David Franchi – Thursday, 7th November 2013

Madchen by Mel Ramos (2009) © Photo London Art Reviews.com

Madchen by Mel Ramos (2009) © Photo London Art Reviews.com

At its 7th edition, PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2013, London, has been another successful event. Located in Mayfair, one of the art hotspots of London, PAD is known for its capacity and expertise to connect the best coming from many different areas.

The London PAD edition 2013 has seen a total of 60 exhibitors coming from 12 countries. PAD 2013 offered a view on museum-quality works from some of the leading international galleries of the world.

PAD usually focuses on the main subject of modern art, design, decorative arts, tribal art, photography and jewellery. For the 2013 edition also Antiquities and Japanese Art were present.

Despite been organised during the Frieze Art Fair week, therefore in between many others art events, PAD London 2013 Revealed very good sales figures.

PAD London 2013 is a good event about contemporary design. The galleries that joined the fair included some of the best in the world, while 20th Century design also has seen the participation of more exhibitors, and turn-of-the-century furniture was represented by Atelier DL and Oscar Graf.

Ranging from Impressionist drawings to post-war abstract paintings, the selection of works presented by new modern art galleries was of exceptional value and excellent origin.

This year was set to be the strongest yet for tribal art at PAD with the added participation of Bernard Dulon, whose collection of African art has attracted the attention of renowned institutions and museums worldwide. The field of antiquities was also introduced with David Ghezelbash and Gordian Weber Kunsthandel exhibiting a range of exceptional works from ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece. Japanese art and armour made a first-time appearance at PAD with expert gallery Jean-Christophe Charbonnier.

The PAD London -Moët Hennessy Prize 2013 was also assigned. The winners were Valentin Loellmann, with “Spring Summer” (2013) for contemporary Design; Paul Dupré – Lafon “Ski Bar” (1929) for the 20th Century Decorative Arts; and the Best Stand was Hamiltons Gallery, London. The prestigious judging panel, chaired by Jasper Conran, and including architect Amanda Levete, designer Tom Dixon and Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones.

The innovative design project “MwangaBora” by Evans Wadongo has been displayed. It is made of solar lamps which are changing

Zao Wou Ki (1996) © Photo London Art Reviews.com

Zao Wou Ki (1996) © Photo London Art Reviews.com

lives in rural Kenya, where they are substituting the dangerous kerosene lamps and firelight commonly used. A celebrated Kenyan engineer Wadongo was named a CNN Hero in 2010. The project was conceived by fashion designer Reed Krakoff. The lamps will be sold to benefit Wadongo’s organisation Sustainable Development for All Kenya (SDFA-Kenya), a not-for-profit that creates opportunities for education, sustainable development and economic empowerment throughout Africa.

Another exciting addition was the “1 Picasso for 100 Euros” raffle. It was a fundraiser event in which 100 euro tickets could be bought during the fair for a chance to win Pablo Picasso gouache on paper “L’homme au Gibus” estimated by Sotheby’s at $1,000,000. The raffle was organised by International Association to Save Tyre, established to protect the UNESCO World Heritage site in Lebanon.

Also another raffle was made to support CLIC Sargent a charity that helps children with cancer, ticket for £10 to win a piece of commissioned jewellery designed by Vicki Sarge.

At the PAD London everything is accurately designed including the Ruinart Champagne Bar and Restaurant that for the 2013 edition was designed by Paris-based interior architect Charles Zana, and it contained a self-playing piano by Dutch designer Maarten Baas, and lighting by the Japanese design studio Nendo.

PAD London was at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, from 16th to 20th October2013.


David Franchi – Monday, 04 November 2013.

Emily Davison by Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky 2013 © Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky

Emily Davison by Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky 2013 © Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky

Touch Art Fair, London, was probably the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. During the Frieze week, Touch Art Fair has made a great leap forward to the appreciation of blind people.

The relish of art comes mostly from visual senses, which is not suitable for blind people of course. Those with visual impairment have not the pleasure to enjoy art in the same way of fully sighted people, and therefore, they develop a special idea of art.

