Contemporary art Fairs USA

Artist’s duvet day pays dividends

Shaan Syed capitalised on his customs woes. Louisa Buck

It’s the worst nightmare of every artist and gallerist: works get sent off in ample time to reach an art fair, but for some inexplicable reason, they remain incarcerated at Customs, resulting in an empty stand on the opening night or, sometimes, throughout the entire event. This has been the plight of the London-based artist Shaan Syed, whose new paintings, destined for the booth of New York’s Ana Cristea gallery at Untitled, were still suspended in Customs limbo as we went to press. But rather than being downhearted, the plucky Mr Syed has rustled up a few suitably placard-like prints from a previous New York show and, armed with a cosy futon and duvet and a restorative bottle of champagne, has decided to hunker down on the gallery’s stand and stage a solo version of John and Yoko’s Bed-In. Here he will remain until his work is released—but, ironically, it turns out that this impromptu performance has been rather good for sales.

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