Masterpiece Art Fair

Masterpiece Art Fair opened this week amid continuing speculation over the effects of Brexit on the art market. Despite concerns about the economic fallout from Brexit, many exhibitors remained optimistic. Agreeing that the best pieces of art will always be in demand, dealers used creative designs to showcase a variety of art and antiques throughout the ages. 

The incredible diversity of objects on offer at Masterpiece ensured that there was something at the fair to suit every taste. Collectors, curators, designers and dealers from across the world were drawn by the astonishing diversity of material on offer.

Masterpiece London is not shy about its status as a luxury event. Jonathan Cooper's decision to commission artist, Tim Hayward, to create artwork specially for the event was an innovative approach. Hayward's paintings of birds, Poised, complemented Rosie Sander's flowers, Dangerous Beauty, which  brought vivid colours and harmony to the stand.

Receiving the award for 'Stand of the Year', Adrian Sassoon was certainly one of the highlights of the fair, with his 'imaginative placement and use of windows offering multiple viewpoints of what is an extremely considered design and presentation. A truly bravura juxtaposition of outstanding 18th century porcelain with contemporary works.' Here, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with artist/maker Michael Eden, whose work sits at the intersection of craft, design, and art. In his latest series, Eden has explored contemporary themes through the redesign of historical, culturally familiar objects utilising digital materials. In particular, he  has created urns from nylon using 3D technology, which appear remarkably vibrant and at ease next to the antique sèvre also on show. 

The entirety of Blain|Southern's booth was devoted to one Howling Beast by Lynn Chadwick, which was as striking in its boldness and simplicity. Other highlights include an exhibition dedicated to the formidable Zaha Hadid. David Gill, as her first gallery representative, showed a selection of drawings, designs, furniture, shoes, and jewellery created by the late architect.

Jessica McBride