Reports in from this year’s Artissima curated (sorry, directed) by Francesco Manacorda… seems it went pretty well. That’s right, we can be nice. Strong works reported in programmes curated by the likes of Anthony Huberman and LUX and, err, some other people…
Winner of the Illy prize selected by Ann Demeester, Richard Flood, Polly Staple and Adam Szymczyk was Melanie Gilligan, who wins 10k and some coffee. Not really, she gets no coffee. She does get “the opportunity to submit a design for the “Illy Art Collection” of coffee cups designed by leading artists”.
Winner of the stand prize was fair newcomer catchily-named RaebervonStenglin with a booth by Karsten Födinger and Alexander Wagner.
Winner of most disappointing exhibition – the miserable Douglas Gordon and Jonathan Monk’s ‘bar’ at Galeria Sonia Rosso, which served only warm Guinness at a snail’s pace. At least they got one aspect of British service culture right – they seemed thoroughly inconvenienced by every customer.