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.


David Franchi – 22nd October 2012

“its an interesting combination of different categories”

Robert Indiana, Love, 1966-69, © Pavilion of Art and Design

London PAD 2012 was a fascinating event. The PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012, at its 6th edition has been organised again in its usual location on Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

PAD – Pavilion of Arts and Design 2012 has seen 60 leading galleries from Europe, the USA and Asia, including 18 new participants. Granted by Moët Hennessy, this year the new PAD Prize has been launched and it has been won by “Lunar Work” (2012) by Will Shannon.

PAD London is organised by the Société d’Organisation Culturelle (SOC) which was founded in 1996 by Patrick Perrin. In 1997 he created what has since become one of the most anticipated cultural events in France, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris. Formerly known as DesignArt London, the PAD London fair was founded in 2007. Since 2009 the fair has taken a new turn, now focusing on modern art and design from 1860 to today.

The key point with PAD London is its interesting combination of different categories of art and design, such as contemporary design, historical 20th Century design, modern art, artist jewellery and tribal art.

TRIBAL ART. The presence of Tribal Art at the fair is reinforced by the extraordinary collection of Pre- Columbian art showcased at Galerie Mermoz (Paris), which presents a spectacular ceramic Mayan vase (550-850AD) as well as a ceremonial head of Hacha representing the god Xipe Totec (450-750 AD), both from Mexico.

ARTIST JEWELLERY. Focusing on decorative arts and jewellery by some of the world’s most talented metal workers, newcomer Caroline Van Hoek (Brussels) brings stunning vases by Belgian silversmith David Huycke. Conceptual artists Ilya & Emilia Kabakov have been commissioned by Elisabetta Cipriani (London) to create The Fly series of jewellery, all using Kabakov’s familiar motif. The necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring are all made out of gold, emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. French designer Vincent Darré has created bold new furniture pieces inspired by 12 original tapestries by Alexander Calder, which were on display on the stand of Galerie du Passage (Paris). The tapestries are hand woven in maguey fibre. They were made in Guatemala to help the local population after 1970’s earthquake (Managua), two years prior to Calder’s death. Korean design specialistsGallery Seomi (Seoul) features furniture which combines both Korean aesthetic traditions and contemporary techniques, exemplified by designer Bae Sehwa’s elegantly curved walnut benches and desks. French designer André Dubreuil is renowned for his furniture and porcelain pieces using a combination of wood, metals and enamel. His new works created for Pearl Lam Design (Shanghai/Hong Kong) included a vibrant enamel cabinet handcrafted in his workshop in France and a luxurious enamel cloisonné table made in Elmwood. Dubreuil’s frequent visits to China have deeply influenced his work, taking inspiration from the elaborate traditions and techniques of Chinese craftsmanship.

Initially known for his jewellery creations, Hervé Van der Straeten (Paris) has since gained recognition for his furniture design. Creating only unique and limited edition pieces, Van der Straeten designs and produces everything in his bronze and cabinetmaking workshops just outside of Paris. With a focus in contemporary Scandinavian design, Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris) showed SKY (2012), a new piece by Danish designer Astrid Krogh. With an inspiration by Ikat fabric, Krogh weaves incredible large-scale textiles using traditional techniques and thin fibre optic cables.  Working from the emerging and vibrant design community of Sao Paulo, Brazilian design duo Fernando & Humberto Campana create visually rich pieces repurposed from familiar everyday materials. The stainless steel Fitas Buffet (2012), shown atCarpenters Workshop Gallery (London/Paris), uses reclaimed ‘Fitas’ which are typically found as staples in shipping crates.

MODERN ART. For the first-time, four prominent American dealers,Castelli Gallery, L&M Arts, Skarstedt Gallery andPaul

Joan Miro’, Personnages et Oiseaux, 1963, © PAD- Pavilion of Art and Design

Kasmin Gallery, come together to present a striking panorama of Pop Art, with a particular focus on Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. An additional six new modern art galleries feature renowned works with an exceptional provenance and history. Mayoral Galeria d’Art (Barcelona) presents Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled–The Origin of Cotton (1987), never before shown in Europe and originally from a private collection in the USA. Two colourful abstract works by Swiss painter Gerard Schneider, both from 1968, feature atGalerie Diane de Polignac (Paris), also never seen on the market before.Galerie Thomas (Munich) exhibits Fernand Léger’s masterpiece Les deux femmes à l’oiseau (1942). Olyvia Fine Art (Seoul/ London) showcases paintings by Yayoi Kusama, Liu Ye, Yoshitomo Nara and Zeng Fanzhi, alongside Andy Warhol’s portraits of Chairman Mao from 1972. Returning gallery Luxembourg & Dayan(New York/ London) presents a one-man show of American artist Rob Pruitt’s newest Panda Paintings, in an evocative setting of artworks and artefacts from various periods of China’s history. Alexander Calder’s black untitled stabile mobile (1967) atGalerie Vedovi (Brussels/Paris) is a fantastic example of the artist’s revolutionary breakthrough in which abstraction and movement push toward a new form of expression. In the realm of photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery (London) exhibits an extremely rare collaboration of André Villers and Pablo Picasso from the time when they worked together in Cannes in the 1950s.

