David Franchi, 29th October 2012

“presented a curated programme”

Frieze Art Fair 2012 London, external image, Ph. Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Art Fair London 2012 has presented a curated programme of Talks, Artists’ commissions, Film and Music projects, supported by Frieze Foundation, together with Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was organised on the main gallery section, Focus and Frame sections and the newly inaugurated Frieze Masters. Furthermore, as a part of Frieze Fair, the Sculpture Park was organised.

Frieze Music was established to develop the crossover between contemporary art and music. Frieze Music was originally created by Dan Fox, Senior Editor of Frieze Magazine, and Steve Mackey, producer and musician. Frieze Music’s varied programme has featured bands, avant-garde classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and pop series, such as that co-ordinated by Franz Ferdinand in 2004. Frieze Musichas taken place during the week of the fair and attracted a wide audience.

Frieze Film is a programme of artist films screened to coincide with Frieze London. Curated by Sarah McCrory, this year’s commissions included five new films. The whole programme at Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was curated by Sarah McCrory, who did it also in 2011 and 2010.

The artists commissioned to make new work for Frieze Film are: Bertrand Dezoteux, Patricia Esquivias, Jimmy Merris, John Smith and Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

This year’s commissioned artists presented a range of film-based practice that deals with ideas including those of history and memory, be it personal or collective. The way narrative is conveyed and constructed around individuals, buildings or objects and place is a theme that runs through the programme via imagined journeys, fictitious events and romantic relationships.

Commenting on Frieze Film this year, Sarah McCrory said: “The five newly commissioned artists have varied practices and backgrounds, and are both emerging and established artists. There are some connections between the humour in John Smith and Jimmy Merris’ work, and an investigation into place takes two wildly different directions in the work of Patricia Esquivias and Bertrand Dezoteux. Wu Tsang is presenting a new film in collaboration with writer and historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim – a first time collaboration uniting their interests in otherness and the marginal.”

Frieze Film is commissioned and produced by Frieze Foundation. The tenth edition of Frieze London is sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Deutsche Bank.

Bertrand Dezoteux

Bertrand Dezoteux’s film The History of France in 3D is a CGI animation project that presents a non-chronological history of France. The narrative structure of the film follows a journey on the French rail network in a train peopled with significant characters from French history, among them Roland Barthes, Jules Michelet and Juliette Foucault, the chief conductor of the train. Christopher Columbus and Saint Francis of Assisi will also get on board in Le Mans. Rather than being specifically about France, Dezoteux’s film suggests that France exists both as a tangible territory and as a virtual entity. Dezoteux describes The History of France in 3D as a journey ‘in a synthetic world that is “made of France”, just as a table is “made of wood”.’

Bertrand Dezoteux (b.1982) is a French artist based in Bayonne. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Txerri’, le Carré, Bayonne (2012); ‘Le Corso’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010) and ‘Roubaix 3000’, Espace Croisé, Roubaix (2007). Group shows include: ‘Low Mountains’, Dar Bellarj Foundation, Marrakech (2012); ‘Dynasty’, Palais de Tokyo et Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2010) and ‘Reset’, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2010). Forthcoming shows will be at FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux (2012) and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2012).

Patricia Esquivias

Patricia Esquivias presented a video that revolves around a specific apartment block in Madrid that dates from the late 1950s and has decorative tiles on its façade and balconies, featuring a different pattern for each apartment. In this new work, Esquivias will try to read the building like a book; to sit in privacy and work out what happened in this specific building. She imagines situations which she hopes actually took place, weaving them into the images of the building – but usually the reality that she finds does not match her fantasies.

Patricia Esquivias (b.1979) is a Venezuelan artist based in Madrid. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); ‘Todo lo que no es ración, es agio’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and ‘Reads like the Paper, 2005-2009’, Midway Center for Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (both 2009). Group exhibitions include: ‘Stories in Between’, Stiftelsen 314, Bergen; ‘LifeStories’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, (both 2011); ‘Les Faux Amis’, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010); and ‘Younger than Jesus’, New Museum, New York (2009).

Jimmy Merris

Jimmy Merris will make a new video work by using a bamboo stick with a camera sellotaped to its end – an improvised steadicam. The work will be shot in and around his studio in south London and will be the first time the artist has filmed outside the studio for an extended period, but will still encompass his typical ad-hoc production methods; ‘the camera will then move back inside, perhaps through an open window, to record a series of domestic interiors, a new set of portraits, and joyful encounters with friends, neighbours, animals, and familiar objects which are just kicking around the yard here in South London’.

