Ai Weiwei Brings His Life Cycle to Los Angeles in a solo show

Ai Weiwei’s first LA exhibition lures with its incredible scale and impresses with its delicate construction

16th October 2018, Los Angeles

Marciano Art Foundation is pleased to announce the third MAF Project in the Theater Gallery, a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view from September 28, 2018 — March 3, 2019. This exhibition is Ai’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles and will feature the new and unseen work Life Cycle (2018) – a sculptural response to the global refugee crisis. The exhibition will also present iconic installations Sunflower Seeds (2010) and Spouts (2015) within the Foundation’s Theater Gallery.

On view for the first time in the Black Box, Life Cycle (2018) references the artist’s 2017 monumental sculpture Law of the Journey, Ai’s response to the global refugee crisis, which used inflatable, black PVC rubber to depict the makeshift boats used to reach Europe. In this new iteration, Life Cycle depicts an inflatable boat through the technique used in traditional Chinese kite-making, exchanging the PVC rubber for bamboo.

Suspended around the boat installation are figures crafted from bamboo and silk. In 2015, Ai began creating these figures based on mythic creatures from the Shanhaijing, or Classic of Mountains and Seas. The classic Chinese text compiles mythic geography and myth; versions of the Shanhaijing have existed since the 4th century B.C. These works are crafted in Weifang, a Chinese city in Shandong province with a tradition of kite-making dating back to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).

Windows (2015), which hangs along the perimeter of the Black Box, draws from Chinese mythology, the tales and illustrations of the Shanhaijing, the history of 20th-century art, and the life and works of the artist. The vignettes feature a dense mix of biographical, mythological, and art historical references to craft a contemporary story. Similar to chapters in a book, or acts in a play, the various scenes include the mythological creatures of the Shanhaijing alongside bamboo versions of Ai’s earlier works, such as Template and Bang, and homages to Marcel Duchamp and Jasper Johns. A central theme running through the ten vignettes is freedom of speech and Ai’s efforts in defending it. Motifs recurring in Ai’s practice—the bicycle, the alpaca, symbols of state surveillance and control—are repeated and multiplied.

In the Theater Gallery, Sunflower Seeds (2010)is composed of 49 tons of individual porcelain sunflower seeds made by 1600 artisans from an ancient porcelain production center in Jingdezhen, in China’s Jiangxi province. This installation further expands upon reoccurring themes, such as authenticity, the individual’s role in society, geopolitics of cultural and economic exchange. The work also brings to mind the propaganda posters of the Cultural Revolution, depicting Mao Zedong as the sun and the citizens as sunflowers turning toward him.

Spouts (2015) piles together thousands of antique teapot spouts dating as far back to the Song dynasty (960–1279). Following Ai’s practice of repetition and multiplication, Spouts can be seen as a metaphor for a mass of mouths, and a widespread yearning for freedom of speech despite its continuing restriction throughout many societies. Spouts was previously exhibited in Galleria Continua in Beijing, the 21er Haus in Vienna, and the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul. This is the first time the complete work is on view.

The Marciano Art Foundation

4357 Wilshire Boulevard,

Stepping into a polka-dotted Yayoi Kusama installation in Los Angeles

And here we meet again. Berkeley Bespoke is travelling around the World to experience Art on a different level

16th October 2018, Los Angeles

Pioneering multimedia artist Yayoi Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century, including pop art and minimalism. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama studied painting briefly in Kyoto before moving to New York City in the late 1950s.

She began her large-scale Infinity Net paintings during this decade and went on to apply their obsessive, hallucinatory qualities to three-dimensional work. In a unique style that is both sensory and utopian, Kusama’s work—which spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures—possesses a highly personal character, yet one that has connected profoundly with large audiences around the globe. Throughout her career, the artist has been able to break down traditional barriers between work, artist, and spectator.

Kusama’s exuberant sculptural installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) exemplifies the dualism found throughout her work between the organic and the artificial. Shown here for the first time in Los Angeles, the oversized flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass- reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth.

This work exemplifies Kusama’s singular vision and her distinctive gift for drawing viewers into the work on a deeply visceral level. Kusama currently lives and works in Tokyo.

