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IN OUR LIVING ROOM WITH MARK SANDERS

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PORTRAITS TAKEN BY CEDRIC BARDAWIL FOR KENNEDY MAGAZINE, A BIANNUAL JOURNAL OF CURIOSITIES.


Mark Sanders is an independent curator, writer and art consultant
based in London.

Ahead of Frieze Week, we have talked to him about Contemporary Art, emerging artists and new cultural places to visit whilst in London.
 

Hi Mark, could you please tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your career in Contemporary Art?

I started my career in the artworld first in publishing. I was the Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused Magazine and also AnOther Magazine in the 1990s and 2000’s and so was witness to the British Art explosion at that time. My original background was though as an Art Historian although I decided to be pro-active and so be an active participant within our contemporary culture.

How has Contemporary Art evolved in the past 25 years?

I have been lucky enough to witness contemporary art as a lived experience, meaning that rather than art being something distant that you own or hang on the wall it has always been for me a living form of dialogue, an expression of the here and now. If asked how contemporary art has evolved in the past 25 years well London has certainly become one of the key centres of contemporary art although I sometimes worry that it has now become too ‘international’ meaning that it may have become more business orientated as opposed to emerging talent.

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STUDY FOR BATHROOM, STANLEY ROOM, 2018 | CAROLINE WALKER
COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GRIMM AMSTERDAM / NEW YORK

What are you looking forward to seeing a Frieze London this year? Any new emerging artist we should be aware of?

Frieze Art Fair is one of the main events on the international art calendar. I am always interested in checking out new emerging talent in painting and the work of Caroline Walker I think is an interesting development. Recently Caroline produced a series of paintings based on the housekeeper staff at The Laslett which has been very impressive.


What was Caroline's inspiration behind that particular painting?

Caroline has always been interested in the experience of the ‘unseen’ women in our society, the everyday hidden workers who are the foundation of our society. The paintings realised by Caroline during her time at The Laslett continue this ‘hidden London’ series in a very interesting way.

 

Caroline Walker's "Study for Monday Morning" and "Study for Bathroom, Stanley Room" will be shown at Frieze London in The Regent's Park
(Stand G6 - GRIMM, 4-7 October 2018).

Study-for-Monday_v1STUDY FOR MONDAY MORNING, STANLEY ROOM, 2018 | CAROLINE WALKER
COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GRIMM AMSTERDAM / NEW YORK

What other cultural museums, galleries or institutions would you recommend to a visitor whilst in London?

For new visitors to London I would recommend the

Courtauld Institute Collectionoff the Strand. One of the secret gems of London where you can see Manet’s "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère" in person. No one knows that this seminal painting is here in London so it is a must to see!

 


FORTHCOMING SHOWS:
Kate MccGwire – Dream: Art Meets Dream
29 September 2018 to 5 May 2019 at the Palazzo Bramante, Rome. 
www.katemccgwire.com

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz - The School of Night
13 – 20 November 2018
www.wolfevonlenkiewicz.com

Caroline Walker – Picture Window Book Launch
Friday 5 October 2018, 6:30pm until 8:30pm
187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE
www.carolinewalker.org