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PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012 had excellent sales figures.

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PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012 had excellent sales figures.

David Franchi, 23rd October 2012

“consistently attracts passionate collectors”

Bae Se Hwa, Steam 12, 2010, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012 has seen successful sales figures. A key point for the good deals reported is the diverse mix of Modern Art, Tribal Art, Photography and Design. There was a record number of visitors, many of who returned multiple times throughout the week. Besides, there was a number of secondary sales from clients who have seen the fair, then go to the gallery to look at more pieces.

With the newly Moët Hennessy- PAD London Prize also it has presented were the awards for the Best Piece of Contemporary Design and the one for Decorative Arts, as well as for the Best Stand.

Fair president Patrick Perrin said, ‘I am thrilled by the quality of exhibitors we have had this year. The fair consistently attracts passionate collectors who buy exclusively for pleasure. This is the spirit of PAD that we have nurtured for years.’

Another cornerstone of the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design is the elegant and relaxed setting in the leafy Berkley Square, which goes together with the high quality of the exhibitors. With the added attraction of exhibitors from Asia and a growing roster of blue-chip American dealers, many galleries reported meeting new clients and collectors from day one.

The contingent of new USA galleries had strong feedback on the Modern Art front, with many sales and new contacts made. Andy Warhol’s Flowers (1964) sold for $2.5 million at Skarstedt Gallery, which recently opened a new space in Mayfair, while a painting from the artist’s Black & White series (1986) went for $350,000 at Van de Weghe Fine Art. Joan Miró’s Personnages (1977) sold for €200,000 at Spanish newcomer Mayoral Galeria d’Art. Luxembourg & Dayan (London/New York) sold the majority of their stand, featuring a one-man show of Panda Paintings (2012) by Rob Pruitt, which went for $120,000 each.

Design has been consistently strong throughout the fair, with 20th Century Parisian furniture dealers such as Galerie du Passage and Galerie Downtown selling out the majority of their stands. Blairman & Sons Ltd (London), dealers of turn-of-the-century furniture, had a silver tray by Christofle & Cie acquired on opening night by the Carnegie Museum in the United States.

Tribal Art also sold especially well at the fair this year. Entwistle (London/Paris) sold the masterpiece of their stand, a Dan Female Figure from Liberia, for an undisclosed sum, amongst other artefacts. A spokesperson for the gallery said, ‘We’ve had a good week and it’s been better at PAD than Frieze Masters!’

Peter Beard, 47 Inch Rhino, 1963, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London

Photography sold very well at the stand of Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), with works by William Klein and Bill Brandt going to a very ‘important foundation collection’ for £50,000. The stand practically sold out of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s Tights (2011), from an edition of 15 at £10,400 each.

Collectors have snapped up artist-made jewellery at PAD this year, particularly at the private view evenings. Louisa Guinness, who sold a 1945 necklace by Alexander Calder for $60,000, stated ‘Sales have gone very well – I have neither sat down nor drawn breath! It’s fantastic actually.’

The Collectors Preview and VIP Opening hosted guests such as Michael Bloomberg, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Lord Norman Foster, Sir Ronald and Lady Cohen, Princess Michael of Kent, Amber Le Bon, Bodil Blain, Edward Tang, Patrick Cox, Lady Helen and Tim Taylor, Saffron Aldridge, Brooke de Ocampo, Danielle Issa Helayel, Jeremy Healy, Emma Woollard, Sol Campbell, Anish Kapoor, Kay Saatchi, Marc Quinn, Eva Herzigova, Bruno Wang & Yasmin Ghandehari, Rolf Sachs, Suzy Menkes, and Robin Birley. Other notable visitors to the fair throughout the week included Stella Tennant, Martha Stewart, Phoebe Philo, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rufus Sewell, Princess Chantal of Hanover and Ron Arad.

From 10th until 14th October 2012, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.


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October 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

The Awards of Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012: the new PAD Prize.

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The Awards of Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012: the new PAD Prize.

David Franchi, 23rd October 2012

“an opportunity for designers to connect to the market and to the dealers”

Will Shannon, “Harvest City Landscape – Lunar Work”, 2012, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

London PAD Pavilion of Art and Design 2012 was a fascinating event. Doing is part in promoting new talents through the new PAD Prize, the PAD 2012 has seen also the traditional Best Stand Award, Best Contemporary Design Piece Award and the Best 20th Century Decorative Art Piece Award.

This year edition of PAD Pavilion of Art and Design has seen the creation of the PAD Prize, granted by Moët Hennessy, which was won by Will Shannon for its “Harvest City Landscape” (2012).

