Friday, 12 March 2010

New York New York

New York New York

Everywhere we went in New York, Alicia Keys' song was blaring in my ears!
We had the most amazing time and our trip was very successful.

The Armory organisers can be very proud of themselves, as they created a great vibe through the city.

The Armory itself was a little too visual for me - especially being jetlagged. But we did spot a few great art works - Rina Banerjee, Philip Lorca di Corcia, David Haines (who sold out his booth within the first minute of the art fair opening).

David Haines

Our first stop was to Dakis Joannou at the New Museum. We bumped into a few great friends,

like Dakis and Lisa Dennison,

Tim Noble with blonde woman,

Richard Flood who was checking in his guests on arrival.

The next day was a whirlwind of art fairs: Pulse, our first stop, where we saw the work of Timothy Berg and Rebekah Myers's Futurama

Then we went to Volta, where Heather Cantrell was creating some interesting new photos. Watch out for the gorilla and the fox in the background of other shots!

Andrew Renton

The Independent fair was by far our favourite. It did not feel like and art fair.

We made a few gallery visits, and our favourite were Bryce Wolkowicz Gallery, showing the Helsinki School. And at Deitch Projects, showing the work of Rosson Crow. And a wonderful show at Andrea Rosen showing Wolfgang Tillmans.

Amir Shariat becoming and MB gallerist for the day at Marianne Boesky Gallery.

We gave a lovely dinner for Tate

We had some wonderful guests, including some collectors from around the world including Rob Diament and Russell Tovey! Also joining us were Gabriel Orozco, Tino Sehgal, Matthew Day Jackson, Susan Collis, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tracey Emin.

The new married couple, the De Purys joined us and were very happy as their sale was a big success.

Afterwards, we went with Tracey, Rob and Russell to the Avenue, where she kindly gave my friend Jill dancing lessons.

We dropped by Matthew Day Jackson's studio in Brooklyn, and he introduced us to
Nick Van Woert and

Amir Shariat and Matthew Day Jackson

Jorg Grimm, Amir Shariat, Dave McDermott and Matthew Day Jackson

Lizzie checking it out

Our late nighter, we spent at the Mercer, with Thomas Dane and Simon Preston
Thomas and Lizzie


Our last stop was visiting Vito Schnabel and his brothers Si and Olmo at the Brucennial 2010, where we purchased his latest discovery, Vahakn Arslannin and purchased our very first Aaron Young for the Collection.

Work by Vahakn Arslannin

Then back home to London, and at 176 we hosted a panel discussion for Israeli video artists, who had been showing at Tate Modern, chaired by Candida Gertler and organised by Ayelet Elstein.

Then off to the CAS dinner, which was a great success. Everybody looked amazing, dressed in white.

Michael King looked like Larry Gagosian? ...Or Steve Martin? Definitely somebody famous.

Top marks for Elsian! I award her ten out of ten.

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Library of Babel

Max Wigram gave me a special tour of his wonderful new space... he is a very happy gallerist.

He is now exactly where he should be! Go Go Max...

Then we dropped by Conor Harrington's studio. He's one of those artists who never leaves my mind and eats away at it till finally I have to take my thoughts seriously and go for it and commission him to create the biggest painting for our home.

After lingering in the ski slopes with my kids, 176 worked themselves to the ground. Poor Ellen head of exhibitions did not even make it to the opening so she is the unsung hero...hanging the Library of Babel, a show so chaotic that somehow there is definitely some kind of coherence. Everyone tells me it is an amazing show and the art is fabulous. Lizzie, the 176 team, the artists, gallerists, fellow collectors, our advisors, friends are all so happy so I am very happy! BEST SHOW IN LONDON!

Alex Heim, Nicole Wermers and Sophie von Hellermann

Anna-Catharina Gebbers did an amazing job. So many people came from Germany to visit us, so we gave them a very special lunch at home...

Nick Hackworth, Gosha Ostretsov, Matthew Houlding, Tom Früchtl

Ryan Gander, Anthony Green, Keith Tyson

Lora Hristova standing with her works in my bathroom

Andrew Grassie, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Bernt Heusinger

Smirting in the garden!

Helen Frik, Poppy Sebire, Neil Hamon, Helene Appel

George Young, Sveinn Fannar Johannson and Henrietta, his partner

Jonathan Viner and Hilary Rose Crisp

David O'Kane

Giles Eldridge and Bea De Souza

Mummery + Schnelle

George Young and Steve Bishop

Anne Hardy and Kate MacGarry

...then had an amazing party and after-party at Spring Studios for about 500 guests. Thank you everyone for taking the time and effort - we so do appreciate it.

Rob Diament with Scott

Bunny Bridges

Gosha Ostretsov and a friend

The party at Spring

Me with Oskar Schmidt

Alexander Zika talking with Liz Neal

The next day Lizzie and I xombied our way to the Rochelle School and met my lil' sis' Yana Peel (a little pregnant), Johnathan Viner, Sophie Von Hellerman and S Mark Gubb for a lovely lunch.