Frieze London 2022 – Better Than Ever

Yesterday morning, on the first regular (non-VIP) open day of Frieze London 2022. I was among the first visitors to enter the gigantic premises, which will welcome art aficionados until this Sunday, 16 October. HOUSE-KEEPING Unless you see a reference to the artwork discussed in the caption below the picture, the pictures are not related to that particular section of the blog post. I basically took a lot of pictures of random artwork before I sat down and wrote this article. GIGANTIC IN SIZE As in previous years, the size of this art fair is simply breath-taking and at times intimidating. How on earth would a mere mortal with other tasks such as working, eating, breathing, and sleeping on their plate, ever be able to even only briefly eyeball all artworks. EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE Luckily, as everybody knows, there are three exceptions to the day-time drinking ban: airports, family […]

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That time I bumped into a rogue artist at Frieze

A few hours into my Frieze safari, earlier today, I was getting a tad tired, when suddenly something grabbed my attention. Right in front of me, there was a young gentleman, no older than in his very early twenties, dressed up like staff from Facilities. Neon-coloured hoodie with reflector bands on it. Baseball cap. He was attaching a piece of artwork to the wall, as well as a small caption. It read: “Oil Painting, Used fish and chip paper on wooden stretcher, Dion Kitson, signed on reverse, £26,000.”     Perhaps a bit of a steep price for what it was? A Dion Kitson? Something else didn’t feel right. Why a solitary piece of art on this otherwise art-free, rather narrow corridor wall? Furthermore, the good man seemed apprehensive, was looking over his shoulder, avoided eye contact, and soon appeared to be on a pretend-phone call on his mobile.   […]

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Antoni Tapies, Alchemy, at Nahmad Projects

I just visited Antoni Tapies, Alchemy, at Nahmad Projects, which opened at its Cork Street, Mayfair, venue, day before yesterday. It will run until 9 December. A long time ago, I used to live in Barcelona for just under a year. During that time, I stopped by the museum, founded by the great man himself, at least once a month. I had fallen in love with Tapies’s art in secondary school. Back then, I simply enjoyed the mostly large-scale works for their textures, materials, colours and cool vibes. If anything, I found Tapies’s art decorative. In a similar way to how I find much of Anselm Kiefer’s, Joseph Beuys’s, or Alberto Giacometti’s work decorative.     “When we paint, a kind of magic happens. The simple materials we paint with become something else. From earth and dust, we extract an essence. Dreams become concrete. The ordinary is made sublime. We […]

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Frameless, London’s latest immersive art experience

Earlier today, I visited the Frameless immersive art experience, a brand-new show, which just opened near Marble Arch. The experience consists of 4 large show rooms and covers 40 digitized masterpieces ranging from early Renaissance to the first half of the 20th Century. FRAMELESS IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE IS LONDON’S FIRST PERMANENT VENUE OF ITS KIND Frameless is London’s first permanent immersive art experience. Aiming to emulate the success of Borderless in Tokyo and L’Atelier des Lumières in Paris, the management have plans to open venues in other cities worldwide. FIVECURRENTS BROUGHT TO LIFE THE FRAMELESS IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE The company was brought to life by FiveCurrents, who have a long track record in creating live experiences. Among others, they were the production company behind the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. As the creative force behind Frameless, they have curated and led an ensemble of renowned experts. Artscapes UK selected and […]

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Sculpture In The City 2022 – Free, Good Fun, and Easy to Do

I checked out the Sculpture In The City 2022 sculpture trail earlier today and was pleasantly surprised. The 19 works of art have been placed in public spaces since 22 June 2022. They will continue to be displayed until 1 April next year. Very conveniently, they can all be found within a condensed part of the City of London, roughly in a triangle between the following three tube stations: Bishopsgate, Aldgate, and Monument. Bank, Tower Hill, Farringdon, Moorgate, and several other stations are also very close. To walk past all of the Sculpture In The City 2022 works takes between 45 minutes and two hours. I chose to take the train to Monument, so this is where my walk started. Should you arrive at a different station, you might hopefully still find this blog post useful. Just dive in wherever your drop-off point is closest to and continue to go […]

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