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Downstairs, a Milanese gallery, Lia Rumma, has an early-ish Kentridge drawing (1999). Impossible to photograph. And a beautiful Marina Abramovic print.

I liked the big installation of hanging cloths by Joël Andrianomearisoa:-

And the unexpected Richard Long being sold by Lorcan O’Neill (again unphotographable).

Grayson Perry’s image of the Battle of Britain (2017), which was shown in the Serpentine (it’s the current battle):-

And Victoria Miro also has an early-ish Peter Doig, House of Pictures (2002-3).

I liked the work of an Indian artist, Savia Mahajan, shown by a Mumbai gallery:-

Then, I realised that I had run out of juice, literally and metaphorically.


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I got into trouble at home for not taking any photographs in Maastricht, so to compensate, here goes as I go along.

There’s a very beautiful Chiharu Shiota at the entrance to the Fair:-

An Ego Schiele drawing of a Seated Boy (1910) with Luxembourg & Dayan:-

More Schieles with Richard Nagy.

Two Girls (1912):-

Two more – or are they the same (1911) ?

A Self Portrait (1915):-

Balthus is at the fair.

A Study for Le Salon (1940) with Luxembourg & Dayan:-

And The Three Sisters (1954) with Acquavella:-

I’ve always liked the very refined work of Callum Innes, mostly only seen in Edinburgh. This is Exposed Painting Deep Violet (2015):-

Then I was encouraged (I didn’t need much encouragement) to travel to the moon, courtesy of Laurie Anderson, which was artist-in-residence at NASA and Huang Hsin Chien, a Taiwanese, working together for the Louisiana Museum – a VR experience beyond anything I’ve experienced before. Scary.


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A whole new building has opened at 80, Queen’s Road, full of contemporary art galleries, bigger and slicker than the old Pedder Building, which now feels like old Hong Kong:-

On the ground floor is a rather fascinating documentary exhibition of the work which Monika Sprüth did to support the work of female artists in Cologne in the mid-1980s – Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Rosemarie Trockel, Cindy Sherman. There is a picture of Andy Warhol with Louise Bourgeois (very hard to photograph):-

And the young Iwona Blazwick:-

Upstairs are multiple galleries, including two floors of work by Louise Bourgeois shown by Hauser and Wirth:-


Cézanne, Morandi, and Sanyo

A beautiful exhibition at Gagosian.

A small number of Cézannes.

Fleurs dans un pot d’olives (1880-2):-

Arbres et maisons au bord de l’eau (1892-3):-

Deux fruits (c.1885):-

Juxtaposed with work by Morandi.

Natura morta (1954):-

Natura morta (1953):-

Natura morta (1955):-

And by Sanyu, a Chinese artist who spent most of his life and died in Paris (and friend in New York of Robert Frank).

The work was selected by Zeng Fanzhi, with a painter’s eye.


West Kowloon Cultural District

I came to see what progress has been made on the West Kowloon Cultural District – the great cultural enterprise of the Hong Kong government, which invested HK$21.6 billion out of surplus tax revenues in 2006 to establish Hong Kong as a cultural centre, with a masterplan drawn up by Norman Foster.

The site is amazing, on the north side of the harbour on reclaimed land :-

The building of M+, the museum part of the project, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, is coming along:-

Meanwhile, there is a temporary pavilion with an exhibition by Danh Vo, a Danish Vietnamese artist, with Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American.


Older Voters

I was very sorry to read that John Humphrys had apparently dismissed those who marched on Saturday as ‘grey haired marchers with their snidey little placards’. Coming from someone who is himself 75, I would have hoped that he might have recognised that there is some significance in the huge numbers of older people, the postwar generation who lived through an era of optimism, who had come out onto the streets to reveal their disillusion in a government which has treated the results of a referendum, narrowly split, as absolute.

Also, according to research at the LSE, it is worth noting that the older generation is not monolithic. Those who lived through the war are generally in favour of Europe. Those who came after are more likely to take the benefits of peace for granted, and to resent the move to federalism.


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I’ve always liked Hong Kong: the sense of intense compression, of hyper-activity in a small compass, high hills locking the tower blocks alongside the harbour on reclaimed land.

These are photographs taken on a grey cloudy day, out of the hotel window:-