Gallery run 14th November

Gallery run.

Sterling Ruby of Gagosian had commandeered huge welding tables and attached pans and faucets. The effect is a sort of romanticised blue-collar aesthetic.

Andrea Buttner at Hollybush Gardens has made a great version of the azure blue ceiling in the Arena Chapel at Padua by Giotto.

Torey Thornton of Stuart Shave Modern Art with paintings and objects closely relating to paintings. These seem to deliberate on nature and abstraction and the relation between them. Here we see chromosomes in an abstract composition.

Doug Aitkin of Victoria Miro Gallery with glowing sculptures depicting our Information Age.

Celia Paul of Victoria Miro Gallery with delicate portraits.

Peter Davies of Approach Gallery with gestural-abstraction-works inspired by small structured studies. The transition from study to the movement of paint splattering is unclear, which is a good thing.

Hana Miletic at Approach Gallery explores the craft heritage of Croatia and its capital Zagreb . Some of the work is aesthetically attractive, some is edgy and interesting. A zig zag of woven fabric copies the blue tape over a broken window that the artist had photographed.

This week’s update on the Gallery Runner route (yellow line). A longer run down the Regent’s Canal has taken the route off the map and onto the frame surrounding it. Lovely run, with sun and galleries. Today was 31 miles. Divide this by 20 and we get the body mass burnt off which is 1.55kg.
Here’s a thought. All too often such discussion leads to the “health” of losing weight, but isn’t the exact opposite the amazing thing. That the human body needs to use so little resources to propel itself round this distance. It will be about 50 of these runs before I have even used up my own body weight!

Frieze opening night 5th October

As it is my 50th birthday on the day and Frieze VIP team have very kindly given us tickets, I am doing a gallery walk this week through the micro-geography of the Frieze exhibition space.

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Neo Rauch at David Zwirner showing at Frieze London.

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Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery showing at Frieze London.

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Darren Almond at White Cube showing at Frieze London.

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Frieze London.

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Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias showing at Frieze London.

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Torey Thornton at Stuart Shave Modern Art showing at Frieze London.

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Michael Landy (and my friends Michelle and Enzo) at Thomas Dane Gallery showing at Frieze London.

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Hans Peter Feldmann at Simon Lee Gallery showing at Frieze London.

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Kevin Francis Gray at Pace Gallery showing at Frieze London.

Gallery run 3rd June

Lambeth Bridge, St James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and The Serpentine Gallery to see Alex Katz and Etel Adnan. East to Ibid, Alison Jacques Gallery and Rodeo Gallery. Frith Street, then further East to Stewart Shave and Gagosian. Regent’s Canal and South over Tower Bridge.

221Alex Katz of Timothy Taylor showing at the Serpentine Gallery. This wide portrait is of his wife Ada Katz.

222Christopher Orr at Ibid. Light projections and stacks of books at his studio, we are told, help free up the imagination in the work.

223Etel Adnan of White Cube showing here at Serpentine Gallery. Beautiful bumpy landscapes.

224Lygia Clark at Alison Jacques Gallery. This is the first design for her famous folding aluminium pieces. They represent animals or critters. This was a crab.

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226Massimo Bartolini uses a rotating projector at Frith Street Gallery along with a soundtrack and bright red neon sign.

227Christodoulos Panayiotou at Rodeo Gallery uses light in this piece overlooking busy Charing Cross road.

228Walter de Maria at Gagosian.

229Torey Thornton at Stuart Shave Modern Art. Childlike imagery is striking.