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Review : PAD London 2017 in Berkeley Square – 2nd to 8th October 2017

PAD London returns to Berkeley Square for its 11th edition from 2-8 October 2017. The internationally acclaimed fair for art and design features 68 galleries who showcase spectacular objects across genres and periods, from contemporary, modern and historical design to modern and tribal art, jewellery and antiquities.

PAD London 2017 celebrates contemporary design with the unveiling of newly commissioned pieces by some of the most respected designers from around the world. South Korean designer Wonmin Park reveals an entirely new body of work at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The new table Y-122 by French duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec is presented for the first time in London by Kreo who also feature Dutch designer Hella Jongerius with her Dragonfly coffee table.

At Galerie BSL, Canadian sculptor and cabinetmaker Gildas Berthelot produces a sculptural console made out of wood. New Anemone floor lamps by German designer Pia Maria Raeder, as well as unique furniture pieces in handmade nuno felt by Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty are also premiered at the stand of BSL.

Up and coming designers Nacho Carbonell, Guglielmo Poletti and Fernando Mastrangelo, are presented at Rossana Orlandi.

British designers are also featured at PAD. Minimal geometric pieces by ceramicist Matthew Chambers are introduced by first-time French exhibitor Mouvements Modernes. Bethan Laura Wood presents two new pieces at Milan’s Nilufar. FUMI showcases the new Fonteyn chair by London-based duo Brooksbank & Collins. Designers Gareth Neal and Christopher Duffy make striking use of wood with groundbreaking new works displayed at Sarah Myerscough.

20th century furniture is always popular at PAD with Galerie Le Beau’s Brazilian exhibits, Modernity feature Scandinavian pieces by Finn Juhl, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Poul Henningsen.

On show at Rose Uniacke is a pair of modernist chairs by Danish design company Frits Schlegel.

Jewellery can be enjoyed in seven prominent galleries including New York’s antique and rare jewellery expert Siegelson. Newcomer Ma Tei, Hemmerle, and Louisa Guinness brings artist jewellery to the fore with a collection by Claude Lalanne, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gavin Turk and Ron Arad.

The Tribal Art and Antiquities selection is one of the highlight of the fair with Lucas Ratton showcasing a collection of artefacts including a 19th century Fang mask from Gabon, Phoenix Ancient Art presents a Greek Chalcidian helmet from 4th century B.C. Pre-Columbian art specialist Mermoz include a Mexican terracotta dancer figurine from the Colima culture. Peter Petrou, brings together unique findings such as a pair of Egyptian Bronze eyes from 1070-243 B.C.

Among the modern galleries, De Jonckheere presents a painting by René Magritte inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and an iconic Lucio Fontana. Vertes showcases an all-star selection including Sigmar Polke, Andy Warhol, Josef Albers and Willem de Kooning. Works by Joan Miró from the 1970s are on display both at Vertes and Mayoral, while Aktis offers two exceptional paintings by Le Corbusier.

One of the features of the fair is the annual PAD Prizes which this year were awarded to Galerie Gosserez for Best Contemporary Design, Galerie Le Beau for Best 20th Century Design and Rose Uniake for Best Stand . The prestigious panel of judges included Jasper Conran, Yana Peel, Tom Dixon and Deyan Sudjic, amongst others.

PAD London is one of the prestigious of the art fairs that spring up all over London at this time of year, it allows visitors the opportunity to explore many areas of contemporary design and other genres in the unusual setting of Berkeley Square, the site features an acclaimed restaurant and has plenty of diverse and eclectic objects to enjoy.

Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

For more information , visit the PAD website here

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Exhibition Review : Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern – 18th February to 12th June 2016

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Tate Modern explores the relationship between photography and performance in their exhibition, Performing for the Camera.

Since the invention of photography in the 19th century, the genre has been concerned with showing art and performance, the exhibition brings together over 500 images spanning 150 years which document  performance works such as Yves Klein’s Anthropometrie de l’epoque blue 1960, a live painting event using the bodies of naked women, as well as key 60s performances by Yayoi Kusama, Marta Minujín and Niki de Saint Phalle.

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Some of the earliest works in the exhibition look at the way that photography began to used showing famous performers acting out their characters from the stage. Photographs from Nadar’s studio in 19th century Paris show the famous mime artist Charles Deburau acting out poses as the character ‘Pierrot’ and famous actress Sarah Bernhardt in a series of roles.

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Later works drawing on this same idea include Harry Shunk and Janos Kender with their photographs of dancer, Merce Cunningham in 1964. Eikoh Hosoe’s Kamataichi, a collaboration with the choreographer and founder of the Butoh movement Tatsumi Hijikata in 1969 is one of the first to have given equal authorial credit to the performing subject and the photographer.

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Ideas of self-identity are explored through works by Claude Cahun, Man Ray and Cindy Sherman, as well as projects like Samuel Fosso’s African Spirits 2008 where the artist photographs himself in the guise of iconic figures. The exhibition also looks at the ways that portraiture has been used by photographers like Lee Friedlander, Masahisa Fukase and Hannah Wilke.

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Marketing and self promotion have always played a major part in photography and recent masters of the form, artists Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol illustrate how identity can be formed and distorted for a particular event.

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In many ways, most of the exhibition illustrates the photographer and the photographed as two separate entities, however, the modern world of social media and selfies offers the subject as photographer which raises a series of questions about the lines between photography and performance. A recent work staged on Instagram by Amalia Ulman illustrates the ways that people are using their poses for photographs to seemingly find ways of validating their identity.

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Performing for the Camera is an interesting and thought-provoking exhibition that explores the relationship between photography and performance. From the earliest days of photography, there seems to have been an element of performing for the camera. Over the last 150 years, this performance has led to a wide range of applications from serious performances to more informal humour and improvisation. The exhibition provides of plenty of evidence that photography’s influence has grown considerably till it has now become a constant presence in the lives of millions, many now recording their own and others performances each day.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Performing for the Camera

Tate Modern: Exhibition

18 February – 12 June 2016

Adult £16.00 (without donation £14.50)

Concession £14.00 (without donation £12.70)

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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