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"At my peak, I was eating two pounds of meat and six raw eggs per day"
💦 Barry Schwabsky: the pitiful male homunculus
💦 couples that curate together, stay together
💦 spittle has a bone to pick with Eddy Frankel
Back! In! Full! Swing! You’ve had some time off, now get back to it! On Weds we’ll be doing a lil’ tour of East, popping in to Sherbert Green and Rose Easton; on Thursday you’ll find us in Central to see Jenkyn van Zyl at Edel Assanti (we loved his exhibition at Rose Easton last year!) and there’s no rest for the wicked with Sadie Coles, Ginny on Frederick and Taymour Grahne all opening stellar shows this weekend too!!
🧊18 Jan | 7pm | Contemporary Artists & Schneemann: A Panel Discussion with Phoebe Boswell, Celia Hempton & Tai Shani, hosted by Hettie Judah. Fountain Room, Barbican [Barbican]
🧊18 Jan | 6–9pm | Into My Arms: Sonya Derviz, My-Lan Hoang-Thuy, Shamiran Istifan and Li Li Ren, Sherbet Green [Cambridge Heath]
🧊18 Jan | 6–8pm | Catherine Murphy, Sadie Coles Bury Street [Green Park]
🧊18 Jan | 6–8pm | ‘On the edge of fashion,’ Rose Easton [Bethnal Green]
🧊19 Jan | 6–8pm | On Failure, Soft Opening [Cambridge Heath]
🧊20 Jan | 6–9pm | Keep Your Love On, Barbican Arts Group Trust, ArtWorks Project Space, 114a Blackhorse Lane [Blackhorse Lane]
🧊21 Jan | 10am–4pm | Bow Arts East London Art Prize, 181 Bow Road [Bow Church]
🧊21 Jan | 3–4pm | Artist Talk - Diego Marcon and Allesandro Rabottini in conversation, Sadie Coles Davies St [Bond Street]
**IN RESPONSE TO EDDY FRANKEL**
We read Eddy Frankel’s piece in TimeOut listing the best young galleries in London, and while we agree to a degree (of course Ginny on Frederick, Rose Easton, Xxijra Hii etc etc are the crème de la…) quite frankly we feel that there were several not insignificant oversights, the reasons for which we have expanded on in bullet point form below, in ‘spittle’s Brief but Forensic Correction to the Record Regarding London’s Best Young Galleries’ (obviously not all of them, if you want to be included in 2024 we are open to financial incentives).
Used to be Paradise Row, infamous haunt of David Cameron
Exhibitions exquisitely curated by Mazzy Mae
Situated in the historic (now revamped) Boris Bags shop building
Only young gallery Louisa Buck will visit
Proof that the couple that curates together, stays together
Best written press releases in whole of London
Harlesden High Street
BBQs in the depths of winter
Shisha nights and constant drama
Ripping the traditional gallery structure to shreds
New-to-the-scene baby gallery
Industrial estate chic, DIY carpentry, sickening diamanté everywhere
Unhinged founder, often nude
Collective Ending HQ
Big installations +++
Hot bed of curators with diet coke addictions
Artist studio collective to boot
The Artist Room
Sensitive curation and understated vibes
Plaster magazine’s big brother
Lots of stairs
Chicest paintings in Deptford
Evidence that insurance firms ARE the new curatorial traineeships for Gen-Z
First gallery to honour spittle with a press clipping of our reportage
Ridley Road Project Space
(RIP) We miss you
Please come back
Only made one sale but it was to Wolfgang Tillmans
Freehouse gallery respawned in Fitzrovia
Oversharing on IG stories
Jealous he is Art Advisor for Sessions Arts Club
Unreal studio selects
Hard to tell who works there?
Illegal to not sign in at front desk
Boujiest mouth-watering house-cum-gallery
Shows Garrett Pruter’s Birds <3
Dinner Party Gallery
Even greater graphic design
Less actual dinner parties than expected
🔴 ‘We are watching someone being worked to death in public…’ - Art Smack, Jerry Gogosian’s podcast is our current guilty listen! Last week she delves into the ethics of Kusama’s recent Louis Vuitton collab by way of a profile comparing the artist’s early, subversive and sexual works with her recent ‘penchant’ for commerce and collaboration.
👹 ‘a naked young woman tenderly offering her forearm to the bloody bite of a goblin-faced little old man with an infant’s bare behind’ - cult artist Sanya Kantarovsky gets the profile treatment in Artforum. Come to hear Barry Schwabsky compare himself to the ‘pitiful male homunculi’ in the artist’s paintings, and stay to learn about their interest in the Soviet-era satirical magazine Krokodil.
🚽 ‘Every home needs one thing and that’s a urinal in the kitchen’ - Found on architecture Twitter, Zillow Gone Wild is a treasure chest of the most bizarre and insane homes for sale in the USA. Alongside palatial modernist gems by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright are McMansions with indoor caves, grottos and waterslides, toilet thrones, houses sprayed with foam to resemble white cliffs and even kitchens with urinals.
🥩 ‘Seed oils do not turn your blood into plastic’ - Some of you may remember last week’s parting shot, detailing how Joshua Citarella was ‘exploring “extremely online nutrition”’ & following a carnivorous diet for the month. Well, turns out he’s spent the last year experimenting with online body-’enhancing’ tactics in the name of research; here he explains where the left and right converge, and how self-designing our bodies is the final pit stop of postmodernism.
💀 ‘The CEO of Balenciaga’s parent company sells sickening child sex mannequins,’ - Yes, that is referring to work by The Chapman brothers, in a point explored for ArtReview by Tom Whyman who compares Balenciaga’s paedo-gate to Jake and Dinos’ gory & provocative body of work. Morality speaks through the market, Tom concludes, and unless you’re a conglomerate of mega rich conspiracy theorists there’s no chance you’re cancelling a blue chip artist… sorry.
With a contributor list including Charlie Fox, Cher, Sam McKiniss, Gaspar Noe, and Rachel Tashjian, this big book on dance looks like a groovy fun read. On The Dance Floor: Spinning Out on Screen is published by A24 and available here for $58
Happy fashion week! And we think this image of Borna Sammak speaks for the moment. If Borna’s happy, we’re happy. So if Borna’s vibing yellow Telfar, spittle’s vibing yellow Telfar xoxo