#GreyTravels by Kyle DeWoody
For the next 3 weeks I’ll be running around Europe visiting some friends, artists, museums and design shows, trying to absorb as much as I can, so I thought this a perfect opportunity to try my hand at blogging. Along with me is my curatorial assistant Alana, who will inevitably show up in many photos especially as I play with my new camera, luckily she’s adorable. So shall we?
London: We spent two days in London on our way to Paris and Venice, but will be back for Design Week madness…
First stop was lunch with the irreverent Kenny Schachter. A transplant from Long Island, Kenny has a unique place in the art world. A house full of art, kids and vintage cars, Kenny has his hand in various pots, curating, dealing and writing. Follow him on facebook to enjoy his most entertaining rants; someone has to speak honestly in the art world. I’m looking forward to a visit to his home and a Kenny Schachter tour of the city upon our return.
Next, a brainstorming encounter with 1882 Ltd’s Emily Johnson. Emily is using her family’s centuries old fine bone china business to collaborate with artists and designers to produce some great editions. Perhaps we’ll have our hand in some soon.
En route to the Tate Modern we were sidetracked by a visit to our friends at Stella McCartney, a work visit of course, but we spent most of the time in their really cool kids dressing room.
At the Tate, the permanent collection shows proved to be most enticing and innovative, demonstrating a careful selection of their existing works grouped by themes like Energy and Process and Structure and Clarity. Artists we know and love, like Benglis and Tuttle, grabbed our attention in addition to new (to us) discoveries like Dadaimano and Gego.
The installation, Museum of Contemporary African Art by Meschac Gaba was perfectly Grey Area, incorporating building blocks, tea sets, pianos, and more into his work in order to integrate art and life, and observation and participation.
Next up, studio visit with James Capper and more from London….