Jimmy Merris (b.1983) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Deep Joy on Home Soil’, Studio Voltaire, London (2012), ‘Economics 101’ (with Terry Dennett), SPACE, London and ‘Finding Your Feet In The Times Of The Worried Man’ Seventeen Gallery, London (both 2011).

John Smith

John Smith’s film, Three Things begins with three objects shown to him by his father shortly before he died. Two of these were well-used objects that had become so steeped in history that their original forms and functions were almost completely obscured. A third object seemed to be instantly recognisable, but it turned out to be something else entirely. Taking these ambiguous artefacts as its starting point, Three Things will create a dialogue between abstraction and literal meaning, exploring the contradictions of memory and history to hint at the perceived character of a dead father and his relationship with his son.

John Smith (b.1952) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Horizon’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012); ‘Bildstörung’, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012); ‘Worst Case Scenario’, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen (2012) and ‘unusual Red cardigan, PEER, London (2011). Group shows include: ‘Image Counter Image’, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); ‘Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel’, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011) and Serralves Museum, Porto (2012); ‘Descriptive Acts’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012) and ‘Has the Film Already Started’, Tate Britain, London (2011). Forthcoming shows include Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2012) and Espai, Barcelona (2012).

Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim

Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim will present a short film that explores narratives of inclusion and otherness in a world in which relativity has liberated our sense of difference, de-centered the margins, and where, paradoxically, inequality and racism are more prevalent than ever. The film is set in a hybrid landscape made up of St Louis, Senegal and Los Angeles, USA and inspired by films including Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows and Rainer Fassbinder’s Ali: Angst Essen Seele Auf. The main characters include a Senegalese royal and a British working-class interloper. Their love, illicit in the eyes of the world, at first triumphs, then falters, the pressures of the outside world internalised, leaving us to question whether the equaliser of love and connection can win out against the constructions of difference and self. A Frieze Film & UKS Co-Production.

Wu Tsang (b.1982) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include ‘The Whitney Biennial 2012’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ‘The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial’, New Museum, New York (both 2012) and ‘Performa 11’, New York (2011). His recent feature film, Wildness, world premiered at MoMA’s ‘Documentary Fortnight’, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012). Tsang is a 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellow and has received support from the Good Works Foundation, Frameline, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the IFP Documentary Lab, Art Matters, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is a writer, filmmaker and cultural historian, currently based in Senegal. Her work has been presented in ‘The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial’ New Museum, New York (2012); the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Vela Gallery, London; The Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, and will be shown at the Kunstmuseene Bergen, Norway later this year.

From 11th until 14th October 2012 at Regent’s Park, London.


David Franchi, 25th October 2012

“has presented a curated programme”

Frieze Art Fair London 2012, external view, Ph. Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze London 2012 confirmed to be the leading international contemporary art fair. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 has presented a well thought-out agenda, supported by the Frieze Foundation, as usual.

Frieze Art Fair London 2012has presented a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions, film and music projects, together with Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was on three sections: the main gallery section, Focus and Frame. In addition, this year the Frieze Masters was inaugurated. Furthermore, as a part of Frieze Fair, the Sculpture Park was organised.

Frieze Foundation is a strategic element of Frieze Art fair. Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003, the same year as the fair.

Frieze Foundation is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education. Since 2003 Frieze Foundation has produced 97 new works from 132 artists.

The foundation oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed annually during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated programme of site specific projects by artists in and around the fair. Last year the Foundation has introduced the Emdash Award which is annually presented to an international emerging artist. The Frieze Foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film.

Frieze Foundation received funding from a number of sources including grant bodies such as the European Union’s Culture 2000 programme and Arts Council, England. Specific areas also receive sponsorship, for example Cartier sponsored Frieze Projects from 2005–2010 and the Emdash Foundation are now supporters.

Frieze Education is part of Frieze Foundation. At Frieze London, Frieze Education has previously worked with the Serpentine Gallery in 2003 and 2004 as well as Camden Art Centre in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The programme has been developed to introduce children and young people to contemporary art in an exciting and fun way.

Sarah McCrory has been the curator for Frieze Foundation since late 2009 and has been responsible for the Projects and Film at Frieze London for the past three years. In 2009 McCrory, with Curator Daniel Baumann was a Frame advisor and has previously worked in not-for-profit and commercial galleries. McCrory is known for her support and work with emerging, young and underrepresented artists.

