David Franchi – Monday, 20th October 2014.

PAD 2014 Pavilion of Art and Design

PAD 2014 Pavilion of Art and Design

At its 8th edition, PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design – London 2014 confirmed to be a remarkable fair event for modern art, design and decorative arts.

PAD London 2014 was on the usual location in Mayfair, London, with 62 prominent galleries from Europe, North America and the Middle East.

With a very unique collecting style, PAD is a blending icon of modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts, which are interrelating and producing new interesting combinations with a special focus on interiors. Major international galleries from Europe, North America and Asia showcased together offering a brilliant choice of coveted works with museum quality standard.

PAD cultivates eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and flair. Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD the only this kind of event.

This year has seen an exceptional range of Contemporary Art and Design exhibitors, including Amman Gallery (Germany), which for the first time displayed the latest pieces of design studio Nucleo (Torino, Italy), with a renewed version of their iconic ‘Resin Fossil Table’. Young British designers made a strong appearance at PAD 2014 with Nilufar (Italy) exhibiting works by Bethan Laura Wood from her ‘Criss Cross Collection’, and Gallery Fumi (UK) features ‘Roly Poly daybed’ by Faye Toogood alongside iconic chairs by Alex Hull.

Representing 20th Century Design, Anne-Sophie Duval Gallery is at its first participation to PAD London. It showed iconic pieces of designers from Art Deco period. Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval is one of the first Parisian galleries to have taken part in the rediscovery of French Art Deco creative design.

PAD always give space to out of the ordinary and curiosities galleries. Joining PAD for the first time, Finch & Co (UK) offered a collection of Ethnographic Art and Antiquities from all corners of the globe, from Sri Lanka and the Soloman Islands to Austria and the British Isles.

For expert of Tribal Art galleries, Alain de Monbrison (France), Lucas Ratton (France) and Galerie Flak (France) were present, also first-time participants.

Also interesting the presence of few galleries showing Antiquities and Pre-Colombian Art, including Gordian Weber Kunsthandel (Germany) specialized in important artworks from Antiquity, focusing primarily on the ancient Mediterranean cultures.

Regarding new exhibitors of Modem Art this year, Daniel Blau (UK) put forward a solo exhibit of rediscovered drawings by Andy Warhol, while Robilant + Voena (UK/Italy) focused on Italian Modern Art.

The Photography section has seen the return of Michael Hoppen Gallery with a themed exhibit on horizon in photography by Hunter S. Thompson, and Hamiltons Gallery showcased eye-catching photographs by Guido Mocafico.

Decorative Art has seen the Adrian Sassoon (UK) attendance, the UK’s leading dealer in contemporary ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery.

An interesting niche was the Artist Jewellery section. Leading Elisabetta Cipriani (UK) who engages contemporary artists, by involving the most well know living international sculptors and painters to create wearable sculptures with the use of precious metals and stones.

This year also has seen the presence of French museum and porcelain factory, Sèvres – Cité de la céramique. Established in 1740, this historic institution showcased commissioned works of modern and contemporary ceramic art by designers and with a highlight of fashion designer Gustavo Lins (Brazil).

A peculiarity of the PAD is to have a restaurant and bar made by designers. Each year a new designer engages in the creation and for the 2014 edition David Collins Studio was the responsible.

On behalf of Moet Hennessy, a prestigious judging panel chaired by Jasper Conran and including Zaha Hadid, Julia Peyton-Jones, Nigel Coates and Tom Dixon selected the winner of prizes in three categories. The Best Stand Award was presented to exhibitors displaying originality and exceptional curatorial expertise alongside The Contemporary Design Award and The 20′ Century Decorative Art Award for spectacular works in these fields.

For the first time this year HSBC was the official partner of PAD London. This follows the bank’s sponsorship of PAD Paris for the 9th consecutive year.

PAD London 2014 was at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, from 15th until 19th October 2014.


Wednesday, 23rd July 2014.

anxiety art festivalThe Anxiety Arts Festival has been an superb event involving many key art venues in London, including Barbican, South London Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Freud Museum, Wigmore Hall, and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Organised in four categoreis, visual art, music, dance, theatre and film, Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 is a London-wide festival that explores the way anxiety and art interact. From the sense of unease created by a Hitchcock film, to new commissions in music by Jocelyn Pook and art by Bonnie Camplin, leading artists explore their own anxieties and chronicle the neurosis of modern life – offering us insights into our own anxieties.

