There have a couple of big highlights this week and loads of arty things too. It’s been quite a week!
Frieze Art Fair is a stand out event in the London art world – and the world art world too I gather. We had tickets for the private viewing on the day before opening so had a special look at both the art and the people who live in the world of private views. And the free champagne was an added bonus…. Huge buzz, some strange art and fabulous people, all in a big marquee in Regents Park. A wonderful time was had.
The other big highlight was a charity do for LEPRA – look it up, they do important work. This was a private party held in the new Club at the famous Ivy restaurant. They have a wonderfully impressive glass entrance which sets the exclusive tone. Stephen Fry was hosting the event and I had a chat with him which was a great pleasure, for me, bless him! There was a raffle and I won theatre tickets (how lucky was that) and an auction of fabulous gifts including some original paintings (more art!) and all kinds of interesting people to chat with, and oh yes, some champagne. On the way out I saw Matt Smith, the new Doctor Who, and can confirm that David Tennant will always be my favourite!
It was a huge week for art in London and as well as Frieze I went to Origin fair in Somerset House where artists where showing and selling beautiful jewellery, ceramics and small items of clothing, all very lovely. It was a clear bright day and the Thames was glistening from the terrace outside Somerset House.
On Sunday there was the Autumn Fair in Teddington where I went to see Keith Hern’s wonderful photographs and yet more jewellery.
Finally on the art theme was a visit to Wanted Gallery in Notting Hill for the final evening of the Thomas Osternberg Sculpture Exhibition. It’s a great small gallery and they have a strong programme coming up so I’ll be keeping an eye on them.
What else?? A strange Koren vampire movie called ‘Thirst’ which was not my thing at all as it was rather, unsurprisingly really, bloody and the sound track was slurpy, crunchy and altogether too horrid! It was on at my friend’s club so we could recover in lovely surroundings before venturing out afterwards.
That seems enough for one week so bye for now.