The Marciano Art Foundation

4357 Wilshire Boulevard,

The Night at The HAMMER MUSEUM. ANNUAL GALA IN THE GARDEN

The Hammer Museum welcomed artists, collectors, patrons of the arts, and entertainment World notables to the 16th Annual Gala in the Garden

14th October 2018, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Segerstrom

16th Annual Gala in the Garden raised a record-breaking $2.6 million to support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs, which are free to the public. This year, International shopping destination South Coast Plaza partnered with the Hammer Museum to present the event.   

Over 500 guests attended the Gala – held in the museum’s outdoor courtyard – which honored award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, respectively.  Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges performed “Lisa Sawyer,” “Bad Bad News,” “Beyond,” and “River.” Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star.  

Christy Cham and Erica Pelosini

Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin welcomed guests including Richard Buckley & Tom Ford, Marcy Carsey, Troy Carter, Elizabeth Chambers & Armie Hammer, Judy Chicago, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Will Ferrell & Viveca Paulin Ferrell, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Annabeth Gish, Laura Harrier, Barbara Kruger, David LaChapelle, Joel McHale, Catherine Opie & Julie Burleigh, Lari Pittman, Wolfgang Puck, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, Mark Ridley Thomas, Katherine Ross & Michael Govan, Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego, Susan Smalley, John Waters, and many more.

Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana

The evening began with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres on the third-floor terrace as guests enjoyed Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, an exhibition that sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practice as a draftsman, and Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016, the most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of Piper’s work, featuring more than 270 pieces. 

During the dinner remarks, Ann Philbin applauded the many achievements of gala honorees Margaret Atwood and Glenn Ligon. Philbin’s praises were followed by moving tribute videos dedicated to each honoree. Bryan Stevenson introduced Glenn Ligon with many praises, and Ligon gave a powerful speech on the importance of truth. Michael Chabon honored Margaret Atwood’s rare gift of storytelling and Atwood took the stage to leave the audience with a message of hope. 

Elizabeth Chambers, Tom Ford and Armie Hammer

ABOUT SOUTH COAST PLAZA

Renowned as a leading international shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It is the West Coast’s premier shopping experience, with its proximity to beaches and John Wayne Airport, customized concierge services, and unparalleled collection of diverse retailers — from Gucci, Hermès, Cartier and Harry Winston to Dolce & Gabbana, The Webster, Dior, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy and more.

ABOUT THE HAMMER MUSEUM

The Hammer Museum is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

Tom Ford

Photography: Courtesy of The Hammer Museum

Oh, yes! Maddox Gallery Los Angeles opens with ‘Best of British’ exhibition

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to fly across the ocean to attend an official opening of the Maddox Gallery in Los Angeles

11th October 2018 

Chris Zylka, Paris Hilton, Petra Ecclestone, Sam Palmer and Jay Rutland

Maddox Gallery, the cutting-edge London based group of galleries, celebrated the opening of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles with a VIP private view to launch the new West Hollywood gallery and its inaugural exhibition ‘Best of British’. The gallery promises to be a new space in the city’s design district dedicated to the experience of art in a luxury environment. Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to fly across the ocean to attend an official opening of another gallery in one of the most prestigious locations in the World.

Attendees included: Robert Downey, Jr., Ed Westwick, Eric Dane, Tyler Shields and Francesca Eastwood, Nicole and Larry English, Scott Disick, Sophia Richie, David Hasselhoff, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jesse Metcalfe, Frankie Delgado, Paris Hilton, Chris Zylka, Mauricio Umansky, Mohamed Hadid, Shiva Sarai, Emily Sears, Perry Ferrell, Petra Ecclestone, Beau Dunn and Max Carver.

The 3,000 square foot bright and airy unit, located at 8811 Beverley Boulevard, oozes British style and sophistication. In a setting with vaulted ceilings and immaculately polished concrete floors, Maddox Gallery LA will officially launch on October 11th 2018 with its debut exhibition ‘Best of British’. The show will display works by Brit blue chip and established artists and rising stars such as Dan Baldwin, Mark Evans, The Connor Brothers, Harland Miller, Banksy, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, David Yarrow, Russell Young and Grayson Perry.

