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23 Jul 2008
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Ron Arad to design Timothy Taylor Gallery stand at Frieze Art Fair
Timothy Taylor Gallery is delighted to announce that Ron Arad, celebrated London based designer and architect, is designing its stand for the Frieze Art Fair 2008.
This will mark the beginning of Arad’s working relationship with Timothy Taylor Gallery, who announced earlier this year that it is now the primary gallery representing Arad in the UK. Presenting works from international artists represented by the gallery such as Kiki Smith, Armen Eloyan and Mai Thu Perret, Arad’s stand will consist of dynamic clusters of interlocking planes which challenge the usual distinctions between a stand’s inside and outside, allowing many more viewpoints for visitors and passersby.
Timothy Taylor Gallery
15 Carlos Place, London W1K 2EX
21 Dering Street, London W1S 1AL
Super formed Aluminium
55 1/8 x 74 4/8 x 36 5/8 in. / 140 x 190 x 93 cm
Courtesy the artist, Ernest Mourmans and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Copyright: Ron Arad, 2008
Arad said, ‘I wanted to rethink the idea of the conventional rectangular fair stand with a solid exterior wall, and to create something that really gives the best service to the exhibits, doesn’t fight or compete with them, but is nevertheless expressive. The stand is a temporary, operational structure, but it doesn’t have to look that way.’
Frieze Art Fair is acknowledged as the UK’s most important contemporary art event and one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs. The 2008 fair will present a rigorous selection of around 150 of the most exciting international galleries, together with Frieze Art Fair’s unique curatorial programme of artists’ projects.
Timothy Taylor Gallery is one of the UK’s leading galleries and its exhibition programme is directed by Emma Dexter, who joined the gallery from Tate Modern where she was a senior curator. She said, ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to test the limits of an essentially basic formula by commissioning Ron Arad to design our stand. As a result of working with Arad’s design, it has encouraged us to think differently about what we’re showing at Frieze. It’s adventurous and has opened up a realm of new possibilities.’
Arad’s design for Frieze Art Fair will precede his major solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, which runs from 19 November 2008 until 26 January 2009 and will then travel to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His first solo exhibition with Timothy Taylor Gallery in London will follow in Spring 2009.
Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951 and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and at the Architectural Association in London. He was appointed Professor of product design at the Royal College of Art in London in 1997. Before and After Now, a major retrospective of Arad’s work was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2000, a year after the publication of a monograph by Deyan Sudjic, now Director of London’s Design Museum. In 2004 Ron Arad Talks To Matthew Collings was published by Phaidon. Arad’s Architectural projects including the Maserati headquarters showroom in Modena, Italy, and Y’s fashion store for Yohji Yamamoto opened in 2003. In 2004 he began work on the design of Magis’s headquarters in Treviso, Italy and the Holon Design Museum in Israel as well as participating in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Location:15 Carlos Place, London, UK