Preview: PAD London Pops Its Tent in Berkeley Square
The Pavilion of Art & Design London (October 13-17) consists of 50 European and American fine and decorative arts dealers exhibiting their rarified pretties in a custom tent in Berkeley Square.
Although its sweep includes modern works from 1860 to the present (including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, jewelry and tribal art), the fair’s focus is unquestionably decorative American and European arts (a.k.a. furniture and objects) of the 20th century. In this the four-year-old fair is both categorical and chronological complement to the Frieze Art Fair, the U.K. biggest contemporary fine art fair (and comprised exclusively of work by living artists), which takes place October 14-17 under a similarly bespoke but much bigger erection (a.k.a. tent) in Regent’s Park. Says Patrick Perrin, who organizes PAD London along with Stéphane Custot, “Frieze starts where PAD stops.”
PAD London is the younger sibling of the Pavillion des Arts et du Design, which happens annually in March in Paris.
(The above image is Nucleo, Copper Age, 2010, a unique piece of three single components (one copper, one bronze and one steel copper) exhibited by Gabrielle Ammann, Cologne, Germany.)
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