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May 22 2013

Frieze New York Art Fair 2013

This video provides you with a walk through Frieze New York Art Fair 2013, the second edition of the fair on Randall’s Island.

Frieze New York art fair 2013, Randall’s Island, New York, May 10, 2013. Video by Shimon Azulay.

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October 15 2012

Interview With Artist Ged Quinn at Frieze Art Fair 2012

At Frieze Art Fair London 2012, London-based Stephen Friedman Gallery presented a solo exhibition with paintings by British artist Ged Quinn, entitled Ghosts and Benedictions. On the Preview day we had the chance to speak with the artist about his work. In this video, Ged Quinn talks about the exhibition at Frieze Art Fair, a painting called Hegel’s Happy End, and his work in general.

Ged Quinn was born in 1963 in Liverpool, UK. The artist is known for his densely layered paintings, which transform art historical painting into contemporary experience. Ged Quinn is currently included in the group show Beyond Reality: British Painting Today at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic. In December 2012 he will have a solo exhibition entitled Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach.

Ged Quinn: Ghosts and Benedictions. Solo presentation at the stand of Stephen Friedman Gallery London. Interview with Ged Quinn, Frieze Art Fair London 2012. Preview, October 10, 2012.

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May 06 2012

Frieze Art Fair New York 2012

After having established Frieze Art Fair in London very successfully, Frieze is expanding its fair business to the other side of the pond this year. Frieze Art Fair New York brings the usual suspects to New York’s Randall’s Island. 180 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries show their artists and their works. The question is: how was it? Look for yourself, take a tour of the fair with this video.

The first edition of Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke structure designed by New York-based SO – IL Architects. Most of the participating galleries come from America and Europe and are regular exhibitors at Frieze London. There are also specific sections for younger galleries, Frame and Focus, and – as in London – there’s the Frieze Sculpture Park.

If you want to know what others think about the fair, here are three voices: Holland Cotter (New York Times), Jason Farago (Guardian), Jerry Saltz (Vulture). For more reviews, photos, videos of Frieze Art Fair New York 2012 use our VTV contemporary art search below.

Frieze Art Fair New York. Randall’s Island, New York. May 4, 2012. Video by Shimon Azulay.

PS: One of the most discussed topics in advance of the show was the question of how the wealthy art lovers get to the fair’s location on Randall’s Island – and back again. Let us know how you got there!

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November 14 2011

Frieze Sculpture Park 2011

For some people the best thing about Frieze Art Fair in London is the Frieze Sculpture Park. Located just a short walk from the main fair site in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden the Sculpture Park provides the opportunity to enjoy contemporary art in a more relaxed way. This year curator David Thorp has selected sculptures by Neha Choksi (Echo of the Inside. Project 88), Johan Creten (Le Banc des Amoureux. Almine Rech Gallery), Claudia Fontes (Decoy for Andean Condor. Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo), Alicia Framis (Cartas al cielo. Annet Gelink Gallery), Tom Friedman (Circle Dance. Stephen Friedman Gallery), Gimhongsok (A Star. Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery), Des Hughes (Angry Pins. Ancient & Modern), Thomas Houseago (Hermaphrodite. Hauser & Wirth), Eva Koťátková & Petr Koťátko (Lost and Found. Hunt Kastner), Will Ryman (Icon. Paul Kasmin Gallery), Kiki Smith (Seer. Timothy Taylor Gallery), and Gavin Turk (Ajar. Galerie Krinzinger / Aurel Scheibler).

Frieze Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair London 2011. London / UK, October 14 , 2011.

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Excerpt from the press release:

This year’s Sculpture Park presents work by some of the most acclaimed international sculptors. These include new works by Thomas Houseago and Claudia Fontes, as well as pieces by Tom Friedman and Kiki Smith.

