Michael Gill from Art Review dropped in today; he was very enthused about the space and location. Over a glass of water (he is trying to stop drinking coffee) we talked about the revamped Art Review magazine. Itís looking really hot now; on the front cover is an astonishingly candid photograph of Hans Ulrich Obrist by Juergen Teller; apparently it caused quite a stir at Art Basel. People would react in a real love/hate way, decrying Obrist for his arrogance or snatching the magazine hungrily to know what the man has to say.
As Michael explained the new plans for the magazine in his warm Australian accent it became obvious that the energy of reinvention that has consumed Art Review mirrors the explosive enthusiasm here in the industry; we had a great deal to discuss. We could see that Art Review want to be closer to the blood and guts of the art world, that they sought rawer; more unusual perspectives. As we detailed the ideas behind AYCE.TV, the new fashion projects and Stuartís creation of a Warholian working environment, it became clear that something clicked between us.
There is something crackling in the air.
We left the meeting inspired and poured through the publication enjoying the new design (award winning graphics group Spin have really excelled themselves) and editorial focus. Itís been a long time coming but it feels like people are really beginning to appreciate and buzz about Stuartís unique practice and idiosyncratic way of working. I guess timing is everything.