And so, to end another fantastic year at Scott & Co, we review our highlights and celebrate the success of everyone with whom we worked.
NOMAD brightened our January by announcing the participating galleries for their debut edition, which opened late April in Monaco. Back in the British countryside, Chatsworth House readied itself for the landmark exhibition, House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion, curated by Hamish Bowles. In February, we put we put on our party shoes for a spectacular Sambazonia Carnaval to introduce SUSHISAMBA’s new partnership with the charity Cool Earth.
Blooming in time for spring, sketch presented the second edition of the Mayfair Flower Show with perfume house Diptyque and Pommery Champagne. We journeyed to Gal Weinstein’s immersive environment at the Israeli Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia. Whilst in Venice, we heard Mark Bradford and Okwui Enwezor in conversation with Christopher Bedford on inclusive art history, as part of Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection – a touring exhibition currently at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and set to travel to six other locations throughout 2018.
Artistic inspiration was all around, as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, announced the BALTIC Artists’ Award, the first international biennial award judged solely by artists. As summer sailed across the capital, Frieze Sculpture launched in Regent’s Park for the first time in the fair’s history, and we got festive with the Royal Academy of Arts, hosting Christmas in July in the elegant surrounds of the Academicians’ Room.
Turning to autumn, South Place Hotel welcomed a new art collection, comprising works by critically-acclaimed artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and Howard Tangye, with a glamourous party in their Secret Garden Bar. Stuart Shave Modern Art announced the opening of a second gallery on Vyner Street, with Josh Kline’s Civil War as its inaugural exhibition. Kline’s transatlantic gaze was similarly present at Frieze Art Fair 2017, where highlights included the new section Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics; work by Frieze artist-award winning Kiluanji Kia Henda in Frieze Projects; and a recreation of Peter Blake’s studio by Waddington Custot at Frieze Masters.
Meanwhile, at Thomas Dane Gallery’s London space, American photographer Catherine Opie exhibited new works from her ongoing series Portraits and Landscapes, and David Gill Gallery staged Intuitive Gestures by Fredrikson Stallard. Across the city, Kehinde Wiley, the artist officially commissioned to paint Barack Obama’s portrait, opened ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ at Stephen Friedman Gallery, whilst at sketch, our minds and bodies were meditatively transfixed by Chris Levine’s ‘Silent Light’ Christmas installation. Further afield in Amsterdam, renowned architect Rem Koolhaas designed a pioneering new overhaul of the Stedelijk Museum in for a major rehang that reimagines how we look at 20th and 21st Century art.
It has been an extraordinarily busy and rewarding year for us at Scott & Co, and 2018 promises further excitement and innovation. We look forward to seeing you then!
From 3-6 May 2018, Frieze New York will be returning to Randall’s Island Park for the seventh consecutive year. The 2018 edition of the fair will see the launch of Frieze Artist Award at Frieze New York, following an established program of Artist Award commissions at Frieze London. The Artist Award, which is supported by the LUMA Foundation, will include a budget of up to 30,000 USD and forms part of the fair’s non-profit program.
Also new for Frieze New York 2018 is Frieze Live, a program of performance and interactive projects throughout the fair. Further information about Frieze Live will be revealed closer to the fair.
Both the Frieze Live and Frieze Artist Award initiatives will be curated by Adrienne Edwards, a renowned curator, scholar, and writer with a focus on performance and artists of the African diaspora and the Global South.
Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Internationally renowned artist Michele Oka Doner is to stage a major solo exhibition at David Gill Gallery in March 2018. Oka Doner’s work draws on her longstanding curiosity with nature, informing its formal vocabulary. Her second show at the gallery showcases large sinuous cast bronze sculptures and giant works on paper that explore the early role of fire in ritual and its dislocation from contemporary life.
Irish sculptor Eva Rothschild RA, one of the leading sculptors of her generation, will hold a new solo exhibition at Modern Art running from 22 March to the end of April 2018. Her work draws from the legacy of minimalist and post-minimalist sculpture, offering evocative, open-ended experiences to the viewer. Encouraging a different way of looking at the world, it finds ways of engaging people with materiality in its many forms.
