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Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park [20051025|10:14]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Yesterday, I scored a free ticket to the last day of the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park. Work displayed in over a hundred galleries worldwide (though mostly European) from contemporary artists was shown, and photography, smoking and dressing pretentiously were all permitted. I donned my long black coat and most lugubrious expression and trudged through the rain to the park. I also brought my little Powershot and recorded my favorites.

Manfredi Beninati

This was the only sculpture on display from this artist, who used resin and acrylic to achieve the melancholic, dreamy melty-wax look.

Martin Westwood

Steel wrought to look like a stencil. The leaves are steel as well, and in his hand he holds a chain strung with little steel people.

John Latham

This piece, titled "God is Great", was pulled from the Tate Britain recently, despite the artist's objections. It features a Quran, a bible and a Talmud divided (not "torn apart", for crying out loud) and mounted in glass. While I can understand the potential for offense involved in defacing religious texts, I didn't even notice what the books were when I stumbled upon the piece at the fair. I just thought it looked cool.

Jason Martin

This is a detail from one of his ginormous abstract oil-on-aluminum pieces. It's fun to watch people exclaim in surprise at the optical illusion his use of brush strokes and color provoke – it's hard to believe they're rendered on flat surfaces. I had to struggle to resist the urge to run my fingers over these paintings.

Allora & Calzadilla

Puerto Rican Artists Unearth One Million Year Old Fax Machine in San Juan.

Thomas Bayrle

I like the concept behind the interlocking foam roads and the little plastic cars, but something about the execution isn't quite fulfilling.

Wang Qingsong

Seeing this Beijing photographer's work has to have been one of the most frustrating experiences of the fair. The signs gave nothing but the name (no medium, no title) and the gallery representatives were very clearly not in the mood to talk to anyone who wasn't a dealer. Fortunately, the internet is more egalitarian.

Alain Séchas

He loves his funny white acrylic cats. (And also his naked green alien ladies, but those are a little less work-safe, you know.

[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2005-10-25 11:12 (UTC)
Wow, thanks for photos and information.

I'm glad that art galleries still allow pretentious dressers.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:26 (UTC)
No problem. It was pretty overwhelming, sifting through all the artwork that was on display. I took frequent breaks so my judgment wouldn't go wonky.

You know what, I didn't see a single person wearing a beret, which I thought was criminal. Marco's going to Paris next week, so hopefully he will have a chance to get me a beret. I can wear one now that I no longer have a Giant Head.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-10-25 15:14 (UTC)
I remember the furore over 'God is Great' and was disappointed that they never showed the piece when talking about it. I think it has the potential to be a very important piece, if only people would stop being sectarian, and look at the opportunity the work could inspire. Half full people, half full.

Sorry, censorship (on religious grounds) always makes me angry. Feel free to delete this comment.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:29 (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was pretty ridiculous. Certainly the work is provocative and deliberately so, but I hardly think it's hateful.

I won't be deleting your comment. It's not like you came to my journal and said anonymously, "YUR NOT XTIAN BURN IN HELL AHTEIST SKUM."
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From: tdj
2005-10-25 19:35 (UTC)
Naked, no problem. Green I can handle - but man, is she tall!

PS - Spaced is on its way back home. 100% Fried Gold.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:22 (UTC)
There was a miniature version of her at the art fair: See here. I almost died of the cute.

Lovely, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I hope that you perhaps took the opportunity to make a back-up copy. ;-)

I think it's probably going to have to make a second journey fairly soon, to another LJ friend.
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[User Picture]From: opheliablue
2005-10-25 20:56 (UTC)
I love the photos you post - these are great. I always sit here and think "I love the photos you just posted" but I never seem to end up saying it, I'm not sure why. I wish my computer would just post the comments that I think because I have a terrible habit of commenting in my head and then thinking I did actually comment.

Ok that made sense. I'm assuming that I am actually commenting this time :P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:23 (UTC)
I understand, I think. I comment in my head all the time, but sometimes I don't have the energy or time to organize my thoughts well enough to actually type things out.

Also, thank you!
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From: enzeru
2005-10-26 02:28 (UTC)
Jason Martin's piece looks like obsidian. I wanna touch it too.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:16 (UTC)
Received the DVDs today. Thank you very much! I totally owe you a package of Cool Stuff.
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From: enzeru
2005-10-26 10:18 (UTC)
Yay! Anything gay and/or English and/or chocolate will do!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 10:30 (UTC)
Haha, I know exactly what to get for you. *rubs hands together gleefully*
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-10-27 11:46 (UTC)
Hi, you can delete this reply, but I just wanted to tell you that i 'stole' some of your posts and linked them on my LJ. It's a few from when you first got to London. I thought about doing some myself, but yours are very good, so I just stole them. If you want, I can take them off.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-27 13:35 (UTC)
Hey, no problem. They're all public entries, and I'm flattered that you thought they were useful enough to link. You know, I thought I had you on my default view (which means I would have seen the post right away) but when I went to Edit Custom Friends Groups, I discovered that, uh, you weren't on my list. OOPS. That's fixed now.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-10-28 11:04 (UTC)


Yes, I do think you are great a writing. Thanks for letting me link to the posts. :)
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From: anuttermutters
2005-10-30 01:55 (UTC)
You gotta pay Latham his dues; mid-eighties and still 'stickin it to the man'. I wonder if he could gum his way through eat a Tate Guide?
Talking of arty stuff (your photo's are wonderful by the way) did anyone catch the repeat of Banksy's gallery opening on 'The culture show' Beeb2 tonight? I wondered if you were there in the crowd.
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