With Petra Ecclestone at the helm of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles as Creative Director, the sister-in-law of Maddox Gallery Group Creative Director, Jay Rutland, is an LA resident and long-time art collector, and will lead the operation of the gallery alongside her partner, British entrepreneur and Gallery Director, Sam Palmer.

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie

Maddox Gallery Creative Director Jay Rutland comments: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to our galleries in the UK and in Switzerland since we opened in 2015 and the natural next step for us is North America.”

“We’ve exhibited at a number of US art fairs in the past two years — in Miami, Houston, New York and The Hamptons. The response has been so encouraging. People seemed to love what we were doing. We are passionate about art and promoting our artists. We seek to bring the best art to all people in innovative ways, be that online, digitally, through brand partnerships — such as Bradley Theodore for Puma and David Yarrow and Cara Delevingne for Tag Heuer – or with a physical retail space. Los Angeles has such an exciting, thriving art scene, I cannot wait for Maddox Gallery to be a part of that.”

This will be the sixth space opened by Maddox Gallery in under three years. Launched in London in December 2015, the brand’s portfolio has rapidly expanded to include three Mayfair spaces, a 4,000 square foot gallery on Westbourne Grove and its first European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad.

Larry English, Nicole Williams, Frankie Delgado and Petra Ecclestone

MADDOX GALLERY

8811 Beverly Boulevard,

West Hollywood, CA90048

Lavish beach life of Mykonos: NAMMOS

 Nammos beachfront restaurant recreates the atmosphere of life aboard – a luxurious yacht on the beach

6th October 2018

It is without a doubt one of the hottest party-sports on the Greek islands. Part casual Greek restaurant, part waterside nightclub, part laidback beach bar, Nammos is where the smart set whiles away the long Mykonos summer days and nights. Every August it’s filled with beautiful Athenians ready to spend the season tanning, drinking, eating and partying.

A lifestyle destination with a restaurant, great cocktail bar with DJs and a shisha area is a complete lifestyle destination on the idyllic setting of Psarou Beach.

The bar is a chilled‐out vision of white and taupe, opening directly onto the beach. Here the wealthy locals and international jetsetters relax as they sip a refreshing fruity cocktail or chilled flute of champagne, indulging in a spot of discreet people‐watching from behind their shades. Laidback by day, the energy rises as the evening progresses and the DJs up the volume and the tempo to get the crowd on their feet.

A shisha smoking area next to the bar offers a variety of exotic flavours, including coconut, passionfruit and mango. And for those arriving at the island by yacht, there’s an exclusive transfer service taking guests from deck to bar and back again.

A day lounging by the sea is for many the ultimate indulgence. Under the blazing Greek sun, nuzzled in the golden sands of Psarou, the Nammos Beach transcends every notion of a mere beach bar by presenting the absolute aestival experience, a day on the beach at Nammos. The Nammos experience is an authentic tribute to pleasure, homage to the fervour and brio of Mykonos, as captioned by Nammos.

Nights with sounds that made us dance, nights that become bright as day with fireworks bursting in the skies, people partying as late as the crack of dawn, thousands of cocktail glasses raised to toast to summer and life and yes, countless bottles of champagne!

The ultimate experience and indulgence at the Myconian Collection of Resorts. Berkeley Bespoke is closing the season in style

Experiencing the essence of the incomparable Greek charm at the Myconian Collection of Hotels, Resorts & Villas

5th October 2018, Mykonos

Myconian Collection is a local family-owned brand encompassing nine outstanding luxury hotels on the legendary island of Mykonos that offer guests a variety of the most fascinating locations, avant-garde Thalasso spa centres, gourmet restaurants, outstanding conference facilities and magnificent wedding venues.

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to explore and experience the collection of Hotels and luxurious villas, all with bespoke design features and stunning views in three stunning locations across the island.

 

Myconian Collection of Hotels, Resorts & Villas

Perched on the hills above Elia Beach which is renowned for its fine sand and crystal water, stands the luxurious Myconian Villa Collection – Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. It is surrounded by the Myconian Imperial Resort and Royal Myconian Resort, both eminent members of The Leading Hotels of the World, as well as the vibrant Myconian Utopia Hotel– Relais & Châteaux, and Myconian Avaton Resort – Member of Design Hotels. All these properties command panoramic views of the Aegean sea from spectacular pool decks and private terraces.