The exhibition will highlight the impressive scope of her work and her interest in making, featuring a variety of new works, ranging in size from a five-meter sculpture, almost on the scale of her outdoor work, to more domestic pieces and even pieces of furniture.
Opening 16th December, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam unveils an ambitious new collection presentation, STEDELIJK BASE. Seven hundred highlights from the collection are presented in a landscape of ultra-thin, freestanding walls: a unique architectural feature made possible through the innovative application of steel, specifically developed by AMO architects Rem Koolhaas and Federico Martelli.
STEDELIJK BASE is a fresh, accessible way to discover artworks and design pieces ranging from 1880 to the present. Foregrounding masterpieces by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Gerrit Rietveld and Marlene Dumas, the display invites visitors to embark on a journey through art history. The perimeter walls offer a chronological overview, while the freestanding elements create thematic zones, enabling visitors to experience the presentation in an open-ended way.
Curated by Gianluca Longo, Vases and Vessels celebrates the diversity and talent in the contemporary decorative arts scene. Through an exquisite selection of works by ten artists and designers, the exhibition will stage a rare opportunity to discover an array of influences, materials and styles, ranging from fruit-shaped vases to monumental vessels Venetian glassware and colourful, geometric forms.
New works showing at London’s David Gill Gallery include an intricate, porcelain sculpture by Beth Katleman, whose pieces can be found in Dior’s New Bond Street flagship store; a new edition of Narcissus vases by product designer Tino Seubert, made of Parsol glass and terrazzo; and bold, playful pieces by Domitilla Harding. In addition are works presented by Kate Malone, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda, Tommaso Corvi- Mora, Tancredi di Carcaci, Felicity Aylieff, Cody Hoyt and Lena Peters. Vases and Vessels opens on 22 November and runs until 5 December.
After a successful debut in Monaco in April 2017, NOMAD, the new travelling showcase for collectable design and contemporary art, will stage a new winter edition in St. Moritz from 8th to 11th February 2018, to be held at Chesa Planta, the spectacular 16th-century alpine mansion. NOMAD will then return to Monaco, to Karl Lagerfeld’s former residence, La Vigie, from 26th to 29th April 2018.
NOMAD St. Mortiz will present contemporary works alongside historic pieces from an edited selection of leading international galleries. New participants will include Demisch Danant (New York), Skarstedt (New York/London) and Almine Rech (Paris/Brussels/London/New York) and returning galleries from 2017 will include Nilufar (Milan), Gallery FUMI (London), Galerie BSL (Paris), Carwan Gallery (Beirut), David Gill Gallery (London) and Massimo de Carlo (Milan/London/Hong Kong)
On 7th November, Dame Vivienne Westwood and SUSHISAMBA hosted an intimate dinner in the restaurant’s private dining room to raise funds for Cool Earth, the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Over a special menu created by Corporate Chef Claudio Cardoso, Vivienne and Claudio shared their own insights and stories from visits to the Peruvian rainforest to witness Cool Earth’s pioneering work with local communities.
Working closely with Vivienne, SUSHISAMBA’s Corporate Chef Claudio Cardoso has created a limited-edition ‘Rain Forest Revolution’ dish, inspired by one of Vivienne’s Climate Revolution Playing Cards. His ingenious dish replicates Vivienne’s card in edible form, and was served for the first time during the dinner. The dish is now available on the SUSHISAMBA menu with a portion of the dish’s profits going straight to Cool Earth.
This autumn at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), emerging filmmaker, artist and performer Wu Tsang’s new solo exhibition Under Cinema will investigate the way artistic practice and its products are positioned to challenge dominant narratives. The world premiere of a new commission film, Under Cinema features the acclaimed American singer-songwriter Kelela, conceived as a site-specific installation for FACT’s Gallery 2 which is located under a cinema venue.
