My Highlights from Frieze London
I've picked artists I personally know and have dialogue with, except for Karen Kilimnik and Giorgio Griffa, who I've never met. I feel more comfortable recommending artists who I know and with whom I've developed a real relationship. To have the chance to experience their thinking process, the approach to their work, and their integrity—this gives me a better awareness of their work. I try to meet as many artists as possible.
Most of the artist I picked have been part of Volcano Extravaganza, a curatorial program that The Fiorucci Art Trust conceives and produces in Stromboli, Italy. During this time I've had the great privilege of observing Jessica creating her sea paintings; of Christian realizing his drawings and collages; and Thea producing overwhelming installations. Some others such as Tunga and John are artists I've personally visited in their studios. All happy memories.
I know clearly when I feel hooked by a piece. Mario Garcia Torres says that we belong to the works we love. Even if I try to be as rational as possible, it may happen that I could overpay for a work if I really like it. Advice: be involved, follow your instinct , enjoy it (this is crucial), but be aware that collecting requires a serious commitment. It is not a easy task!
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