Last night we attended the opening of the newest international art fair in town, Art 13, to great fanfare and free wine no less (sadly no canapes!). A notable element to the fair was the strong presence of Chinese art and galleries. The quality of the works shown was of a high standard, in fact, we can report that finally the Frieze Art Fair has got some healthy competition. Judging from the works on display Painting is still in the ascendancy within the contemporary art scene.
Lu Song, The City It Wakes For Me, 2011, Oil On Canvas, 140 x 200 cm – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.
Yin Xiuzhen, Portable City: Madrid, 2012, suitcase, word clothing, sound – installation, 100 x 151 x 87 – Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin.
Eric Chan, Hitchcock’s Love Affair with Abstract Expressionism, 2013, Taxidermy crows and cast metal.
Xue Feng, Background 21, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 160 x 200 cm – Boers- Li Gallery, China.
Detail from Background 21
Ony of the most innovative art projects at the fair, Federic Solmi has created a Fifteen-panel video installation. He has created over half an hour running time of a hand-drawn animated video game called ‘Douche Bag City’, which says a lot for the video game industry in general. It follows the adventures of a Wall Street Broker, Dick Richman, who ends up being killed in each mission by some sort of monster or giant insect. ‘A satire of the capitalist world immersed in economic crisis’. – Jerome Zodo Gallery
There was a Performance Booth, where participartors where winding copper threads around objects….
The printing arm of Lazarides Gallery – The Outsiders – was giving away free prints:
Lazarides itself had the most impressive space at the fair complete with grimey brick walls, a fire place, empty pizza boxes and general, intentional? mess.
Conor Harrington, Lazarides
Installations are situated around the fair. Roelof Louw‘s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) consists of 6000 oranges. Visitors are encouraged to take the oranges thus constantly redefining the shape of the sculpture. – Inspiration was from fruit markets.
Paul Davies, Bridges and Palms, 2012, Acrylic on linen – The Fine Art Society
Zhu Jinshi, Boat, 2012. Installation at Art 13.
Lee Jaeyho, Untitled, Wood (chestnut) – Albermarle Gallery.