Frieze London Art Fair 2017

Frieze London Art Fair 2017 closed with great success. At its 15th edition, Frieze London Art Fair 2017 could attract more than 160 art galleries from 31 countries and it reached strong sales. Throughout the fair, Frieze London 2017 boosted VIP presence. It also recorded an excellent rise in international major collectors, a record presence of 230 groups from around the world, including the return of two significant acquisitions funds supported by major institutions.

The programme of Frieze London 2017 included Frieze Art Fair Stand Prize and Frieze Focus Prize. It also included Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award, presenting new site-specific works by contemporary artists; new film commissions premiered at Frieze Film; an off-site fair programme by Frieze Music; and Frieze Talks a dynamic series of panel discussions, conversations and keynote lectures.

The curated gallery sections included: Focus (presentations by galleries max aged 12 years); Live (a space for performance and participation works); and new for 2017, Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics (female artists working at the extreme edges of feminist practice since the 1970s.)

Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said: “The 15th edition of Frieze London further established the city’s importance as both a leading commercial market hub and cultural platform”.


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Galleries across the fair’s main and specially curated sections – Focus, Sex Work, Live - enjoyed strong sales throughout the whole week, placing artworks across all levels of the market. Select highlights included: David Kordansky Gallery with works by Will Boone in the range of USD 25,000 to 55,000; David Zwirner’s sale of a Jeff Koons for USD 2.75 million and a new work by Kerry James Marshall to an important European Foundation; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s sale of a Robert Rauschenberg for USD 1.5 million; Matthew Marks sale of a Jasper Johns for USD 1.5 million; Hauser & Wirth’s sale of a major sculpture by Hans Arp for USD 1.1 million to a private collection in Los Angeles, from their ‘BRONZE AGE’ presentation. Goodman Gallery sold out over half the booth on preview day, including a work by William Kentridge for USD 385,000 and three works by David Goldblatt ranging from USD 15,000-50,000 and The Sunday Painter in the Focus section sold many of their works by Emma Hart on Preview Day, ranging between GBP 10,000-12,000.

Frieze London 2017 have seen a 230 record presences of directors, curators, trustees and patron groups from international museums and other arts organizations, including Carnegie Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Moderna Museet, MAMCO, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Whitney Museum of American Art and WIELS.

Frieze this year partnered with two main acquisition funds for national museums: the Frieze Tate Fund, supported by WME | IMG, and the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze in support of a regional museum in the UK: Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate commented, ‘The Frieze Tate Fund has made an important contribution to the national collection of contemporary art at Tate. We are once again excited to be able to select work from Frieze so that a broad public at Tate can experience new art as it emerges. We are extremely grateful both to WME | IMG and to Frieze for their support.’

Balshaw also commented on the successful new section for 2017, Sex Work, curated by independent curator and scholar Alison M. Gingeras which featured nine solo presentations of women artists working at the extreme edges of feminist practice: ‘As a woman born in 1970 raised by a tribe of feminist aunts, I find it tremendously exhilarating to see the women artists in Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics included in the context of an art fair.’


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David Franchi – Thursday 28th July 2016.

The UAL – University of Arts of London presented its consistent Summer Show 2016.

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The Summer Show 2016 of the UAL – University of Arts of London @ UAL – University of Arts of London.

The University of the Arts of London offered an enthusiastic range of works for the Summer Show 2016 by over 1,000 students from across the three colleges of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

One of the top five world universities for art and design, theUAL – University of the Arts London is organised in six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. It proposes a variegated choice of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

The Summer Show 2016 programme of the three colleges is massive, full of events but a bit dispersive. The Wimbledon College of Arts presented an Undergraduate and MFA Fine Art Summer Show, for BA in Fine Art and BA in Theatre & Screen together with MFA Fine Art.

In September, Wimbledon College of Arts will also present its Postgraduate Summer Show 2016 featuring work by graduating students from the courses of MA Digital Theatre; MA Drawing; MA Painting; and MA Theatre Design.

The Chelsea College Undergraduate Summer Show 2016 was about art and design. It included works for BA Fine Art; BA Graphic Design Communication; BA Interior and Spatial Design; FdA Interior Design; BA Textile Design; Graduate Diploma Interior Design; and Graduate Diploma Fine Art.

In September, there will be also the Chelsea College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2016 including work by

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The Summer Show 2016 of the UAL – University of Arts of London @ UAL – University of Arts of London.

graduating students from the courses of MA Fine Art; MA Graphic Design Communication; MA Interior & Spatial Design; MA Textile Design; and MA Curating & Collections.

The Camberwell College of Arts proposed a more articulated Summer Show 2016. Starting in May there was the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Diploma summer show, featuring work by graduating students from Art: (Drawing, Painting, Photography and Time-Based Media, Sculpture), Communication (Film and Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration) and Design (Fashion and Textiles, Theatre, Stage and Screen, 3D, Product and Spatial Design).

Last June opened the Camberwell College of Arts Undergraduate and MA Conservation Summer Show 2016. It presented the work of artists, designers and conservators from the courses of MA Conservation in Art on Paper and Books and Archival Materials. But also it included the Undergraduate Fine Art Programme (BA Drawing; BA Painting; BA Photography; and BA Sculpture) and the Undergraduate Design Programme (BA Graphic Design; BA Illustration; BA 3D Design; FdA Graphic Design; and FdA Illustration).

