FRIEZE MASTERS 2016

Frieze Masters, The Regent’s Park, London NW1 4HA, (the north-east corner of The Regent’s Park, near the London Zoo), 6th-9th October 2016

Prahlad Bubbar Ltd. Ladies celebrate Holi on a Pleasure Pavilion Leaf from an album made for Antoine Polier Attributed to Mihr Chand, with calligraphy by Hafiz Nur Ullah Lucknow, India, c. 1775-1780 Opaque watercolour and gold on paper Folio 45.5 x 62 cm; Painting 29 x 42.5 cm

Prahlad Bubbar Ltd.
Ladies celebrate Holi on a Pleasure Pavilion
Leaf from an album made for Antoine Polier
Attributed to Mihr Chand, with calligraphy by Hafiz Nur Ullah
Lucknow, India, c. 1775-1780
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Folio 45.5 x 62 cm; Painting 29 x 42.5 cm

 

The well-known architect Annabelle Selldorf has designed the structure for this the fifth edition of Frieze Masters and it will play host to one hundred and thirty-three leading historical and modern galleries from around the world.

BLAIN|SOUTHERN LONDON Lynn Chadwick, The Stranger, 1954, Courtesy The Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern, Photo: Matthew Hollow

BLAIN|SOUTHERN LONDON
Lynn Chadwick, The Stranger, 1954,
Courtesy The Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern,
Photo: Matthew Hollow

 

As Frieze’s Director Victoria Siddall commented: ‘The quality and breadth of work in Frieze Masters keeps it fresh and exciting each year. I am looking forward to seeing even more antiquities dealers in the fair, as well as Indian art, alongside the best Old Masters and 20th-century work. Curators play an important role in this fair as well as in our contemporary fairs, and this year we welcome Tim Marlow (Director of Artistic Programmes, Royal Academy, London) who is co-curating Frieze Masters Talks, and Toby Kamps of the Menil Collection in Houston who is presenting his first edition of Spotlight.

 Once again we will see galleries from different fields collaborate on ground-breaking presentations, as the fair continues to offer new models for looking at and collecting art.’

 

 

 

Daniel Crouch Rare Books Benjamin Read, View in the Colosseum Regents Park London, Summer Fashions for 1836. London, 1836. Image courtesy of Daniel Crouch Rare Books.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books
Benjamin Read,
View in the Colosseum Regents Park London, Summer Fashions for 1836. London, 1836.
Image courtesy of Daniel Crouch Rare Books.

 

Luxembourg & Dayan Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Untitled (mud painting), 1953-1992 Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

Luxembourg & Dayan
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008),
Untitled (mud painting), 1953-1992
Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

 

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Milemete workshop, mainly by the De Bois Master. England, London, dated 1328 image courtesy of Dr. Jorn Gunther Rare Books

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG
Beauchamp-Corbet Hours, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Milemete workshop, mainly by the De Bois Master. England, London, dated 1328
image courtesy of Dr. Jorn Gunther Rare Books

 

Mayor Gallery Ad Dekkers Relief met drie circkels 1967 Polyester, paint Ø 180 x 3 cm Ø 70 7/8 x 1 1/8 in

Mayor Gallery
Ad Dekkers
Relief met drie circkels 1967
Polyester, paint Ø 180 x 3 cm Ø 70 7/8 x 1 1/8 in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waddington Custot Manolo Millares, Ínsula, 1967, mixed media on burlap. Courtesy Waddington Custot

Waddington Custot
Manolo Millares, Ínsula, 1967,
mixed media on burlap.
Courtesy Waddington Custot

 

Kallos Gallery Archaic Cretan Bronze Helmet, circa 650-620 BC. Credit Steve Wakeham & Kallos Gallery

Kallos Gallery
Archaic Cretan Bronze Helmet, circa 650-620 BC.
Credit Steve Wakeham & Kallos Gallery

 

