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.


David Franchi – Wednesday, 21st October 2015.

Frieze art fair 2015The 13th London edition of Frieze Fair for contemporary artpresented 164 of the world’s leading galleries from 27 countries.

Probably the best ever edition, Frieze Art Fair 2015 offered Sculpture Park, Frieze Talk and Frieze Projects. A new team started its work, with Victoria Siddal becoming responsible for all Frieze events.

For the first time, Frieze Sculpture Park will remain open to visitors for three months, until 17 January 2016. At no cost, the Sculpture Park is located in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park, London. It exhibits 16 works, both new and already seen, by international artist.

For the 2015 edition, Frieze Talks presented a mix of drastic art and promising artists practice. With its usual combination of conversations, lectures and panel discussions, highlights were Cuban activists Tania Bruguera, artist and novelist Douglas Coupland, stylist Vivienne Westwood, and a panel discussion about the affordability for artists who want to live in London chaired by Justin Simons, Head of Culture for the Mayor of London.

Frieze Projects is a non-profit curated programme, supported by LUMA foundation, with additional assistance offered by Arts Council England.

A significant highlight was Frieze Film. It staged works of four artists, including Charles Atlas with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Xavier Cha, Gery Georgieva and Thirteen Black Cats. The works proposed expressed a range of approaches contemporary film – making.

For the 2015 edition, Frieze Projects displayed seven new commissions, including ÅYR, Lutz Bacher, castillo/corrales, Thea Djordjadze, Jeremy Herbert, Asad Raza and Rachel Rose.

The latter is also the winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award 2015. Based in New York, Rachel Rose is currently on a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London. For the Frieze Artist Award 2015, she created a scale -model of the fair structure, with lighting and sound design simulating the fauna of Regent’s Park. Frieze Artist Award calls an artist to create a site – specific artwork at Frieze London. For this year edition, 1200 applications from all over the world have been received.

Another important innovation is the new managing team for the Frieze Fairs. Last month Victoria Siddall was appointed as Director of Frieze London and Frieze New York, in addition of already being Director of Frieze Masters.

London Frieze Fair has seen Joanna Stella –Samicka taking up the position of Artistic Director and managing relationship within Europe, Middle East, Russia and Africa.

The business management group is now composed by Kerry Bishop (COO), Paul Rakker (CFO) and Anna Sterling (Frieze Publishing). Abby Bangser has been appointed as Artistic Director for Americas and Asia.

The winner of the Stand Prize at Frieze London 2015 is Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. The Stand Prize recognises to an outstanding gallery presentation at Frieze London. Supported for the seventh year by Champagne Pommery, the prize consists in the sum of £10,000.  Five further galleries received Special Commendations from the jury for their presentations: The Approach, London; Experimenter, Kolkata; Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin; Casas Riegner, Bogotá and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

Running in London alongside Frieze Masters 2015, Frieze Art Fair was sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the 12th consecutive year.

The Frieze Art Fair 2015 was at Regent’s Park, London, from 14th until 17thOctober.


David Franchi – Sunday, 18th October 2015.

PAD -Pavilion of Art and Design London 2015 fairAs usually PAD London Art Fair 2015 has hit the mark. The overwhelmingly PAD 2015 fair is one of the most significant catalysts that attracts to London art galleries from the most important in the world.

PAD 2015 Art Fair was at its usual location in Berkley Square, in Mayfair, in the earth of London.

At its 9th edition, PAD 2015 London proposed 63 galleries of which 13 were participating for the first time.

In between the most relevant galleries of the world, they present unique pieces. The atmosphere is lavish and, according to the prices, addressed to top class buyers.

An exceptional organisation is provided and the disposition of the galleries seems to be same from the last years, which means the business has been successful in the past.

Participants to PAD 2015 London can be grouped by themes: 20th Century Design, Contemporary Design, Decorative Art, Jewellery, Modern Art, Antiquities + Tribal Art, Asian, Islamic Art, Sculpture, and Photography. This array gives an accurate panorama of what are the essential trends in the art world.

Like every year PAD London is proud of its restaurant and bar. For the 2015 edition of the art fair the design of the PAD restaurant and Ruinart bar is committed to Francis Sultana the famous furniture and interior designer from London, who also exhibit at the Frieze art fair.

Sultana is also one of judges for the Moët Hennessy PAD London Prize, which is an esteemed panel of judges including Julia Peyton-Jones, Elizabeth Saltzman, Nigel Coates, Allegra Hicks and Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The winners for the year 2015 are: Kreo Gallery (UK/France) for Contemporary Design; Jousse Entreprise (France) for 20th Century Decorative Art; Rose Uniacke (UK) for Best Antiquities Stand; and Pierre Passebon / Galerie du Passage (France) for Best Stand.

In 1997 Patrick Perrin created one of the most appreciated cultural events in France, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris. Inspired by the Italian studiolo of the Renaissance, it brings together international gallery owners as well as young promising dealers, whose area of expertise covers the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, together with the relationship between art and industry, and the beginnings of the Arts and Crafts movement and design. Since 2007 the fair has taken a new direction focusing on Art and Design from 1860 to today and now is called Pavilion of Art & Design.

The fair PAD –Pavilion of Art and Design was in Berkley Square, Mayfair, London,from 14th until 18th October 2015.