The Freize Art Fair has always been one of my favorite art fairs. The city of London fully embraces the event offering more than just an art fair, but a citywide art extravaganza. The fair itself was optimistic with many galleries reporting numerous holds on works, if not already sold. Here are some the highlights of the week:
1. White Cube’s new Bermondsey Space
MoMA SHOULD be jealous. It’s 58,000 square feet and completely filled with contemporary art. Bravo to Jay Jopling for dedicating an entire room to Mary Corse.
2. Gerhard Richter at the Tate Modern
The wonderfully hung show really demonstrated the influence Duchamp had on Richter’s work and has reminded us all there is far more to talk about than just the artist’s market.
3. The Christie’s Evening Sale
Art star Gerhard Richter’s iconic Kerze, 1982 (est. £6,000,000-9,000,000) stole the show selling for £10,457,250 or $16,480,626.
Ahmad Alsoudani’s Baghdad I, being sold by Charles Saatchi, (est. £250,000-350,000) sold for £713,250 or $1,124,082. Already, this young artist’s body of work has convinced the savviest of collectors that he is here to stay.
4. Ryan Gander for ArtAngel
This performance/installation piece at an abandoned warehouse continued to haunt us for days after we left. So much so, I will dedicate an entire blog on the experience next week. Stay tuned!
5. Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum
Perry’s exhibition consisted of his wonderful ceramic and tapestry works which can look kitchy on their own. Displayed next to artifacts from the British Museum, they seemed terrifically brilliant and relevant.
6. Pierre Huyghe at the Frieze Art Fair
Huyghe created an aquatic installation with a hermitt crab as it’s star. The crab migrated in Huyghe’s bronze shell made to look like Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse.
7. Raqib Shaw at White Cube Mason’s Yard
This show proved to be far more controversial than expected. People either loved it or hated it, but more importantly, this show created a magical discussion about contemporary art. And no one can deny that Shaw’s new works have progressed without losing his obsessively eccentric style.
8. The Pace Gallery booth at Freize
So well curated, this booth should set the standard for all galleries. Newcomer Loris Greaud’s Genius wall sculpture hung across from Sol Lewitt and the Agnes Martin, Calder, Ryman trifecta in the right corner was curatorial genius.