The PAD Prize is open to UK-based designers from all nationalities under 35 years of age, who shows an exceptional creative talent, innovative use of materials, and the ability to reflect the artistic intent of design.

Will Shannon “Harvest City Landscape” winning piece has been displayed at PAD in the fair’s foyer. “Harvest City Landscape” is a creative structure of which its masterpiece, the table “Luna Work” (2012), is made from old newspapers and recycled concrete. On the table there is a miniature silver model of “The Kiln House” (2010) another work by Shannon that mirrors a sort of fictional city, while hovering above is “NW8 pendant lamp” (2012), made from London clay. This work it is an homage to London’s dying industrial landscapes.

The winner of the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design 2012 is Will Shannon. Born in England, 1980, he lives and works in a small studio in London.

Best Stand Award, Galerie Maria Wettergren © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Describing his design process as “completely irrational”, Shannon says he’s a great believer in working intuitively. Will Shannon often uses discarded objects and materials.

The PAD Prize is an opportunity for designers to connect to the market and to the dealers interested in upcoming talents. PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London gives to selected designers a unique opportunity to display their work to a sophisticated, international audience, thereby encouraging new generations.

Each year other awards are given, with winners selected by a Jury composed of members chosen from among the exhibitors the PAD Pavilion of Art and Design.

This year the Best Stand Award has been won by Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris).

Another prize the Best Contemporary Design Piece Award has been won by “Coffee Table ‘Liquid Glacial’” (2012) by Zaha Hadid a clear acrylic piece from David Gill Galleries (London). It is a bit confusing that a winner is also part of the Jury, isn’t it?

Best 20th Century Decorative Art Piece Award, Paravent Screen, Jean Prouvé from Galerie Jousse Entreprise, 1959, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Last but not least, the Best 20th Century Decorative Art Piece Award this year has been won by “Paravent Screen” (1959) by Jean Prouvé from Galerie Jousse Entreprise (Paris) made of bent steel and aluminium.

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London together with Moët Hennessy, Patron of the PAD Prize, are continuing to support the Design Fund to benefit the V&A, which donates a contemporary design piece to the permanent collection at the V&A.

For the Moët Hennessy- PAD London Prize, the selection procedure was the following: a shortlist of five designers is nominated on behalf of the Jury by an Expert Committee, composed of design curators Jane Withers (Independent Design Curator) and Claire Catterall (Director of Exhibitions & Learning, Somerset House), together with Nigel Coates (Architect, Designer & Emeritus Professor, Royal College of Art).

Each selected designer is invited to exhibit a piece representative of his work from the previous year. All five works are showcased at the fair in preparation for the Jury’s final selection.

The Moët Hennessy- PAD London Jury sits under the Honorary Presidency of renowned architect Zaha Hadid and the Presidency of Nigel

Best Contemporary Design Piece Award, Coffee Table ‘Liquid Glacial, 2012, Zaha Hadid from David Gill Galleries © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

Coates. It is composed of luminaries from the worlds of design, art, fashion, business and communication, as follow: Janice Blackburn (Curator Contemporary Craft & Design Consultant to Sotheby’s, Freelance Writer); Michael Bruno (President, 1stdibs); David Collins (Interior Designer & Director, David Collins Studio); Jasper Conran (Fashion Designer & Chairman, The Conran Shop); Susan Crewe (Editor, House & Garden); Tom Dixon (Designer); Tania Fares (Collector); Celia Forner-Venturi (Collector and Designer); Thierry Gillier (President, Zadig & Voltaire); Allegra Hicks (Fashion & Textile Designer); Carlos Mota (International Style Editor, Architectural Digest); Christophe Navarre (President, Moët Hennessy); Alexia Niedzielski (Luxury Brands Consultant & Fashion Editor); Jan Olesen (Director, Mario Testino Company); Karla Otto (Fashion Public Relations); Yana Peel (Director, Design Fund to Benefit the V&A); Julia Peyton-Jones (Director, Serpentine Gallery); Elizabeth Saltzman (Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair); Francis Sultana (Interior Decorator); Julian Treger (Collector); Elizabeth von Guttman (Publisher & Editor, Industrie Magazine, Founder, Ever Manifesto); and Jean-Michel Wilmotte (Architect).

PAD Pavilion of Art and Design London 2012, at Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

From 10th October to 14th October 2012.

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October 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

London left enthralled by PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012.

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London left enthralled by PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012.

