Art Fairs

Style and Variety the Pavilion of Art and Design New York

PAD co-directors Stephane Custot and Patrick Perrin. Courtesy the London Evening Standard.

At a press preview yesterday for the Pavilion of Art and Design, the popular fair from London and Paris that begins its first year in New York at the Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, the first thing we saw was a piece of text printed on the wall of L&M Gallery’s booth, right by the entrance. It is from Louise Bourgeois: “It is a great privilege to be able to work with, and I suppose work off, my feelings through sculpture.” This is hardly a mistake. A catalog introduction for the fair, penned by Observer columnist and collector Adam Lindemann, discusses the misunderstandings and “serious confusion” of design, formerly known as the “decorative arts,” as its collecting field continues to grow. The text about sculpture is fitting; in this eclectic fair that fills the massive drill hall at the Armory, many pieces walk the line between functional domestic piece and art object. Read More

Power

No One VIP Card Should Have All That Power

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The art fair VIP card is one of those tangible and easy ways to recognize a person’s power in the art world. As a frequent publisher of power lists, those mathematical and carefully considered qualifiers of fame and prestige, we appreciate these kinds of categorizations. They make our lives easier. For example: Flashing a certain tier of Art Basel VIP card takes you about as far as whipping out an American Express black card on a first date. These VIP power cards are usually non-transferable, hard to attain and allow at the very most one of your pals to tag along. Read More