David Franchi – Monday, 9th May 2016.

An interesting London Original Print Fair came back to the Royal Academy of Arts for the 2016.

London Original Print Fair 2016The London Original Print Fair2016 is for experts but also for fresh starters. Highlights for 2016 were important prints from Masters. LOPF is strictly linked to the Royal Academy. From out of the country some galleries returned to the Fair. For this edition was launched the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award won by The Atkinson, Southport.

At its 32nd edition the London Original Print Fair presented 51 leading publishers, dealers and galleries. The best knowledge from three continents that could be attractive both for expert collectors and for those just starting out, offering fascinating pieces for low prices but also incredible old and expensive prints.

Highlights of this year’s Fair included a significant number of Old Master dealers. C.G Boerner offered Rembrandt’s ‘A Beggar Seated on a Bank (self – portrait)’ and prints of Cranach and the series by Dürer, ‘The Small Woodcut Passion’. Eames Fine Art displayed etchings from the rare first edition of Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’. August Laube brought two significant Dürer engravings of the Madonna. The Fine Art Society and Gerrish Fine Art offered important prints by CRW Nevinson and Ben Nicholson, and Frederick Mulder had a rare impression of ‘The Sick Child I’ by Edvard Munch. The list of artists could be longer, including Picasso, Andy Warhol, Mirò, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, Yayoi Kusama and Ai Wei Wei, just to name a few.

Strong is the connection between the Royal Academy and the London Original Print Fair. Many Royal Academicians are also printmakers. Bernard Pratt has worked with artist Ana Maria Pacheco for almost 40 years and brings a new series, Comedia to the Fair. Paupers Press launched new works by the Chapman Brothers, while Enitharmon Editions have joined forces with Jealous once again to publish the second in a series of prints made especially for the Fair, The Print and the Poem, this year by Gary Hume. Alan Cristea Gallery presented a solo show of work by Michael Craig-Martin, including his new series entitled Fundamentals (2016).

Returning from overseas are Aspinwall Editions (New York); C.G. Boerner (New York and Düsseldorf); Durham Press (USA); Dreipunkt Edition (Germany); Gallery Jin (Tokyo); August Laube Buch- und Kunstantiquariat (Switzerland), Himmelblau Printmaking (Finland) and Neuhauser Kunstmühle (Austria). Together with them are some newcomers, A & D Martinez and Lelong Editions (Paris), ars, -tis, f. (Germany) and Art Editions-Fils, (Germany) and Kunstverket Galleri (Norway).

A veteran dealer Bernard Jacobson (London) exhibited for the first time at the Fair and, after some years working for Sims Reed Gallery, Lyndsey Ingram launched her own business at LOPF 2016, focused on post-war and contemporary prints.

This year Advanced Graphics have new prints by Anthony Frost: ‘Red Crayola’ and ‘Blue Crayola’. Coriander have worked with Sir Peter Blake RA and the Liverpool Biennial to publish Dazzle.

In this edition was firstly ever inaugurated the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award. It is a purchase grant for Museums, designed to enable a museum, a public galleries and print collections across the UK to buy an original print for their collection.

The winner of the inaugural Ecclesiastical Original Print Award was The Atkinson, Southport. They received £8,000 to spend at the London Original Print Fair.

Chaired by the President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun PRA, the judges chose The Atkinson for their enthusiasm for their print collection and commitment to increasing engagement with artists, schools, communities and visitors.

The LOPF presented an Annual Printmaking Talk, free tours, talks and printmaking demonstrations. Highlights this year included Michael Craig-Martin in conversation with Dame Joan Bakewell, and a Special Artist’s Talk with Yinka Shonibare MBE RA.

The Sponsor was Ecclesiastical Insurance, a specialist insurance and financial services company with expertise in fine arts and heritage, church, home, charity, education and care insurance.

The London Original Print Fair 2016 has been at the Royal Academy of Arts, from 5th until 8th May 2016.


David Franchi – Monday, 8th February 2016.

London Art Fair 2016The London Art Fair 2016 outcome is a great success. For its 2016 edition, the art fair was at the Islington Business Design Centre,London.

