What Did I (Not) Miss, Berlin Art Week Part 2

What Did I (Not) Miss, Berlin Art Week Part 2

Wednesday, 17 Sep
All the gold that I have – Emilie Pitoiset @ Klemm’s
Walking into the Hof at Klemm’s is always a good time. The smell of hotdogs, art hipsters milling about, abc investors, and plenty of bikes is a promising sight. Walking into the gallery felt like stepping into a quiet dream filled with obscure, carefully placed objects.
Emilie Pitoiset has created what appears to be minimal and deceivingly sloppy looking sculpture that sets the stage for a Freudian nightmare. You need your head about you to navigate what is going on here.
The lighting was so bright, it reinforced the sterility of the work, to its benefit. Definitely worth the gander
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Some Lesser Known Rituals Of Wimbledon @ Soy Capitan
Soy Capitan being adjacent to Klemm’s is a total bonus for crowd coverage. The parties outside generally explode as everyone sees one show, then the other, and then situates themselves in the courtyard for a good time socializing.
This always makes seeing the work at either gallery easier as the crowd stays outside when the weather is nice.
The install at Soy Capitan is small, but the fantasy meets spare parts aspect doesn’t fall short. Love the large ‘IV’ letters with ivy on it.
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Vicky Uslé - Weightlessness Encounter @ alexander levy
Perfectly located in a gallery nest on Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse, alexander levy truly shined for the gallery night on Wednesday with a show by Vicky Uslé. It attracted many well-informed visitors, as well as collateral passers-by who were perhaps visiting VeneKlasen Werner downstairs, or Johann König, Berlin a couple of blocks away, and had heard that there is a lot of great spaces to visit in that neighborhood - even solely in that very building.
We came to see how Vicky Uslé deals with her medium of expression, and fell in love with the weightlessness of her effort in doing it great, immediately upon arriving to the gallery space that felt so light and airy, even though fairly crowded and loud. Wonderfully balanced hues locked our eyes to the canvases, and there was nothing we could do but stare.
+15 for the good mood and the constant flow of drinks to support it all the way through evening
Thursday, 18 Sep
abc art berlin contemporary @ Station-Berlin
Well it’s here. abc started Thursday and Berlin could not be more excited. With over one hundred participating galleries this year it was definitely the thing to do on a Thursday night.
The crowd was happy over all, and upon entering you are immediately bombarded with art. The 2014 exhibition booths look promising and bouncing from place to place can cause dizziness, as there is always something better that catches your attention.
Whiplash. The galleries did not hold back any stops and it shows. Our list of tops is far too long to name bests. You should see for yourself.
Don’t wait until it is over to say you should have attended this year.

+17 for the Bite Club food truck and catering. Good work!
Thursday, 18 Sep
Positions Berlin @ Kaufhaus Jandorf
Kaufhaus Jandorf proved to be a versatile space, serving various purposes but mainly markets of different kinds, which in retrospect seemed to be a test for what was to come - Berlin's new art fair called Positions Berlin, which took place there for the first time this year. The new addition to the traditional Berlin Art Week program is designed to enhance the already existing formats, and in a way it fulfills its aim. It is smaller and less ambitious than abc, which is exactly why it is not better or worse - it is simply different.
Some of the highlights were the humorous works by Valentin Just and Paul Bowler+Georg Weissbach at the GalerieKleindienst booth, amazing drawings by Ulrich Kochinke, and a very berlinesque booth (Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery) with works by Amir Fattal, Markus Keibel, and Pola Sieverding.
A bit too much of a cheap market feel was present, but the first day was still a promising start, and had a lot of people circulating with genuine interest for the works (shout out to the guys who got carried away 'interacting' with cents on the pavement that formed the word "FREIHEIT", +23 points to the unknown heroes)

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