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.


David Franchi – Monday, 23rd May 2016.

Peter Tatchell, Steve Wardlaw (Chairman Emerald Life), Emily Tull (Finalist), Rosso (Winner), Matthew Stradling (Finalist), Aleksandra Karpowicz (Finalist), Nicolas Laborie (Finalist), Heidi McCormack (CEO Emerald Life), Simon Tarrant (Director Art Awards) © photo by Tania Olive, co. Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, by Islington arts Factory, London.

Peter Tatchell, Steve Wardlaw (Chairman Emerald Life), Emily Tull (Finalist), Rosso (Winner), Matthew Stradling (Finalist), Aleksandra Karpowicz (Finalist), Nicolas Laborie (Finalist), Heidi McCormack (CEO Emerald Life), Simon Tarrant (Director Art Awards) © photo by Tania Olive, co. Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, by Islington Arts Factory, London.

It has been a fascinating exhibition the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, at theIslington Arts Factory,London.

Themed ‘Line of Beauty – exploring sexuality, gender and identity’, the exhibition, presented at the Islington Arts Factory, had proclaimed the London resident Rosso as the artist winner for the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards.

Of Italian origins, Rosso has been living in London since 2004. She moved to study international relations and human rights. In 2012, she started her painting career full time. She was awarded with a trophy and £1,000 Prize Money for her self-portrait ‘Madame Moustache’.

Rosso explains: “I’m happy and proud to participate to this exhibition. I very much appreciated the opening of the Award to all artists of any sexual orientation. It gave to many of us the opportunity to publicly support the movement of LGBTQ equality and against discrimination. This painting is born from one of those moments of instant and transitory creativity. I had just shaved my hair for the first time in my life, both for aesthetic reasons but also, perhaps, as a gesture of liberation and emancipation. While I collected them from the ground I had this view of me lying naked in a manner similar to the classic Renaissance representations – the closest example is the Venus of Titian – but with a moustache: as a kind of mockery of the prevailing machismo in the representations of female nudity over the centuries. At Titian, in the end, I preferred the Olympia by Manet, since, even though it was inspired by the great Renaissance master, even that picture (Olympia) possessed a rebellious nature and breaking towards the idealisation of women in art.”

The standard for the 2016 competition was remarkably high but the selection panel unanimously appointed the exceptional work of Rosso. Olympia was a real woman who in 1865 shocked the strongly conformist audience – she had a challenging approach and overcome the tradition to represent a woman as an idol. ‘Madame Moustache’ examines the current perception of beauty that comes from traditional gender classifications.

The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards promotes and supports artists regardless of their sexuality. The selection panel is made up of arts industry professionals, comprising Royal sculptor Frances Segleman, artist and arts promoter Simon Tarrant, Islington Arts Factory Director of Visual Art Eleanor Pearce, freelance art writer and editor Anna McNay and philosopher and writer Daniel Barnes.

At the packed opening evening, the inaugural speech was made by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who said: “The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards is an example of how art can help shape people’s attitudes towards the LGBT+ community. Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be – then help make it happen.”

The opening evening also included LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson poetry recital and a magnetic live performance by celebrated classical trio the Korros Ensemble, who performed music by Argentinean Tango compose

Rosso with her painting Madame Moustache, Winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, © photo by Tania Olive, co. Islington Arts Factory, London.

Rosso with her painting Madame Moustache, Winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, © photo by Tania Olive, co. Islington Arts Factory, London.

r Piazzolla, accompanied by Taste of Tango dancers from Debbie Moore’s legendary Pineapple Dance Studios.

The 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards showcased the work of 30 Exhibitors and 5 Featured Artists. The other Art Awards Finalists were Aleksandra Karpowicz; Emily Tull; Matthew Stradling; and Nicolas Laborie.

The list of Runners-Up include André Azevedo; Antonio De Pasquale; Azara Meghie; Becky Boston; Charan Singh; Conor Collins; Dee Stanford; Dew Kim; Heather Carol; Holly Brodie; Ignacio Miranda; Iluá Hauck da Silva; INK; Louisa Holecz; Nic Humphries; Red Pig Flower; Roxana Halls; Sadie Lee; Simon Croft; The DNA Factory; and Thion.

Featured artists were: Jo Wise, Jade Soar, Asiko; Jane Moore; Layer; Bronac Mc Neill; and Stephanie Griffiths.

2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards was supported by Emerald Life, the UK’s premiere insurance supplier tailored for the gay and lesbian community. Barefoot Wine sponsored the wine for the Art Awards.

CASS Art Islington sponsored an LGBT+ life drawing workshop exploring the concept of beauty, sexuality, gender and identity at the Islington Arts Factory, tutored by artist Jane Moore.

For the first time the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards introduced a series of works developed by students from Middlesex School of Art and Design who have participated in workshops on gender identity and sexuality politics.

The 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards exhibition was at the Islington Arts Factory, London, from 15th until 29th April 2016.


David Franchi – Monday, 9th May 2016.

An interesting London Original Print Fair came back to the Royal Academy of Arts for the 2016.

London Original Print Fair 2016The London Original Print Fair2016 is for experts but also for fresh starters. Highlights for 2016 were important prints from Masters. LOPF is strictly linked to the Royal Academy. From out of the country some galleries returned to the Fair. For this edition was launched the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award won by The Atkinson, Southport.

At its 32nd edition the London Original Print Fair presented 51 leading publishers, dealers and galleries. The best knowledge from three continents that could be attractive both for expert collectors and for those just starting out, offering fascinating pieces for low prices but also incredible old and expensive prints.

