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10 Art Events to visit in 2011

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 22, 2010

With 201o coming to a close, the Rise Art team is looking ahead to 2011, and planning our schedules around some of next years more intriguing art events. Rise Art will be attending the London staples including the London Art Fair, and Frieze, but our team is particularly excited about these 10 events in London and beyond.

Future Map 10 (13 January – 6 February 2011)

Now in its thirteenth year, Future Map has built a reputation for showcasing a wide variety of great artwork. Featuring works from graduating artists and designers from University of the Arts London this will become an intriguing interactive show, featuring performance, participation, sculpture and installation. Future Map 10 is hosted by the Zabludowicz Collection.

Florence Trust Winter Open Studios (21 – 23 January 2011)

The Florence Trust provides a group of carefully selected artists with the opportunity to work at their studios for one year, encouraging them to push boundaries of their work and to explore new ideas. Housed in an inspiring Grade 1 listed Victorian church the trust opens its doors twice a year for visitors to see the works in progress by the artists-in-residence, most of whom are very promising. Additionally, it will provide us with the opportunity to see new work by Rise Art Artist Andy Wicks. Our tip: Bring a coat – it gets cold in there this time of year.

ARCO Madrid (16 – 20 February 2011)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, ARCO Madrid is going to focus on Russian Contemporary Art this year – something the Rise Art Team is looking forward to discovering!

Armory Show (3 – 6 March 2011)

Visiting the Armory Show in New York is a highlight every year, as it is one of the most established and most exiting art fairs out there, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art. In addition, as with every fair, there will be plenty of exiting events surrounding the fair. Definitely one of the highlights!

Select (11 – 15 May 2011)

Select Art Fair is going to take place for the first time this year; it promises carefully vetted galleries, artist collectives as well as a curated display of artwork by recent graduates. The Vetting Committee will consist of Andrew Renton, Lisa Le Feuvre, Charlotte Appleyard and Justin Hammond. Another distinguished feature of this fair will be their limit on pricing: no work is allowed to sell for more than £ 5.000,- .

Art HK ( 26 – 29 May 2011)

Hong Kong being a established hub for global commerce and art, it seems only natural that a large contemporary art fair would spring up here sooner or later. Now in its  3rd year as a global event, Art HK has attracted the attention of the art world, with many major galleries on hand. With an emphasis on Asian art and collections, this fair may balance well against the other global fairs.

Venice Biennale (4 June – 27 November 2011)

In its 54th edition, the Venice Biennale will be directed by Bice Curiger – currently curator at Zuerich Kunsthaus and editor-in-chief at Parkett Magazine. The Biennale is entitled ‘Illuminations’. This biennale is well worth the visit for any collector or art enthusiast.

Art Basel (15 – 19 June 2011)

Similar to Frieze and the Armory, Art Basel is one of the global art events that serious collectors are sure to attend. We have included Art Basel on the list because this show is really where modern collecting and the boom of art events began. Perhaps the most established and renowned art fair in the world, Art Basel features over 300 galleries from across the world.

Multiplied (13 – 16 October 2011)

Held simultaneously with Frieze Art FairMultiplied is a new fair hosted by the auction house Christie’s focusing on original artworks in limited edition. In many ways, we found 2010’s first edition to be more interesting than Frieze, with a host of UK and international exhibitors showcasing original prints from leading artists. For the budding collector, this event offers a unique entrance into collecting.

Paris Photo (17 – 20 November 2011)

After having enjoyed Paris Photo so much this year, we cannot wait to go back in 2011. Paris Photo in our opinion is becoming the must see photo event of the year.

In addition to all these events, the Rise Art Team is also always looking forward to the Degree Shows taking place in Summer; dates have not yet been released, but lets hope we will find them on here. Some of our favourite degree shows last year were Slade School of ArtRoyal College of Art,Goldsmith and Freerange – which boosts a variety of shows from graduating artists around the UK.

Which art events are you looking forward to in 2011?

