Pavilion of Art and Design: A fair that brings beauty to Berkeley Square
Small but perfectly formed, The Pavilion of Art and Design
is instant gratification for the eyes. A select group of just over 50 galleries, mainly from continental Europe, show predominantly twentieth-century art and design in a tent pavilion in London's Berkeley Square. The atmosphere is calm, comfortable and uncrowded, made for careful looking. And the stands are designed to allow you to imagine yourself living with the work on display, if you were very lucky.
Some of my favourite stands include Natalie Seroussi from Paris, where it is possible to find a pair of tiny Max Ernst paintings that he painted for the daughter of a friend alongside eclectic twentieth-century furniture by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright sold by fellow Parisian gallerist Pierrre Passebon.
At Perimeter Art and Design, also form Paris, I found a very modern, minimal set of glass vessels by Paola Petrobelli that look at first like porcelain until you look closely and see the glowing coloured rims, as well as one-of-a-kind wooden stools designed by Aldo Bakker.
New gallery Luxembourg Dayan presents blue chip twentieth-century art with a grisaille theme, including a duo of Kiefer paintings that could (unusually) fit into a domestic interior and a Calder mobile – Calder mobiles, as well as domestic-scaled paintings by Lucio Fontana and Joan Miró made appearances on a variety of stands.
See the gallery above for some of my top picks from this year's fair, which is on until 16 October.
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