LONDON — There are plenty of ways to respond to a major art fair: excitement, dread, awe, disgust. What not many people come away thinking is, ‘I could do that.’ But if you have a hankering to build a roster of galleries and drum up a swarm of visitors, the three-year-old Sluice Art Fair may offer a few lessons.
In this week’s recommended reading … photo essays on Afghanistan and the death of Osama bin Laden, a profile of Barbara Kruger, art won’t make you unemployed, how death (or imprisonment) changes an artist’s work, Hans Ulrich Obrist talks to Julian Assange, and a profile of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning.
This week on Required Reading … responses by William Powhida and Tom Moody to two Hyperallergic posts, poet Elizabeth Bishop’s other art, John Ashbery on R. B. Kitaj, a conservative’s opinion on street art, contemporary art as Mannerism and megalomaniac Zahi Hawass interviews himself …
Out across the pond, there’s an art fair going on. Only slightly overshadowed by the Ai Weiwei Turbine Hall installation debacle, London’s Frieze Art Fair has been soldiering on nonetheless to bring collectors to the art, and vice versa. We’ve combed over the internet to bring you some impressions of the fair, the quality of the work on display, and the possibility of a newly invigorated market. Optimism still hasn’t frozen over!