South of the island, Myconian Ambassador Hotel – Relais & Châteaux, beams as a Pharos of exalted contemporary refinements over the stunning bay of Platis Gialos – the pearl in a string of celebrated beaches that includes the adjacent Psarou, Agia Anna and Paranga.

Ιn Mykonos Town, overlooking the emblematic Alefkandra windmills, on the very site that thebrand’s founder elected for his first hotel, stands the five-star – Member of Design Hotels, Myconian Naia Hotel – Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Hotel – Relais & Chateaux.

 

Myconian Villa Collection – Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Elia Beach

The Myconian Villa Collection is an exclusive getaway for guests desiring discrete luxury and exceptional personalised services. These prestigious guest rooms and villas offer private infinity pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and open plan spaces, as well as lavish accommodations and complete privacy. Steps away from the famous Elia Beach where private loungers and umbrella await, the Villa Collection features panoramic views over the Aegean, an alluring pool deck and boundless luxury.

In addition, guests will relish countless amenities, epicurean restaurants, private chefs and thalassotherapy treatments at the Myconian Villa Spa. Exciting gourmet dishes, savoury Mediterranean flavours and impeccable service promise to fascinate even the most demanding connoisseurs. Create infinite memorable moments with private romantic dinners catered by a personal chef, or a thrilling cocktail party from the comfort of one’s private villa.

 

Myconian Imperial Resort – Leading Hotels of the World, Elia Beach

Myconian Imperial Resort lies on the foothills of Elia Bay, overlooking the crystal waters and fine sand. Following the recent renovations, the urban fantasy of travel becomes a reality at Imperial, a metropolitan spot above the sea where luxury serves the Cycladic aesthetics of simplicity and moderation. Showcasing rustic stone walls, quirky design details and a majestic white profile, the Resort is a favourite for families, couples and young professionals. Indulge in romance with a dinner under the stars at Celebrities gourmet à la carte Mediterranean restaurant, or be seduced by the Asian flair of the open-air Japanese Sishu Bar with its stunning views of the bay.

With sleek accommodations, private sunbeds on Elia Beach, an entertainment deck with seawater pool and the unique spa centre, guests can unwind with luxurious ease at Myconian Imperial. The Resort also boasts an impressive range of conferencing and banqueting facilities equipped for any corporate event, regardless of size or complexity. In collaboration with its adjacent sister property Royal Myconian, Imperial has helped to make Mykonos into a worldwide MICE destination.

 

Royal Myconian Resort – Leading Hotels of the World, Elia Beach

Situated above Elia Bay, each of the elegant rooms and suites at Royal Myconian offer sweeping views across the Aegean and rustic façades of Cycladic stone. Royal’s panoramic pool deck, private beach and outstanding spa draw into the natural beauty and luxurious standards offered by the island. Guests can also enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine, including breakfast laid out at Elia Beach, light snacks at Meltemi and homemade liqueurs from the Lagoon swim-up pool bar. Alongside its sister property Myconian Imperial, Royal has a reputation of producing extraordinary events, from unique multimillion wedding productions with ceremonies across all traditions, to christenings and family reunions.

For a complete reawakening of the body and mind, guests can visit the beautifully appointed Royal Myconian Resort Thalasso Spa Centre where peace and rejuvenation combine with elegant luxury and a mesmerising ambience. Pair relaxation with a visit to the unique Myconian Shopping Village, which showcases an exclusive list of fashion brands including both upscale international designers and popular local Greek brands. With a variety in womenswear, menswear, accessories and shoes, cosmetics, jewellery and furniture, guests will be spoilt for choice.

 

Myconian Utopia Resort – Relais & Châteaux, Elia Beach

Myconian Utopia exhibits sophistication from every corner. With a focus on sustainability, the villas and suites at Utopia were built using locally quarried, hand-cut stones and renewable materials. Dedicated to true connoisseurs, this Relais & Châteaux property has become a favourite with couples and honeymooners who seek a romantic haven paired with a service that is forthwith private and personal, as well as tactful and caring. Utopia can arrange truly enchanting experiences from a romantic horse ride along the beach, to a private intimate dinner for two with the striking backdrop of the glittering Aegean Sea.