Starting from this point, in the last twenty years the concept of art as a visual medium has been reconsidered, in the sense of creating visual images in a format which can be usable for blind people.

Our personal knowledge comes from our sensorial experiences; we develop through childhood to adult life. When there is a lack of one of the senses, the individual will use the others to balance. The lack of sight means to have a different conception of shape, mass, size and colour.

The Touch Art Fair is part of this movement which aims to overcome sight limitations by allowing people to enjoy art in a tactile sense.

In a society where everything is at your fingertips but you are still not allowed to touch, spect- actors were invited to participate in a

Tactile Portrait of Emily Davison by Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky 2013 © Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky

Tactile Portrait of Emily Davison by Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky 2013 © Nendie Pinto -Duschinsky

sensory fête. They were encouraged to reactivate their forgotten senses and to experience art in a more intimate way.

The Touch Art Fair challenged conventions and makes art accessible to people with sight loss through touch. The motto for this event was: “Please do touch!”

Touch Art Fair is a non-profit organisation in London aiming to help visually impaired people but also those fully sighted to rethink the way they perceive art.

All of the artworks have had additional tactile features, with the option of touch. And it’s not just for the visually impaired.

The Touch Art Fair was at 35 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4QA, from 17th to 20th October 2013.


David Franchi – Saturday, 2nd November 2013.

Muffled Drums by Terry Adkins (form DArkwater) 2003, selected for the Outset Freize Art Fair Fund

Muffled Drums by Terry Adkins (form DArkwater) 2003, selected for the Outset Freize Art Fair Fund ©LondonArtReviews.com

Frieze Art Fair 2013, London, has been another successful event. The biggest fair in the UK has confirmed to be one of the leading art business places in the world.

With its numerous events and activities, Frieze Art Fair shakes up the elitist secluded art sector in London and brings together a massive amount of art events that it is almost impossible to follow up everything. The list is long and probably not exhaustive. There are so many small hidden exhibitions and events that some are almost invisible.

The fact is people found it difficult to attend to so many fairs in the same 3- 4 days. Not even running one can properly visit all these art events. Therefore, it is important to organise better, maybe a “The Month of London Art”.

Once said that, Frieze Art Fair 2013 has been the major event, overwhelming the others both for visitors and exhibitors.

Frieze Art Fair 2013, located in London’s hotspot Regent’s Park, has organised an amount of side events. In between them Frieze Projects a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually, and Frieze Music, the off-site music programme, with Meredith Monk American composer, singer and performer who presented a performance for Frieze London 2013, co-commissioned by Frieze Foundation and Liverpool Biennial.

Moreover, Frieze Film is the programme of artist films commissioned by FriezeFoundation and screened to coincide with Frieze London.

Frieze Masters Talks programme explored how contemporary artists engage with art throughout the ages. Also Frieze Talks is a daily

Eduardo Basualdo, TEORIA, 2013

Eduardo Basualdo, TEORIA, 2013 ©LondonArtReviews.com

programme of lectures, conversations and panel debates that take place in the auditorium at Frieze London. The talks programme provides a forum to discuss some of the most pertinent issues in contemporary art and culture today.

In 2013 the Frieze Sculpture Park included works from bothFrieze London and Frieze Masters.

This year the Stand Prize was sponsored by Champagne Pommery which consists in a £10,000 award to the most innovative gallery stand at the fair, and the winner were Cabinet, London.

This is the eleventh year of the unique partnership between Outset, Frieze and Tate. Outset is a charitable foundation focused on supporting new art, funding Tate to buy important works at the fair for the national collection. The following works have been acquired as gifts to the Tate Collection: Terry Adkins, Muffled Drums (from Darkwater) (2003) from Salon 94, New York; Christina Mackie, The Dies (2008) from Supporitco Lopez, Berlin; James Richards, Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off (2011) from Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul; Sturtevant Trilogy of Transgression (2004) from Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

The Emdash Award 2013 went to Pilvi Takala, Finland. The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze London as a part of the Frieze Projects programme.