Bernard Jacobson Gallery Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Untitled (New England Elegy No.5) 1967 Oil on canvas 296.6 x 355.6 cms (116 3/4 x 140 ins) RM12608

Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Untitled (New England Elegy No.5)
1967
Oil on canvas
296.6 x 355.6 cms (116 3/4 x 140 ins)
RM12608

 

 

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Masterpiece London 2016 – Preview

Masterpiece London 2016, The Bull Ring Gate Entrance, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 30thJune – 6th July 2016

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Nazy Vassegh, CEO of Masterpiece with J.F. Courville, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the RBC Wealth Management
2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Now in its 7th edition one can easily understand why Masterpiece has become a magnet for collectors and museum curators from around the world.  There is a great emphasis on quality and connoisseurship and the pieces on show reflect more than five thousand years of art history – and yes they are for sale.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Masterpiece’s chief executive Nazy Vassegh says: ‘I am delighted to announce so many exciting additions to this year’s fair. Masterpiece 2016 will have unrivalled depth and quality, and I am pleased that Masterpiece continues to strengthen every edition. We are looking forward to another great year.’

It truly is a must visit fair and allow yourself plenty of time because there are so many exciting things to see and tempt. Like me you may well want visit more than once.

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015 Courtesy Masterpiece London

Vetting during Masterpiece London 2015
Courtesy Masterpiece London

Over the coming days I will post varied selections of what is on show.

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com

ASIAN ART IN LONDON 2015

Asian Art in London, 5th – 14th November 2015

A pair of imperial, yellow silk monumental hangings, decorated with phoenix as symbols of the empress. The hangings, each composed of eight panels, form a mirror-image pair and are woven with nine phoenix in gold thread amongst five coloured clouds and above rocks and waves. Chinese, Qianlong period, 1736-1795 Height: 3.45 m (11 ft. 4 inches) Width of each hanging: 5.68 m (18 ft. 8 inches) Provenance: Private European family since c. 1912 Jacqueline Simcox Ltd www.jacquelinesimcox.com

A pair of imperial, yellow silk monumental hangings, decorated with phoenix as symbols of the empress. The hangings, each composed of eight panels, form a mirror-image pair and are woven with nine phoenix in gold thread amongst five coloured clouds and above rocks and waves.
Chinese, Qianlong period, 1736-1795
Height: 3.45 m (11 ft. 4 inches)
Width of each hanging: 5.68 m (18 ft. 8 inches)
Provenance:
Private European family since c. 1912
Jacqueline Simcox Ltd
http://www.jacquelinesimcox.com

This really is a special time in London for it sees sixty international dealers, major auction houses and museums and most importantly collectors from around the world come together for a celebration of Asian Art in all its varieties.

The companion piece Jacqueline Simcox Ltd www.jacquelinesimcox.com

The companion piece
Jacqueline Simcox Ltd
http://www.jacquelinesimcox.com

There are selling exhibitions, lectures and auctions across London and I include some of them here for your interest.

Jiang Shan Chun | China’s History Teller Peace Series - Portrait of Two Families II oil on canvas 207 x 135 cm Original Photograph (right) Albemarle Gallery www.albemarlegallery.com

Jiang Shan Chun | China’s History Teller
Peace Series – Portrait of Two Families II oil on canvas 207 x 135 cm
Original Photograph (right)
Albemarle Gallery
http://www.albemarlegallery.com

 

Tureen, Cover and Stand Qianlong period circa 1740 Scandinavian Market Length of Stand: 17 inches; 43cm Height of Tureen & Cover: 15 inches 38cm Cohen & Cohen www.cohenandcohen.co.uk

Tureen, Cover and Stand
Qianlong period circa 1740
Scandinavian Market
Length of Stand: 17 inches; 43cm
Height of Tureen & Cover: 15 inches 38cm
Cohen & Cohen
http://www.cohenandcohen.co.uk

 