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The Summer Show 2016 of the UAL – University of Arts of London @ UAL – University of Arts of London.

Camberwell College of Arts organised also a Postgraduate Summer Show 2016, featuring work by graduating students from the MA Visual Arts courses in MA Book Arts; MA Designer Maker; MA Fine Art Digital; MA Illustration; and MA Printmaking.

The massive programme offered is interesting and it will, of course, give the right skills to brilliant future artists who are eagerly waiting for to move their first steps into the art world.

To all of them we would like to wish the best of luck. Art is essential to the humans.

The Summer Show 2016 is ongoing at the three colleges (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon) of the UAL – University of Arts of London, from May until September 2016.


David Franchi – Monday, 20th June 2016.

EuroArt Open Studios 2016, Tottenham, LondonIt has been an excellent occasion to visit the Open Studios 2016 at Euroart in Tottenham, London.

The consistent Euroart organisation is a hub, a miscellaneous of more than 70 artists who work and/ or live in London, a variegated group of artists, sculptors, architects, jewellery-makers.

Every year Euroart organises a free entry event, a weekend of opening to public. An unavoidable event, Euroart Open Studios offers the chance to step in almost all the studios with the artist present in person.

The Open Studios was involving and fully packed. There was also an Art Raffle, a chance to win a £250 voucher prize which could be used to buy works of artist in the studios or to commission new work, and that helps to run the studios.

Euroart Studios presented for the first time a guest curator, Dr Daniel Barnes, who is a philosopher, critic, educator and cultural commentator. He selected 16 artists for a series of three guided tours of their studios, with one tour each open day. Each tour lasted an hour and began with a short introductory talk by Dr Barnes about the exhibition he has curated of the selected artist’s works in the main public areas of Euroart.

Euroart is an inspirational and dedicated organisation that is helping to regenerate the Tottenham area, by attracting creative and artistic persons or businesses.

The studios are run by founders Nigel Young, space projects quality consultant, and Lorraine Clarke, professional visual artist.

Clarke and Young founded the studios in January 2002. At the beginning, Euroart studios were located in a leased industrial place next door to Tottenham Football Club, on High Road. In 2009, unfortunately Spurs purchased the site to build a new stadium. Euroart was evicted right away, but Clarke and Young could relocate in two warehouse units at Gaunson House, Tottenham, a short walk from Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale Tube stations. They leased the place for a 20-year terms, creating 34 workspaces. In August 2011 a third warehouse unit was leased for a total of around 70 workspaces created.

A not-for-profit group, Euroart Studios offers to artist lovely spaces at reasonable rates. This policy is helpful as many artists begin as a part-time or hobby. Many important artists started their career exactly like this.

The studios are at Gaunson House in Markfield Road, Tottenham, a short walk from Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale Tube stations.

Euroart Open Studios 2016 was at the Tottenham Hale, London, from 3rd until 5th June.


David Franchi – Thursday, 9th June 2016.

Art16 Fair LondonIt was a good fair Art16, at Kensington Olympia, London.

In respect to the last edition, Art16was smaller, but more efficiently organised and it avoided the pedantic academic style by being more involving and amusing.

Presenting over 1000 exceptional artworks from artists and galleries from every continent, Art16 kept a unique pledge to showcase stimulating emerging artists alongside established contemporary talents.

Art16 brought together over 100 galleries from more than 30 countries. At its fourth edition, Art16 presented an assorted range of works of contemporary artists from around the world.

For this edition there were two specially curated sections, focused on London art environment – both curated by Jonathan Watkins. The first was ‘Emerge’ a selection of dual and solo artist presentations by galleries less than six years old. ‘London First’ instead was focused on galleries that took part in a fair in London for the first time.

An interesting presentation was by Kostas Synodis who recreated his 160 cm² windowless sculpture studio on the basis of what he really has in London. Presented by Julian Page and Joanna Bryant Gallery, it was a welcomed protest against the craziness of the rent prices in London. The artist recently really converted a windowless cupboard into an improvised studio.

Dutch gallery Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design was one of the most visited. It showcased a number of interactive installations by Dominic Harris, including Conductors (2015) a 4k- resolution screen displaying a range of planets and stars that responds to hands movements, producing images of stars, planets, and meteors accompanied by an array of sounds which intensity depends from the one of the user. Also they presented an interactive box with feathers responding to hand waves and an installation of eight screens of Snow White and the Dwarfs also responding to body movements.

An interesting idea was to invite Not –for-Profit exhibitors, including Ruya Foundation, from Baghdad, offering to some Iraqi artists the occasion to participate to an international exhibition. Other highlights included The Wallace Collection, Ikon Gallery, South London Gallery and Plinth.

The inaugural Art16 and Villa Lena Foundation Residency Prize was awarded to Wycliffe Mundopa form Harare, Zimbabwe. It consists in a two months residency in the hearth of Tuscan countryside. Villa Lena Foundation offers an onsite accommodation studio space and research support. The panel jury was made of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Andrew Bonacina, Vincent Honoré and Beatrice Bulgari.

With a good programme of talks and events for families, Art16 has overcome previous criticism and was an unmissable event.

Art16 fair was at Olympia, South Kensington, London, from 19 until 22 May 2016.