The Arts Newspaper reports that the highly respected Paris and Salzburg art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac has committed to open a gallery in London. Thaddaeus commented, “I have no doubt that London will continue to be one of the most vibrant and quintessential art centres in the World” despite the UK’s vote in favour of Brexit. He must have been visiting Masterpiece last week and seen the crowds thronging through the door; it was impossible to get a table at any of the well-known restaurants scattered throughout. The Fair surpassed all expectations and the range of international galleries avoided a trip around the world to see them. We met people from most European Countries and Wallace Chan’s stand from China was mind blowing.Only at Masterpiece would you meet two sets of twins, one set are the specialists behind Based-Upon. Their work is demanded by oligarchs and UHNW individuals throughout the world. They should be given a Queen’s Award for Exports for their work with a talented team of 50 people in sunny South London. The other set of twins Vladislavia and Polina Markova hail from Moscow and work for Kunstberatung in Zurich. Vladislava and Polina gave us a masterclass on the amazing Tamara de Lempicka painting, which hopefully will be purchased by a museum so we can keep looking as this is one of Tamara’s great works. According to Polina, Lottie’s husband was furious and hated the painting, the slash he made on the canvas across Lottie’s lover is slightly visible today and adds to its considerable charm.
The David Gill stand was up to his usual standard, but we were only allowed to look and not touch the Zaha Hadid desk. Motivation would flow if we worked on a desk created by a woman who was a driving force in the cutthroat world of architecture and is an inspiration to us all.
Below is a selection of our favourite images from Masterpiece and we are already looking forward to next year: