Thursday, April 28, 2011

If you're looking for original yet still affordable contemporary art...

Then come and visit TAG at the New York Spring AAF Fair, running from 5 May to 8 May at 7W, 34th Street, just off 5th Avenue.   TAG can be found at booth F6.  Open daily from 11am until 8pm, kids 12 and under are free.  If you would like comp. tickets then contact Diana, via email, on
We'll be showcasing established artists,  Sir Peter Blake,  Gilbert and George, John Hoyland and Rob Ryan, alongside emerging artists in British and international art.  Here's a sneak preview of  some of our limited edition, fine art prints.

Dan Baldwin, Slipstream, 2010, Limited edition of 50, $1,100 (framed)

Gilbert & George, Death after life, Limited edition of 100, $1,600 (framed)

Cai Yuan, One World One Dream, Published by TAG, Limited edition of 30, $700 (framed)

Rob Ryan, I Opened My Heart, Exclusive to TAG, Limited edition of 100, $4,500 (framed)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Museum - freakin' awesome!

Sky Room,  New Museum

Panoramic (if somewhat foggy) view, New Museum

New Museum, with Rose installation by Isa Genzken
Tribute to Kate and Will's big day, NYC shoe shop

Easter is low key here in New York but HUGE excitement has been brewing for the Royal Wedding! I took time out this weekend to visit the New Museum on Bowery.  Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas.  It is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.  The minimalist design and spectacular high rise views beautifully offset the museum's challenging programme.  Currently on exhibition is a survey show of George Condo portraits, that according to Holland Cotter from the NY Times are, "freaky but classy" - I agree ... and a jaw dropping retrospective of sculpture and video work by Lynda Benglis that you have to hold yourself back from touching.

Art spaces in Amman

Toleen Touq, Independent Art Curator based in Amman and me at Darat Al Funun,
The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jordan
Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation,
Video installation by Adel Abidin

Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation gardens

My sincere thanks to the wonderful Toleen Touq, an independent art curator based in Amman, who took time out of her busy schedule to give me a whistle stop tour around two important contemporary art spaces in Jordan: Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shorman Foundation and Makan House.  I look forward to visiting again soon!
Amman, Jordan

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Visit Palestine

The Mosaic Rooms, London part of the AM Qattan Foundation located in Palestine
Ancient tomb in the town of Sebastia, West Bank
Boys playing footy near Roman Temple, Sebastia region, West Bank
Amphitheater Sebastia region, West Bank
My reality of the West Bank was different to the one I'd seen portrayed in the media. On arrival I was met with vast rolling hills, lined with neat olive groves and brilliant blue skies providing the backdrop for breathtaking views and some truly spectacular historical remains dating back to pre-Roman times.  My visit to Sebestia was in acute contrast to the bustling town of Ramallah where I dropped in on the AM Qattan Foundation in search of the contemporary art scene.   AM Qattan Foundation runs a vital Culture and Arts programme in Palestine and a young artist of the year award, open to artists under the age of 30 of Palestinian descent from any part of the world.   Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, an exhibition currently running until 21 April in their London space, the Mosaic Rooms, showcases a selection of work by the finalists for the 2010 award.  Conveniently located near to Earls Court tube, I highly recommend visiting the show to see first hand work previously exhibited in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  BBC's coverage of the award.