Our Pick: Rise Art’s top 5 Gallery Exhibitions of 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 15, 2010

The Rise Art Team enjoyed compiling a top 5 museum exhibition list so much (see here) that we have opted to extend our shortlist bring your our top 5 gallery exhibition highlights of 2010. This time, however, given the breadth of gallery shows globally, and our limited time and travel budgets, we have kept the shortlist focused on London based galleries. In no particular order, here are our picks:

Vincent Fecteau at Greengrassi

San-Francisco based Vincent Fecteau might turn into one of the most influential contemporary artists working with formal languages of sculpture. His reference-abounding work was put onto the gallery walls like trophies. Fantastic!

Superunknown at Edel Assanti

This group show curated by Rise Art artist Andy Wicks and David Northedge consisted of twelve artists. Their work addressed a future full of dreams, illusions and fantasies, celebrating the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre. It was a great pleasure seeing so much young talent! Artists included: Michael Ashcroft, MAtthew Atkinson, Gordon Cheung, Sayshun Jay, Graham McNamara, David Northedge, Ed Payne, James Roper, Rob Sherwood, David Small, Andy Wicks and Rosalie Wiesner. We could be a bit biased on this one, but we really enjoyed it.

Noemie Goudal at Hotshoe Gallery

Parisian-born Noemie Goudal is an outstanding newcomer in photography; her show at Hotshoe Gallery displayed her series ‘Les Amants’ – her best so far! Since then she has been shown as part of the Anticipation event at Selfridges and her work is starting to get noticed by collectors outside of the M25. She is on our list of artist to expect big things of in 2011.

Louise Bourgeois at Hauser & Wirth

Haunch of Venison showed works by the late Louise Bourgeois, who passed away earlier this year – aged 98. The show focused on her works with fabric and we thought it was great. The show is on until December 18th – go see it if you have time!

Elaine Sturevant at Anthony Reynolds Gallery

This american artist became renown for playing with the concept of originality and her copies of other artists’ works; this time, it is a film in three acts: ‘Elastic Tango’ – a cosmic dance, perhaps?

I am sure we missed many more great exhibitions in London. What were your favorites?

Our Pick: The top 5 Museum Exhibitions in 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 8, 2010

As the end of the year nears, the Rise Art Team has picked our top 5 exhibition across the global museum landscape in 2010. Some of them run into 2011 and we highly recommend to go see them, if you are around. Here they are:

100 Years (version 2) at Moma PS1, New York City

November 1, 2009 – May 3, 2010

In collaboration with Performa, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center created 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009), an exhibition presenting influential moments in the past century of performance art history.With over 200 works including film, photography, documents, and audio, the exhibition presented a wealth of information that is largely unknown and is intended as an archive for students, scholars, and enthusiasts of the history of performance art. It provided an excellent overview and insight.

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside down at Kensington Gardens, London

September 28, 2010 – March 13, 2011

This exhibition organised by Serpentine Gallery and The Royal Parks showcases major recent works by London-based artist Anish Kapoor, The sculptures are sited to contrast and reflect the changing colours, foliage and weather in Kensington Gardens – creating stunning effects. The distortions in the works’ mirror-like surfaces call into question the viewers’ relationship to both the work itself and the surrounding environment. We found it a beautiful and unexpected way to enjoy the park.

1989. End of History or Beginning of the Future? at Kunsthalle, Vienna

October 9, 2009 – February 7, 2010

In 1989, the opening of the Iron Curtain marked the end of the Cold War and created an entirely novel geopolitical and mass-psychological situation. 20 years later, this exhibition investigated the metaphors connected with the collapse of the bipolar division of the world into East and West and the political upheaval, metaphors that are more than ever of relevance for a wide variety of different spheres of life.


André Kertész at Jeu de Paume, Paris

September 28, 2010 – February 6, 2011

During our stay in Paris to visit Paris Photo, we visited the exhibition of the photographer André Kertész. This comprehensive retrospective is the most extensive so far on show in Europe and definitely worth a visit, as his work is outstanding and plays an important part in the development of photography as an art form.


Neo Rauch – Companion at both,Museum of Fine Arts, Leibzig and Pinakothek, Munich

April 18 – August 15, 2010


For the painter’s 50th birthday, both museums organised his first major retrospective. Rauch, from the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts is one of Germany’s most popular contemporary artists. Both shows, which offered a comprehensive look at his works since 1993 featured many works from private collection and unknown to the public until then.