Larger groups visiting can benefit from the Grand Majestic Villas which offer spacious areas, custom furnishings of traditional craftsmanship and private infinity pool or Jacuzzis. Besides offering amazing sea views and world-class suite and villa accommodations, Utopia features absolute facilities, outstanding services, impressive thalassotherapy spa treatments and gourmet dining options. A secret heaven for all, Utopia ensures that all guests enjoy a unique 5 star holiday experience.

 

Myconian Avaton Resort – Member of Design Hotels, Elia Beach

At Myconian Avaton, sky, earth and sea blend together to provide stunning panoramas overMykonos. Naming the most cherished places “Avaton”, the ancient Greeks proclaimed that these places were “so perfect, sanctified and immaculate that no common foot may be set upon them”.Home to the island’s largest and most impressive infinity pools, guests at Avaton will experienceprecisely what the ancient Greeks had in mind. With world-class accommodations, exclusive spa privileges and incomparable personal services, Myconian Avaton is more than just a luxury beach resort.

At the AVATON restaurant, expect exclusive gourmand meals served both indoors as well asal fresco style by the pool with stunning views of the mesmerising Elia Beach. It’s that special placewhere unpretentious luxury, exquisite style and absolute privacy are taken to new dimensions. Take a pause to enjoy the Thalasso Spa Centre and prepare to be enveloped in a heightened sense of wellbeing, designed to rejuvenate and heal the mind, body and soul. With personalised exotic therapies and beauty treatments, senses will be awakened whilst restoring the body’s naturalbalance.

 

Myconian Ambassador Hotel – Relais & Châteaux, Platis Gialos

Presiding over the beautiful bay of Platis Gialos on the island’s world-renowned golden coastline, Myconian Ambassador is a true luxury haven. From the classic Grecian architecture of white and blue, to its understated elegance and contemporary design, the hotel is perfect for guests seeking a serene hideaway with a prime location. The famous cosmopolitan beaches of Psarou, Paranga and Agia Anna are within walking distance, whilst charming Mykonos Town is a mere 5 minute drive away.

Efisia restaurant is one of the island’s finest dining spots, offering romantic candlelit dinners under star-studded skies. According to the Relais & Châteaux principles, a good restaurant is at the heart of good living. Everyone involved, from the Chefs, the local producers, farmers and cheese makers, to fishermen and winegrowers, assists in making the shared experience of a meal a feast for the senses. From the incredible Thalasso Spa, to the spectacular pool deck overlooking the Aegean and the courteous staff, Myconian Ambassador draws on the Daktylides family’s legacy of hospitality and personal touch to offer an unforgettable and authentic Myconian experience.

 

Myconian Kyma Hotel – Member of Design Hotels, Mykonos Town

Taking its name from the Greek word “wave”, Myconian Kyma offers a tide of unprecedentedindulgence for guests seeking the ultimate pleasure in timeless beauty. Dressed up in the traditionalwhite of Mykonos, Kyma’s gleaming profile of lime-washed terraces falling into the Aegean Sea is legendary on the island. Guests staying at Kyma will find themselves in artfully designed and adorned rooms and suites, surrounded by beautiful straight lines contrasted with curves resembling the Cycladic architecture.

A selection of the accommodations include private pools prevailing overthe “deep blue” of the primordial Aegean Sea whilst others include private, refreshing Jacuzzis. Therestaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine, and the state-of-the-art spa offers a menu of comforting and revitalising treatments. To complete the lavish experience of a stay at Kyma, end each idyllic day at the cosmopolitan George’s Bar, named after the founder of Myconian Collection, with sweeping views of this alluring island.

 

Myconian Korali Hotel – Relais & Châteaux, Mykonos Town

Positioned on a hilltop, Myconian Korali overlooks both the enchanting historical island of Delos and the captivating Mykonos town. With a pool deck, bar patio and terraces with private pools or Jacuzzis, Korali is a prime sunset spot on the island. As a member of Relais & Châteaux, Korali exudes unique beauty at a glance. Pure and simple forms along with the finest architectural lines, define a spacious entity with a view over the never-ending Aegean Sea.

