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.

Frieze London 2012 Sculpture Park is supported by yoox.com. Established in 2000 in Italy, yoox.com is the world’s leading virtual store for multi-brand fashion, design and art, offering a wide selection of products. Art at yoox.com offers a line-up of pieces and artists’ products perfect for avid and first-time collectors alike, alongside exclusive projects developed with some of the world’s leading artists. yoox.com is ‘Powered by YOOX Group.’

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


The Frieze Art Fair London 2012 Stand Prize went to Vitamin Creative Space.

David Franchi – 17th October 2012

“awarded to the most innovative gallery stand at the fair”

Pak Sheung Chuen, Left & Right, Blue & Sky, 2007, Ph. Linda Nylind, Co. Linda Nylind/ Frieze

The Frieze Art Fair London 2012 Stand Prize has been awarded to Vitamin Creative Space, stand E6, from Guangzhou, China. The Stand Prize, consisting of £10,000, has been awarded on 10th October to the most innovative gallery stand at the fair. Vitamin Creative Space has also presented the Pak Sheung Chuen’s Solo Project “Left & Right, Blue & Sky”.

For the fourth year, Champagne Pommery has sponsored the Stand Prize. The following international curators and critics selected the winning stand; Alex Farquharson, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, November Paynter, Associate Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul, and Doryun Chong, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA, NY.

Frieze Fair London 2012 presented a curated programme including Sculpture Park commissions and projects, many of which are interactive or performative. Important was also the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund to Benefit the Tate Collection.

Supported by Frieze Foundation, it encouraged visitors to engage with art and artists directly. Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed during 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 foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film.

Vitamin Creative Space recipient Stand Prize Frieze London 2012, Ph. Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze London 2012 was 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 London was founded in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp. It is organised in three sections, the main gallery section, Focus and Frame. This year Frieze Masters was also introduced. Together the crossover between the two fairs has made London the focus for a broad international art audience.

Around 500 galleries apply each year for the fair and the application form is posted on the website in December, with deadline in February. The selection is made in April by a committee of gallerists who participate in the fair.

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


David Franchi, 17th October 2012

“focus only on contemporary art and living artists”

Frieze Art Fair London 2012, ph. Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Art Fair London 2012was another successful event packed with visitors. In 2012, Frieze Art Fair London confirmed to be the leading international contemporary art fair in the UK.

Frieze Fair London 2012presented a curated programme including Sculpture Park commissions and projects, many of which are interactive or performative. Supported by Frieze Foundation, it encouraged visitors to engage with art and artists directly. Important was also the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund to Benefit the Tate Collection.

Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which was established the same year as the fair (2003). The Frieze Foundation oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed during 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 foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film.

Frieze London is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting contemporary galleries working today.

This year the Frieze Fair was once again housed in a bespoke temporary structure located in Regent’s Park, to benefit from a natural light source, avoiding the atmosphere of a trade show. It was designed by architects Carmody Groarke, who has been the Frieze London architects in 2011 and 2012. A London-based architectural studio, Carmody Groarke were recipients of the Building Design UK Young Architect of the Year (YAYA) in 2007, the practise won two RIBA awards in 2010 and were last year named as winners of the International Emerging Architecture Award by The Architectural Review.

Since its first year Frieze Art London has worked with a series of talented architects: David Adjaye, Jamie Fobert and Caruso St John, who are well known for their work on museums and art galleries. The architects’ brief is to make the fair an inviting and unique experience. Each year there are eye-catching changes to the design, décor, entrance and spaces such as restaurants and cafes. The architects have the opportunity to experiment and this adds to the experience of the fair.

For the last four years, Frieze Art London has had over 60,000 visitors, those with an interest in the art world, such as curators, artists, collectors, gallerists and critics, as well as the general public enjoying a cultural day out.

Frieze Art London was a carefully selected presentation of 175 of the most forward thinking contemporary galleries and showed new work by over 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists. Exhibitors this year were coming from 35 countries including Argentina, China, Columbia, Hungary, India, Korea and South Africa.

Around 500 galleries apply each year for the fair. The application form is posted on the website in December, the application deadline is in February and the selection is made in April. There is then an appeals procedure in late April.

The selection is made by a committee of gallerists who participate in the fair; the fair Directors chair the meeting but do not vote. The 2012 selection committee was: Daniel Buchholz, Galerie Daniel Buchholz; Marcia Fortes, Galeria Fortes Vilaça; Cornelia Grassi, greengrassi; Carol Greene, Greene Naftali; Monica Manzutto, Kurimanzutto; Maureen Paley, Maureen Paley; Niklas Svennung, Galerie Chantal Crousel; Toby Webster, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster.

Frieze Art Fair London does not release sales figures anymore. Though it is a commercial venture, Directors have found such figures could be inaccurate, as many sales are completed post-fair, and many galleries choose to keep their sales figures private.

The programme at Frieze London 2012 has been curated by Sarah McCrory, she also curated the programme in 2011 and 2010.

Frieze Masters Art Fair 2012, ph. Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Art London was founded in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp. There were three sections to Frieze Art Fair London 2012: the main gallery section, Focus and Frame.

The tenth edition featureed a new section: Focus, dedicated to galleries opened in or after 2001, showing a presentation of up to three artists. Focus was first introduced at Frieze New York 2012.

Frame is a section of the fair introduced in 2009. It is dedicated to solo artist presentations. Frame is open to galleries who have been in existence for less than six years and present a regular programme of exhibitions, showing solo artist presentations. Frame is supported by COS.

In 2012 the Frame advisors were curators Rodrigo Moura and Tim Saltarelli who selected the 25 galleries. Rodrigo Moura is a curator, editor and art writer. He has worked as a curator at Inhotim (Minas Gerais, Brazil) since 2004 and previously he was a curator at Museu de Arte da Pampulha. Moura has written extensively on arts and culture for Brazilian newspapers and international art press. Tim Saltarelli is a New York-based curator and writer who has organised exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Until the end of 2010, he was Director at Elizabeth Dee Gallery. He is presently a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York.

This year Frieze London has also introduced Frieze Masters, a new fair with a contemporary perspective on historical art of all ages. Frieze Masters was a carefully selected presentation of over 90 of the world’s leading galleries. Coinciding with Frieze London, Frieze Masters took place in Gloucester Green, Regent’s Park, London, and was sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

Together the crossover between the two fairs has made London the focus for a broad international art audience.

The Family Space at Frieze London 2012 took inspiration from the Frieze Projects programme. Workshops and a range of other educational activities were presented in partnership with Nintendo and ReachOutRCA. The Family Space allowed families and guests the chance to try New Art Academy game on Nintendo 3DS XL.

Frieze Art Fair London 2012  in Regent’s Park, London, from 11th until 14th October 2012,