Sales were up at Frieze art fair in London apparently, but collectors are bargain-hunting. Artists continue apace, and you’ve got to hand it to Swiss artist Christoph Buchel for bravely exhibiting a pair of his old, worn socks on the floor of Hauser & Wirth, for sale at €20,000. Not sure if they sold.
Editions are big news. White cube gallery in London exhibited as White Cube Editions at the Zoo art fair, offering affordable but highly branded prints and multiples by artists.
The latest trend seems to be blatant piss-taking (Hirst on Francis Bacon, Elmgreen Dragsett on Giacometti, the Korean artist Gimhongsok on Jeff Koons, or one of Stephanie Syjuco’s artists who have copied Gimhongsok’s copy of Koons.) This seems to point to a lack of creative inspiration among artists, perhaps a fatigue of having to create new, inspiring artwork. It’s as if they are creating lesser, imitation editions of great work and it’s an interesting trend to keep watching.
In related news, in THIS op-ed in the NYT last week argued that today’s conceptual art will go the way of the dodo bird. It’s craftsmanship and technical skill that will serve art in the long term, not “witty” conceptual ideas. VoCA thinks the writer certainly has a point.
…and in Canada:
Ambitious Canadian painter Kim Dorland,
who abruptly left Le Gallery for Angell not so long ago, has left Angell for Metivier Gallery – Jamie Angell had better hold on to Brendan Flanagan, who VoCA thinks is one of Canada’s most exciting young painters.
I’ve been corrected: It was Brendan Flanagan who left Le Gallery for Angell Gallery. Shortly after Flanagan arrived at Angell, Kim Dorland left Angell for Metivier.
Don’t forget that eminent art critic and Princeton prof Hal Foster will lecture in Toronto on November 3 at OCAD.
Oh, and we also think Shary Boyle was robbed of this year’s Sobey Art Prize, which went to the hit-and-miss but very glitzy and of-the-moment art star David Altmejd.