1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, until 20th October (Frieze Week 1)

Dear Readers, as many of you are aware Frieze and Frieze Masters take place in London this week.  Over the next few days I will endeavour to bring to your attention some of the other events taking place over the week.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, 16 – 20 October 2013

 The name of the fair comes from the 54 different nations that inhabit Africa.  Works of all types of media will be shown by 15 galleries from a variety of places, including Abidjan, Kenya, Benin, Nigeria, London, Seattle and Berlin.  The fair strongly emphasises the growing interest worldwide in this exciting, colourful art scene and suggests that now is the time to start collecting these works.

Cameron Platter Joy, 2013 Pencil crayon on paper 235cm x 181cm www.jackbellgallery.com

Cameron Platter
Joy, 2013
Pencil crayon on paper
235cm x 181cm
http://www.jackbellgallery.com

Fair founder Touria El Glaoui, says: “The interest in the inaugural year for 1:54 has been tremendous and we are thrilled to have the support from so many individuals and organisations. 1:54 will offer visitors the chance to experience and engage with contemporary art from Africa and the African Diaspora like never before.”

'Resurrection: The Fire Next Time - Untitled II', 2013, Gor Soudan Made from 'Protest Wire' which is made of the remnants of burnt car tyres after the protests following the last General Election in Kenya.

‘Resurrection: The Fire Next Time – Untitled II’, 2013, Gor Soudan
Made from ‘Protest Wire’ which is made of the remnants of burnt car tyres after the protests following the last General Election in Kenya.

Ticketing information:

Adult tickets are £12 per day
A five day ticket costs: £25
Child under 10 years (accompanied by an adult): £5
Student: £5
Tickets can be bought from ticketmaster.com at: http://tinyurl.com/om62thk
(Online purchases may be subject to an additional online booking fee)

The artist Gor Soudan collecting what he calls 'Protest Wire' - remnants of burnt car tyres after the protests following the last General Election in Kenya.  WWW.ARTLABAFRICA .COM

The artist Gor Soudan collecting ‘Protest Wire’.
WWW.ARTLABAFRICA .COM

Opening Times: 10:00 – 18:00

Wednesday 16 October
Thursday 17 October
Friday 18 October
Saturday 19 October
Sunday 20 October

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A celebration of James Giles and Porcelain at the Holburne Museum

James Giles ‘Ingenious’ Painter of Porcelain, Until 10th November, The Holburne Museum, Bath

There are very many good reasons to visit Bath and certainly one of them is the Holburne Museum.  Lovers of 18th century porcelain would be wise to go as soon as possible to see the exhibition, in the Museum’s Ballroom Gallery, of Chinese and English porcelain, especially Worcester, decorated in the London workshop of James Giles (1718-1780).P1040758

The workshop was in business between 1743-1777 and Giles’s advert for it stated ‘This ingenious Artist copies the Pattern of any China with the utmost exactness, both with respect to the Design and Colours, either in the European or Chinese taste’. P1040764The exhibits come from three private collections; one is that of a great friend the late Stephen Hanscombe (1933-2013) who did much work on Giles, including two exhibitions at Stockspring Antiques where I had the great pleasure of working with him.

A ceramic feast not to be missed.P1040765

www.holburne.org

 

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Last Space Remaining at Gazelli Art House, Mayfair

Last Space Remaining, until 24th November, Gazelli Art House, Mayfair

This new exhibition combines works by the Spanish artist Sergio Calderon together with those of Recycle Group, a Russian artist collective.  The exhibition’s theme is our notions of fantasy and reality.

Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov are the two artists who are Recycle Group and they interpret using mixed-media sculptures how the virtual world has become so important through social media sites, with an emphasis on Facebook. They see Facebook as a social system and pose the question what part “of today’s society will survive and become history?”

Recycle Group Archaelogy 2512 , 2012 Cast plastic 122 x 155 x 26 cm

Recycle Group
Archaelogy 2512 , 2012
Cast plastic
122 x 155 x 26 cm

In contrast Calderon’s interactive installations take an approach which encourages the viewer to become engaged with the artwork and draw on their own ideas and memories.  He challenges our perceptions of reality and suggests that we will never achieve the human perfection we aim at and that we hold onto our personal versions of reality in this ever changing world.

Sergio Calderon The Long Way Around, 2013 Print (Epson semi-gloss) 114.3 d. cm

Sergio Calderon
The Long Way Around, 2013
Print (Epson semi-gloss)
114.3 d. cm

http://www.gazelliarthouse.com

 

Sculpture Exhibitions at The Sladmore Gallery & Sladmore Contemporary

Rembrandt Bugatti – emotions in bronze, until 8th November at The Sladmore Gallery, 57 Jermyn Street, St James’s

The Sladmore Gallery is well known for showing bronzes by Rembrandt Bugatti ( his younger brother Ettore was the car designer) and this new loan exhibition concentrates on pairings and family groups of the creatures he so loved studying, including many at the Antwerp Zoological Gardens or the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

La Mere Blessee 1911, bronze Cast by the Hébrard Foundry, Paris Height: 21 in (54 cm) Length: 52 in (131 cm) Pièce unique

La Mere Blessee
1911, bronze
Cast by the Hébrard Foundry, Paris
Height: 21 in (54 cm)
Length: 52 in (131 cm)
Pièce unique

It is a very fine exhibition which clearly displays the skill and the empathy he had for the subjects he depicted so well.