David Franchi – 22nd October 2012

“its 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 specialists Gallery 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 at Carpenters 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 at Galerie 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) at Galerie 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 by Richard 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), at Mitchell-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 expert Galerie 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, at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.

From 10th October to 14th October

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October 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Frieze Art Fair London 2012, the grand Sculpture Park.

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Frieze Art Fair London 2012, the grand Sculpture Park.

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, Regent’s Park, London.

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October 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

National Portrait Gallery: unveiled BP Commissioned Portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes by Craig Wylie.

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National Portrait Gallery: unveiled BP Commissioned Portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes by Craig Wylie.

David Burlak – 19th October 2012

“evokes a sense of reflection”

Dame Kelly Holmes by Craig Wylie, 2012, commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award 2008

A new portrait of Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait is the work of artist Craig Wylie, and was commissioned as part of the First Prize in the BP Portrait Award 2008.

This portrait joins others in the National Portrait Gallery‘s Collection of Commissioned Portraits of BP Portrait Award winning artists. A selection of First Prize winners for the last two decades was on show during the “BP Portrait Award 2012”.

Dame Kelly Holmes portrait is a large-scale (172 cm x 115 cm) head and shoulders oil painting. The size of the work is important to the artist, who says that the act of painting creates ‘a kind of hyperreality through amplification’. Sittings for the portrait took place in late 2011 during which Wylie took a number of photographs of Dame Kelly Holmes from which to work. The portrait has a narrow format with the sides of the canvas cropped close to the edge of the sitter’s head but leaving space above. With this approach Wylie hoped to focus the attention of the viewer on the sitter’s gaze. The portrait evokes a sense of reflection and represents Dame Kelly in a commanding yet personal way.

Dame Kelly Holmes (b.1970) began athletics at the age of 12 in Tonbridge, Kent, and twice won the English Schools 1500m (1983 and 1987). She joined the British Army at the age of 17 and qualified as an HGV driver before training as a Physical Training Instructor. Dame Kelly left the army in 1992 as a sergeant after being awarded an MBE for Services to the British Army. During her time in the Army she had gone back to international athletics and in 1994 won the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games. Despite suffering several years of injury, Dame Kelly won medals at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games including a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She achieved her ultimate ambition of winning Olympic gold twice in Athens in the 800m and 1500m. Dame Kelly retired from athletics in 2005 and in the same year was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She is Founder and Chair of the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, a charity that seeks to create life chances for young people through personal development programmes. She also runs her own company, Double Gold, managing a range of education and mentoring programmes and has her own fitness range. Dame Kelly is President of Commonwealth Games England and Official Ambassador for Team GB.

Craig Wylie (b. 1973) was born in Zimbabwe and studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, graduating with distinction He moved to London in 1998 and, after exhibiting at the BP Portrait Award for three successive years he won First Prize in the competition for a portrait of his girlfriend, Katherine Raw in 2008. Alongside winning other prizes for his work, Wylie has exhibited internationally including recent exhibitions at Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong, Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Germany and Plus One Gallery, London.

Dame Kelly Holmes says: ‘I am honoured to have my portrait featured at the National Portrait Gallery alongside some amazing people. I hope people of all ages will take the opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery this summer, and enjoy some of our Great British culture during the unique celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.’

Artist Craig Wylie says: ’It was an honour to be asked to paint a portrait of Dame Kelly. I hope that I have managed to do some justice to her natural elegance and poise whilst still creating a painting interesting enough to provoke alternate readings in the viewer.’

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘This is a compelling portrait of a sitter who has made a very significant contribution to British sporting history and whose achievement is inspiring to so many’.

Des Violaris, Director, UK Arts and Culture, BP, says: ‘We’re delighted that this stunning portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes by BP Portrait Award 2008 winner, Craig Wylie, has gone on public display. The commission illustrates how the BP Portrait Award provides future opportunities for individual artists and promotes contemporary painted portraiture. The new portrait marks Dame Kelly’s significant achievements and we hope it will be enjoyed by many’.

Dame Kelly Holmes by Craig Wylie is on display at the National Portrait Gallery’s Contemporary Collections in the Lerner Galleries, Room 36.

At the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London.

Commissioned Portrait of the “BP Portrait Award 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

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J. K. Rowling, Stuart Pearson Wright, 2005 © National Portrait Gallery, London, BP Portrait Award, 2001

Commissioned Portrait of the “BP Portrait Award 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

David Burlak – 19th October 2012

“on display commissioned works of the past years”

BP Portrait Award 2012” closed with great success. Part of the first prize for winning the BP Portrait Award is a “Commissioned Portrait” to be painted that subsequently enters the National Portrait Gallery‘s collection.

