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.


H. Aldous Brandisher – Saturday, 28th September 2013

Endless Stair at Tate Modern Supported by AHEC © Photography Ed Reeve

Endless Stair at Tate Modern Supported by AHEC © Photography Ed Reeve

London Design Festival 2013 has been a world catalyst for creativeness and originality. “It’s a terrific and wide-ranging showcase of a sector that generates around £15 billion a year for our economy and is critically important to our future prosperity” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said.

London Design Festival 2013 has been organized in five differentDesign Districts. Eleven years ago, at the beginning of the festival the events were grouped together in some areas. For the 2013 edition of the festival the following Design Districts hosted events: BromptonDesign District in the South Kensington area of West London, which is the longest standing, comprised temporary exhibitions housed in vacant properties as well as a variety of product launches and installations in the local cluster of design shops and galleries; Chelsea Design Quarter with its established international design interior retailers; Clerkenwell Design Quarter focuses on the area’s now mature furniture and lighting retailers and trade showrooms, and includes the local culinary scene; Fitzrovia in central London brings together burgeoning design retailers and trade showrooms for Fitzrovia Now; Shoreditch, the city’s creative hub, comes alive as the ShoreditchDesign Triangle with a concentrated grouping of exhibitions and pop-ups from local retailers, studios, galleries and restaurants.

An interesting landmark project, “Endless Stair”, is installed at the Bankside, in collaboration with AHEC, dRMM Architects, ARUP, Nüssli, Imola Legno, SEAM and Lumenpulse. “Endless Stair”, a huge structure inspired by MC Escher’s surreal staircase, is in place on the lawn in front of the Tate Modern, overlooking the Thames. Designed by Alex de Rijke of dRMM, Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, the piece is constructed from a series of giant interlocking staircases formed from American tulipwood and sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council. There are 187 steps and it is in place until 10th October 2013.

The London Design Festival 2013 continued its collaboration with the world’s leading Museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) which in 2012 saw audiences reach 111,538. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the fifth year, the V&A again housed a broad range of commissioned activity which were spread throughout the Museum (installations, events, talks and workshops), including “God is in the DetailS” a collaboration with Swarovski to set 14 influential designers on a project of reutilize an object from the V&A’s extensive collections. Also at the V&A Museum, a project supported by Amorim, “The Progressive Extension of the Field of Individual Development and Experience”; “28.280” is a custom-made chandelier by Canada-based designer Omer Arbel, hung from the V&A Museum Cupola; the Norfolk House Music Room in the British Galleries provided a theatrical backdrop for Scholten & Baijings “The Dinner Party/ True-to-Life Design”; ALESSI Made in Crusinallo with “The Beauty and the Mastery” a rare insight into the production processes supported by Alessi; “8-18: The Typographic Circle’s Circular Magazine”, supported by Pentagram, a bold floor-to ceiling graphic installation celebrating the 2D typography-led magazine, ‘Circular’; and “Moleskine Sketch Relay”, in collaboration with Moleskine and the Detour Project. Moleskine and the London Design Festival have invited over 70 London based designers to participate in the Moleskine Sketch Relay.

A packed programme of lunchtime talks, gallery talks, hands-on workshops and provocative debate was focused in the V&A Museum’s Sackler Centre. Talks each day vary from creative showcases and project presentations to panel discussions and debates. Simultaneously, challenging workshops and demonstrations gave visitors the opportunity to learn new skills from expert practitioners.

The Global Design Forum at the V&A and Southbank Centre has been the pre-eminent agenda-setting thought leadership event for design. It is a unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of design.

The London Design Medal 2013 has been won by Peter Saville. The Medal is British design’s most coveted accolade, awarded each year by a panel of judges to an individual who has made an immense contribution to design and London. This year the London Design Medal was supported by luxury watch brand Panerai with Wallpaper as media partner.

Design Destinations are a number of key design exhibitions and destinations from partner across London. They are vital hubs for conducting business during the Festival, providing a focal point for international buyers, new products and the media. The key events this year included 100% Design at Earls Court; Decorex International, at Perks Field & The Orangery; design junction at The Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street; Focus/13 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour; Tent London & Super Brands London at Truman Brewery; and Southbank Centre.

The London Design Festival 2013 was ongoing from 14th to 22nd September 2013.


H. Aldous Brandisher – Sunday, 28th July 2013

“For those who intend to approach the art market in London”

Lonodn Art Week 2013

London Art Week 2013

London Art Week 2013 has been an excellent project that has brought together two different artevents previously diverse Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings and Sculpture Week(formerly Master DrawingsLondon).

This new partnership created a coherent system, sharing advertising and setting up a new online portal through which the individual websites can be accessed. It was a significant joint venture that united more than 50 expert dealers across the fine arts disciplines and the major London auction houses. For those who intend to approach the art market in London, and maybe for first time, could be able to take advantage of the map produced by London Art Week, containing the locations of all the participants, making it simple for collectors to navigate.

Now established as one of the key art events in the summer calendar, Master PaintingsWeek is one of the most well known summer art event in London. It is a collaboration between twenty leading galleries and three auction houses, located in the heart ofLondon’s Mayfair and St James’s.

Master Drawings also celebrated to mark the founding of the Ashmolean Museum in 1683. The exhibition, drawn from one of the world’s greatest collections of works on paper, displayed a selection of the Ashmolean’s treasures of western art.

Master Drawings & Sculpture week

Master Drawings & Sculpture week

Founding member of Master Drawings London, Lowell Libson, comments: “London Art Week gives buyers at every level an opportunity not only to see the finest works available, but also to engage with dealers of unparalleled expertise and experience. I believe that this degree of cooperation between dealers in different disciplines, as well as the auction houses, would be unachievable in any other major ‘Art City’.

“We welcome this initiative which strongly underlines the unique and unrivalled connoisseurship and expertise to be found in the art trade in London,” comments Johnny Van Haeften, co-founder of Master Paintings Week.

The strength of the format of London Art Week is its simplicity. The West End galleries joined together to hold a series of coordinated exhibitions, at the same time the auction houses hold their major sales. Specialist dealers in these disciplines gave collectors, both private and institutional, the opportunity to view the full range of works available on the market. During the first weekend, all the participants’ doors were open, giving visitors the opportunity to look at works of art at their leisure.

“The old cliché of the fusty gallery is totally out of date and we want people to discover just how accessible we are and what treasures we hold.” Alex Toscano of Trinity Fine Art, representing the sculpture dealers, added “the inclusion of sculpture galleries in London Art Week is both exciting and logical”.

Master Paintings Week 2013

Master Paintings Week 2013


London Art Week 2013 promoted specialist dealers and their works in all three disciplines, while encouraging collectors and enthusiasts to visit exhibitions in the galleries. By displaying the objects in intimate gallery settings located in Mayfair and St James’s, the event encouraged the building of relationships between clients and dealers.

London Art Week Executive Committee is composed by Konrad Bernheimer, James Faber, Jonathan Green, Johnny Van Haeften, Lowell Libson, Crispian Riley-Smith, and Alexandra Toscano.

London Art Week was ongoing from 28th June to 5th July 2013.