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Trends at Moniker and The Other Art Fair: Ink and Etching

by James Loks
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 happen here. If... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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Trends at Sunday Art Fair: Everyday Objects

by James Loks
I feel a little sorry for the Sunday Art Fair. As the fair for emerging art it should really be the offshoot of Frieze that shows the cutting-edge work, the small galleries, the artist run spaces, and so on.  Instead it can unfortunately feel like forgotten backwater of the whole event, stuck as it is just a little bit too far location-wise, just a bit too hidden in the basement of Westminster University, and not as big and buzzing as it could be. Which isn’t to say that you can’t see good... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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Looking for the Future at Frieze London

by James Loks
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, and makes viewing the fair active rather than... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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1:54 Trend Report: Found Objects and Photography

by James Loks
I had a sense of unease as I approached the 1:54 fair. Maïmouna Guerresi, , 2007. © Mariane Ibrahim   As I parked my bicycle all sorts of uncomfortable ideas were floating through my head about what I could and couldn’t say about African art, not least of which being the perception, dealt with by the fair’s title, that Africa is this big single thing, and not the 54 independent nations of which it’s comprised.   Wallen Mapondera, Echoes   So, putting cultural and intellectual... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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Frieze Week London 2015: The Instagrammies

by The Artslant Team
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... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 10/16/15
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Moving Image at Frieze Week: Song and Dance, and a Dark Clown

by Marianne Templeton
Despite the pre-eminence of moving image in contemporary practice, the field remains under-represented at art fairs such as Frieze. This year we are likely to see the usual sidelining of artists’ film and video inside the Great White Tent in Regent’s Park—though of course there are always the Frieze Film commissions, tucked away on Channel 4’s late night Random Acts programme. The imbalance is adjusted somewhat by the strong presence of moving image across high-profile commercial and non-profit... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 10/13/15
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What You Need to Know About Frieze Week 2015

by The Artslant Team
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, , 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 returns to London for an anticipated... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 10/13/15
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Artists' Desks

by Char Jansen
"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 toxic paint mixes... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/13/15
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Specter of Strategy: Vern Blosum’s Late Work

by Stephanie Cristello
It deserves attention that with Frieze Week underway in New York, Essex Street would open an exhibition of an anonymous artist. by Vern Blosum—a pseudonymous painter associated with the Pop Art movement, though never officially canonized—features the only work produced by the artist since his appearance in exhibitions from 1961–64. This work, which was shown again to the public in 2013 after being rediscovered by gallerist Maxwell Graham, among a few others, is familiar to those who know his... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 5/15/15
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Top 10 Picks at 1:54 Fair

by Char Jansen
Opening Friday, May 15, 1:54 is the latest addition to New York's Frieze Week satellite circuit. Dedicated to contemporary African Art, 1:54 (the name references the number of countries that constitute the African continent) has already run two editions in London. By bringing together 16 galleries engaged in the field the fair takes a cultural stand within the art market, an important way to redress the balance of previously neglected and underrepresented regions. Of 16 galleries to present at... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 5/14/15