“Can you believe it took 20 years before anyone asked for my opinion about art & style? Mon dieu.” – Yasmina Reza’s blank canvas after being asked to curate our Frieze inspired wish list
Grayson Perry, now here’s a man who knows a little something about contemporary art and how to make a statement. If only these 36 illustrated postcards had been around earlier!
Personally, I believe you can never go wrong with a classic style staple at an Art Fair. This pure white silk shirt by French label Equipment is where trendy meets timeless.
Those who know me well understand I’m no stranger to a thick black marker. But personally, I’ve always been partial to the fine line of Japanese calligraphy brushes. This Liquid Eyeliner Pen from Shu Uemura is one for the ages.
If one must go English for their Art Fair fashion, one must go Burberry! This modern reworking of the brand’s classic double-breasted overcoat is de rigueur, darlings. A timeless and versatile piece to add to your collection, it looks stunning against any artistic backdrop you choose.
Finally, a book explaining what the art world is really all about – Money. Power. Beauty! Art dealer extraordinaire Michael Findlay demystifies nearly a half-century in the art business. Mes chères, here is your crash course, just in time for Frieze.
An unnamed perfume? How avant-garde! Cult perfumer Byredo redefines essential luxury and minimal style yet again. Spray liberally, and watch others stand amazed.
Look darlings, you know I’m not for sale. I’m spoken for. I do, however, have some cousins who are available and looking. This stunning red artwork is a South Korean relation. Needless to say, we come highly recommended.
Some may say a giant bass tooth is a tad gauche. I certainly don’t agree. This objet d’art by uber trendy artist David Shrigley infinitely collectible. As for the price? No comment.
There’s nothing more stunning than a piece of wearable art. This elegant hand-beaded corset by ROOTS of South Sudan looks just as good framed on the wall as a unique art piece as it does on the dance floor on a Saturday night.
A BLANK CANVAS? THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!
Yasmina Reza’s play Art is coming back to London this autumn, 20 years after it first debuted. For those of you who aren’t intimately acquainted with the plot already (for shame!) here’s the basic rundown – a guy called Serge buys a pure white blank canvas by a trendy artist for 200,000 francs (because this is pre-Euro France, bien sûr). His friend Marc is entirely unconvinced of the painting’s value. According to him, it’s a piece of shit. Comedy ensues as the characters question not only the value of modern art but also ideas of friendship, tolerance and prejudice. A better play you cannot find to complement your Frieze London 2016 adventures!
But all this got us thinking. If the blank white canvas in the play could talk, what would it say? What opinions would it have? Playing off of that theme, for this Frieze edition of the Culture Edit we’ve asked the infamous blank canvas to act as our featured Curator. Turns out this unassuming canvas has a lot of big ideas about minimal fashion, bold homewares and intelligent literary choices. So go on, take a gander. But shopper beware, this curated selection is sure to cause a little controversy of its own. But after all, isn’t that what a healthy sense of personal style is all about?