Exhibitors this year were coming from 35 countries. Much visited, Frieze Art Fair has seen public with an interest in the art world, as well as the general public. Frieze London is a carefully selected presentation of 175 of the most forward thinking contemporary galleries and will present new work by over 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists. This year the fair is once again housed in a bespoke temporary structure, in Regent’s Park, designed by architects Carmody Groarke.

Frieze Art Fair London was founded in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp.

From 11th to 14th October 2012, Frieze Art Fair 2012 London was at Regent’s Park, London.


David Franchi, 23rd October 2012

“consistently attracts passionate collectors”

Bae Se Hwa, Steam 12, 2010, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012 has seen successful sales figures. A key point for the good deals reported is the diverse mix of Modern Art, Tribal Art, Photography and Design. There was a record number of visitors, many of who returned multiple times throughout the week. Besides, there was a number of secondary sales from clients who have seen the fair, then go to the gallery to look at more pieces.

With the newly Moët Hennessy- PAD London Prize also it has presented were the awards for the Best Piece of Contemporary Design and the one for Decorative Arts, as well as for the Best Stand.

Fair president Patrick Perrin said, ‘I am thrilled by the quality of exhibitors we have had this year. The fair consistently attracts passionate collectors who buy exclusively for pleasure. This is the spirit of PAD that we have nurtured for years.’

Another cornerstone of the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design is the elegant and relaxed setting in the leafy Berkley Square, which goes together with the high quality of the exhibitors. With the added attraction of exhibitors from Asia and a growing roster of blue-chip American dealers, many galleries reported meeting new clients and collectors from day one.

The contingent of new USA galleries had strong feedback on the Modern Art front, with many sales and new contacts made. Andy Warhol’s Flowers (1964) sold for $2.5 million at Skarstedt Gallery, which recently opened a new space in Mayfair, while a painting from the artist’s Black & White series (1986) went for $350,000 at Van de Weghe Fine Art. Joan Miró’s Personnages (1977) sold for €200,000 at Spanish newcomer Mayoral Galeria d’Art. Luxembourg & Dayan (London/New York) sold the majority of their stand, featuring a one-man show of Panda Paintings (2012) by Rob Pruitt, which went for $120,000 each.

Design has been consistently strong throughout the fair, with 20th Century Parisian furniture dealers such as Galerie du Passage and Galerie Downtown selling out the majority of their stands. Blairman & Sons Ltd (London), dealers of turn-of-the-century furniture, had a silver tray by Christofle & Cie acquired on opening night by the Carnegie Museum in the United States.

Tribal Art also sold especially well at the fair this year. Entwistle (London/Paris) sold the masterpiece of their stand, a Dan Female Figure from Liberia, for an undisclosed sum, amongst other artefacts. A spokesperson for the gallery said, ‘We’ve had a good week and it’s been better at PAD than Frieze Masters!’

Peter Beard, 47 Inch Rhino, 1963, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London

Photography sold very well at the stand of Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), with works by William Klein and Bill Brandt going to a very ‘important foundation collection’ for £50,000. The stand practically sold out of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s Tights (2011), from an edition of 15 at £10,400 each.

Collectors have snapped up artist-made jewellery at PAD this year, particularly at the private view evenings. Louisa Guinness, who sold a 1945 necklace by Alexander Calder for $60,000, stated ‘Sales have gone very well – I have neither sat down nor drawn breath! It’s fantastic actually.’

The Collectors Preview and VIP Opening hosted guests such as Michael Bloomberg, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Lord Norman Foster, Sir Ronald and Lady Cohen, Princess Michael of Kent, Amber Le Bon, Bodil Blain, Edward Tang, Patrick Cox, Lady Helen and Tim Taylor, Saffron Aldridge, Brooke de Ocampo, Danielle Issa Helayel, Jeremy Healy, Emma Woollard, Sol Campbell, Anish Kapoor, Kay Saatchi, Marc Quinn, Eva Herzigova, Bruno Wang & Yasmin Ghandehari, Rolf Sachs, Suzy Menkes, and Robin Birley. Other notable visitors to the fair throughout the week included Stella Tennant, Martha Stewart, Phoebe Philo, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rufus Sewell, Princess Chantal of Hanover and Ron Arad.

From 10th until 14th October 2012, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.


David Franchi, 23rd October 2012

“an opportunity for designers to connect to the market and to the dealers”

Will Shannon, “Harvest City Landscape – Lunar Work”, 2012, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

London PAD Pavilion of Art and Design 2012 was a fascinating event. Doing is part in promoting new talents through the new PAD Prize, the PAD 2012 has seen also the traditional Best StandAward, Best Contemporary Design Piece Award and the Best 20th Century Decorative Art PieceAward.

