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.


by David Franchi – Sunday, 7th April 2013

“in London Affordable Art Fair –AAF is unmissable”

Naked portrait by Oliver Winconek

Naked portrait by Oliver Winconek

The Affordable Art Fair – AAF was another successful event, last 7th -10th March 2013 inBattersea, London.

It was plenty of people at theAffordable Art Fair – AAF inBattersea but it was still possible to walk and see many interesting and nice pieces. In these times of crisis is a good sign to see so many people still interested in buy artworks.

Despite the credit crunch is hardly biting, many more people are buying art nowadays. Some people in developed –but also in developing – countries have seen a rise in their disposable incomes and, of course, this then leads to a greater ability to buy original art. Those people want exclusive artworks and less mass-produced. In the meantime, prices are not so high and many people can afford to buy. Owning a piece of original art is often seen as a symbol of success.

Another key point is that there is more art knowledge. Emerging students from school have more chance to exhibit their works, while people are more educated about Interior Design. Media are pushing on art giving lot of information, including TV programmes and Original Art in the Press. Auctions are going very well and there is an explosion of Art Galleries on the internet.

The Battersea edition of the Affordable Art Fair – AAF in is a much awaited event. It proceeds abreast with other edition of this nowadays

Over the moon by Alison Bell

Over the moon by Alison Bell © London Art Reviews.com

international art company. Fourteen years later, the flagship event continues to attract more visitors than any of its 17 sister fairs across the globe, including New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome and Hong Kong. Last year the event had welcome 21,000 visitors and sold £4.5 millions.

The Affordable Art Fair inLondon has two editions inBattersea (Spring and Autumn) and two edition in Hampstead (Summer e Winter). But the fair has reached many places in the world.

In 1999, Battersea has seen the first ever Affordable Art Fair. Battersea and the surrounding area are in the midst of a boom with the embassy flats, planned extension of the Northern line and Battersea Power station development.

Nicky Wheeler, Fair Director explains: Battersea holds a place in our heart as the true spiritual home of Affordable Art Fair – AAF after we held the first ever fair there back in 1999. It’s fantastic to see more people enjoying the Battersea Park showcase each year and we are really excited about what the future holds for the area following its recent multimillion pound investment.”

But what Affordable Art Fair – AAF had made for the market? It has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its fun and accessible approach, bringing art under 4,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath and Bristol. Every fair offers something different, with a diverse range of local, national and international galleries to each showcasing art in array of styles. Pieces of household names sit alongside the latest emerging talent.

With its about 120 galleries showing, in between the art events in London Affordable Art Fair –AAF is unmissable.

Affordable Art Fair – AAF, Battersea Park, London, from 7th until 10th March 2013.


David Franchi – Thursday, 24th January 2013

“visitor numbers remained high throughout the Fair”

Andrew Salgado, If One Man's Joy is Another Man's Sadness, 2012 © Beers Lambert Contemporary, co. London Art Fair

Andrew Salgado, If One Man’s Joy is Another Man’s Sadness, 2012 © Beers Lambert Contemporary, co. London Art Fair

London Art Fair has celebrated its 25th anniversary, at the Business and Design Centre of Islington, with its largest ever fair.

At the London Art Fair 2013 a total of 100 UK and international galleries took part to the Main Fair, with a further 30 younger galleries exhibiting new work in the acclaimed Art Projects section. It was the seventh year for Photo50 for contemporary photography.

At the Main Fair, galleries from across the UK and overseas exhibited work by artists covering the period from the early 20th Century to the present day. Museum quality Modern British art were presented alongside contemporary work from the best leading and emerging artists.

Established eighth year ago, Art Projects is one of the most exciting sections of the Fair. Art Projects captures a snapshot of the current practice and concerns of contemporary artists. Art Projects is a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the globe and featured large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays from selected galleries. The Art Projects Film Programme hosted a selection of experimental film and video work.

Pryle Behrman, Art Projects curator commented: “The works in Art Projects are characterised by a gentle questioning that looks at gradually-unravelling developments from a critical new angle, one that is never cynical or simplistic. These are artists who find questions where perhaps none were seen before, and never have the hubris to suggest that the answers are easy to find.

Photo50 is a showcase for contemporary photography that highlights the richness and diversity of photography today. Photo50 is an exhibition of contemporary photography and presented fifty works – many for sale – this year curated by Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row. Hackworth’s exhibition, titled A Cyclical Poem, investigated the nature of historical change through 50 images by eight photojournalists and documentary photographers working between 1970 and the present day: Ian Beesley, Dorothy Bohm, Brian Griffin, Paul Hill, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Marketa Luskacova and Chris Steele-Perkins and Homer Sykes.

Nick Hackworth, curator of Photo50, comments: “A Cyclical Poem’ is an elliptical meditation on the idea of historical change,

Patrick Heron, Three Blues in Red, 1962 © Agnew's Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Patrick Heron, Three Blues in Red, 1962 ©
Agnew’s Gallery, co. London Art Fair

instances separated by eras, of congruence and difference; it considers, through the photographic image, what has changed and what has remained the same. Many of the images included date from well before the digital era. From a certain perspective this might render the show perverse and out of date, for digital culture has fundamentally altered the relationship between image, time and memory. If this is so, then this exhibition becomes, as a whole, a picture of a culture of scarcity and selectivity, one that has already dissolved in the vastness of the ever growing digital data stream that appears to structure contemporary experience.”

Those attending London Art Fair 2013 could visit The Macallan’s Masterclass lounge for an introduction to The Macallan and to view the third edition of their The Masters of Photography Series, featuring Annie Leibovitz photographs of Kevin McKidd, whilst enjoying a dram of The Macallan Gold, the newest edition to The Macallan’s portfolio.

London Art Fair 2013 reported strong sales at its 25th edition, as dealers praised the number and breadth of collectors attending. The Fair once again demonstrated its importance to collectors, with attendance figures for the VIP collector’s preview up 43% on last year.

Despite heavy snow across the country, visitor numbers remained high throughout the Fair, with a total of 23,521 people visiting over the six days.

Sir Peter Blake, London- River Thames- Regatta, 2012 © Paul Stolper Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Sir Peter Blake, London- River Thames- Regatta, 2012 © Paul Stolper Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Jonathan Burton, director ofLondon Art Fair commented: “For our 25th edition it was important that London Art Fair 2013 was a statement of intent for the future. The Fair is a welcoming environment for buyers wanting to pick up the very finest in Modern British work as well as cutting-edge contemporary practice.”

Sponsors of London Art Fair 2013 were The Macallan and The Macallan’s “The Masters of Photography”, Sophie Macpherson and Lund Humphries.

The Macallan was founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside. It was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. The Macallan support the “The Masters of Photography”. The Annie Leibovitz Edition is the third in the award winning The Macallan Masters of Photography series. The previous two editions were authored by Rankin and Albert Watson. These are unique limited edition collections.

Sophie Macpherson Ltd is a dedicated recruitment agency specialising in the international art world. Lund Humphries has been a leading publisher of illustrated art books for nearly 70 years, with a particular reputation in the field of Modern British Art.

London Art Fair 2013 was at the Business and Design Centre of Islington from 16th until 20th January 2013.