Alongside the new commission will be the UK premiere of We hold where study (2017), a two-channel projected film made in collaboration with the poet and theorist, Fred Moten.
FACT is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool, focusing on bringing people, art and technology together. Since the organisation was founded in 1988, it has commissioned and presented over 350 new media and digital artworks from artists including Piplotti Rist, Nam June Paik and Isaac Julien.
Under Cinema will be showcased at FACT from 26 October 2017 until 18 February 2018.
South Place Hotel has introduced a new menu of five gin cocktails inspired by a new art collection comprising works by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Howard Tangye. The new concoctions harmonise with the surrounding art, creating a uniquely holistic experience that resonates perfectly with the East London art-hotel.
Served in decadent highball glasses, the cocktails blend beautiful colours with unusual gins, fresh flavours and elegant finishes. A flourish of lemongrass string sits atop a zesty mixture of Cointreau and Indian spicy chai-infused Jindea gin in ‘Surreal Spice’, whilst rose liquor and lychee juice infuse with Xoriquer Mahon gin to create a warm, aromatic drink in its companion, ‘Lemon Les Nabis’. Chartreuse foam and dry violet stones adorn ‘Violet Vorticism’, a concoction that includes the exciting addition of lavender syrup, and a house-made raspberry ginger shrub muddles with Aperol and Tanqueray Ten, resulting in the delightful ‘Baroque Botanicals’. Finally, ‘Cubist Curacao’, a bright blue fusion blurs Tarquin’s gin with Blue Curacao, producing a drink with citrus and vanilla notes and dressed with a mint sprig, sliver of dried pineapple and dusting of icing sugar.
Each cocktail name draws inspiration from art movements in Britain and beyond, referencing the array of international visitors that have passed through South Place Hotel over the past five years.
Cocktail Atmospheres has opened at sketch in partnership with Matter of Stuff. Joining the inaugural Mayfair Design District at London Design Festival, the exhibition features works by thirteen international designers, including a new ethereal light installation by Sabina Belfiore Lucovich. A flight of specially designed cocktails imagined by sketch mixologists will complement the pieces on show, providing an immersive design experience in sketch’s newly restored Parlour room.
A major nationwide touring exhibition commencing in New Orleans this fall, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, will offer a new perspective on the critical contribution African American and African diaspora artists have made to the evolution of visual art from 1940s through to the present moment. Co-organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Ogden in New Orleans, Solidary & Solitary will trace a movement beginning in the mid-twentieth century with Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis through to some of the most celebrated artists working today such as Glenn Ligon and Lynette Yiadom-Boayke, as well as Mark Bradford, who is representing the USA at the Venice Biennale 2017. Curated by noted art historians Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, Solidary & Solitary will be the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together this vital lineage of visionary artists.
Commencing in New Orleans in time for the city’s most significant art event, Prospect Triennial, the exhibition will then travel across the US to venues including Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame; The Baltimore Museum of Art; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).
NOMAD, a unique showcase for collectable design, will travel to a new destination in February 2018. As the team prepares for one of the hottest design and art events of the forthcoming winter season, we look back at highlights of the first edition: NOMAD Monaco.
Claimed to be ‘the model of the future’ of collectable design, NOMAD staged its debut showcase in Monaco, in April 2017. Highlights of the four-day event included a headline talk by architect Norman Foster and Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic and a series of Special Projects, encompassing Serpentine Galleries, jeweller Christophe Graber, the NOMAD Lounge furnished by Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, and engaging performance art presented by Maison Boghossian.
The four-day event was held in Karl Lagerfeld’s former home on the French Riviera, La Vigie, and featured collectable design and art by a selection of the world’s leading galleries: Gallery FUMI, David Gill Gallery, Massimo de Carlo, Nilufar, Maniera, SEEDS, Louise Alexander Gallery, Carwan Gallery, Etage Projects, Galerie BSL, Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O, Alamak! and Heritage Gallery.
NOMAD will travel to a new location every year – the next destination will be announced soon.