet up with the team for ArtSlant London.
The team converged on the IMT Gallery for the opening of Maria von Köhler's exhibition, Maybe a Herm, on Thursday evening, February 5th. While at IMT, Lindsay Friend and Mark Jackson gave us the royal treatment with champagne and lots of hospitality.
Then we hurried over to The Star of Bethnal Green for some Beatles tunes and a quick drink and gab. It was the first get-to-know-you for the London team and I think we're all looking forward to big things to come.
After The Star, a few of us went up to Vyner Street for First Thusday to troll the galleries with the other stalwart art goers. I have to admit, I didn't last long. If you don't know about First Thursdays - here's a nice lowdown from those in the know - First Thursdays late night art on the First Thursday of the month in East London.
I got to a few other shows while in London, and as serendipity would have it, they were the same two shows that David Yu one of our new writers in London happened to review for the week. How weird is that! I guess art-minds think alike:
Jon Pylypchuk at Alison Jacques (a must see)
Jonathan Meese at Modern Art (brutal)
(Images above: Maria von Köhler, Maybe a Herm, installation shot outside IMT Gallery; Courtesy ArtSlant. Jon Pylypchuck, I miss you, danger, and all its elements, 2006, mixed media, Courtesy the Artist. Jonathan Meese, "CASINOZ BABYMETABOLISMN" (Put DR. NO'S MONEY in your mouth, Baby) invite image, 2008, Modern Art; Courtesy the Artist & Modern Art, London)