Sotheby's Classical Chinese Furniture from a European Private Collection London | 11 Nov 2015 LOT 12 A HUANGHUALI SQUARE GAMES TABLE, QIZHUO QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY ESTIMATE 30,000-50,000 GBP www.sothebys.com

Sotheby’s
Classical Chinese Furniture from a European Private Collection
London | 11 Nov 2015
LOT 12
A HUANGHUALI SQUARE GAMES TABLE, QIZHUO
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
ESTIMATE 30,000-50,000 GBP
http://www.sothebys.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair ofwhite jade cups with their original stands in the form of lotus petals, dating from the 18th Century Marchant www.marchantiques.com

A pair of white jade cups with their original stands in the form of lotus petals, dating from the 18th Century
Marchant
http://www.marchantiques.com

 

FALCON GEM-SET PENDANT India (Deccan), 17th century Height: 7.8 cm. Width: 5.9 cm. Depth: 2.2 cm Simon Ray, Indian and Islamic Works of Art www.simonray.com

FALCON GEM-SET PENDANT
India (Deccan), 17th century
Height: 7.8 cm. Width: 5.9 cm. Depth: 2.2 cm
Simon Ray, Indian and Islamic Works of Art
http://www.simonray.com

 

Liu Jianhua Trace 2 Copyright Liu Jianhua Courtesy Pace London. www.pacegallery.com

Liu Jianhua
Trace 2
Copyright Liu Jianhua Courtesy Pace London.
http://www.pacegallery.com

 

Ma Desheng Untitled 1986 Ink on Chinese paper 69 x 92 cm (17 x 36 ¼ in) Image courtesy the artist and Rossi & Rossi Rossi & Rossi www.rossirossi.com

Ma Desheng
Untitled
1986
Ink on Chinese paper
69 x 92 cm (17 x 36 ¼ in)
Image courtesy the artist and Rossi & Rossi
Rossi & Rossi
http://www.rossirossi.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreweatts Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art Sale, Monday 16th November 2015 A fine Chinese soapstone group from Qing Dynasty presumably depicting a scene from the Han dynasty. Estimated at £10,000-15,000

Dreweatts
Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art Sale, Monday 16th November 2015
A fine Chinese soapstone group from Qing Dynasty presumably depicting a scene from the Han dynasty. Estimated at £10,000-15,000

 

A Selection of Pieces From The Nicolas Thompson Collection For Sale Online. R & G McPHERSON ANTIQUES www.orientalceramics.com

A Selection of Pieces From The Nicolas Thompson Collection For Sale Online.
R & G McPHERSON ANTIQUES
http://www.orientalceramics.com

 

ORPIMENT 雄黄 by ANDO Saeko (b.1968) Coloured lacquers, seashell, egg-shell and metal inlays on a wooden panel 45 x 90 cm Sealed Simon Pilling www.simonpilling.co.uk

ORPIMENT 雄黄
by ANDO Saeko (b.1968)
Coloured lacquers, seashell, egg-shell and metal inlays on a wooden panel
45 x 90 cm
Sealed
Simon Pilling
http://www.simonpilling.co.uk

 

25 Blythe Road: LIVE SALE: Arthur Millner - ISLAMIC, INDIAN, HIMALAYAN and SOUTH-EAST ASIAN ART ,11th November 2015 Lot 320 - A MANUSCRIPT BOX (SADAIK) Burma (Myanmar), early 20th century 25 x 61 x 22.5cm Estimate: £200-£300 www.25blytheroad.com

25 Blythe Road:
LIVE SALE: Arthur Millner – ISLAMIC, INDIAN, HIMALAYAN and SOUTH-EAST ASIAN ART ,11th November 2015
Lot 320 – A MANUSCRIPT BOX (SADAIK)
Burma (Myanmar), early 20th century
25 x 61 x 22.5cm
Estimate: £200-£300
http://www.25blytheroad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falling Blossoms 2015. Oil on Panel. 75 x 40 cm (29.5 x 16 in) Shine Artists www.shineartists.com