The centrepiece at Waddington Custot Galleries (London), this smaller version of Indiana’s red LOVE sculpture (1966-2000) doubles as a piece of classic design whilst still engaging critically on the subject of semiotics and encouraging public engagement with art. Presented by Dickinson (London /New York), Yayoi Kusama’s The West (1960) was completed shortly after her move to New York, and is an excellent example of the artist’s signature Infinity Net paintings. These paintings question the line between illusion and reality as their appearance shifts within the period of the viewer’s perception. The Japanese artist Tomoyoshi Murayama, who probably acquired this watercolour and Indian ink on paper by Wassily Kandinsky, Untitled (1918) around 1922, was a student in Berlin when he saw the artist’s work, on display at PAD- Pavilion of Art and Design at Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière (Geneva). Murayama took back several watercolours to Japan which he had purchased in Berlin and wrote a monograph on Kandinsky which was published in Tokyo in 1925.

Cubist Tree (1965) is a rare and wonderful example of Hockney’s early works on paper. During the first part of the sixties Hockney began to treat drawing as a self-contained practice through which he could explore a high degree of stylistic diversity. Cubist Tree is an important example from this period with a great exhibition history; it has been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, Paris, throughout the United States and Canada and will be displayed at Offer Waterman (London) at PAD. Egon Schiele’s watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper, Portrait of Anton Peschka Jr. (1917), presented byRichard Nagy (London), is one of the few portraits of children where the artist had a personal investment. Henry Moore’s work on paper, Ideas for Sculpture (1940), atMitchell-Innes & Nash (New York), is one of the finest of a series of elaborate studies the artist executed for sculpture ideas. The composition displays extraordinary vigour and richness of technique. Created by Pop Art artist Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Goldfish and Nude (1999) is clearly inspired by Henri Matisse’s still lifes and nudes, the earlier artist being one of Wesselmann’s main influences. Shown by Galerie Pascal Lansberg (Paris), it is a typical example of the artist’s work, and the Liquitex on Bristol board piece is fresh to the market.

Jean Dubuffet, Réchaud -Four à Gaz V, 1 March 1966, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

HISTORICAL 20th CENTURY DESIGN. Scandinavian design of the 20th Century experts Dansk Møbelkunst (Copenhagen/Paris) presented a rare Hans J. Wegner Swivel Chair (1955). Wegner designed the iconic chair for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. Møbelkunst also have had on show an especially rare white ceramic Surrea vase (circa 1940) by Swedish artist Wilhelm Kåge.Jean-David Botella (Paris) showed François-Xavier Lalanne & Kazuhide Takahama’s Ultramobile Screen (circa 1971) from the Collezione Simon. Also Botella displayed a very rare Ombelle Mirror (circa 1960) by Line Vautrin. The mirror has been in private hands for over 20 years and comes from the collection of a famous French furniture dealer. Also on display was a pair of Jean Després candlesticks (circa 1930). Only two versions of the candlesticks were ever made; one was shown by Botella at PAD and the other pair is in the collection of the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. Jean Royère expertGalerie Jacques Lacoste (Paris) brought the artist’s brass and black marble Tour Eiffel Console (circa 1952) to PAD. The console has not been seen by the public for some time as it was acquired directly from the family of the first owner. Lacoste also presented Max Ingrand and Gilbert Poillerat’s Table (1950s), which was created for Ingrand’s home and has remained in his family ever since. A pair of Vases Arcade designed by Emile Reiber featured at Blairman & Sons Ltd (London). The patinated copper and silver vases were manufactured by Christofle et Cie in France at Sain-Denis, circa 1870, and come from a private Swiss collection. Modernity (Stockholm) showed a spectacular chest of drawers by Ture Ryberg, originally designed for the Paris world exhibition of 1925. The piece is a classic Art Deco design, featuring various wood inlays, Bakelite handles and a top made of Swedish Kolmårds marble. Galleria Rossella Colombari (Milan) presented two very important and rare handwritten letters by Italian post-war designer Gio Ponti from the 1970s. They are written to Louise Mendelsohn, the wife of German architect Erich Mendelsohn, when she was living in California after her husband’s death. Ponti handwrote the letters then drew in colour on top of his writing.