A leader event for Modern British and contemporary art, London Art Fair 2016 has presented 126 UK and international galleries. It brought together interesting and new ideas.

At its 28th edition, London Art Fair 2016 organised an interesting survey about the future of the art market. It was conducted among the exhibiting galleries. It revealed that 85% are confident that the art market will remain strong or fare better in 2016. The galleries expect the market should be stimulated by a growing number of people interested in buying art and increasing sales to international collectors. However, many galleries are worried about rising rents and business rates affecting the UK’s competitiveness in a global art market.

The Jerwood Gallery from Hastings was the museum partner for the 2016. It organized the exhibition Coast, displaying significant works drawn from the Jerwood Collection, including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, John Tunnard, and Christopher Wood. Curated by Liz Gilmore (Director, Jerwood Gallery) and Lara Wardle (Curator, Jerwood Gallery), Coast illustrated how the British coastline through its astonishing light influenced the artists hosted by the Jerwood Collection.

London Art fair 2016 presented ‘Dialogues’ a section of the Art Projects. Curated by Natasha Hoare Dialogues is focused on promoting a community of emerging international galleries. It featured collaborations between invited UK and international gallery partners. The five collaborations were: Copperfield (London) & NEST (The Hague); Division of Labour (Worcester) & NOME (Berlin); l’Étrangerè (London) & Base-Alpha Gallery (Antwerp); The RYDER (London) & All together Now (Rotterdam); and TJ Boulting (London) & Leslie (Berlin).

Another interesting section was Photo50, in an exhibition entitled ‘Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex’. Curated by Federica Chiocchetti, founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist, it was freely inspired to the masterwork film ‘Masculin Féminin’, (1966) by Jean-Luc Godard. Photo50 was supported by Genesis Imaging.

The 24,528 people visiting London Art Fair were a sign that 2016 would be another robust art market year for the UK. Notable sales were reported across both Modern British and international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video art and ceramics.

The London Art Fair 2016 was at the Islington Business Design Centre, London, from 20 until 24 January.


David Burlak – Sunday, 8th November 2015.

Points of View exhibition, Camden, London  © JakBox

Points of View exhibition, Camden, London © JakBox

Points of View” exhibition presents urban landscapes of Camden, London, as a work of art. There is an interactive online map. Users can share their own point of view. The project started with JakBox’s webapp. It focus on the theme of better living in urban areas. It has links with Psycogeography.

Opened the 24th September 2015, Points of View exhibition has been inaugurated with a lunch party at Koko which overlooks Cobden Junction, and Mornington Crescent Tube station, in Camden, London.

The Cobden Junction of Camden, London, is the location of the exhibition, which consists in collecting the people points of view about the area.

By walking around Camden, it is possible to follow an interactive online map that guides to contradictory scenes, but nevertheless in familiar environments. It encourages sharing what the user can see, his feelings, basically his own ‘point of view’. Any point of view is subjective. Therefore, a single person gesture or gaze is different from the one of another.

The project “Points of View” started when Simon Williams, founder of JakBox, designed a webapp to share viewpoints he found of the town.

After the app, the project received a commission from the Camden Council, Camden Town Unlimited and Greater London Authority.

JakBox encourages discovering Camden as a living collage of materials and movement. It provides a series of physical positions from which it is possible to view characteristics of this collage. The positions are each marked by a yellow cross on the pavement, corresponding to the interactive map, and showing where to stand and focus, all giving an artist’s viewpoint on the location.

Each point of view constantly changes. It happens by effect of the weather, the time of day and the intensity of movement, but also the personal situation. It is important to catch the flowing.

Therefore, to portray the stream of this urban landscape, JakBox went interactive. There is the possibility to share personal photographs and thoughts of each view. Every month JakBox choose a new Point of View from people suggestions.

“Points of Views” exhibition is an art project that deals with the most significant challenges we face today, that require cities to confirm their pledge to realise better living conditions in urban areas for all.

