She was a lady, proud and determined, yet kind and giving; always faithful, inspiring and caring. She touched everyone with special love and kindness. Even when her health was frail, her spirit remained strong. She gave all of herself and never asked for anything in return. She was one of a kind.
All art fairs look pretty much the same to me. Rows of brightly lit gallery spaces filled with beautiful and pleasing or provoking, and, at times, ugly artworks, with snobbish and intimidating gallerists who make you feel that you know nothing about art and never will. But some fairs are more fun than the others, and better organised. Frieze is probably one of them.
Last Christmas I received a wonderful gift from a very special friend, a rather large book written by Saeb Eigner: Art of the Middle East. The author is a passionate advocate for the arts and education, governor of London Business School, a regular speaker on TV and radio, and a well known figure in the art world.
Some of you might have heard about deskilled art. Many of you might have not. Let me shed some light on the term.
While half of the world is still struggling with the consequences of a global recession, the Eurozone is going through financial crisis; unemployment rates are at a record high, banks are going bankrupt, Arab countries are experiencing major changes in political regimes, and the world in general is falling apart, art is booming!