Vending machine. A box-alike construction, few choices in the menu, first slot for a 1EUR coin, another one to receive the output. This description does not sound unusual. Yet it is not a coffee dispenser that we want to talk about…
Sadaharu Horio, the Gutai artist represented by Axel Vervoordt gallery, had his solo project presented during this year’s Art Brussels. From a self-made “art vending machine”, he was delivering one-minute drawings of the public’s choice.
Customers of this peculiar dispenser could choose from a variety of work, including bordered painting, sound painting, mocking painting etc. The order was passed on to Horio using a metal pipe (and with a help of the artist’s assistant who was translating the request to Japanese). After one minute, the artwork was delivered through a rectangular output slot.
The performance brought numerous visitors who queued up to get their customized, spontaneous art works. A different colour was assigned to each of the consecutive days to indicate the time flow of the fair. Horio created a total of around 200 pieces throughout this year’s Art Brussels.
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What are the trends this fall? Click here to read our newsletter! In this issue, see the art fairs coming up, artists not to miss and of course the latest news from our favourite artists!
© Jacob Hashimoto / Studio La Citta
Rafael Lozano -Hemmer
Paris is once again about to become the capital city of modern and contemporary art. Gathering 145 galleries from 20 countries at Grand Palais, the international art fair Art Paris 2015 will present a variety of undeniably outstanding works. Taking into account the diversity of the artistic origins, themes and the used media, you can only predict one thing: the visitors are about to be confronted with a whole new experience.
Attempting to break the stereotypical view on Paris as a city that is only welcoming to “the main players” of world art scene, Singapour and South-East Asia have chosen to be this year’s guests of honour. Singaporean galleries, including Art Plural Gallery, Chan Hampe Galleries, Element Art Space, iPreciation, STPI, Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Yeo Workshop, will present various artists from Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
Next to the regular art fair, diversed thought-provoking platforms will be launched, including the ArtDesign Platform and Promises. The Art Paris 2015 is introducing another novelty: the Solo Show platform, giving the visitor a chance to explore in depth the artworks and their authors. Among the artists nominated for this year’s Solo Show, we find names such as Stephan Crasneascki, Shaun Gladwell,Thomas Jorion and Frank Maier.
Deja Vu, 2011
© Thomas Jorion
© Stephan Crasneascki
Die Figuren die mir blieben, 2011
© Frank Maier
Rotterdam is all about art and design now as art fairs are opening their doors this week along with special exhibition art programs: don’t miss a chance to see what -primarily Dutch- contemporary art is about. Here is a selection of art fairs and events that will keep you busy for the whole week!
From 4 to 8 February, Art Rotterdam will gather great contemporary galleries in the van Nellefabriek. Beside the main section that gathers the most renown galleries such as Grimm, Annet Gelink, Ellen de Bruin Project, Flatland, Ron Mandos, Stigter van Doesburg or Zerp gallery, don’t miss the new art section and the video projections area. For Art Rotterdam’s key aspect is the promotion and emphasis on this new medium.
From 5 to 8 February. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit their studio! “On display for the first time in the Netherlands will be the Blast Furnace, a more than 11 metre high steel installation that pays homage to our industrial past yet at the same time offers us a glimpse of production methods of the future. Additionally, the AVL team will be casting, melting and forging in the smoldering ovens and rudimental machinery from the Happy Industry installation. Both the Blast Furnace and Happy Industry will be installed especially for Art Rotterdam.” Source: atelier van lieshout
Check their programme, different everyday. Garage Rotterdam is a new, medium-sized exhibition centre for contemporary art in the city centre of Rotterdam. They often have good surprises.
From 4 to 8 February, Rotterdam Contemporary is a great place to discover young talents, like Joris van der Ploeg and affordable art.
© Joris ven der Ploeg
Art Venture Raw Steel & Fine Art
From 5 to 8 February. Art Venture curates an art show… In a boat! The setting is unusual but works well to show artworks at their best. This is a fun experience for sure!
From 5 to 8 February. This is a great place to discover young designers and innovative projects.
