Frieze London 2013
The Frieze Art Fair opened in London today, and Tate curators and other guest selectors were on hand, snapping up work for Tate’s collection by Terry Adkins, Christina Mackie, James Richards and Sturtevant, thanks to the annual Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund. The fund offered up a not-inconsiderable £150,000 ($240,000) in spending money this year.
The committee that selected the work consisted of Tate curators Ann Gallagher, who is head of collections for British Art, Frances Morris, head of collections for international art, Tanya Barson, curator for international Art, and Clarrie Wallis, curator for contemporary British art, along with two guests: Tobias Ostrander, the chief curator of the Miami Art Museum, and Beatrix Ruf, the omnipresent director of the Kunsthalle, Zurich.
During Frieze New York, VIPs given access to the fair’s courtesy BMWs had a chance to hear a sound piece by Rick Moody called The Undependable Global Positioning System inside the fair which is pretty much what its title suggests: a robotic voice—similar to one that would provide directions on a GPS system—reciting the text of Mr. Moody’s story of the same name, which features rather unreliable navigational aids.
The work imagines what would happen if a GPS system had human flaws: the UGPS is not only spatially lost but existentially lost as well. Moreover, Mr. Moody’s humorous work bemoans the condition of our “rushed digital life” in which the experience of being lost is, well, being lost. The project is still in development, but right now it has its own website, which features a preview of an application that might become a more elaborate UGPS.
Frieze Week 2012
In a letter that was sent to Deutsche Bank and several members of the press Thursday afternoon, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters, announced a labor dispute with Frieze Art Fair, the London fair that is preparing to open its inaugural year in New York on Randall’s Island. Deutsche Bank is the fair’s main sponsor.
Frieze New York 2012
Last week, we reported that the Frieze Art Fair had selected Tom Eccles, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, to curate a sculpture park at its inaugural New York edition, on Randall’s Island, in May. Mr. Eccles has shared some details.
“I probably can’t persuade you to drop everything, including 300 or so bucks on transportation, and spend an afternoon in Pittsburgh, but maybe I can make you feel bad about not doing so,” critic Peter Schjeldahl wrote back in 1988, reviewing the Carnegie International, the grand survey of contemporary art founded back in 1896 by Andrew Carnegie that used to run every three years and now comes about every five.
Ah, art fairs. Otherwise known as “hell.” The Armory Show exhibitor list is a little smaller than last year, though still massive, and a reminder of just how littered with art fairs New York will be this spring. The big names are Armory Contemporary and Modern, the ADAA Art Show and Frieze New York. Let’s crunch the numbers a bit, shall we?
Yesterday, the Armory Show, New York’s 14-year-old annual contemporary art fair, held every March on two piers on the West Side, announced that, as in years past, it would do its annual fundraiser with the Museum of Modern Art. But, as many art world observers noted, there was something missing: the fair had not yet released an exhibitor list. Last year, the list was released on Jan. 11.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2011
“Have you been to Frieze?” a colleague asked us last week in the aisles of the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.
Gallerist paused, confused. We knew about Art Basel Miami Beach, NADA, Seven, Art Miami, Pulse, Scope and about a dozen other art fairs. But we had no idea that London’s Frieze Art Fair, Read More
Museum of Modern Art director Glenn Lowry explains the deal he struck with the High Museum, which will send six MoMA-sourced exhibitions down to Atlanta over the course of four years. He declined to discuss the financial arrangement, but said, “There is of course a considerable fee that the High is providing us.” [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
The Guggenheim plans a massive, black-and-white-themed Picasso show for next year, and Acquavella Galleries (whose Braque show we profiled in the paper this week) now represents Wayne Thiebaud. [Inside Art]
Protestors flew to London to protest at Sotheby’s during yesterday’s contemporary art auctions. The sale made $63 million, with a few paintings, including a £2 million Peter Doig, going unsold. [Bloomberg]
The Art Newspaper helpfully points out the dirtiest things at Frieze. New York’s Ramiken Crucible gallery brought a semen-covered sculpture by Andra Ursuta. [The Art Newspaper]