Pop-up galleries in the Beijing free zone and in London

“Mélodieux” by Marilyn Minter (2020) © Salon 94 / Lehmann Maupin

‘Penumbra’ by Marilyn Minter (2020) © Salon 94 / Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin Gallery has chosen Beijing for its next pop-up location, after similar exhibitions in Aspen, Palm Beach and Taipei. Its next location is in the Blanc International Contemporary Art Space, a new temporary gallery in the Tianzhu Free Trade Zone, near Beijing Capital International Airport. According to an announcement recently posted on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, the building will open with 14 international and local art galleries between October 23 and January 23 next year. Blanc Art Group is described as an artistic logistics and services company.

Lehmann Maupin will open with an exhibition by Marilyn Minter, followed by an exhibition by its latest manager, Chantal Joffe, whom the gallery now represents in Asia (she continues to work with Victoria Miro elsewhere). “We did the JingArt fair [in Beijing] and did pretty well, ”says gallery co-founder David Maupin. He adds: “In this climate, where travel is still limited, it has strengthened our confidence in the power of local and regional collectors.

Other galleries in the building will include the Lisson Gallery, with a solo exhibition by Bernard Piffaretti; Simon Lee, who will show William Mackinnon, then Mel Bochner; while the Esther Schipper Gallery will present works by Liam Gillick over the three month period. Massimo De Carlo, who will show John Armleder and then Lu Song in the new hub, said plans were underway for a more permanent establishment in the Chinese capital.

“Hide Under the Petticoats” by Christopher Myers (2018) © James Cohan

London’s latest pop-up gallery hub – No 9 Cork Street, run by Frieze – opens this week and has appointed Selvi May Akyildiz as manager. She will oversee the building’s three galleries, as well as its program of events, including Frieze London’s in-person lectures next week. Akyildiz, 34, previously worked for Create London, a nonprofit that commissions public art, where she recently worked on Veronica Ryan’s Hackney Windrush Art Commission, unveiled last week.

Akyildiz also has commercial experience – from Cabinet and Hauser & Wirth. “Galleries are looking for a more flexible format,” she says. The first exhibitors in the space are the James Cohan Gallery in New York, Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City. All display at No 9 until October 23.

Jamie Hewlett's Lampiao print

Jamie Hewlett’s Lampiao print, available from Laz Emporium

Artist’s Brand Merchandise, ranging from tea towels to high-end furniture, is growing in popularity and this week Steve Lazarides, who made a name for himself as Banksy’s frankly-spoken former agent, is opening his first permanent store on Lexington Street in London’s Soho. Lazarides says the idea of ​​opening Laz Emporium – which already works online – has been bubbling up since he left his own art gallery in 2019, when he vowed never to run one again. “I got fed up with the art market and all the money and didn’t miss it at all. But I still love art and artists want to have fun again. We’re just operating under the gallery radar, ”Lazarides says.

Housewares and collectibles designed by artists are generally less expensive than their artwork, functioning much like the diffusion lines of high fashion fashion brands. Lazarides emphasizes that his goods are always of high quality. “I work with real artisans, everything is made to order,” he says.

Cushion covers, duvets, beach towels and, indeed, £ 30 linen tea towels – designed by Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the Gorillaz group and hip-hop artist Mode 2 – are part of the collection. ‘offer. There is a wide range of prices – hand-drawn serigraphs by Hewlett cost £ 35, a unique wooden table designed by Lazarides costs £ 20,000 – with plenty of interval. Highlights will be on display at the Laz Emporium, which has been graffiti by members of DDS Crew London.

Untitled art fair

Untitled Art Fair helps emerging galleries with lower fees

Art fairs could be to recover, but some of the pre-pandemic issues persist. Untitled Art Fair, which is hosting its 10th edition in Miami this year (November 29 to December 4), has created a new section for 22 emerging galleries, spaces run by artists and nonprofits – and has reduced its booth fees of $ 13,000 to $ 5,000.

“This is our 10th edition, but we still want to be financially viable for start-ups,” says Jeff Lawson, founder and owner of the fair. The area is called “Nest”, to evoke the image of a place where galleries can develop, he adds. Most of the newbies come from North America, including Calderón Ruiz, a gallery of Latinx artists that recently opened in New York City, and artist Five Car Garage from California.

Lawson confirms that the San Francisco Fair’s in-person event and its virtual reality shows are on hold for the time being, with the focus on the Miami Fair. “The digital component is still very real. We just take the time while people want to see the art in person, ”he says.

“Couple Under an Umbrella” by Ron Mueck (2013-15) © A. van Kaam

Ron Mueck’s “Dead Daddy” (1996-97), a realistic albeit half-size replica of her father lying dead and naked, is one of nine sculptures in a dedicated exhibition opening at the London gallery of Thaddaeus Ropac next week (October 13-November 13). Visitors of 1997 Sensation The exhibition of Charles Saatchi’s collection is perhaps reminiscent of “Dead Dad” and, notes Polly Robinson Gaer, executive director of the gallery: “It can now be unveiled to a new generation”. The work was later purchased by renowned Chicago collector Stefan Edlis, for an estimated price of $ 1.5-2 million, who kept it under a glass coffee table in his living room for over 20 years, Gaer confirms.

The collector died in 2019 but the work remains in the Stefan T Edlis & H Gael Neeson collection, shared with his widow, and is not for sale. Other works are, however, in an exhibition that covers “all ages of man,” Gaer says. Prices range from $ 500,000 to $ 1.8 million for the “Couple Under an Umbrella” (2013-15) who is twice the size of his life. “Mother and Child” (2003) is also featured, as is “Man in Blankets” (2000), which garnered the attention – and the interest of a museum – at Art Basel last month.

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