This year edition of PAD Pavilion of Art and Design has seen the creation of the PAD Prize, granted by Moët Hennessy, which was won by Will Shannon for its “Harvest City Landscape” (2012).

The PAD Prize is open to UK-based designers from all nationalities under 35 years of age, who shows an exceptional creative talent, innovative use of materials, and the ability to reflect the artistic intent of design.

Will Shannon “Harvest City Landscape” winning piece has been displayed at PAD in the fair’s foyer. “Harvest City Landscape” is a creative structure of which its masterpiece, the table “Luna Work” (2012), is made from old newspapers and recycled concrete. On the table there is a miniature silver model of “The Kiln House” (2010) another work by Shannon that mirrors a sort of fictional city, while hovering above is “NW8 pendant lamp” (2012), made from London clay. This work it is an homage to London’s dying industrial landscapes.

The winner of the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design 2012 is Will Shannon. Born in England, 1980, he lives and works in a small studio in London.

Best Stand Award, Galerie Maria Wettergren © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Describing his design process as “completely irrational”, Shannon says he’s a great believer in working intuitively. Will Shannon often uses discarded objects and materials.

The PAD Prize is an opportunity for designers to connect to the market and to the dealers interested in upcoming talents.PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London gives to selected designers a unique opportunity to display their work to a sophisticated, international audience, thereby encouraging new generations.

Each year other awards are given, with winners selected by a Jury composed of members chosen from among the exhibitors the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design.

This year the Best Stand Award has been won by Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris).

Another prize the Best Contemporary Design Piece Award has been won by “Coffee Table ‘Liquid Glacial’” (2012) by Zaha Hadid a clear acrylic piece from David Gill Galleries (London). It is a bit confusing that a winner is also part of the Jury, isn’t it?

Best 20th Century Decorative Art Piece Award, Paravent Screen, Jean Prouvé from Galerie Jousse Entreprise, 1959, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Last but not least, the Best 20th Century Decorative Art Piece Award this year has been won by “Paravent Screen” (1959) by Jean Prouvé from Galerie Jousse Entreprise (Paris) made of bent steel and aluminium.

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London together with Moët Hennessy, Patron of the PAD Prize, are continuing to support the Design Fund to benefit the V&A, which donates a contemporary design piece to the permanent collection at the V&A.

For the Moët Hennessy- PAD London Prize, the selection procedure was the following: a shortlist of five designers is nominated on behalf of the Jury by an Expert Committee, composed of design curators Jane Withers (Independent Design Curator) and Claire Catterall (Director of Exhibitions & Learning, Somerset House), together with Nigel Coates (Architect, Designer & Emeritus Professor, Royal College of Art).

Each selected designer is invited to exhibit a piece representative of his work from the previous year. All five works are showcased at the fair in preparation for the Jury’s final selection.

The Moët Hennessy- PAD London Jury sits under the Honorary Presidency of renowned architect Zaha Hadid and the Presidency of Nigel

Best Contemporary Design Piece Award, Coffee Table ‘Liquid Glacial, 2012, Zaha Hadid from David Gill Galleries © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Coates. It is composed of luminaries from the worlds of design, art, fashion, business and communication, as follow: Janice Blackburn (Curator Contemporary Craft & Design Consultant to Sotheby’s, Freelance Writer); Michael Bruno (President, 1stdibs); David Collins (Interior Designer & Director, David Collins Studio); Jasper Conran (Fashion Designer & Chairman, The Conran Shop); Susan Crewe (Editor, House & Garden); Tom Dixon (Designer); Tania Fares (Collector); Celia Forner-Venturi (Collector and Designer); Thierry Gillier (President, Zadig & Voltaire); Allegra Hicks (Fashion & Textile Designer); Carlos Mota (International Style Editor, Architectural Digest); Christophe Navarre (President, Moët Hennessy); Alexia Niedzielski (Luxury Brands Consultant & Fashion Editor); Jan Olesen (Director, Mario Testino Company); Karla Otto (Fashion Public Relations); Yana Peel (Director, Design Fund to Benefit the V&A); Julia Peyton-Jones (Director, Serpentine Gallery); Elizabeth Saltzman (Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair); Francis Sultana (Interior Decorator); Julian Treger (Collector); Elizabeth von Guttman (Publisher & Editor, Industrie Magazine, Founder, Ever Manifesto); and Jean-Michel Wilmotte (Architect).

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012, was at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, from 10th October to 14th October 2012.