UK’s Frieze Art Fair gets smaller, but big players still hopeful
It consolidated its position last year with the launch of Frieze Masters, a concurrent fair for historical art only a short walk away, which has 130 exhibitors. Leading figures in contemporary art said fierce competition, and a smaller Frieze, have not diluted its key role for gallerists, artists and heads of the art world’s major institutions looking to sell, buy and promote their work. BIZARRE AND BEAUTIFUL Strolling through a crowd of glossy-haired women in expensive outfits, shipping tycoons and wealthy family scions was Nicholas Serota, director of Britain’s Tate galleries and one of the art world’s most powerful figures. He told Reuters that Frieze, combined with its old masters offshoot, provided an unrivalled spotlight on the art market. “Many of the galleries show some of their best work and it’s an opportunity to see some things you don’t know about.” At the center of Frieze London sits the Gagosian, showing only works from Koons, of which his mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture “Sacred Heart (Blue/Magenta), 1994-2007” is the star attraction. “People are very interested and it’s been extremely well received,” said Gagosian London director Millicent Wilner. A similar work to the giant blue, heart-shaped sculpture that looks like a foil-wrapped chocolate sold for $33 million last year. The fair is organized into three main sections. Works from better known artists like Koons, Julian Schnabel and Christopher Wool, displayed by the most powerful galleries, dominate the center of the main section. There are two specialist sections. “Focus” is dedicated to galleries up to 10 years old presenting projects specifically conceived for Frieze, and “Frame” which was created for young galleries showing solo artist presentations. Galleries representing more than 30 countries, from Beijing to Bogota, catch the eye with works both bizarre and beautiful. At the Stephen Friedman gallery, American artist Jennifer Rubell’s “Portrait of the Artist” is a giant white fiberglass sculpture made of the artist when she was eight months pregnant, and which allows people to crawl into its open womb. Nearby, four people draped in black crepe sit on a small black dais for the living sculpture “Four in a Dress.” Jason Rubell, trawling the fair for one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collections, The Rubell Family Collection in Miami, told Reuters he came to Frieze every year to look for well known artists but also make discoveries.
National Security Agency leaks. Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee said it would probe whether Britains laws on intercepting private communications, drafted well over a decade ago, are still adequate in the Internet age. Will Englund and Kathy Lally As ties between Russia and the Netherlands fray, the confrontation gets physical. Snowden, a former NSA contactor, earlier this year disclosed details of the vast communications-monitoring programs carried out by the American agency and its international counterparts, including Britains GCHQ. The revelations sparked an international debate about the scale of surveillance and the erosion of privacy in the digital age. An earlier investigation by the parliamentary committee concluded in July that GCHQ did not use the NSAs PRISM information-gathering program to get around British restrictions on domestic espionage. But civil liberties groups have demanded a wider inquiry into the scale of Web surveillance. Committee chairman Malcolm Rifkind acknowledged Thursday that there was a need for an informed and responsible debate about the balance between individual privacy and collective security. He said in a statement that the committee would examine classified information, but also accept written submissions from the public, to ensure that the committee can consider the full range of opinions expressed on these topics. Once it has considered those written submissions it will also hold oral evidence sessions, some of which it expects to hold in public, he said. Shami Chakrabarti of the rights group Liberty said it was unclear whether the inquiry would seek the truth or be a tactical whitewash to calm public concern. Its certainly significant that the committee feels compelled to dig a little deeper, but thats no substitute for much broader public and political debate, she said. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Media picks: Randle SEC’s best player, UK is top team
He’s a lot like (Anthony) Bennett who played at UNLV last year. He does everything.” LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant III, who joined Randle on the media’s all-SEC first team, set aside any doubt there might be about a freshman who has yet to play a college game. “Obviously, he has the hype,” O’Bryant said. “He must have the talent, too.” O’Bryant also noted that the Player of the Year award given by the SEC next spring remained “up for grabs.” UK teammate Alex Poythress endorsed Randle as a player worthy of Player of the Year consideration. “People think highly of him, and they should,” Poythress said. “He’s a great talent.” Two UK players have been named SEC Player of the Year after their freshman seasons: John Wall for 2009-10 and Anthony Davis in 2011-12. But the media vote tabbed UK teammates for the pre-season award those seasons: Patrick Patterson in 2009 and Terrence Jones in 2011. ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes saluted Randle as worthy of speculation that he might be the best prospect coming out of high school since LeBron James. “I’ve heard people say that of Andrew Wiggins,” Dykes said. “That’s the comparison. I’m not sold on Andrew Wiggins as the No. 1 pick (in the 2014 NBA Draft).