Falling Blossoms
2015. Oil on Panel. 75 x 40 cm (29.5 x 16 in)
Shine Artists
http://www.shineartists.com

 

 

http://www.asianartinlondon.com

INDIA: COLOUR and LIGHT

Pigment, Form and Light: The Arts of India 1550-1900,  Prahlad Bubbar, 33 Cork Street, London, W1, until 14thNovember 2015

A Vision of an Elephant Hunt Attributed to the artist Mir Kalan Khan Lucknow, India, circa 1760 Opaque watercolour and gold on paper 21.5 x 13.2 cm

A Vision of an Elephant Hunt
Attributed to the artist Mir Kalan Khan
Lucknow, India, circa 1760
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
21.5 x 13.2 cm

This show is an elegant celebration of Indian court life, revealed through classical paintings, objects and early photographs.

Bell-shaped Huqqa Base with Poppy design Bidri alloy inlaid with silver Bidar, Deccan, India Circa 1750-1780 Height: 16.5 cm Diameter: 16 cm

Bell-shaped Huqqa Base with Poppy design
Bidri alloy inlaid with silver
Bidar, Deccan, India
Circa 1750-1780
Height: 16.5 cm Diameter: 16 cm

The 18th century Indo-Islamic courts of Hyderabad and Lucknow as well as early 19th century Mughal Delhi are revealed through works commissioned by resident Europeans.  They reflect the spirit of tolerance, curiosity and romance of the time. While colour is a part of Indian life it is its light that unifies paintings, photographs and objects.

http://www.prahladbubbar.com 

 

The Fabric of India, V&A Museum, London SW7, until 10thJanuary 2016

Installation view of The Fabric of India at the VA_ (c) Victoria and Albert Museum

Installation view of The Fabric of India at the VA_
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum

This is an extensive exhibition which is a must for all interested in textiles, costume and Indian culture. You will discover bandanna handkerchiefs, the tent of Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), saris, temple hangings, floor spreads as well as the chintzes and hangings sought by Western consumers either to wear or adorn beds and rooms in Europe.

Hanging Wall hanging of embroidered cotton with silks, for the Western Market Gujarat, ca. 1700. (c) Victoria and Albert Museum

Hanging
Wall hanging of embroidered cotton with silks, for the Western Market
Gujarat, ca. 1700.
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum

It is also a history of the production of these glorious textiles, with many processes explained and highlighted.  The influence and threat to Indian hand-made textiles by the industrial processes of European textile making is examined as is the resistance movement to such processes which led to a resurgence of pride and opposition to them by supporting indigenous production.  A stand which is possibly best exemplified in the 1930s by Mahatma Gandhi asking the Indian people to spin and weave their own cloth, Khadi.  Khadi as many of you will know, became a tool of the Independence Movement. Nor is the importance of contemporary Indian textiles ignored with fine examples highlighting its importance both at home and internationally.

Houndstooth sari by Abraham & Thakore, double ikat silk, Hyderabad Artist: Date: 2011 Credit line: Photograph courtesy of Abraham & Thakore

Houndstooth sari by Abraham & Thakore, double ikat silk, Hyderabad
Artist:
Date: 2011
Credit line: Photograph courtesy of Abraham & Thakore

http://www.vam.ac.uk

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015 OPENS TOMORROW

MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 25th June – 1st July 2015

 

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay

Outside On the Red Carpet Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay

There is little doubt that Masterpiece London is a very special fair with objects spanning over 4, 000 years being shown by some 150 galleries. It is a magnet for both collectors and museums round the world and a place to see some outstanding treasures.

As its Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh explains, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”

I do hope that many of you will be able to visit this exciting Fair and over the coming days I shall share some of the objects you may find there.

