Timed to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair, Christie's will offer on Oct. 14–15 in London, 314 lots of modern and contemporary art for an anticipated combined pre-sale estimate of £57 million ($88.1 million).
Adviser Lisa Schiff told A.i.A. she was optimistic about the sale, indicating that economic restraints, particularly in Europe, lead to higher quality lots. "Since 2008, there has been a flight to quality work that has not wavered," she said. "The volatility in the stock market over the last year has led more and more high-net-worth individuals to move money from the stock market into the art market--a better asset allocation." The current dollar-to-pound rate makes it an ideal time in particular for wealthy American collectors to buy, she added.
SALT, the Istanbul-based nonprofit that launched in April 2011 with the mission to "explore critical and timely issues in visual and material culture," will open a second space in the city on Nov. 1. Located in the central commercial Galata neighborhood, the new space will have a library and hold the archives of art, architecture, design, urbanism, social and economic history maintained by SALT. It will also include almost 11,000 square feet for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, and rooms for workshops and conferences, plus revenue-generating amenities.
A new show of fours works by Pierre Huyghe at Esther Schipper gallery in Berlin [through Oct. 22] continues the artist's inquiry into the way we relate inside and outside of the exhibition context. Arriving in the gallery space, a male door attendant announces loudly the visitor's name and surname (titled Name Announcer). The rooms look empty at first sight, but in reality live insects and contagions abound. A gallery attendant has the flu (Influenced). On the walls and floor, some 10,000 ants circulate freely (Umwelt), creating lines that circulate from nest to nest in small holes in the walls. Fifty live spiders move towards the corners of the ceiling, captured by CCTV security cameras (C. C. Spider).
On Oct. 10, London's Thomas Dane Gallery will open a second London space just a minute's walk from the current gallery in St James's. The opening is timed to the annual Frieze Art Fair. The new addition has a large storefront opposite Christie's Duke Street Gallery and consists of 2,500 square feet, of which over half is ground-floor exhibition space.
Designed by David Kohn Architects, winners of the 2009 Young Architect of the Year award from the Architecture Foundation, the new gallery will preserve the historical building.
Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid
48 x 30 ¼ in.