The correlation between creativity and mental illness is well documented, and the rapid social, cultural and political changes of the last century mean that anxiety is one of today’s most prevalent mental disorders. While this central aspect of our contemporary condition is reflected in the arts, this is the first time the link has been explored in detail by bringing artists together with leading mental health professionals and academics. Curated by the Mental Health Foundation, the Anxiety Arts festival questioned our definitions of normality and acknowledges the creative power of anxiety through music, film, art, dance and theatre.

The Anxiety film season sees screenings at the Barbican and the Picturehouse cinemas, the National Portrait Gallery and the ICA, ranging from classic tension-builders – such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’ and Andre Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’ – to recent explorations of the psyche. The season gives a brief story of anxiety in cinema, revealing the roles that have given character to our anxieties, such as the hysterical housewife and the melancholy migrant. Throughout, psychologists were brought together with cinema experts and performers to get to grips with what cinema can reveal about anxiety. Rare screenings – such as Peter Robinson’s documentary about RD Laing’s radical Archway community, Asylum – were screened alongside new work looking at modern issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxieties around issues of race and home.

The Visual Arts programme explored the flexible and often contested boundaries between sanity and insanity, as well as the social and cultural anxieties associated with social labels. New commissions exhibitions, performances, residencies and artists’ films, at South London Gallery, Gasworks and BFI reflected on what is considered ‘normal’ and the associated pressure of fitting one’s subjective experiences within this frame.

A mental health assessment of a live audience highlights the processes used by the medical profession to assess mental illness; a residency is inspired by the extensive art collection of the Bethlem Royal Hospital and an experimental dance work is staged in Freud’s perfectly preserved study at the Freud Museum. Work by leading contemporary artists such as Eva Kotátková, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and David Lamelas will be seen alongside work from emerging and new artists.

The visual arts and film programme was complimented by On Stage – a programme exploring anxiety through music, the voice, spoken word, movement and dance at Wigmore Hall and the Albany in Deptford. In addition a programme of talks, events and creative workshops took place at venues ranging from the Dulwich Picture Gallery to The Maudsley Hospital.

Curated by the Mental Health Foundation, this pioneering and thought-provoking festival opened up wider conversations about mental health issues, demystifies and tackles stigma and gave a fresh perspective on the links between art and wellbeing as it examines the interplay between anxiety and the arts.

Anxiety Art Festival was in varoius locations around London in the month of June 2014.


Thursday, 10th July, 2104.

logo-london-art-weekLondon Art Week (LAW) 2014 is the platform that unites Master Drawings and Sculpture Week and Master Paintings Week. Launched last year, this collaboration proved to be successful in 2013 resulting in major sales. It brings together some fifty specialist dealers across the fine art disciplines and three major London auction houses. London Art Week illustrates the extraordinary range and quality of fine art from the 15th to 20th centuries available on the market and strongly underlines the unrivalled connoisseurship and expertise to be found in the city.

During LAW special exhibitions and other events will be staged by all the participants. The 2014 event will be held from 4 to 11 July, a date that should be in the diaries of collectors, curators and enthusiasts from all over the world. Master Drawings and Sculpture Week (MDSW) welcomes four newcomers, swelling their numbers to twenty-six: Ariadne Galleries, focusing on Greek and Roman sculpture, pottery, ceremonial and luxury goods, as well as early Christian artifacts and liturgical objects; Galerie Sismann, specialising in European sculpture; Martyn Gregory, a leading dealer in ‘China Trade’ pictures; and Richard Nathanson, who will present drawings by Amedeo Modigliani. These four join Didier Aaron Ltd, Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd, Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi, C.G. Boerner LLC, Antichità Alberto Di Castro srl, Day & Faber, Sam Fogg, Florian Härb, Hill-Stone Inc., Daniel Katz Gallery, August Laube, Lowell Libson Ltd, James Mackinnon, José de La Mano Galería de Arte, Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd, Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd, Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Trinity Fine Art Ltd, Carlo Orsi and Walter Padovani and Rupert Wace Ancient Art.

Master Paintings Week 2014 (MPW), supported by The Crown Estate, welcomes newcomer Aktis Gallery, which specialises in Modern European art with a focus on Russian émigré art of the 20th century, whilst Brun Fine Art, originally from Milan and offering paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries, and William Thuillier, a dealer in Old Master paintings, return after a break. These three join Charles Beddington Ltd, BNB Art Consulting, Bonhams, Cesare Lampronti Gallery, Christie’s, Coll & Cortés Fine Arts, Colnaghi, Ben Elwes Fine Art, Deborah Gage (Works of Art) Ltd, Richard Green, Johnny Van Haeften Ltd, Fergus Hall Master Paintings, Theo Johns Fine Art, John Mitchell Fine Paintings, Moretti Fine Art, Philip Mould & Company, Piacenti Art Gallery Ltd, Stair Sainty Gallery and Robilant + Voena, Sotheby’s, Sphinx Fine Art, Rafael Valls Ltd and The Weiss Gallery.