Rise Art Artist Chris Hughes featured at Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 3, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Art in London features annually the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a highly regarded exhibition showcasing a snapshot of today’s emerging art landscape. Originally established in 1949 – it’s 2010 edition features 49 artists from across the UK working across all media. It offers recent graduates and art students essential support and recognition at a crucial stage in their development.

One of the artists selected for the 2010 exhibition is Chris Hughes, who also features on the Rise Art website. We are very exited for Chris to have such extraordinary opportunity and would like to congratulate him! Chris’ work deals with ‘places of trauma’; his drawings, which are currently displayed at the ICA and on the Rise Art homepage, are of extraordinary detail. Rise Art was at the opening of the show, and captured his work displayed at the ICA.

The panel for the 2010 exhibition consisted of former Turner Prize Winner Mark Leckey, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri and the rising-star artist Dawn Mellor.

Rise Art @ Gallery Primo Alonso – ‘God is in the Details’

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 1, 2010

Over the past months Rise Art has been teaming up with galleries and events, supporting artists and curators alike. Currently Rise Art is working in collaboration with  Gallery Primo Alonso to host “God is in the Details” an exhibit which celebrates 13 artists across a variety of media who demonstrate a thorough and meticulous approach to their practice. Co-curators Medeia Cohen-Petrolino and Justin Hammond carefully selected the artists, aiming create a show ‘not just about the beauty that hard work produces, but also about a certain recognition for the technique and the skill involved.’

Among the artists represented are past Catlin Art Prize winner Alex Ball, and Rise Art artist Martin Krolzig. Krolzig was discovered by curator Medeia Cohen-Petrolino while reviewing artist portfolio’s on Rise Art. Said Cohen- Petrolino “Rise Art has been a great place for us to discover artists we wouldn’t normally have exposure to. We are excited to have Martin’s work as part of the exibit”

In celebration of the event, on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm, Rise Art is hosting a evening reception at London’s Gallery Primo Alonso during which co-curator Justin Hammond and artists will introduce the show and works. The event is open to all by following the below RSVP link.

Event Details and RSVP here

Paris Photo Recap: 5 Artists to watch

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on November 24, 2010

The 14th annual photography fair Paris Photo,  took place last week in the Caroussel du Louvre in Central Paris. Showcasing about 100 international galleries and publishers, it gave people an insight into todays most vibrant photographers with a focus on Europe. Most of the artists shown are already fairly established, and we loved the diversity of talent across the fair. Listed below is our take on 5 artists who’s work we believe deserve your attention.

Eric Poitevin born in 1961 in France. Lives and works in France.

We like Eric’s work because the subjects are diverse, but most of his images share a deprivation of sentimentalism, and somehow acquire a timeless universal value. More about this artist here.

Denise Grünstein, born 1956 in Finland. Lives and works in Sweden.

She is one of the more established Swedish photographers, mainly portraying people. Her images are highly recognizable for her unique ability to imprint her own feelings and temperament on film paired. See more of her work here.

Simon Roberts born in 1974 in England. Lives and works in England.

We saw the work below from the series ‘We English’, an exploration of Simon’s memories as a child, where he finds beauty in the mundane. Check out more of Simon’s work here.

Andrew Moore

Moore, trained in architecture as well as photography has a particular eye for seeing cities and buildings. His internationally acclaimed large format colour photography is simply breathtakingly. See his work here.

Joern Vanhoefen. Born 1961 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin and Maputo.

Vanhoefen has a talent in capturing places from a new perspective – See for yourself, here.

Have you been to Paris Photo or discovered a photographer recently whose work you really enjoyed? Let us know who’s your favorite photographer at the moment.

Affordable Art Fair 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on October 27, 2010

As most of you perhaps know by now, Rise Art supported artist Katie Rand during her residency at the Affordable Art Fair. The event was a capital success for Katie: her work gained huge exposure, given that over 20,000 people came to the fair – most of which loved her work! Her business- and post- cards were gone like hot cakes. Finally, Katie won the hearts of future collectors by hosting a fun-tastic workshop for kids, in which they really engaged. Did you have the chance to see Katie’s work? What did you think?