Sasha II by Richard Phillips 2012 © LondonArtReviews.com

Sasha II by Richard Phillips 2012 ©LondonArtReviews.com

Frieze proved a positive experience for both established galleries and new participants alike, with 152 galleries from 30 territories coming together for the event this year. Across the two fairs visitor numbers reached in the region of 70,000 during the six days of their opening.

Frieze London ended with participating galleries remarked upon a lively market for contemporary art and showed their approval for the new layout and refinements in the design. For the second year, the addition of Frieze Masters, a fair dedicated to art from ancient to modern that coincides with the contemporary fair, proved to be a successful formula. Combined, the two fairs brought together a wide spectrum of art audiences.

This year marked the tenth year of the partner- ship between Frieze and main sponsor Deutsche Bank. Frieze London 2013 can also boasts a new partnership with Alexander McQueen becoming Associate Sponsor, with its London store presenting contemporary art throughout the Frieze week.

Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters were at Regent’s Park, London, from the 17th to 20th October 2013.


David Franchi – Sunday, 6th October 2013

Venus Smile 05, 2012, Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Venus Smile 05, 2012, Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

London celebrated Miles Aldridge with two contemporary exhibitions, “Short Breaths”, at the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery, Mayfair, and “I only want you to love me” at the Somerset House, Strand.

Brancolini Grimaldi boasts to have Miles Aldridge in between its artists and organised an opening night with the presence of the artist himself. “Short Breaths” collected large scale prints.

Running alongside the Somerset House exhibition “Short Breaths” Miles Aldridge‘s first exhibition at Brancolini Grimaldi, London, featured both recent work and “Carousel”, the new limited edition portfolio published exclusively with Brancolini Grimaldi.

A complete set of 32 plates “Carousel” is a project in which Aldridge has contrasted blocks of pure colour applied using silkscreen printing against his iconic images creating a whirling, colour-filled journey through Aldridge’s strange and cinematic world. Limited to 180 signed and numbered copies, “Carousel” was presented in a specially designed clamshell box.

“Short Breaths” brought together a body of work which explores sensuality and melancholy in modern life through a language of vivid

Actress 04, 2012 Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. Co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Actress 04, 2012 Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. Co. Brancolini Grimaldi

colour and arcane narratives. Prints are still on sale at Brancolini Grimaldi, run by two Italian ladies specialised in photography, one of the best emerging galleries in Mayfair.

Miles Aldridge‘s major retrospective “I only want you to love me” was on display at the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, London.

Proposing a close approach to the photo- making practice and the angle of Miles Aldridge, “I only want you to love me” has been the largest exhibition of his work to date and included large scale photographs spanning across his career, as well as previously unpublished material – hand-drawn story boards, sketches, Polaroid and magazines.

The Somerset House exhibition explored Aldridge’s deeply personal vision formulated over 15 years of working in the fashion world.

Miles Aldridge has a particular style, made of images of beautiful women located in an encircled parallel lavish world but also embittered. Executed with the precision of a Hollywood movie, these images power derives from the tension created between exterior perfection and internal turmoil.

Short Breaths exhibition installation  © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Short Breaths exhibition installation © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Miles Aldridge is born in North London, in 1964. He grew up in an artistic family, son of Alan Aldridge, who has been illustrator and artistic director of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones album sleeves, and brother of models Saffron, Lily e Ruby Aldridge.

In between his family friends are John Lennon, Elton John and Eric Clapton, the latter was passing to school to pick him up. When he was a kid, he posed with his father for Lord Snowdon.

Young Aldridge had a turbulent life. Later he studied illustration at Central Saint Martin’s and briefly directed music videos, before becoming a photographer in the mid-90s.

He has published his work in many influential magazines including Vogue Italia, Numéro, The New York Times and The New Yorker. His work was showcased in Weird Beauty at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2009 and he has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

He is now one of the most recognised living photographers.

Miles Aldridge exhibitions, “Short Breaths” at Brancolini Grimaldi, Mayfair,London and “I only want you to love me” at the Somerset House, Strand, London,were both on show from 12th July until 28th September 2013.