Thursday, August 26, 2010

Art wakes up

The art world is waking up this month - and these are some of the good things in London opening in the coming week.

Sept 1 Gregor Schnieder @ Sadie Coles

Sept 2 A MUST Charlie Woolley - Mysterious Cults @ SPACE Studios

Sept 3 Cameron Jamie event in Nottingham Free but book tickets online.

Sept 4 MALE @ Maureen Paley

Sept 7 Hussein Chalayan at Lisson Gallery 6-8pm

Sept 11 Wysing festival

I'm going to be chairing a talk on art and urban space at the Shanghai Expo in October for the UN for those in China.....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From London

I'm always asked about my recommendations for other cities. So I thought I'd do the same for home.

- Maureen Paley, 21 Herald Street, London E2
- SPACE Studios, 129—131 Mare St, London E8
- Seventeen Gallery (basement shows at the back). 17 Kingsland Rd, London E2
- Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Rd, London NW3
- Stuart Shave Modern Art, 23/25 Eastcastle St, London W1

Food, Coffee
- Dean Street Townhouse, 69 Dean St, London W1 (art, amaretto sours)
- Polpo, 41 Beak St, London W1
- Bar Bruno, 101 Wardour St, London W1
- St John (the bar area), 26 St John St, London EC1
- The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, London W1
- Flat White, 17 Berwick St, London W1
- Daquise, 20 Thurloe Street London SW7 (in afternoons for apple strudel and a taste of 60s poland),

- The French House, 49 Dean St, London W1
- The Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Rd, London E2
- The Holly Bush, 22 Holly Mount, London NW3
- Cecconi's, 5a Burlington Gardens, London W1 (prosecco on tap at the bar)

- Compton News, 48 Old Compton Street, London W1
- Fopp for 3 quid DVDs and CDs, 1 Earlham Street, London WC2
- Music and Video Exchange shops (esp the Book one 14 Pembridge Road, and Soul and Dance, 42 Notting Hill Gate).
- Fenwicks, 63 New Bond St, London W1
- The Top Shop concession in Selfridges; The B Store on Saville row for shoes; Fred Perry on Newburgh St; APC on Dover St etc

Monday, August 16, 2010

This Week

Its the last week to catch the Converse/Dazed emerging Artist Award at Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Artist Leslie Kulesh and Emily LaBarge DJing at the George and the Dragon on Tuesday.

Le Gun are taking part in The Surreal House exhibition at the Barbican this thursday 7 til 10 pm. They are doing a big drawing of something architectural, showing a John Guttmann’s rarely-seen film on the Palais Idéal, artist Volker Eichelmann ’s film Follies and Grottoes (2005), and cult US artist Jeremy Blake’s psychedelic pseudo-documentary on the incredible Winchester Mystery House.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Benny Carruthers

Benny Carruthers used to live with us when I was a child. He was the only person who could wash my hair without me screaming. He was so lovely. He was in Cassavetes' Shadows. Apparently he recorded this number too (which i never knew) and Jonas Mekas' film Guns of the Trees. I miss him.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Stay still

I've forgotten to stay still I think... I need to be reminded.

Friday, August 06, 2010

From Ritual to Theatre

Ancient and Modern have a screening programme on 3 Fridays this month - starting today. Curated by Ben Judd there's some amazing people involved: Jim Shaw, Matt Stokes, Bruce Nauman, Maya Deren, Marcus Coates, Kenneth Anger etc. All the work is about signs, codes, rituals. It is a very small space but worth cramming in to.

'from ritual to theatre': screened fridays 6, 13 & 20 august

Running schedule commencing 1.30 and 5.30pm:
1.30 / 5.30 Christine Sullivan and Rob Flint, Generator, 2004, 4:00 min
1.34 / 5.34 George Gurdjieff, Hidden Symmetry 2, date unknown, 4:31 min
1.39 / 5.39 Jim Shaw, Initiation Ritual of the 360o, 2002, 10:54 min
1.50 / 5.50 Matt Stokes, Long After Tonight, 2005, 6:40 min
1.57 / 5.57 Marcus Coates, Out of Season, 2000, 7:16 min
2.05 / 6.05 Alex Sanders, Fire Spirit Ritual, c.1970, 3:27 min
2.10 / 6.10 Bruce Nauman, Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the
Perimeter of a Square, 1967-68, 5:00 min extract
2.14 / 6.14 Magali Reus, Background, 2009, 7:25 min
2.23 / 6.23 Catherine Sullivan, Triangle of Need (Olympian and Doves),
2007, 7:00 min
2.29 / 6.29 Michael Curran, All My Little Ducks, 1995, 7:00 min
2.36 / 6.36 Kenneth Anger, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, 1969, 10:30 min
2.48 / 6.48 Maya Deren, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, 1947-55,
8:00 min
2.55 / 6.55 Sian Davies, Thebes, 2007, 7:52 min
3.03 / 7.03 Guy Sherwin, Man With Mirror, 1976/2006, 9:00 min
3.11 / 7.11 Breda Beban, Walk of Three Chairs, 2003, 10:00 min
3.21 / 7.21 Jim Shaw, The Whole: A Study in Oist Movement, 2009, 16:40 min

Curated by Ben Judd / Text compiled by Emma Cocker and Ben Judd
For more information please see the website

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

today and soon

Today I remembered how much I like Wes Lang (top) and had the pleasure of discovering John Copeland's drawings (Below). The Jane Hotel bar may beckon later...


Back in London soon and will happily be there to hear Paul Pieroni wax lyrical about Systematic at 176. Cant wait. August 7 at 3pm.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Gruzis and Garfield

Today was all about Madison Wisconsin. Met with two people who came from that neck of the woods my mate Geez and Evan Gruzis who kindly let me into his unnaturally tidy studio. We both remembered our childhood love of Garfield's 9 Lives. I was obsessed with this weird comic book when i was a child. It was pretty grown up stuff and quite strange. Worth spending a penny to see what I mean.