Nubian Lion & Lioness 1909-10, bronze Cast by the Hébrard Foundry, Paris Height: 17 ¼ in (44cm) Length: 23 ½ in (60cm)

Nubian Lion & Lioness
1909-10, bronze
Cast by the Hébrard Foundry, Paris
Height: 17 ¼ in (44cm)
Length: 23 ½ in (60cm)

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Anthony Turner, until 1st November at Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, Mayfair

Tooth and Claw Purbeck Marble 23 x 15 x 82 cm £10,750

Tooth and Claw
Purbeck Marble
23 x 15 x 82 cm
£10,750

This is an exciting departure for the gallery which has been selling bronzes for almost fifty years as this is the first time they have exhibited carved marble and stone sculptures alone.  When you see these unique works you will totally understand why.

Mesopotamian Flamingo Bean Red Travertine 75 x 60 x 35 £11,500

Mesopotamian Flamingo Bean
Red Travertine
75 x 60 x 35
£11,500

www.sladmore.com

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STRARTA Art Fair, until 13 October, at Saatchi Gallery

STRARTA Art Fair, until 13 October, at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ

Sally Fuerst Lego Sailor 2013 Oil on canvas 145 x 124.5 cm (57 x 49") Image courtesy of Scream.

Sally Fuerst
Lego Sailor
2013
Oil on canvas
145 x 124.5 cm (57 x 49″)
Image courtesy of Scream.

This new show reflects confidence in the strength of London’s Art Market and features thirty international galleries.  They are showing a wide range of works in all media – photography, sculpture, paintings, drawings and limited edition prints with prices ranging from £2,000 upwards.

Gordon Baldwin, Klee Cloud Vessell III and VI, 2009, Ceramic, 32 x 42 x 30 cm, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery and curated by Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Gordon Baldwin, Klee Cloud Vessell III and VI, 2009, Ceramic, 32 x 42 x 30 cm, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery and curated by Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Lesley Samms (LMG Events) said “Collectors want quality and variety in a delightful setting where they can experience calm and relaxation in order to embrace the talent of the artists on display.” It is certainly the right venue for that.

Maisie Broadhead, Speaking at a Machine, 2013, Digital C-Type print, 90 x 80 cm, edition of 12 Courtesy of Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Maisie Broadhead, Speaking at a Machine, 2013, Digital C-Type print, 90 x 80 cm, edition of 12
Courtesy of Sarah Myerscough Gallery

www.STRARTA.com

Meekyoung Shin: New Works, Sumarria Lunn Gallery

Meekyoung Shin: New Works, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, until 8th November

2. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 83 x 18 x 40cm

2.
Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 83 x 18 x 40cm

 These works are created by Meekyoung Shin a Korean artist whose sculptures are inspired by 18th and 19th century Chinese Export Porcelain that was created especially for the huge demand from the West.  She also re-interprets Classical and Renaissance sculpture as well.

4. From left to right: a. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 24 x 17 x 17cm b. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 40 x 22 x 22cm c. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 25 x 25 x 33cm d. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 18 x 22 x 11cm

4. From left to right:
a. Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 24 x 17 x 17cm
b. Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 40 x 22 x 22cm
c. Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 25 x 25 x 33cm
d. Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 18 x 22 x 11cm

What makes her works very special is that they are all created from soap – in up to 20 varnished layers.

3. Untitled (Black Series), 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 47 x 19 x 20cm

3.
Untitled (Black Series), 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 47 x 19 x 20cm

Of the material Meekyoung Shin says “Soap is fragile and time-consuming. There’s never been a technique for making big sculptures with soap. I had to learn myself. It’s a similar density or texture to stone, but soap’s nature is opposite – ephemeral not permanent. And soap has a fragrance, which is an important aspect of my work. You have to be there to experience the smell, like travelling to new places.”

5. From left to right: a. Untitled (Red Series) 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 22 x 22 x 43cm b. Untitled (Blue Series) 2013 Soap, varnish, pigments, 21 x 21 x 33cm

5. From left to right:
a. Untitled (Red Series) 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 22 x 22 x 43cm
b. Untitled (Blue Series) 2013
Soap, varnish, pigments, 21 x 21 x 33cm

www.sumarrialunn.com

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A new Art Gallery in Mayfair

Onyeka Ibe: Interactive Spaces, Gallery Elena Shchukina, until 9 November 2013

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This new gallery in Mayfair’s Lees Place is created by Elena Shchukina who just happens to be an artist herself.  It is an interestingly arranged space as she wishes to have furniture, carpets, lights, objects and even jewellery that reflect and complement the paintings on view.