George’s Bar signature cocktails andrefreshing drinks will make an evening far more intriguing whilst a soothing massage in the Satori Thalasso Spa will revitalise guests ahead of a night out in Mykonos Town. With glorious days of sunshine and endless pampering, Myconian Korali envelopes guests in a sense of sophisticated ease.

 

Myconian Naia Hotel – Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Mykonos Town

Offering a 5* experience of discreet luxury, Myconian Naia is a perfectly secluded boutique hotel which stands above Mykonos Town. The hotel features rustic stone walls, four-poster beds, panoramic verandas, private pools and a glamorous deck which subtlety blends in with the horizon.Inspired by the ancient Mycenaean style, the hotel’s architecture presents a unique mélange ofcontrasting elements and shapes, rare artworks and prestigious designer’s creations.

The 18 luxury suites are superbly designed and decorated with elegance, and the Naros Fine Dining restaurant offers a touch of molecular techniques and exciting new dishes in both Mediterranean and international cuisine. For genuine international finesse, guests can visit the pool bar for refreshing cocktails or take a swim in the infinity pool positioned alongside the most impressive deck with views overlooking the town and the Aegean. Whether enjoying the intimacy of the Satori Thalasso Spa or the exhilaration of the outstanding views, Myconian Naia is tailor-made for those seeking perfection every minute of every hour.

Berkeley Bespoke does Frieze London 2018 #PreviewDay

 Discovering the World’s most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic

3rd October 2018 

Maria Hassabi

The 16th edition of Frieze London took place early this month, with two Preview Days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October where Berkeley Bespoke was delighted to attend.

Announcing eight pioneering artists featuring in new Social Work section; nine interactive and performance-based works for Live; and a new Emerging Artist Prize in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre.

Frieze London 2018 showcased the best of international contemporary art, with a discerning selection of around 160 galleries presenting their most forward-thinking artists and imaginative presentations. Opening for the first time with a two-day Preview, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze London for the 15th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

New collaborations with international curators, institutions and galleries responded to contemporary issues – from the lack of visibility of women in the marketplace to hidden systems of communication and control – and create an exceptional environment for creativity and discovery.

This year’s themed gallery section, Social Work featured women artists who challenged the status quo and explored the possibilities of political activism in their art making during the 1980s and ‘90s, from Nancy Spero in the US toBerni Searle in South Africa to Ipek Duben in Turkey and Helen Chadwickin the UK.

Solo, group and curated presentations across the fair’s sections featured John Baldessari, Michaël Borremans, Zadie Xa, Lubaina Himid, Mary Kelly, Moshekwa Langa, Calvin Marcus, Jim Shaw, David Shrigley, Josh Sperling, Tatiana Trouvé, Hardeep Pandhal, Athena Papadopoulos, Faith Ringgold, Wong Ping and Cathy Wilkes, among many others.

Part of Frieze Projects, the Live platform staged performances and interactive installations throughout the fair, exploring hidden formulas which impact wider social, political, and economic realities, such as Liz Glynn’s interactive dance performance, responding to live data at the fair; Julia Scher’s roaming security guards and surveillance installation; and Pratchaya Phinthong’s exchange of counterfeit currency, revealing the value that politics places on people. In an enclosed space within the fair, Frieze Artist Award winner, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins will continue his choreographic practice engaging with queer relationality and the politics of desire, intimacy and friendship.

Frieze Talks explored the role of autobiography in art with international participants including Laurie Anderson, Nan Goldin, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Olivia Laing.

Frieze is the World’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art for scholars, connoisseurs, collectors and the general public alike. Frieze comprises three magazines—frieze, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week— and four international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York and Frieze Los Angeles. Additionally, Frieze organizes a program of special courses and lectures in London through Frieze Academy.

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. In 2018, Frieze announced the launch of Frieze Los Angeles, which will open February 14–17, 2019 at Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles.