Will Ryman, will show Icon (2011) the first public exhibition of one of his ‘Rose’ sculptures since they were shown on Park Avenue in New York. Johan Creten’s piece Le Banc des Amoureux (2011), is a bronze bench on which viewers can sit. For his work Ajar (2011), Gavin Turk has created a large internal door that stands open in the landscape.

This year’s Sculpture Park demonstrates an international reach, with representation of works from emerging artists from around the world. Artists whose work will be presented includes Neha Choksi, from Project 88 gallery in Mumbai, whose work Echo of the Inside (Column Cube I) is constructed from the sequential casting of consecutively smaller distorted cubes. Also included is a work by Gimhongsok, from Kukje Gallery/Tina Kim in Seoul; A Star (2011) is one of a series of sculptures entitled ‘Ordinary Objects’ that appropriate everyday objects, such as plastic bags, wooden sticks and Styrofoam, which are recast in precious metals.

Other highlights this year include a work by Des Hughes, Angry Pins (2011), Alicia Framis Cartas al cielo, (2011).

David Thorp, selector of the Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair commented, ‘This year’s Sculpture Park continues to provide a fascinating cross section of sculpture being made today from the monumental to the socially engaged. The twelve works on display by established and emerging artists build on a dialogue begun in previous years, developing a debate about art in public places and the condition of sculpture as an evolving conversation that proceeds by example, as an exchange of ideas between artists and artworks.’


October 17 2011

Interview with Roman Andák, Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2012

At Frieze Art Fair in London, Deutsche Bank officially announced the “Artist of the Year”. This time the award goes to the Slovakian artist Roman Ondák. After Wangechi Mutu and Yto Barrada Roman Ondák is the third artist who receives the prize that aims to honor and promote young artists who have created extraordinary photo works or works on paper. The selection of Roman Ondák was based on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, consisting of curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Nancy Spector and chaired by Pierre de Weck, member of Deutsche Bank AG’s Executive Committee. The prize winner is featured in a solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Roman Ondák’s exhibition is scheduled to open in April 2012.

On the occasion of the announcement Frieze Art Fair 2011, VernissageTV had a chance to speak with Roman Ondák about the award, his artworks on display at the Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge and the booth of Galerie Johnen, and his work in general. We also met with Friedhelm Hütte, Deutsche Bank Global Head Art, who talks about this year’s choice and the success of the “Artist of the Year” award. The above video is an excerpt, the complete video is available after the jump.

Interview with Roman Andák, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2012. Frieze Art Fair 2011, London / UK, October 13, 2011.

PS: More information is available at Deutsche Bank ArtMag.

Click here to see Roman Ondák’s work Loop that he created for the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009.

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October 14 2011

Christian Jankowski: The Finest Art on Water / Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair 2011

No, Frieze Art Fair in London has not (yet) been bought by the Millionaire fair, but if the current trend continues, the only thing that separates them is slightly better taste (maybe). Anyway, the rich are now able to buy not only useless things like Tracy Emin neon signs and Gerhard Richter paintings, but also things you can actually have fun with. Lisson Gallery takes the lead by selling boats. Not the kind of boats you usually see at art fairs such as rubber boats as part of freaky DIY installations, no, real luxury boats, yachts, what else. What they offer is a nice little Riva boat and a slightly bigger vessel. The basic price is xxxxx, experts in this market would certainly confirm that this is a justified amount of money, but you can top it up by 10‘000 and you not only get a nice boat, but an artwork. In this video, we have a closer look at the boat, and xxx’s Brand Manager tells us why this is a good deal. Now, why can’t there be a fair that combines all these beautiful things? We would like to see a fair that combines all that makes sense from a billionaire’s standpoint: Frieze, Basel World, Millionaire Fair – please merge! Maybe we could add some weapon’s fair, too? (Comment by Bernard G. Gobel)

Christian Jankowski: The Finest Art on Water / Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair 2011. London / UK, October 12, 2011.

