Saturday, 30 May 2009

Tracey Emin - Those Who Suffer Love

Excitement filled the air as I scrambled through the crowds on thursday night for Tracey Emin's first london show in for years. Everyone turn out for the queen of the YBA's, from the cool art students to the well tailored collectors. As you enter the first room you are hit with a provocative projection of a headless women masturbating, it is made up of drawings of a naked women in high heels put together to give a continuously looping flick book film. This piece was intriguing and seemed to be reflecting of the the title, 'those who suffer love', the continuous pleasure of this women is contrasted with the deep loneliness of the none ending action. The show was very stripped back, linear and direct to the point, Tracey herself described it as her ' credit crunch show' and there was none of the pomp usually attached to white cube shows. Down stairs were a selection of note book drawings some from as long ago as 20 years, for these were the pieces that touched me as they showed a raw incite into Tracey's painful past. The Blankets with drawings stitched onto them were quite fabulous and was a interesting way to present the drawing threw the actually stitches. Definitely one to go and see and is on until 4 july. 


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Shaan Syed

Shaan Syed is a young contemporary artist from Canada. He creates some amazing eye catching pieces the stripe picture bellow, 'Bad Neighbour' , relates very closely to the work of Anselm Reyle but Syed used bright colours to create a brilliant exciting feeling to this piece. My favorite series has to be 'And when you're (really) High'. In these canvases Syed uses diagonally crossing stripes of colour on a black background crating an incredible image. The one bellow featured in a successfully show at Brown contemporary and was recently sold at Phillips de Pury. Although it didn't manage to reach its low estimate of $10,000 it eventually sold for %6,250. No doubt this lot was a casualty of the recession and at only $6,250 i think  it  has suffered from the market under valuing this incredible piece. Shaan Syed is definitely one too watch in the coming years.

Shaan Syed Bad Neighbour

Shaan Syed 
SYED_SHAAN And when you're (Really) high no.2, 2007 
sold: May 15, 2009 

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