The Crown Estate is delighted to be renewing its support for Master Paintings Week in 2014. The twenty-two leading dealers and three international auction houses are all situated a short walk from one another in the heart of London’s Mayfair and St James’s, the latter forming a core part of The Crown Estate’s holdings. James Cooksey, Head of St James’s Portfolio, said: “The Crown Estate is delighted to support for the second time this important event in London’s art calendar which makes such an important contribution to the art community in St James’s and helps to promote the area’s unique culture and heritage”.

Johnny Van Haeften, one of the co-founders of MPW, commented: “We are delighted that The Crown Estate has renewed its support of MPW, recognising its value in maintaining the cultural traditions and expertise to be found in London, and particularly in St James’s”.

London Art Week will be in London from 4th until 11th July 2014, in various location please check www.londonartweek.co.uk


Monday, 22nd June 2014

logo_2015The 42nd edition of Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair closed its doors with success having attracted over 26,500 visitors from countries as far afield as Argentina, the Philippines, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Sales were reported across multiple disciplines.

Over 4,000 people attended the Preview Day, with several dealers reporting early sales. Craig Carrington saw a proliferation of red dots on his stand and sold a number of neoclassical objects for healthy five-figure sums, among them an early 19th century pair of bronze centaurs by Boschetti. Primal art dealer Clive Loveless sold two Wunda parrying swords, one of which was sold to an Australian client and another to the Garter King of Arms. New exhibitor Max Rutherston sold eleven pieces of Japanese Netsuke to an individual collector, and José Sanina sold a 19th century Chinese wine cooler within the first five minutes of the Fair. Gallery representative Leticia Goncalvez commented: “The atmosphere was amazing. There were lots of collectors who were very knowledgeable and we’ve made some great contacts. This is our first time at a UK fair and it has been a very positive experience.” Adding to the glamour of the evening, the Fair’s charity partner CLIC Sargent brought around 500 guests; Hana Tiller, Head of London Events for the charity commented: “We are well on target to raise the £100,000 net target that we set to support young people in our care at the Royal Marsden, Fulham.”

Several exhibitors made sales of Twentieth Century British Art, including Austin Desmond Fine Art, returning to the Fair after several years, who sold works by Prunella Clough, Barry Flanagan and Vanessa Bell. Bell’s 1930 painting Autumn Leaves in a Jug, which numbered amongst the works sold, carried a ticket price of £25,000. The Taylor Gallery sold works by Edward Seago, including a painting of Cromer in the region of £100,000.

Ian Walker of Walker Galleries Ltd commented “Having exhibited at Olympia for many years, and returned after a period away from the Fair, this was one of the best Olympia fairs we have ever had. We sold to clients from Portugal, United States and China.” Tony Haynes of Haynes Fine Art of Broadway stated: “We enjoyed what has proven our highest volume of sales in the past 23 years of us doing the show”, including works by L.S. Lowry, Dorothea Sharp, Andy Warhol and Banksy, a sketch by John Constable priced at £15,000 and eighteen paintings by contemporary artist Tony Karpinski.

Furniture dealers also reported sales spanning a wide spectrum of periods and styles. Patrick Sandberg Antiques sold a 19th century Sheraton style satinwood Carlton House Desk in the region of £20,000 to an American collector who had come to London especially for the Fair. Guy Dennler Antiques sold a George I serpentine side table and a pair of George III commodes, and Wakelin & Linfield sold a pair of faux bamboo Regency Bergère chairs to a new customer from Australia. S&S Timms Antiques Ltd sold a circular rosewood Regency breakfast table to an American dealer, and Anthony Outred Ltd sold two hall benches dated 1890 and a very large Spanish Planter dated 1860. Peter Bunting sold a number of pieces of oak furniture, and an Italian Atelier Fornasetti desk, circa 1990, was sold by Holly Johnson Antiques for £16,500. John Hansord of Hansord commented “We sold to new and old clients including Americans and Europeans, both trade and private buyers”.