Contact us if you want to meet in Rotterdam!
The 41st edition of FIAC is now over, the leading art fair brought 191 galleries from 26 countries into the vast space of Paris’ Grand Palais. FIAC welcomed 74.567 visitors over the five days of the fair. A record!
The FIAC-athlon: under a great blue sky, this year was confident, unfuzzy, and very worthwhile. As a proof the french collector François Pinault is said to have bought 37 artworks at FIAC and (OFF)ICIELLE held at the Docks – Citée de la Mode et du Design, in one morning only. From the Grand Palais to the Docks -at the other end of the city-, Paris was vibrating, with satellite fairs, countless openings, book launchings and fun nights in arty clubs.
What they wrote about the FIAC:
– 10 of the best artworks at FIAC 2014: lists a few of the most absorbing works on view at the fair.
– Interview: Michael and Susan Hort, influential patrons of young talents, tell us what they bought at FIAC, and why.
–Sales Report: Amongst the most expensive artworks, we can find Christopher Wool’s Untitled, sold between 2.300.000 and 2.800.000 euros, Untitled (S78-1) by Gerhard Richter, acquired for 2.200.000 euros. Three artworks by Anish Kapoor were sold for more than 2 million euros.
And last but not least:
– Julien Prévieux wins the 2014 Prix Marcel Duchamp: the french artist was nominated with his video installation “What Shall We Do Next?“, and has been awarded €35,000 and a solo show at the Centre Pompidou in September 2015.
– Camille Blatrix wins the prix de la fondation d’entreprise Ricard. The winner’s work is purchased by the foundation, and then donated to the Centre Pompidou in Paris: won for his white metal sculpture that appeared in the exhibition “L’époque, les heures, les valeurs, l’attention.”
FIAC was a success, and the OFF was so rich (OFFicielle, reopening of Picasso Museum, opening of the Vuitton Fondation, reopening of La Monnaie de Paris) that many didn’t even spend some proper time in the Grand Palais… Paris was definitely, last week, the international artistic capital.
We hope to see you at FIAC next year!
Let’s be honest: there is no way we can show you everything that caught our eyes unless we publish a full catalogue. PAD London, now in its eighth year, is a little gem carefully showcased in the heart of Mayfair. 61 galleries from 10 countries show an eclectic selection of works: design, art, jewels, photography, antiques and tribal art objects sit well together at this fair.
Patrick Perrin, founder of the Pavilion of Art and Design, says “PAD is mine, it’s what I like”. He adds: “”PAD is mine, it’s what I like,” he says. And as if to balance the statement, wisely adds: “It’s very nice, very friendly, and there’s not too much pressure. We can be like this because we don’t have to fill a huge space – we’ll never leave Berkeley Square – so it’s not about selling booths to anyone we can get. I check absolutely everything. I think very carefully how the galleries are positioned next to each other to make them look their best. The people who come are all people I like… PAD is a way of life: a glamorous life, yes, but PAD is a feeling. To me it’s épidermique…” (Source)
Valentin Loellmann at Galerie Gosserez.
Dominic Harris at Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
A collection inspired by Brancusi – Galerie Negropontes
Tobias Mohl – Adrian Sassoon
Bouke de Vries – Adrian Sassoon
Ranya Sarakbis’ pendulum – smo gallery
Julie Pfligersdorffer – galerie Gosserez
Paul Cocksedge’s desk in front of Christopher Le Brun’s painting
Until 19 october – Berkeley Square W1 – London
This is the question on everyone’s lips, now that the art fair fall season is about to start: How do I buy art at an art fair? Hendrik Hansson from Artnet gave some valuable advice, before unseen Amsterdam opens their doors, to which we may add a few..
1. Do your homework. Review the schedule of upcoming fairs and choose the one that is the best match for you in terms of location, your budget and the participating galleries and artists. Do some research online, make lists and take notes so you are well prepared when you’re at the fair.
