Preview: PAD London

International art and design fair opens tomorrow

To complete the London art fair trinity (which also includes Frieze and Moniker), PAD will set up shop in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square this week, exhibiting the very best in modern art, design, photography, jewellery and tribal art. Sixty participating galleries from Europe, the USA and Asia will present some of the most coveted and iconic contemporary pieces from around the world. The fair, originally launched in Hanover Square as DesignArt London and returning for the sixth time this year, will also feature a new PAD Prize, to be awarded to a UK-based designer under 35 years old.

“This prestigious Prize brings together the incredible talent that designers in this country have to offer and the aspiration of PAD London to promote that talent,” says architect and designer Nigel Coates, President of the Jury. “Although the UK has some of the best and most competitive art and design colleges, we don’t always have the industry to match it.”

Four major American dealers (Castelli Gallery, L&M Arts, Skarstedt Gallery and Paul Kasmin Gallery) will come together to produce a panorama of Pop Art, focusing in particular on the ever-popular stars of the movement, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The Galeria Mayoral d’Art (Barcelona) are bringing Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled – The Origin of Cotton, never before seen in Europe, and the Galerie Thomas (Munich) will exhibit the astonishing Les deux femmes à l’oiseau by Fernand Léger, symbolic of the artist’s turn from cubism to a more figural style incorporated thick bands of colour.

Notable in particular for its emphasis upon objects and interiors, PAD is a stylish fair which flourishes particularly in its attention to niche pursuits, decorative and tribal arts, while cultivating modern masters which comfortably rival its competitors. Appropriately housed in a Mayfair interior, the sleek fair will place innovation above all, displaying the winner of this year’s Prize in the foyer. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased by clicking the below link.

PAD London will run from 10 – 14 October.

Inside the PAD Pavilion. Photograph: PAD London.

Philip Maughan is a freelance writer in Berlin and a former Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.

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Katy Perry just saved the Brits with a parody of Donald Trump and Theresa May

Our sincerest thanks to the pop star for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to a very boring awards show.

Now, your mole cannot claim to be an expert on the cutting edge of culture, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on in 2017, it’s that the Brit Awards are more old hat than my press cap. 

Repeatedly excluding the genres and artists that make British music genuinely innovative, the Brits instead likes to spend its time rewarding such dangerous up-and-coming acts as Robbie Williams. And it’s hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

Which is why the regular audience must have been genuinely baffled to see a hint of political edge entering the ceremony this year. Following an extremely #makeuthink music video released earlier this week, Katy Perry took to the stage to perform her single “Chained to the Rhythm” amongst a sea of suburban houses. Your mole, for one, doesn’t think there are enough model villages at popular award ceremonies these days.

But while Katy sang of “stumbling around like a wasted zombie”, and her house-clad dancers fell off the edge of the stage, two enormous skeleton puppets entered the performance in... familiar outfits.

As our Prime Minister likes to ask, remind you of anyone?

How about now?

Wow. Satire.

The mole would like to extend its sincerest lukewarm thanks to Katy Perry for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to one of the most vanilla, status-quo-preserving awards ceremonies in existence. 

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