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

Interior shot of Masterpiece 2014

 

 Open to the public:

Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 11.00–21.00

Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June, 11.00–19.00

Monday 29 June 11.00–21.00

Tuesday 30 June 11.00–18.00 (Followed by The Art Gala at Masterpiece in aid of the NSPCC from 19.00)

Wednesday 1 July, 11.00–21.00

 

2015 Ticket Prices:

 

General Admission Full Access: £42 per person (unlimited entry into the Fair on all Public Days between 25 June and 1 July)

General Admission: £25 per person (single day access)

Student Concession Ticket: £18 per person (with valid student ID)

Under 18s: Free

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.  Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

Phillip King sculpture at Masterpiece 2014.
Photo credit Rory Lindsay photography

 

http://www.masterpiecefair.com.

BOOK REVIEW: ART IN TIME

ART IN TIME
A World History of Styles and Movements

ART IN TIME angle photo
Published by Phaidon

£45.00

This is a book that takes you back from the 21st Century to the 5th Century BC and looks at one hundred and fifty of the more important artistic movements and styles but with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. A great plus is that it is not confined to Western art traditions but also encompasses Japan, China, Africa and Latin America as well.

FUTURISM Umberto Boccioni Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913 Bronze, H: 111cm, 43 3/4 ins Museum of Modern Art, New York

FUTURISM
Umberto Boccioni
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913
Bronze, H: 111cm, 43 3/4 ins
Museum of Modern Art, New York

It provides a useful and insightful guide to how artistic styles were influenced by the culture and politics of their era and how they could influence other styles of their time and later periods. It is definitely both enjoyable and informative.

DUTCH GOLDEN AGE Carel Fabritius The Goldfinch, c 1654 Oil on panel, 33.5 x 22.8cm, 13 1/4 x 9 in Mauritshuis, The Hague

DUTCH GOLDEN AGE
Carel Fabritius
The Goldfinch, c 1654
Oil on panel, 33.5 x 22.8cm, 13 1/4 x 9 in
Mauritshuis, The Hague

Among the specialist contributing authors are:
Noit Banai, Lecturer of Visual and Critical Studies at Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Lee Beard, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Lucy Bowditch, Associate Professor of Art History at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York
Olga Goriunova, Assistant Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, Coventry
Katie Hill, Director of the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art and consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Monica Kjellman-Chapin, Associate Professor of Art History at Emporia State University, Kansas
Lloyd Laing, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Caroline Levitt, Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Matthew McKelway, Associate Professor of Japanese Art History at Columbia University, New York
Jeffrey Moser, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History at McGill University, Montreal
Stella Paul, formerly Educator-in-Charge of Exhibitions and Communication, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Alistair Rider, Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland
Robert Shane, Assistant Professor of Art History at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York
Sarah Symmons, Reader Emeritus in Art History and Theory, University of Essex
Elsje van Kessel, Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland
Alicia Volk, Associate Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Maryland

A Touch of India

Natasha Kumar

 Woven with the artist Natasha Kumar’s signature elephant motif, the ‘Red Dance of Love’ scarf is inspired by the classic Hindu  love story, the Rasa Lila.  Limited Edition of 50  92% wool, 8% silk with gold thread embroidery  Made in Calcutta, India Designed by Natasha Kumar

Woven with the artist Natasha Kumar’s signature elephant motif, the ‘Red Dance of Love’ scarf is inspired by the classic Hindu love story, the Rasa Lila.
Limited Edition of 50
92% wool, 8% silk with gold thread embroidery
Made in Calcutta, India
Designed by Natasha Kumar

The work of the British Indian artist Natasha Kumar will be deservedly recognisable to many of you, especially her RASA collections. She currently has an exhibition together with the sculptor Paul Vanstone at the Pavilion Gallery of the Royal Geographical Society (until 23rd January).

She has also launched a range of scarves whose designs are based on her RASA pictures which I am sure will become a popular accessory. She is also working with Wexas Travel on a tour of Northern India in early 2016 which will include the areas and places from which she draws her inspiration.

 

www.natashakumar.co.uk