I was very excited to see Art 14 and had great expectations that this one will top last year's fair. I enjoyed last year's exhibition and with the number of international galleries exhibiting, it helped piqued my interest again in Asian art which I didn't have a lot of access to - living in London and Europe for almost 13 years. Thank God for this kind of art fair, I am able to see galleries that I normally won't be able to see here in London.
This year, Art14 seems to be going on the same momentum with a lot of varied art works from all over the world. There are some that I've recently seen at the London Art Fair a few weeks ago and a few other artists and artworks that were already featured last year. Kind of disappointed with that but I don't undermine that these are interesting artworks. Nonetheless, I'm glad I went because I have discovered artists that I haven't known before or haven't known as painters. Read More »
According to their newsletter which I received on my mail this week, over 30,000 people have visited the London Art Fair 2014. A good number of galleries are also saying that they've had fantastic sales on all price points. Great news all in all and a really great start for the art industry in this new year.
This all sounds very exciting as it reflects the mass appeal now of the art market, but of course as you know, I am not a collector yet and all I wanted to do in this fair was to see good art. I was really looking forward to see emerging artists - yes there were plenty but having them all alongside some of the great masters such as the unique exhibition of British Modernism from The Hepworth Wakefield and a few sprinkled here and there in some gallery stands, I can't help but be pulled in to see works from Barbara Hepworth Read More »
I've been told many times by friends that the Chapman brothers are overrated. Whatever.
I know for a fact that I am always entertained, provoked, perplexed every time I see an exhibition from this duo - with all the flurry of emotions when I see great art. Even in the face of apparent multimedia absurdity such as the Ku Klux Klans hanging about corridors and mini-Ronald Mcdonalds crucified like Jesus, a Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibition will shock your guts out to the point that you laugh like a madman, because somehow it connects with our psyche and voila, it all makes sense. (I see Antony Gormley laughing his heart out watching the masters of history film amongst seated Ku Klux sculptures, and that in itself is a distraction). Read More »
Castiliogne? Does the name ring a bell?
For the Blogger's Event held at the Queen's gallery, Buckingham Palace, Senior curator of Prints and Drawings Martin Clayton sat down and asked me whether I knew Castiliogne. I was in fact invited to this event, the first of its kind held in an institution like this, and here I was, sipping my coffee in this shiny beautiful teacup, with little knowledge about the artist. I was lost as this so-called Lost Genius.
But hang on, I am not pretending to be anything but a mere art blogger and just as I am experimenting and expanding my knowledge about art, the Queen's gallery had hosted a Blogger's event - something that in my past three years of art blogging has never happened before. Read More »
Frieze is here! But before you get into that Frieze pandemonium mode again, you have two days to visit the Bursary Awards 2013 exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Before Frieze, please do check out the works of some of the top emerging contemporary sculptors chosen by RBS. In a few year's time, some of the artists here will be massive and this is a great opportunity to view their works at the early stages of their art career. Next time, we'd need to pay a ticket to see them!
I was able to attend the Sculpture Slam event (back to back talks) and heard a sneak peak of what these sculptors have done. My favourite from this year's group is Shan Hur - a London-based artist who creates embedded sculptures Read More »
Hello, I'm back from a five month blogging hiatus. I've seen a lot of exhibits these past few months but never had a chance to write about them - like Anthony Caro's Park Avenue series at the Gagosian gallery and the amazing Souzou: Outside Art from Japan at the Wellcome Collection which would literally put anybody in shame for not attempting to create art. If you haven't seen it yet, click the link above to watch the video. (I guarantee you'll jump out of your seat to your nearest art shop to buy some paint.)
But now gearing up for my first blog post, (and yes I've had to clear the cobwebs in my mind after having not written anything in five months) my first venture was to see Sarah Morris' exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey. Read More »
If John Lennon's song Imagine can be transformed into a visual language, it would be something like this Disarm exhibition at the Lisson gallery. I think Pedro Reyes' weapons-cum-musical instruments really tune into what is probably the closest thing I've ever seen visual arts do to call for peace. In Disarm, Pedro fashions destroyed weapons into mechanical musical instruments and transforms them into objects with a positive message. And it's not bad too that these instruments are also functional and can be played live or automated by a computer.
There's probably too much to take in here - in fact, I had to deal with a spectrum of emotions when I saw Disarm - as if I was listening to some affecting music. First, as sculptural pieces, they all look beautiful - they are a re-imagining of how musical instruments Read More »