From October 14-18, PAD took place at Berkeley Square W1. It is London’s leading fair for 20th century art, design and decorative arts. Returning for its ninth year, PAD London Art Fair is a spin-off of the longer established Parisian sister. The mixture of offerings here was unprecedented, with everything from 20th century art and contemporary design to tribal art from the 1860s.
As the founder Patrick Perrin explained, “I don’t want my fair to look like other fairs. When it’s too much of one thing. My personal taste is to be able to mix many things together.” Exhibitors at this year’s fair included names from around the world. Such names included (but were not limited to): Jacques Lacoste from France, Didier Luttenbacher from France, Magen H. Gallery from the US, Mayoral from Spain, Phoenix Ancient Art from from Switzerland and New York, Nilufar from Italy and others.
Some of the exciting pieces from the fair included the 50th anniversary of Galerie Gmurzynska, which kicked off its celebrations at PAD. Their display, called “50/100” celebrated 50 years by showing a cross-section of their past program.
At PAD for the second time, Phoenix Ancient Art showcased spectacular antiques. As Ali Aboutaam, co-owner of Phoenix Ancient Art with his brother, Hicham, said, PAD is a great place to display ancient art because it is “the most ‘object-oriented’ show, with several dealers in antiquities, tribal art and Pre-Columbian art, balanced with other fine and decorative arts”.