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In conjunction with a luxury yacht company, Jankowski’s project will employ a boat dealer to sell a full-size motor yacht from a conventional gallery stand. This luxury product will be available to buy not only as a boat, but also as a Christian Jankowski artwork. The potential client will be able to enter the salon to see the interior, and hear descriptions of the yacht/artwork.
Working in film, video, performance and installation, Jankowski’s work is collaborative in process, constructing situations that require the subjects to be complicit in his works. Whether wittingly or unwittingly, these participants, their responses and actions are often the crux of the work.

Christian Jankowski (b. 1968) is a German artist based in Berlin. Recent solo shows and projects include: The Perfect Gallery, Pump House Gallery, London (2010); Strip The Auctioneer, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Jeck We Can, Julia Stoschek Collection, Duesseldorf (both 2010); Now For Something Completely Different, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna; Above All I’m an Art Lover, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (both 2009); and Dienstbesprechung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2008).


October 12 2011

Frieze Art Fair 2011

Frieze Art Fair has once again pitched their tents in Regent’s Park in London for the 2011 edition. The fair features over 170 galleries from around the world. The Galleries section is complemented by a curatorial programme, including Frieze Projects, Talks, Film, and the Emdash Award. Frieze Projects features works by Bik Van der Pol, Pierre Huyghe, Oliver Laric, LuckyPDF, Peles Empire, Laure Prouvost, Cara Tolmie, and Christian Jankowski, who sells a Riva yacht at the fair. There’s the Frieze Sculpture Park again that presents new works by Neha Choksi, Johan Creten, Claudia Fontes, Alicia Framis, Tom Friedman, Gimhongsok, Des Hughes, Thomas Houseago, Eva Koťátková & Petr Koťátko, Will Ryman, Kiki Smith, and Gavin Turk.

Frieze Art Fair London 2011, Preview, October 12, 2011.

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October 29 2010

Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune: Trash (2010) / Frieze Sculpture Park 2010

“Art-Lovers flock for rubbish” was the title of short report by a UK online magazine, covering Frieze Art Fair. Although this may be a bit exaggerated, it’s safe to say that “Trash”, an installation by Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune, was one of the most popular pieces of Frieze Art Fair’s outdoor sculpture show.

Most of the time seemingly just a pile of trash that people dumped in a corner of Regent’s Park, despite a sign that says “illegal dumping of rubbish of any kind is forbidden and legal action will be taken” (well, it’s written in German…), the pile awakens at certain times, emits sound, takes off, diffuses smoke, and calms down again.

The installation had its premiere at Vittorio Manalese, an offshoot of Berlin-based gallery Contemporary Fine Arts. Its creators are Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune. Kaj Aune was born in 1978 in Oslo, Norway. He studied Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark and received working scholarships from the Danish Art Foundation 2007, 2008 and 2009. He is working with sound, videos, performances and installations.
Wolfgang Ganter was Born in 1978 in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied Fine Arts with the professors Andreas Slominski and Anselm Reyle at Staatliche Akademie deer Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. In 2010 he had residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and at the Silvia and Helmut Wickleder Stiftung, Schloss Leinzell. Solo exhibitions include Sunscreen at Ferenbalm-Grubü Station, Karlsruhe, and Accidentanalysis at Maud Piquion, Berlin.

Wolfgang Ganter / Kaj Aune: Trash (2010). Installation / performance at Frieze Sculpture Park 2010. London / UK, October 13/14, 2010.

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October 22 2010

Frieze Sculpture Park 2010

“As in previous years the Sculpture Park continues to provide the public with an overview of some of the most interesting developments in sculpture that has been made specifically for an outdoor setting and showcases the vitality and imagination of artists from around the world.” (David Thorp, selector of the Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair).

The Frieze Sculpture Park is located in the Regent’s Park, just a short walk to the east of the entrance of Frieze Art Fair. This year’s edition presents works by Hans Peter Feldman, Ceal Floyer, Marie Lund, Franz West, Jeppe Hein, Gavin Turk, Sanchayan Ghosh, art collective Slavs and Tatars, John Russel, and Daniel Silver. One of the most popular works this year was the installation “Trash” by Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune (we will have a closer look at this installation in an upcoming video).

