David Franchi – Monday, 27th October 2014.

Frieze Art Fair 2014 London Once again Frieze Fairs were successful, at Regent’s Park, London. The 3rd week of October is an unmissable appointment to visitFrieze Art Fair and Frieze Mastersin London, although there are many other fairs at the same time. This week is the London Art Week par excellence and lovers, fans and supporters have to run aroundLondon to cope with it.

The 12th edition of Frieze Art London brought together over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries from 25 territories, under one roof with visitor numbers in the region of 60,000 during the five days of the fair. This year also saw the introduction of ‘Live’, a new section sponsored by Alexander McQueen and committed to ruthless performance-based installations, located throughout the fair.

Frieze Art London is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. Every October, it brings an international art audience to London. For the third year, Frieze London coincided with Frieze Masters, a fair that gives a contemporary perspective on historical art, which also takes place in Regent’s Park, London. Together the two fairs attract an incomparable range of artworks and artists, together with a significant international art public and it benefit from a crossover between visitors of contemporary and historical art.

The London-based creative consultancy Universal Design Studio was the architectural team for Frieze London 2014. It created new interiors and lighting for the 2014 edition of the fair, with a new layout that radically altered the fair experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. Universal Design Studio was founded in 2001 by Edward Barber, OBE and Jay Osgerby, OBE to focus on architecture and interiors, building upon their award-winning product and furniture design portfolio.

Frieze Projects at Frieze Art London 2014 brought together seven new commissions, realised both at the fair and in a number of offsite locations around the city. Curated by Nicola Lees, Frieze Projects is the programme of artist commissions that takes place annually at Frieze London, and this year had a focus on artists whose works interconnect with other disciplines including dance, film and music. The collaborations born between institutions of London lead to productions that have arisen attention to the cultural network of the city.

This year Frieze Film has commissioned Cally Spooner to make a project that was screened in the auditorium at Frieze London 2014. Established in 2007, Frieze Film is a series of new artist films screened annually at Frieze London. Frieze Film 2014 is curated by Nicola Lees, as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s acclaimed not-for-profit programme.

The winner of the inaugural Frieze Artist Award was Mélanie Matranga. The Frieze Artist Award allows an emerging artist to realise a major project at Frieze London as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme. For Frieze London 2014, Matranga creates a series of online videos that follow a young artistic couple as they negotiate ‘freedom, success and the proper functioning of a couple.’ The episodes will be filmed during the construction of Frieze London in Regent’s Park, including a purpose-built café, which Matranga has designed for use by visitors. The narrative structure of the video focuses on the simultaneous building of both the couple’s relationship and the set of the café itself. By bringing together these two storylines, the project looks at the coming together of emotional and monetary trade economies. Each three- to five-minute episode is co-directed by Valentin Bouré and broadcast online.

Victoria Siddall has been appointed as Director of Frieze London and Frieze New York in addition to her existing position as Director of Frieze Masters. Founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, focused on developing new projects for the organization. Victoria will start her new role from Frieze London 2015 onwards. Supporting her in the development of the art fairs will be two Artistic Directors, one based in London and one in New York.

Frieze Art London 2014 was sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the 11th consecutive year.

Together with Frieze Masters 2014, the two fairs are the focal point of a season of significant exhibitions and art-related activities across London.

Frieze Art London 2014 took place from 15th until 18th October 2014 in Regent’s Park, London.


David Franchi - Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

On Monday 13th October, the prestigious PAD Prize Judging Panel, presided over by Jasper Conran, gathered on Berkeley Square to select the winners of the awards for the categories of Contemporary Design, 20th Century Decorative Arts and Best Stand. Here are the results:

01 Paul Cocksedge

For Contemporary Design

Paul Cocksedge at Friedman Benda, Poised, 2013, ph. © PAD London 2014


Rolled Steel, 29.33 x 61.81 x 57.87 in., Edition of 10


Carlo Mollino, Ceiling light, 1949 © at Galerie Downtow

20th Century Decorative Arts

Carlo Mollino, Ceiling light at Galerie Downtown, 1949 © ph. Galerie Downtown. 


Hanging lamp made of rectangular wooden frames, glass panels and brass, 8 x 263.8 x 8 in., Unique piece


James Gallerie Stand  © PAD London


James Gallerie Stand, © ph. PAD London James, Paris





The Moët Hennessy PAD London Prize is an annual design event taking place during PAD London on Berkeley Square. The prize is awarded by luminaries from the worlds of design, art and fashion including Jasper Conran, Zaha Hadid, Julia PeytonWJones, Nigel Coates and Tom Dixon.

Last year’s winners included: Valentin Loellmann for best contemporary design at Galerie Gosserez, Paul DupréWLafon and his iconic ski bar for The 20th Century Decorative Art Award, exhibited by Galerie Dutko and Hamiltons Gallery won the notable best stand award.

PAD London together with Moët Hennessy, Patron of the PAD Prize, are proud to also announce their continued support for the acclaimed Design Fund to benefit the V&A, which donates a contemporary design piece to the museum’s permanent collection.

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


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.