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The first exhibition in the gallery celebrates the richly coloured works by the Nigerian-born artist Onyeka Ibe. As you can see these are in an almost room-like setting with the furniture, upholstery and rugs whose colours echo the paintings.

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http://www.galleryelenashchukina.com

Images courtesy of the Gallery

Fine Art Asia, 4-7 October, Hong Kong

Fine Art Asia 2013, 4-7 October, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

Palden Lhamo China or Dolon Nor, Inner Mongolia, 18th century Gilt copper with polychrome H. 118 cm Rossi & Rossi, London

Palden Lhamo
China or Dolon Nor, Inner Mongolia, 18th century
Gilt copper with polychrome
H. 118 cm
Rossi & Rossi, London

This important fair brings together the best of Oriental, Islamic and European fine and decorative arts.  There is a strong UK contingent exhibiting there, including Trinity House Paintings, Shapero Rare Books and Bowman Sculpture and those illustrated here.

 www.fineartasia.com

George Chinnery Boatwoman seated near the shore Macau, c. 1830 Pencil drawing H. 6 1/2 x W. 8 1/2 inches Martyn Gregory, London

George Chinnery
Boatwoman seated near the shore
Macau, c. 1830
Pencil drawing
H. 6 1/2 x W. 8 1/2 inches
Martyn Gregory, London

A monumental 19th century silver wine cistern and stand 19th century, French Silver Maker’s mark of Sazikov (after a design by August Karl Spiess) L. 86.3 cm Koopman Rare Art, London

A monumental 19th century silver wine cistern and stand
19th century, French
Silver
Maker’s mark of Sazikov (after a design by August Karl Spiess)
L. 86.3 cm
Koopman Rare Art, London

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Arbiters of Style, Christie’s New York, 8 October 2013

Arbiters of Style: The Collection of Anthony Hail & Charles Posey

Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 8 October 2013

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I first came across the noted interior designer Anthony Hail in the late 1960s in a magazine which showed his San Francisco apartment.  It fascinated me with its mixture of French and Baltic period furniture, the objects and chandeliers and the use of architectural prints on the walls.  To me, it had a combination of light and elegance, traditional yet modern in feel.

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Now, 40 plus years later, Christie’s is auctioning this timeless, eclectic collection from the home of Anthony Hail and his partner Charles Posey in New York on October 8th.  I have little doubt that this will be a very popular auction with many collectors and designers bidding for items such as the Russian chandelier, formerly owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, Chinese porcelain, oil paintings or the 1st century Roman marble herm.

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Looking through the catalogue I still get the same sense of excitement I got when I first encountered the work of Anthony Hail, but I will be sensible and leave the last words to David Hicks, who like Capote and Andy Warhol, was entertained by him in his home.

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One of the most enchanting small apartments I know was created by Anthony Hail ten years ago in San Francisco.…What was so special about this room was the utter simplicity of no colour, the quality of the few pieces of furniture, and the total lack of pretentiousness. The rarity of the few decorative objects gave this an almost sanctuary-like atmosphere, particularly rare at that time. It was in strict contrast to all other decoration in America then.

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http://www.christies.com

Images courtesy of Christie’s

Joan Miró – Intimistes, Connaught Brown, until 31st October

Joan Miró – Intimistes, Connaught Brown, until 31st October

 

This exciting exhibition looks at how the Catalan painter Miró’s work was influenced by his close reciprocal friendships with other artists throughout his artistic life.

André Masson, Chevaux dévorés, 1929 Signed lower left: André Masson Pastel on paper 19,9 x 24,8 in, 50,5 x 63 cm

André Masson, Chevaux dévorés, 1929
Signed lower left: André Masson
Pastel on paper
19,9 x 24,8 in, 50,5 x 63 cm

 

Among his long-term friends was André Masson whom he met soon after coming to Paris in 1920.  A part of the Surrealist Movement in the mid-late 20s he made friends with Fernand Léger, André Breton and Edward Burra.    In the 1930s, after leaving the Surrealist group, he became even closer to Picasso whom he had met in the previous decade.

 

   Joan Miró, L'issue dérobée, 1976 Signed middle right 'Miró'. Titled and dated 13.V.80 on verso Gouache and monotype on Japanese paper 13 x 19 3/4 in, 33 x 50 cm

Joan Miró, L’issue dérobée, 1976
Signed middle right ‘Miró’. Titled and dated 13.V.80 on verso
Gouache and monotype on Japanese paper
13 x 19 3/4 in, 33 x 50 cm

Post war Miró visited New York where he renewed his friendship with Calder and also met a new generation of artists, including Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock.

 

http://www.connaughtbrown.co.uk

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