Highlights of this year’s Fair included a significant number of Old Master dealers. C.G Boerner offered Rembrandt’s ‘A Beggar Seated on a Bank (self – portrait)’ and prints of Cranach and the series by Dürer, ‘The Small Woodcut Passion’. Eames Fine Art displayed etchings from the rare first edition of Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’. August Laube brought two significant Dürer engravings of the Madonna. The Fine Art Society and Gerrish Fine Art offered important prints by CRW Nevinson and Ben Nicholson, and Frederick Mulder had a rare impression of ‘The Sick Child I’ by Edvard Munch. The list of artists could be longer, including Picasso, Andy Warhol, Mirò, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, Yayoi Kusama and Ai Wei Wei, just to name a few.

Strong is the connection between the Royal Academy and the London Original Print Fair. Many Royal Academicians are also printmakers. Bernard Pratt has worked with artist Ana Maria Pacheco for almost 40 years and brings a new series, Comedia to the Fair. Paupers Press launched new works by the Chapman Brothers, while Enitharmon Editions have joined forces with Jealous once again to publish the second in a series of prints made especially for the Fair, The Print and the Poem, this year by Gary Hume. Alan Cristea Gallery presented a solo show of work by Michael Craig-Martin, including his new series entitled Fundamentals (2016).

Returning from overseas are Aspinwall Editions (New York); C.G. Boerner (New York and Düsseldorf); Durham Press (USA); Dreipunkt Edition (Germany); Gallery Jin (Tokyo); August Laube Buch- und Kunstantiquariat (Switzerland), Himmelblau Printmaking (Finland) and Neuhauser Kunstmühle (Austria). Together with them are some newcomers, A & D Martinez and Lelong Editions (Paris), ars, -tis, f. (Germany) and Art Editions-Fils, (Germany) and Kunstverket Galleri (Norway).

A veteran dealer Bernard Jacobson (London) exhibited for the first time at the Fair and, after some years working for Sims Reed Gallery, Lyndsey Ingram launched her own business at LOPF 2016, focused on post-war and contemporary prints.

This year Advanced Graphics have new prints by Anthony Frost: ‘Red Crayola’ and ‘Blue Crayola’. Coriander have worked with Sir Peter Blake RA and the Liverpool Biennial to publish Dazzle.

In this edition was firstly ever inaugurated the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award. It is a purchase grant for Museums, designed to enable a museum, a public galleries and print collections across the UK to buy an original print for their collection.

The winner of the inaugural Ecclesiastical Original Print Award was The Atkinson, Southport. They received £8,000 to spend at the London Original Print Fair.

Chaired by the President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun PRA, the judges chose The Atkinson for their enthusiasm for their print collection and commitment to increasing engagement with artists, schools, communities and visitors.

The LOPF presented an Annual Printmaking Talk, free tours, talks and printmaking demonstrations. Highlights this year included Michael Craig-Martin in conversation with Dame Joan Bakewell, and a Special Artist’s Talk with Yinka Shonibare MBE RA.

The Sponsor was Ecclesiastical Insurance, a specialist insurance and financial services company with expertise in fine arts and heritage, church, home, charity, education and care insurance.

The London Original Print Fair 2016 has been at the Royal Academy of Arts, from 5th until 8th May 2016.


David Franchi – Monday, 8th February 2016.

London Art Fair 2016The London Art Fair 2016 outcome is a great success. For its 2016 edition, the art fair was at the Islington Business Design Centre,London.

A leader event for Modern British and contemporary art, London Art Fair 2016 has presented 126 UK and international galleries. It brought together interesting and new ideas.

At its 28th edition, London Art Fair 2016 organised an interesting survey about the future of the art market. It was conducted among the exhibiting galleries. It revealed that 85% are confident that the art market will remain strong or fare better in 2016. The galleries expect the market should be stimulated by a growing number of people interested in buying art and increasing sales to international collectors. However, many galleries are worried about rising rents and business rates affecting the UK’s competitiveness in a global art market.

The Jerwood Gallery from Hastings was the museum partner for the 2016. It organized the exhibition Coast, displaying significant works drawn from the Jerwood Collection, including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, John Tunnard, and Christopher Wood. Curated by Liz Gilmore (Director, Jerwood Gallery) and Lara Wardle (Curator, Jerwood Gallery), Coast illustrated how the British coastline through its astonishing light influenced the artists hosted by the Jerwood Collection.

London Art fair 2016 presented ‘Dialogues’ a section of the Art Projects. Curated by Natasha Hoare Dialogues is focused on promoting a community of emerging international galleries. It featured collaborations between invited UK and international gallery partners. The five collaborations were: Copperfield (London) & NEST (The Hague); Division of Labour (Worcester) & NOME (Berlin); l’Étrangerè (London) & Base-Alpha Gallery (Antwerp); The RYDER (London) & All together Now (Rotterdam); and TJ Boulting (London) & Leslie (Berlin).

Another interesting section was Photo50, in an exhibition entitled ‘Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex’. Curated by Federica Chiocchetti, founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist, it was freely inspired to the masterwork film ‘Masculin Féminin’, (1966) by Jean-Luc Godard. Photo50 was supported by Genesis Imaging.

The 24,528 people visiting London Art Fair were a sign that 2016 would be another robust art market year for the UK. Notable sales were reported across both Modern British and international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video art and ceramics.

The London Art Fair 2016 was at the Islington Business Design Centre, London, from 20 until 24 January.