2. Ask. Don’t be afraid to ask about artworks that interest you. Questions about an artwork’s price or background will help you gain a better understanding of the artist, the art market and current trends. If you are interested in buying a certain piece, inquiries will reveal what is sold and what is available. Keep in mind that prices are often negotiable.
3. Consider editions. Have you fallen head-over-heels over a photograph that you can’t afford? Perhaps the dimension is too large for ‘that’ wall? Remember that many photographs come in larger editions that are smaller in size. These prints will most likely be framed in a less costly way or even completely unframed. All-in-all, a great way to get the artwork that you want – for less. But hurry, a popular photograph will definitely sell out fast even in a large edition.
4. Network. Taking the time to develop personal connections with art dealers and galleries can be very beneficial. Dealers and galleries keep records of people who have expressed an interest in an artist or certain piece in the past and often will notify you about available pieces or openings that may be of interest to you in the future. So introduce yourself and ask questions.
5. Be confident. Gallerists and art dealers often seem pretentious and unapproachable if they don’t recognise your name or face. In reality, they are very passionate about art and their artists, welcoming any opportunity to discuss the works in their booths. Don’t be intimidated, you may be able to establish a fruitful relationship with the gallery and its representative.
6. Have an open mind. Being open is a great way to take advantage of everything a fair has to offer. Don’t be dismissive of unfamiliar genres, ideas or artists. Instead, educate yourself on different perspectives. Tastes and trends are constantly changing and evolving so don’t stick to a certain style of art – you may surprise yourself.
7. Take pictures. Photographing artworks you like can be a useful tool for future inspiration and a valuable resource for forming a collection and developing your taste. Furthermore, taking a snap of a label is often faster than writing it down, you can always go back and add it to your notes when you get home.
8. Have a rest. Most fairs last for several days so there is no pressure to visit every booth before lunchtime on opening day. Viewing too much art may cause sensory overload and impair your judgment. Take a break, have a coffee with a friend, compare notes and take the opportunity to talk about what you like and why. Afterwards, go back for a second round or call it a day and come back tomorrow.
9. Fun. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the fair, sometimes people forget that collecting art and looking at art is supposed to be fun. So enjoy yourself!
10. Go with someone. Having someone to share information with makes you more alert and enthusiastic too. It is more fun, more interesting and you will be more daring too!
11. Define your budget before the fair. Having an idea what you are willing to spend is a good way to feel more relaxed. It doesn’t mean you will spend it / not spend more but it positions you as a buyer: you look at things differently if potentially they are going to be yours.
12. Ask your art advisor! If you have no time, doubts, questions, support needed…. That’s what we are here for!
13. Invest in a very comfortable pair of sneakers. We couldn’t help noticing last year that more and more gallery staff were wearing the latest Nike sneakers… Adopt their style, your feet will be grateful!
Source: unseen Amsterdam
UNSEEN photography fair Amsterdam From 18 to 21 September 2014 in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek.
Unseen, Amsterdam’s international photography fair and festival, returns for the 3rd edition, with a focus on never before seen work, and an extensive festival programme celebrating photography in all its forms. Unseen is an international photography fair that provides new photography the platform it deserves. It brings together galleries that focus on new developments, young talent and known photographers with new works.
Located in a former gasworks, Unseen photo fair brings together more than 50 galleries presenting new photography. This year’s edition promises to be especially exiting as Unseen presents more than 60 world premieres of photographic works that have never be seen before.
Unseen is the photography fair for new discoveries, new talent and hidden treasures. With a programme designed to challenge, inspire and excite, the fair aims to create an atmosphere in which today’s visitors and tomorrow’s collectors feel at home. Unseen is the ultimate international platform through which we advance the exploration and encourage the discovery of the yet undetected photographer or work. It is a platform upon which we expose young talent and share it with the world and a platform from which this talent can spring.
To see the full programme, please click here.
Tickets can be purchased online following the link above.Find out more about the successful second edition of Unseen in this video.” Unseen is a joint venture between Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, office for business development in the arts Platform A, and Vandejong Creative Agency.
Where: Westergasfabriek Amsterdam West
When: September 18 to 21 2014
Tickets: € 19,50