Besides, for the year 2012, the renowned competition has seen many extra activities, including the “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” project, the “BP Travel Award”, a “Visitor’s Choice Award” and “BP Young British Award”.

This year a selection of the commissioned portraits were also on display in Room 36 at the Gallery. Spanning over more than two decades, at the National Portrait Gallery were on display Commissioned Portraits of the past years, including “Dame Kelly Holmes” by Craig Wylie (2012); “V.S. Naipaul” by Paul Emsley (2009); “Camila Batmanghelidjh ” by Dean Marsh (2008); “Sir Peter Mansfield” by Stephen Shankland (2008); “Dame Vivien Louise Duffield” by Charlotte Harris (2005); “Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders” by Catherine Goodman (2005); J.K. Rowling by Stuart Pearson Wright (2005); Fiona Mary Shaw by Victoria Kate Russell (2002); “Ian McKellen” by Clive Smith (2002); “John Robert Fowles” by Tomas Watson (2001); “Sir Paul Brierley Smith” by James Lloyd (1998); “Michael Caine” by James Hague (1998); “Helen Mirren” by Ishbel Myerscough (1997); “Kazuo Ishiguro” by Peter Edwards (1995); “Sir Anthony Dowell” by Philip Harris (1995); “Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford; Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford” by Lucy Willis (1993); “Harold Pinter” by Justin Mortimer (1992); “Tessa Ann Vosper Blackstone, Baroness Blackstone” by Annabel Cullen (1991).

The “BP Portrait Award 2012” competition was judged from original paintings by this year’s panel: Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait

Ian McKellen, Clive Smith, 2002 © National Portrait Gallery, London, commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 1999

Gallery, London; Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford, Curator and Cultural Historian; Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery; Martin Jennings, Sculptor; Nicola Kalinsky, Interim Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery; and Des Violaris, Director UK Arts & Culture, BP.

The “BP Portrait Award 2012” received 2,187 entries from 74 difference countries. Judged anonymously, 55 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2011 the BP Portrait Award received 341,050 visitors, the largest ever number of visitors for an exhibition at the Gallery. The Portrait Award, now in its 33rd year at the National Portrait Gallery and 23rd year of sponsorship by BP, is a highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of painted portraiture within their work.

Supported by BP, the exhibition will tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, from 3 November 2012 until 27 January 2013 and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter from 9 February until 19 May 2013.

From 21st June until 23rd September 2012

At the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London.

“BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

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“BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

David Burlak – 18th October 2012

“Encouraging young artists of the future”

“BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 2012” was an attention-grabbing side project. “BP Portrait Award 2012” closed with great success and it has seen many extra activities, including the “BP Travel Award”, “BP Visitor’s Choice” and “BP Young British” award. Besides, part of the first prize for winning the BP Portrait Award is a “Commission” to paint a portrait that subsequently enters the National Portrait Gallery‘s collection.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” is dedicated to young people. Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” is a stimulating three-year project opening up free opportunities for 14–19-year-olds to engage with portraiture through the “BP Portrait Award”. Encouraging young artists of the future, from first time Gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career, “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” connected them with other young people interested in portraiture and past “BP Portrait Award” winning artists.

In 2010, over one hundred young people from across London, including the five 2012 Host Boroughs, and over twenty BP Portrait Award artists took part through a series of short Taster Sessions and three-day Summer Schools.

Each year, there will be different ways to meet practising artists, explore the BP Portrait Award and create your own portraiture from short Taster Sessions to a more intensive experience in Summer Schools.

Digital content is a new way to get involved in “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation”. Participants can use online resources to display and share their portraiture talent. Visitors can go behind the scenes to hear about what it’s like to be in the BP Portrait Award in video interviews with artists filmed by young people, and vote in the online portraiture polls.

Sponsored by BP, “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” project is part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. The Games were about just sport, but “BP Portrait Award: Next Generation” will leave a lasting legacy for young people and will hopefully help discover the young artists of the future.

The Portrait Award, now in its 33rd year at the National Portrait Gallery and 23rd year of sponsorship by BP, is a highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of painted portraiture within their work. The winner of the “BP Portrait Award 2012” first prize was the American painter Aleah Chapin. The “BP Portrait Award 2012” received 2,187 entries from 74 difference countries.

From 21st June until 23rd September 2012

At the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London.