Below a few pictures to round-up the atmosphere at AAF. To see more of our pictures, visit our Flickr profile.Katie’s mouthwatering stand.

The amount of visitors and the abundance of works being purchased.

Katie’s workshop with the kids.

Did you go to the Affordable Art Fair? What did you like best? Which artist or gallery? Share it with our community!

How to survive an Art Fair

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on October 4, 2010

Art Fairs represent an excellent way of seeing what is ‘out there’ in one place. Galleries are gathered to show curated projects or works by their entire stable of artists, allowing visitors to see a wide range of work. Most fairs have a special theme surrounding them, thereby catering for a variety of tastes and interests.

Multiplied, for example, which specialised in showing contemporary prints and multiples. Pinta Art Fair is focusing  on contemporary Latin American Art.  Frieze Art Fair is the most famous London-based contemporary art fair. The Affordable Art Fair is a great way of discovering affordable works of art. Being interested in contemporary art, you will eventually end up attending at least one of these. Given the ever increasing popularity of these events, they can quickly turn into a real frenzy. Having spent a lot of time at fairs, we believe we might have a few useful tips for how to make the best of  a day at an art fair:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes, and ladies, think flats!
  2. Be prepared. Check upfront who is exhibiting and note the stands you really want to see.
  3. Get a map at the entrance to see where you want to head. It is also handy if you have a bad sense of orientation!
  4. Don’t be shy to ask questions to the gallery representative at the stand – that is what they are here for.
  5. Leave your contact details with galleries where you saw works of artists that triggered  your interest, so you will receive invitations to future exhibitions as well as news on the particular artist.
  6. Bring a notepad and pen to capture the names of galleries and/or artists that appealed most to you.
  7. If you are not one of the lucky ones being invited to the preview day, try to avoid rush-hour. Ensure you go at a time and day other people might not be able to.
  8. Do take your time – most art fairs are of considerable size and you want to get most out of it – it is impossible to race through Frieze Art Fair in one or two hours if you want to see work.
  9. Always have some spare change with you, so you can buy yourself some coffee or water at the coffee shop without having to queue for the cash-machine.
  10. Do all of the above and you are in for a wonderful day of discoveries!

Our team’s 10 favourite books on Art, it’s History and Market

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 21, 2010

With the great amount of books and publications on art available, it might at first seem hard to navigate around and find a good entry point into the subject. Thus, the Rise Art Team has decided to share our top 10 books on art, art history and the art market with you. We would love for everyone to add their favourite book to the post, in order to generate an extensive collection of titles.

Our top 10, in no particular order:

  1. The Story of Art – E. H. Gombrich. This highly regarded work provides a comprehensive overview of the history of Western art; it is a great classic by one of the most significant art historians Sir Ernst Gombrich.
  2. Seven Days in the Art World – Sarah Thornton. The author illustrates the contemporary art world with seven important events at the high end of the realm. Informative and entertaining.
  3. The Intrepid Art Collector – Lisa Hunter. This informative guide represents a great starter reference for the novice, giving confidence on starting a very on little collection.
  4. From Manet to Manhattan – Peter Watson. An excellent book providing a good overview of the development of the current art market. However, having been written in 1992, at the time the art market started to boom, it would be great to get an update on today’s status.
  5. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark – Don Thompson. If there is an update on the contemporary art market, it is this one.
  6. Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide – Book and CD-ROM. This is the standard artist directory containing information on over 320,000 international artists, including their biography and pricing information.
  7. The Art of the Steal – Christopher Mason. An account of the big price-fixing scandal by two major auction houses: Christie’s and Sotheby’s. If involved in the art world, you should know about it; further, it really helps understanding the auction business.
  8. The Power of Art – Simon Schama Originally a TV series of the BBC, it was later turned into a book and is an incredibly accessible read; the author’s passion for the subject comes through, making it a very enjoyable read.
  9. The Art Crowd – Sophy Burnham. Illustrates the art scene very well; it might have been written a while ago, but is still accurate.
  10. Styles, schools and Movements – Amy Dempsey. An encyclopaedic guide to modern art. With all the styles and media currently around, this proves very insightful.

That’s it, those are our favourite 10 books. Get started, add your favourite read!