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London: Smile Britannia Charity Auction 2014

Smile  Britannia Auction 2014

London Westbank Gallery, the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa gathered for a second year running for a fantastic charity fundraising event Smile Britannia at the Houses of Parliament in London. The auction featured an impressive line up of artists from Nick Walker, Zeus, Dan Kitchener, Copyright, Gemma Compton, Matt Small, Rowan Newton, Will Barras, Banksy as well as Turner Prize nominee Richard Long, and last but not least Picasso.

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The full list of artists includes: Andy Council, Art is Trash, Banksy, Beejoir, Belinda Frikh, Ben Allen, Benjamin Murphy, Chapter, China Mike, Copyright, Cunni Outsider, Dank, David Walker, Ellie Steele, Elmo Hood, Fin DAC, FLX, Gemma Compton, Goldie, Gil Carvelho, Henry Hate, Hornhead, INKIE, James Mylne, Jim Starr, Jim Vision, K-Guy. Lhouette, Lucy Sparrow, Matt Small, Mau Mau, Mr. Cenz, Mr. Jago, Nick Walker, Osch, Paul McGowan, Patrick Bremer, Richard Long, Rowan Newton, RYCA, Schoony, Stiffado Dante, Studio Philly, Tim Fowler, Toaster, Tommy Penton, Will Barras, Yuliya Danylyuk, and Zeus.

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Big up to the organisers, participating artists and generous bidders for making this happening in this magical venue!

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Paris: FIAC Highlights

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The 41 Edition of the French International Art Fair (FIAC) started with a bit of scandal. The ‘Christmas Tree‘ by Paul McCarthy on Place Vendome which was supposed to officially launch the FIAC was destroyed before the opening by vandals as it looked too much like a butt plug.

Paul McCarthy
(photo Bertrand Guay)

While French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the Fair, they bumped into former escort girl turned muse Zahia Dehar for Pierre & Gilles (Galerie Daniel Templon).

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Berlin-based neugerriemschneider was showing sculptures by Olafur Eliasson including ‘The new planet’, an oloid sculpture made from painted glass and aluminium and halogen. On the Gagosian booth visitors could see a series of sculptures by John Chamberlain. 

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Many artists were also on site during the VIP opening including UK artists like Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George (at Thaddaeus Roppac),  French artist Orlan or NY based Ugo Rondinone (for Glastone Gallery).

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Artist Kirsten Pieroth created a brick wall for Galeria Franco Noero, while a marble gas mask by Ai Weiwei was on view at Galeria Continua, and Yayoi Kusuma polka dots sculptures were displayed at David Zwirner gallery and Victoria Miro. 

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New York’s Nahmad Contemporary and Helly Nahmad Gallery were showing a $20 million oil-on-canvas Picasso from 1972, as well as a drawing by Basquiat priced at $2.4 million. Two more works by Basquiat “Made in Japan”were reunited since a very long time for an undisclosed price.

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Hauser & Wirth was showing portraits from actress Isabelle Huppet by artist Roni Horn, while French dealer Yvon Lambert was featuring a neon installation by Mounir Fatmi for his last FIAC before closing his gallery.

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23-26 October 2014
Grand Palais, Paris


Paris: (OFF)ICIELLE Art Fair


After the art week in London ( covered here), Paris is hosting a series of art fairs and events. (OFF)ICIELLE, FIAC’s new event, is held from 22 to 26 October at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design. The satellite fair is featuring 68 galleries from 14 different countries, specializing in contemporary and emerging art, from young galleries and newcomers to the international art scene.

Some highlights include a flying carpet by Moussa Sarr, a poem within an ice cube by Paula Doepfner, a burnt canvas ‘Bordeline’ by Sonne Kasper,  a taxidermist bear by Abraham Pointcheval and a monochromie series by Esther Stocker.  Artist Ofri Cnaani was doing a non-stop-performance with the participation of the visitors.


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On the wharf is also a Street Art programmation which we will cover shortly. So stay tuned for more info.


London: Frieze Art Fair 2014 – Highlights

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The leading international contemporary art fair, Frieze London, returns to the heart of the UK’s capital, London’s Regent’s Park, for its 12th edition.

This year’s event brings together 162 of the world’s top contemporary galleries in the UK and features exhibitors from 25 countries.

Artist Carsten Holler transformed the Gagosian booth into a giant and fun playground ‘Kinder Garten‘, with oversized dice and giant scrabble, where visitors were invited to squeeze a plush octopus, much to the children’s delight.

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With a price tag of $300K,  Jamie Lee Byars created a pink silk ‘Hat for Ten” for the Michael Werner Gallery. Ten participants, all dressed in black, interact and collaborate in a form of contemporary dance, all connected through the hoods.

New York based artist Kaws was heavily present at the Perrotin Gallery, from his giant Companion sculptures to colourful canvases.

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Brit artist Mark Wallinger selected works by different artists in order to recreate Sigmund Freud’s Hampstead study for the Hauser&Wirth booth. In the corner, oblivious to the dialogue between the conscious and unconscious, is Christoph Buchel ‘s Sleeping Guard. And for 80,000 Euros you can buy the concept, not the man.

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The most expensive price tag goes to Damien Hirst at the White Cube Gallery. The two part work of fish in formaldehyde from 1993 ‘Because I can’t have you I want you’ sold for £4 millions within the first 15 minutes of the VIP opening.

Sunny smiley objects from Takura Kawata, Jayson Musson and the Smile Face Museum adorn the walls of the New York gallery Salon 94  with a canary-yellow floor, bringing a happy face to the visitors.

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Colour is also a big theme for several galleries, from Yves Klein and Jason Martin at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, to Steven Shearer & Lothar Hempel at Stuart Shave/Modern Art. 

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Frieze Art Fair
13- 18 October 2014
Regent Park, London

London: Frieze Sculpture Park 2014

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With the launch of the Art week in London is the opening of the Frieze Sculpture Park, selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, The Sculpture Park features contemporary sculptures alongside historical pieces, with new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London and Frieze Masters exhibitors.

The exhibited artists include:
Caroline Achaintre, Reza Aramesh, George Condo, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Gabriele De Santis, Matt Johnson, KAWS, Yayoi Kusama, Seung-taek Lee, Roelof Louw, Marie Lund, Fausto Melotti, Richard Nonas, Not Vital, Kristin Oppenheim, Jaume Plensa, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Thomas Schütte and Franz West.

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Frieze Art Fair
15-18 October 2014
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4NR