Frieze Sculpture Park 2010. Frieze Art Fair, London / UK, October 13, 2010.

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October 18 2010

Interview with Yto Barrada, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2010

Within the framework of the Frieze Art Fair 2010 in London, Deutsche Bank presented Yto Barrada as the “Artist of the Year” 2011. After Wangechi Mutu, Barrada is the second woman whom the bank is honoring with the award.

The was announced at the Deutsche Bank Lounge at Frieze by Pierre de Weck and Okwui Enwezor. On the occasion of the Announcement, VernissageTV had the opportunity to do a short interview with Yto Barrada, who talks about her background, her work, and one of her artworks presented at Frieze, Tectonic Plate (2010).

Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” award was presented for the first time in 2010. The award is selected on the recommendation of Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Nancy Spector. The four curators make up the Global Art Advisory Council, Deutsche Bank’s art committee chaired by Pierre de Weck, a member of the bank’s Group Executive Committee.

The award is special in that it doesn’t include prize money to be given to the artist, instead the artist is awarded with an exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. A selection of works by Yto Barrada will be shown in a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin from April to June, 2011.

Works by Yto Barrada such as her Palm Sign were presented by galleries at Frieze Art Fair. Her works Plate Tectonics and Bus Logos were on display at the Deutsche Bank Lounge. Plate Tectonics (La tectonique des plaques) is a 3-dimensional map with movable pieces, created by Yto Barrada to demonstrate continental drift. “Plate Tectonics” projects facts and data into a political and poetical dimensions. The piece both materializes and symbolizes a slight floating of representations – perhaps also destabilizing certain strong beliefs about the limits of our world. After all, in just over a million years, the Strait of Gibraltar will be gone, and anyone who whites will, in theory, be able to walk from Africa to Europe – assuming such a crossing remains desirable” (excerpt from the press release). In the Bus Logos series (C-prints) the logos of the bus companies are depicted which bring travelers from Africa to Europe and back. The undercarriages of these tourist buses are used by teenagers and children to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. The logos of the bus companies function as ideograms in the code of these illicit travelers, many of whom cannot read.

Yto Barrada was born in 1971 in Paris, France. She lives and works in Tangier, Morocco. Yto Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, and photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. She is director and co-founder of the Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tangier. More information on Yto Barrada and her work is available at DB ArtMag.

Currently, Yto Barrada has a solo show at the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also working on a monograph that will be published with Swiss publisher JRP Ringier.

Announcement Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year 2011″ at Frieze Art Fair 2010. Interview with Yto Barrada, October 14, 2010.

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October 14 2010

Frieze Art Fair 2010

Yes, the British are a nation of sailors. This shows the fact that the wooden floor of Frieze Art Fair is quite unstable. What makes some scenes of this video look a little shaky, despite or perhaps because of the use of a tripod. It’s almost like looking in Jeppe Hein’s vibrant wall mirror. Another hint at Britains tradition as culture nation are the archaeological sites visitors encounter at the fair.

As every year, Frieze Art Fair has so many different security restrictions and regulations (especially for photo and film crews), that it’s difficult for even the staff to keep track (some journalists are convinced that it’s a secret art performance / experiment). Anyway, it seems that all journalists have made it into the fair’s tent. Some of them were even lucky to see Claudia Schiffer several times. Frieze Art Fair is certainly one of the most entertaining art fairs.

What’s in the fair: A large sculpture by John Bock at Anton Kern, the aforementioned work by Jeppe Hein at Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Xavier Veilhan’s horses with carriage at Emmanuel Perrotin, Grayson Perry in a phone booth, and much more. And as running gag the fictive archaeological digs by this year’s Cartier Award Winner Simon Fujiwara’s.

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience. Frieze Art Fair features over 170 galleries from around the world.

Frieze Art Fair 2010, London. Press Preview, October 13, 2010.

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