Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Frieze definitely rocked...

...even if I said in the Culture Show this year was a safe year. It was, but it was still great fun.

Monica Spruth had just managed to discover that John Baldessarri was very tall and I was thrilled as he had permitted me to take his Photo.

Olivia was very proud of herself as she stood under Ryan Ganders amazing continuous project.

There was her picture hung in Frieze for all to see.

Lail Arad and Ron Arad at Frieze.

The very young were being incredibly inspired by what was going on.

Cartier gave a wonderful party at Scotts for Frieze and I managed to capture a rare photo of Louisa Buck, who happened to be chatting with Ryan.

Thursday was Zoo day and we sold our editions for 176 - we had such great fun.

Also I managed to find a few great art works by David Haines, George Young, Neil Hamon and Clunie Reid.

Well done Soraya! You are an unsung hero in London.

Also we bumped into the curator Rob Tuffnell, coming out of a very dark corner, we are convinced he is a Nocturnal.

Friday morning was a fabulous time for the unsung heroes of the art world, the artists to shine.

Kay Saatchi with David Blandy and the winner of the Channel 4 New Sensations Oliver Beer. We bought his amazing work for the collection.

The lovely Lancaster sisters from Up North both as equally talented as each other.

We started at Raqib Shaw's on Saturday, where I found myself, eyes squeezed shut being pushed six foot into the ceiling on his Fragonard swing then our feet being nibbled by gold fish in the pretty fountain pond. Later, we paid a visit to Maureen Paley's party.

Vincente Todoli, Norman Rosenthal and Jeffrey Deitch were witness to my demise.

Nun at the door handing out leaflets for the Museum of Everything.

Joe La Placa from All Visual Arts had achieved a great job with The Age of Marvellous. A new Saatchi has been born perhaps?

I loved it not sure if I wanted to own any of it. I must say as a collector I was stumped, I was neither critical or wanton just having fun enjoying the Sensation of Effect!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Starting to feel like papparazzi

Starting to feel like Papparazzi, have also discovered the older generation does not like their picture taken either.

First night with Baldessari dinner given by Monica Spruth and Philemena Magers - incredibly glamorous but who would have thought John was so camera shy!

Then even worse at Larry's wonderful Ed Rucha dinner, Stefan tried to help me out but all he got was a bun on his forehead thrown by Lucien Freud.

I had the pleasure of meeting the charismatic Aaron Young I was incredibly flattered he told me he was MY fan!

Dropped by the next day to check out Boo Ritsons new show she is creating some amazing tryptich she is so excited about it.

Then it was Walead Beshty's opening, Thomas was very happy with himself - caught him and Peter in a gang bang corner at Ivors.

Lovely picture of Thomas and Caragh Thuring.

Then Oct 13th. Breakfast at 176 followed by lunch at home.

Isaac Julien and David Blandy, Norman Rosenthal his friend Alex Gartenfeld dropped by.

At home the Rubell family dropped in for lunch. My mentors Myra and Don in a loving embrace in the sunshine.

Karen Russo, Mustafa Hulusi and Doug Fishbourne posing for me.

Finally I managed to persuade Lizzie, Rob Diament and Ellen to pose for me all wearing the latest matching hairstyles!

Weds 15th Oct Frieze Art Fair, it starts with a warm welcome from Deutche Bank and Thomas Struth telling us about his secret future work.

Then the next three hours Lizzie and I are in a whirlwind of people and impossible to see the art.

I bump into the two Alexs.

Dave and Paul from Seventeen gallery fashionably attired in horn-rimmed glasses.

Then finally my head turns and I see an array of incredible talent, two smelly socks going for 20 000Euros by Buchel at Hauser and Wirth and a flying squirrel.

However we managed to find some lovely new works for the collection. Kelley Walker, Seth Price, Jack Strange and Ryan Gander so I was happy.

I bumped into the debonair and handsome Francois Chantala who very kindly stood next to his Walead Beshty foto of himself where a collector in Boston will place it in his home, hopefully not the bathroom.

At the end of the day I was so happy to see Javier Peres dressed in our Special Editioned Dan Attoe T Shirt.
p.s Dan is one of my favourite artists in the collection he is a seriously great Dude.

Just a quick mention this is Mike and Sue they have a blog site, John who I sat next to in the aeroplane last week introduced me to them both.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Last weekend

Last weekend I was living the dream. New York, the Big Apple. I am sorry, I have to show off a little. There I was hanging out at the amazing Lyor Cohens birthday party with this new gorgeous rap singer.

Bumped into Dominique Levy from L & M Arts with her big tummy was quite jealous.

Beyonce, Maria Carey, Jay Z etc… then the next day I am dancing with my nbf Madonna and her biggest fan Lady Ga Ga in her leotard and fishnets. Sadly in that music world it is so not cool to take fotos so I did my best.

I saw some great art also but sadly not thriving like our little East End and West End.

However we aquired this amazing Anthony Pearsons at Marianne Boesky for the collection and dropped by to Mark Leckey opening at Gavin Brown and bumped into the midnight DJ Spencer Sweeney.

Visited the New Museum and Peter Fleisig and his two boys Silas and Leo joined us and the great photographer out of thin air Mitch Epstein paid us a visit and showed his wonderful new book to me and Jill.

Back at home it was starting the Frieze festivities. Back to Mat with his show at the Freud Museum.

Lovely picture of my son Liam and Sue Webster.

The same evening the Museum of Everything had opened with many curiosities collected by James Brett - he was extremely happy.

P.S Still get Stuart Shave and Jake Miller mixed up.