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


David Franchi – 17th October 2012

“an ambitious selection of works”

Anri Sala, Clocked Perspective, 2012, Frieze London 2012, The Sculpture Park ,Ph. by Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

The Frieze Sculpture Park was successfully presented at Frieze Art London 2012. Packed with visitor, Frieze Art London 2012 confirmed to be the leading international contemporary fair. Many events and activities were associated to the fair programme, such as Film and Music, Talks, Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund to Benefit the Tate Collection, Frieze Projects and the usual Frieze Stand Prize. The Frieze Foundation has also organized Education activities.

The 2012 Frieze Sculpture Park is the largest-ever presentation of outdoor sculpture at Frieze London. The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 was located in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden, at Regent’s Park. It is located a short walk to the east of the entrance to the fair and it exhibits new works by both established and emerging artists represented by Frieze London exhibitors. Entry to the Sculpture Park was free to the public.

The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 has been selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Clare Lilley is Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Lilley holds a degree in the History of Art from the University of Manchester. She joined Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1991 and since 2010 has had lead responsibility for exhibitions and projects, the collection, and public engagement. Projects and published material include: Simon Armitage, Brandon Ballengée, Brass Art, Mel Brimfield, James Lee Byars, Anthony Caro, Liadin Cooke, Leo Fitzmaurice, Carlos Garaicoa, Stefan Gec, Andy Goldsworthy, Kenny Hunter, Bethan Huws, Tania Kovats, Sol LeWitt, Shirin Neshat, John Newling, Jaume Plensa, Peter Randall-Page, Joel Shapiro, Sarah Staton, William Turnbull, James Turrell and Winter/ Hörbelt. Clare is a board member of Site Gallery, Sheffield. She has spoken at a number of international symposia on the state of contemporary art and has judged numerous awards, including this year’s Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists (2012).

Lilley said of her selection: “I’m very pleased to be able to present such a rich and diverse range of sculptures by artists from across the generations. They indicate the multiplicity of contemporary sculpture, and the continuing desire to make work for the open air and in the public realm, offering the possibility of direct engagement with ideas, material and form. I have endeavoured to work with the landscaped gardens so that sculptures respond to their sites and viewpoints are taken into account. It is my hope that the sculptures will stop people in their tracks and

Alan Kane and Simon Periton, eight fculptures, 2012, Frieze London 2012
The Sculpture Park, Ph. Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

will encourage others to visit, that they will challenge and delight, punctuating the English Gardens and giving cause for thought, discussion and exchange. The Frieze London Sculpture Park offers an extraordinary opportunity to create a stimulating experience within one of the world’s most important art events and I’m delighted to make a contribution.”

Clare Lilley has put together an ambitious selection of works, offering a rare opportunity to see a significant group of public-scale sculpture. Lilley’s selection featured work by some of the most acclaimed international sculptors working today, both established and emerging. These include new pieces by: Hemali Bhuta (Speed Breakers, 2012, Project 88, supported by Creative India Foundation); Andreas Lolis (21st Century Relics, Composition in 7 parts, 2012, The Breeder); Damián Ortega (Through /True Stone, 2012, White Cube); and Maria Zahle (Tree Stripe, 2012, Arcade).

Other artists participating in the Sculpture Park include Anri Sala (Clocked Perspective, 2012, Hauser & Wirth), Thomas Scheibitz (Smiley, 2009, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Sprüth Magers Berlin London), Sean Landers (Pan, 2006, greengrassi), and Sam Falls (Untitled Sculpture, blue, burgundy, tangerine, teal, #5, 2012, International Art Objects Galleries).

The Frieze Sculpture Park showed a varied range of outdoor work from Hans Josephsohn (Untitled, 1970 – 2010, Hauser & Wirth), William Turnbull (Horse, 1999, Waddington Custot Galleries), and David Nash (Black Light, 2012, Annely Juda Fine Art); through the differing use of materials in the work of Yayoi Kusama (Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow, 2011, Victoria Miro), Jean-Luc Moulène (Body Versus Twizy, 2011, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Collection Renault, France), and Peter Liversidge (Everything is Connected, 2012, Ingleby Gallery); to the subtlety subversive sculptures of Michael Landy (Self-portrait as Rubbish Bin, 2012, Thomas Dane Gallery) and Alan Kane and Simon Periton (eight fculptures, 2012, Ancient & Modern, Sadie Coles HQ).

A number of artists have responded directly to the Sculpture Park’s unique setting, including Adip Dutta (Nestled, 2012, Experimenter) which comprises multiple woven stainless-steel weaver bird’s nests hanging from the trees of Regent’s Park. Maria Zahle’s first outdoor work Tree Stripe (2012) also incorporates the natural environment – a stretch of ripstop nylon will connect the viewer’s space to the tree, forming a brightly coloured visual bridge or ladder.

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