Master Piece 2016
With 154 exhibitors showcasing museum-quality works of art and design spanning more than 5,000 years, leading international, cross-collecting art fair ‘Masterpiece’ has fast established itself on the hit list of London’s must-attend, art world events. There’s something to satisfy every taste – literally and metaphorically - at the six-year old show, with uber upmarket eateries Scott’s and the Ivy alongside antiques and art from Cartier to Calder. We took a trip down to it’s home the Royal Hospital Chelsea to check it out for ourselves…because, well…it’d be rude not to!
Winding our way through the fair we took some time-out to marvel at Chris Levine’s latest luminous work ‘Compassion’, a meditative portrait of his holiness the Dalai Lama. Rarely sitting for formal portraits, he agreed to sit for the artist as all proceeds and royalties from the limited edition work will go to charities working with communities affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.
“There was a kind of magic involved in how this commission came about. It’s as if there was a higher power directing and I was just carrying out a duty. He is an extraordinary human being and it was a huge honour to do the work and support the cause.” – Chris Levine
Other treasures found included works by Basquiat, Warhol and several spatial sculpture paintings by Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontanna (which we are oh-so in love with), the transcendent effect of these distinctive and energetic works is profound.
Beautifully balanced with a pallet of blue brown and yellow hues, the ornate and opulent butterfly wings of this original Damien Hirst Kaleidoscope piece had us all in a flutter. Arranged to be reminiscent of a stained glass window, and inspired by Victorian tea trays this series of works alludes to Hirst’s undeniable fascination with Natural History in the 19th Century and the ironic practice of having to kill something in order to look at it.
After a sneaky peek at Lord Bamford’s exquisite GTO - a truly rare and extremely special car - Juliette found her wings at the recycled-rubber, sandal sculpture by husband and wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, just in time to fly away home…thank you for having us Masterpiece 2016, we’re already looking forward to next year!