Nowadays, particularly big city like London are relocating in the knowledge economy. On average, they use physical workspace with cultural, technology and R&D facilities. Sustainable growth strategies are committed to design development path towards a model that works with fewer resources and achieve higher levels of growth. The gist of any inclusive growth is that they should be economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, which means to be inclusive of all parts of society.

A significant link of Points of View can be made with the work of British film-maker, writer and lecturer Patrick Keiller, who is part of the Psychogeography movement, a subfield of geography. It deals with the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.

The interactive aspects of “Points of Views” exhibition make art open to common people, conveying their ideas into a special gallery environment of daily urban world. It is possible to contribute, following the JakBox internet website, blog or their social media.

The exhibition on urban ladscapes “Points of Views” is at the Leyas Cafe, Camden, London, from 2nd October until 30th November 2015.


David Franchi – Thursday, 22st October 2015.

Frieze Masters 2015 art fair londonThe 4th London edition of Frieze Masters fair presented 130 of the world’s foremost art galleries.

The upbeat sales of art works remarked the Frieze Masters London fair attendance with nearly 50,000 visitors, up from 37,000 in 2014 – across both fairs, Frieze Art and Masters, it was this year at over 105,000, up from 100,000 in 2014.

Exhibitors were delighted by high presence of visitors, including international collectors and curators. Frieze Masters established a global reputation has seen record numbers of museum patron travel to London from around the world and more than double the number of visitors on the VIP preview day.

Artworks on display at Frieze Masters were a panorama of antiquities, Asian art,ethnographic art, illuminated manuscripts, Medieval, modern and post-war, Old Masters and 19th-century, photography, sculpture and Wunderkammer. Visitors could appreciate both established and new discoveries artists.

Frieze Masters 2015 sees the debut of Collections, a new section curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, who said: “Each of these eight presentations by individual dealers, spanning millennia, contain within them germs of ideas for exhibitions that could easily take place at any of the great public institutions in the world.” The eight galleries participating were all new to Frieze Masters and many exhibited works that have not previously been shown in this fair, ranging from Maiolica to Paleolithic stones, Netsuke to Egyptian carvings.

Frieze Masters presented a brand new management. Director of Frieze Masters since the first edition, last month Victoria Siddall was also appointed as Director of Frieze London and Frieze New York. She is joined by new team Abby Bangser as Artistic Director (Americas & Asia) and Jo Stella-Sawicka as Artistic Director (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia).

Focused on 20th-century, the Spotlight section had a new curator, Clara M Kim, formerly Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Director/Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles. Critically applauded Spotlight section presented 15 galleries from eight territories showing solo presentations of significant work made in the 20th century.

An emergent trend between exhibitors is to share the stand, partnering with other galleries. Frieze Masters too has an attitude to contemplate art of all periods. For Frieze Masters 2015 Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art (both London) collaborated on ‘an ideal collection’ of works spanning the centuries, placing 14th-century Italian panels alongside the likes of Hans Arp and Louise Bourgeois. Also Karsten Schubert and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (both London) juxtapose modern masterpieces by Bridget Riley with Old Master drawings and ancient portrait sculpture.

The Sculpture Park returned to the English Gardens in the Regent’s Park, selected by Clare Lilley and featuring 16 international new and historical works from both Frieze London and Frieze Masters galleries. For the first time, it will remain open to visitors for three months, until 17 January 2016, at no cost.

Frieze Masters feature the highly praised Talks programme, curated by Jasper Sharp and involving top contemporary artists, museum directors and collectors.

In 2015 Frieze Masters presented again the highly praised Talks programme. It developed to host nine conversations, co-programmed for the first time by Jennifer Higgie (Co-editor frieze and Editor, Frieze Masters magazine) who joins Jasper Sharp (Adjunct Curator of Mod­ern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna).

Frieze Masters is designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf as a meditative, stylish space for an outstanding variety of artworks, from mixed cultures and periods.

In addition to main sponsor Deutsche Bank and associate sponsor Gucci, which also supports Talks programme, Frieze Masters sponsors are BMW, Champagne Pommery, The Art Fund and the Financial Times.

Art fair Frieze Masters was in Regent’s Park, London, from 14th until 18th October 2015.