UNIT LONDON presents ‘A PORTRAIT OF THE TREE’ by Adrian Houston

 For the past five years, Adrian Houston has travelled the world photographing trees that hold a special meaning for a diverse cross section of people

20th September 2018 

Adrian Houston, Skye Houston, Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor, Oaks (Quercus Robur), 2018

“Ever since I can remember I’ve had a strong connection with trees. Whether sheltering from the rain or enjoying their shade on a hot summer’s day, they have always been an object of beauty, strength and comfort to me.

Trees are among the most important organisms on Earth, yet we continue to abuse them. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6%. In 40 years they could disappear altogether. Such is my concern that I recently decided to give these trees a voice through the art of photography.

I began by asking people from different walks of life for their favourite trees. The members ofthis group are as diverse as they are influential, from Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum KewGardens, to Nick Mason from Pink Floyd. I then spent three years using my lens to capture the beauty and energy of these chosen trees.

The stories behind these trees are as important as the images themselves. Together they offer a powerful tool to help educate people, from children through to adults, about the vital role trees play in all of our lives.

After all, if there were no trees on the planet, we wouldn’t be here either…”

Adrian Houston

Adrian Houston, Lord Salisbury, Hatfield House, Oak (Quercus Robur), 2018

They are the longest living organism on the planet and essential to life as we know it. But when did you last really look at a tree?

One person who has had a strong connection with trees for as long as he can remember is renowned photographer Adrian Houston. Five years ago, he decided to embark on an ambitious project that would give trees a voice. The result is an extraordinary collection of works, collectively entitled A Portrait of the Tree, that will run at Unit London’s new Hanover Square site from 17th to 28thSeptember.

It was in October 2013 that Adrian first began questioning people about their favourite tree. The members of this group are as diverse as they are influential, from Richard Branson, actress Goldie Hawn and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum at Kew Gardens, designer Jasper Conran and Chairman of Condé Nast Britain Nicholas Coleridge.

Along the way Adrian heard many fascinating stories. Lord Tollemache, former Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, told of the ancient oak in whose hollow trunk Queen Elizabeth II used to shelter during the annual shoot on his estate. Designer Jasper Conran talked about the beech tree outside his bedroom window; the first and last thing he sees each day. Perhaps most poignant of all is the Cedar of Lebanon, part of the proud history and landscape of the grounds of Le Manoir aux Quat Saison, owned by legendary chef Raymond Blanc. 

Adrian Houston, Jori White, New Forest, Oaks (Quercus Robur), 2018

Tales exchanged, Adrian then traveled throughout the UK, and further afield to Namibia, Madagascar, Ibiza, France and America, to photograph the trees in question.

These photographs, accompanied by their stories, will be displayed at the exhibition. Says Adrian, “I am very excited that we will be among the first to exhibit at Unit London’s new Hanover Square gallery. For the last few years, Unit London has championed the world’s most exciting emerging artists and I was thrilled when co- founders Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt offered to house this most personal ofretrospectives.”

It is planned that A Portrait of the Tree will be styled and dressed to make the entire experience immersive, interactive, joyful, educational and exciting. The doorway will lead visitors through an ancient oak into an immersive world of trees and woodland soundscapes.

A percentage of all sales will go to two leading charities: Future Trees Trust, a national charity dedicated to improving disease resilience, growth rate, form and adaptability to climate change of broadleaved trees, and Trees for Cities, responsible for planting over 700,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates across the world, revitalising these areas and improving the lives of the people who live in them.

Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy

ABOUT UNIT LONDON

Unit London was founded in 2013 by Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt in a pop-up space in Chiswick, later moving to Soho and Covent Garden, where the gallery continues to manage a satellite space. With neither originating from a formal gallery background, Unit London remains firmly committed to its core principles that art should be celebrated, inclusive and undivided. Two expansive exhibition floors will form a new central London flagship to house the gallery’s growing primary artist roster of bold and interdisciplinary cultural events.

But Unit London is so much more than a gallery space, it’s more of a creative hub, a brand, an ideology explains Joe. ‘We wanted to create something that was inclusive, celebrate genuine talent and bring back the human experience into the industry’. It seems, that at its core, Unit London is aiming to connect people with arts and culture in a digital age.