This year Olympia welcomed a strong contingent of European dealers, from countries including Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Olivé Mayoral from Barcelona sold a work on paper by Joan Miro in the region of £100,000, and Portuguese exhibitor Manuel Castilho sold an early 17th century Mughal miniature with a ticket price of £15,000. New Italian exhibitor AJASSA sold a Qing Dynasty Family portrait and a Chinese porcelain vase, and Schütz Fine Art from Austria sold two paintings by contemporary Chinese artists Wang Xiaosong and Hua Li for a combined price of £35,000. Gallery representative Nikolaus Leskovar commented: “This is our first time at Olympia and we’ll definitely be back. I like the mixture of exhibits at the Fair – it means I meet collectors I wouldn’t otherwise meet. I really feel like I have potential here that I don’t have in other cities and fairs”.

A number of exhibitors remarked on an increase in international collectors. Jeremy Astfalck of The Old Corkscrew, commented “We have made twice as many sales as last year”, selling to collectors from New Zealand, South Africa, United States, The Netherlands, Germany and The Channel Islands. Offer Gildor of Gilden’s Art Gallery commented “We sold throughout the fair and were impressed by the quality of people. There was a good international mix, and we sold to buyers from Italy, the US, Kuwait and Brazil”. Roger Aiken of LocksonServices Ltd observed “This year we have seen a much broader geographical spread of shipping bookings and enquiries, covering countries including the United States, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, UAE, Germany, Japan and South Africa.”

Sales of smaller items were made throughout the Fair, with Alexandra Alfandary selling 13 important Meissen pieces to collectors from countries including Indonesia and Russia, and Andrew Muir, specializing in Clarice Cliff, selling over 80 items. Glass dealers Mark J West also sold over 80 pieces and M&D Moir sold an Emile Galle ship in the region of £2-3,000. Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd sold a 1769 Tea caddy modelled as a tea chest by royal silversmiths Parker & Wakelin to a buyer from America.

Jewellery exhibitors sold over the course of the event; Anthea AG Antiques Ltd made sales up to £50,000 and sold a number of pieces on the Preview Day to the US Ambassador and his wife including a pair of Kutchinsky earrings and a silver cuff by Buccellati. Dutch jewellery specialist Aimée Van Kranendonk Duffels, who gave a popular talk on the subject of Post-War American Jewellery, commented “We were very happy to see new younger collectors on our stand this year.”

A stand that attracted a significant amount of attention belonged new exhibitor ArtAncient Ltd, complete with a 7ft prehistoric cave bear skeleton. Owner Costas Paraskevaides commented: “There was a good level of well-informed buyers who were particularly interested in antiquities with a strong provenance.” Sales included a terracotta Pre-Columbian Nayarit Ball Player, a Roman Monument to Apollo, 160-170 AD (ticket price £22,000), a European Bronze Age Sword (ticket price £25,000), and five ancient coins priced between £5,000 – £10,000. A particular highlight of this year’s edition was a guest exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Art Nouveau designer Archibald Knox, organised in association with the Archibald Knox Society.

Showcasing the largest collection of Knox’s silverware and metalwork ever displayed in a single venue, the exhibition attracted visitors from Nottingham to Cincinnati. Alongside this non-selling exhibition, a number of dealers reported sales of British Art Nouveau items; Titus Omega sold a Liberty & Co Silver tankard designed by Archibald Knox for £38,500, and Jeroen Markies sold a large painting by Scottish Art Nouveau artist Robert Burns A.R.S.A. with a ticket price of £18,500.

Alongside the Fair’s 141 exhibitors, Olympia also hosted a dynamic events programme with eminent speakers from institutions such as the British Museum, V&A, National Portrait Gallery and Sotheby’s Institute. The final day of the programme, which consisted of a series of three lectures organised by VIEW: A Festival of Art History in association with Institut français, proved especially popular. The programme also included lectures by leading interior designers and decorators Roger Jones, Mario Buatta and Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, whose talk “The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve” was organised in association with the British Institute of Interior Design. Benjamin Aardewerk of Holly Johnson Antiques commented: “We noticed major interior designers were roaming the Fair”; and indeed a number of exhibitors sold to US decorator Rose Tarlow, including Wakelin & Linfield and Robert Barley Antiques, who had one of the best fairs of recent years. Fair Director, Mary Claire Boyd, commented: “Founded over forty years ago, the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is the most established art and antiques fair in London, and yet again our exhibitors put on a really fantastic event. This year we were delighted to welcome many returning dealers as well as a strong contingent of new exhibitors from around the world, collectively offering a remarkable range of quality art, antiques, furniture and collector’s pieces. There were encouraging sales across all of the Fair’s diverse disciplines, and a notable increase in international collectors, setting a very positive precedent for next year’s Fair.”

The Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 was at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London, from 6th until 15th June 2014.