Art Fairs

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 72 - Easter in Bourgogne, with Salt and Wine

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In Burgundy on Sunday I spotted a small 'vide grenier' in the picturesque village of Riel-les-Eaux - even though antique dealing is my job I cannot resist doing it as a hobby too.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 68 - TEFAF and Beyond

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 66 - Here We Go Again

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece is at a fulcrum moment and it is always the case that TEFAF comes at that crucial moment, the last few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of exhibitors are falling into place and we are ready to move from the plan stage to the build stage.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 65 - Silence

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Last Thursday night the drain burst outside the Oval tube station, in the Clapham Road, where I live. That most disturbing partnership of the words 'raw' and 'sewage' came into play as the road and its neighbours were awash to above waist height.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 64 - Change or No Change

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week ended in the King's Road with James Harvey, who has been a great source of creative ideas over the last few years. He is constantly planning and plotting how to improve and develop his business; it is great to admire his verve and consider how many dealers' businesses would benefit from his level of energy.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 62 - Three Lunches and Water Everywere

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In London work carries on as semi-normal. Certainly the profound and crucial ritual of lunch continues unabated.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 60 - Battersea and BRAFA Sandwiches and Oysters

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The fun began on Tuesday, the doors to the Battersea decorative fair were flung open and everyone flocked to Mrs Sungoose's stand. At one point I noted over 25 people huddling avidly and greedily over her display cases.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Life in the Arts lane - Week 58 - Nature and Art

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I drove down to Dorset to visit the artist Simon Gudgeon. He has created an amazing aquatic sculpture park. Some years ago he bought a struggling fish farm and has redeveloped it into a wonderful and surprising walk of figurative and abstract sculpture.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 53 - Paris and a Prayer

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday and I am on the train to Paris. Not that the early part of the week was dull in London. In fact, far from it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 49 - Road trip to Namur

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

You have got to love a road trip. The car, the road, the intense conversations, and people sleeping while you drive. There is a wonderful sense of pastoral care as you drive in darkness and all the other occupants are sound asleep. I don't know why, but I love it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 48 - An Auction House 'After Hours'

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Banksy is all the rage in NY at the moment as he has blazed through the city graffittying hither and thither and stirring up a hornet's nest of opinion about what art is. The outgoing Mayor has ultimately spoken that all graffiti should be removed, but Banksy's celebrity means that people are trying to preserve the work. Complex indeed.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 46 - Deep Frieze

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The heavy wagons of the contemporary art world have rumbled into London. Christies and Sotheby's have punched sales up, with the evenings offering eac...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 45 - Poached Eggs and Cold Feet

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Some weeks start on Sunday, some on Monday, and every now and again you encounter a rogue week. This was one of those. Last week obdurately hung on until Tuesday night when I landed back in London from Hong Kong.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Week 41- Life in the Arts Lan e- The Bridge at Avignon

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I have been in Avignon for a few days in advance of that five times annually triple Brocantes at Beziers, Montpellier, and Avignon

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 35 - Hungry in Hungary

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

When you meet a Hungarian the first thing they will tell you is that they like to eat and drink. That is certainly true, but also only half the story....

Impressions of the Venice Biennale Pt. II: My Personal Highlights

Karen Ruimy | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

A fortnight later, the magic of Venice has not left me. Just today, someone asked me if it was a good idea to visit the Biennale. "Oh my God!" I said. "Don't miss it!" It is the best moment of the art calendar, and it is in fabulous Venice!

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 29 - A New Beginning

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The real stars of this show are the soldiers. As they stand there full of dignity, the heat increases and yet they still stand solid and stable despite their years. Kindly, matronly nurses skitter about with cups of water. Your eyes scan the ranks. Some have effulgent beards, some carry a stick.

Minimalism Latino

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Minimalism has evolved in the last years from a reaction to Abstract Expressionism to a fusion of different art movements such a Conceptualism and Arte Povera and it is becoming more prominent in the Arts scene.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 27 - Books, Books Books

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Books books books, my house is awash with books. Every dusty corner has a bookshelf. Some rooms have several. By my bed, behind the door, is a vertigi...

Life in the Arts Lane - TEFAF Week 17

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht) beckons and is everywhere. Bond Street and all the streets around Mayfair are jammed with shippers. Paper, bubble wrap and enormous wooden crates clutter the pavements and galleries.

Reactions to Frieze Art Fair: Get Specialised

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

No one doubts Frieze is the leading Art Fair, with Art Basel and its sister Miami Beach, on a global scale. Its success has been phenomenal, especially since the addition of Frieze Masters. Art Fairs have reacted to this challenge by specialising and offering something that Frieze does not.

Life in the Arts Lane Week Two: Art, Eggs and Amsterdam

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 05.02.2013 | Home
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am waiting for Nicola (the fair director) from Masterpiece. We are heading to Amsterdam for the day to visit PAN. It is the annual fair for the Dutch trade. It takes place at a soulless exhibition centre outside the city called RAI.