Thursday, 30 August 2012

 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2012

With just over a month left, the preparations for the LAPADA art and antiques fair are well underway at Gildens Arts Gallery!

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is held annualy Berkeley Square, regarded as the historic heart of the vibrant fine art arena that is Mayfair. Held over 6 days with 95 premiere UK art and antique dealers participating, the fair attracts a wide range of audiences and collectors both locally and internationally, and there are equally a wide range of exhibitors and experts. The wide range of disciplines cover everything from medieval works of art, furniture, contemporary art, jewellery, sculptures and many more.

Quality and authenticity are ensured by the fact that every piece exhibited in the fair is vetted by a team of experts, and exhibitors are under close scrutiny to abide by regulations set by the vetting commitee as members of LAPADA, the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers.

Since its inception in 2009, The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has earned its reputation as one of the most important art and antique fairs in the UK. It will be the first major antiques fair of the autumn during London's busy design season, and this year will see the largest LAPADA fair yet with increased floor space (and more exhibitors).

The appeal of the LAPADA Fair lies in its excitingly diverse array of fine art and exceptional objects of all periods, at a wide price range from under £500 to over £500,000, making it an event accessible to those venturing in to buying fine works of art for the first time, as well as serious collectors.

Here at Gilden's Arts Gallery we are incredibly excited to be taking part for the first time at such a presitgious event that provides a platform for our beautiful variety of original prints by the modern art masters such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Chagall to name a few. This is just one of the many original prints that we will be exhibiting:

Ubu's Childhood, 1975 - Joan Miro
(Hand signed and numbered lithograph)

For more information on the artists we have works by please visit our website The fair will take place from the 19th-23rd september 2012, we look forward to seeing you at our stand (A9)!

The LAPADA website provides information for visitors aswell as a twitter and facebook page. An iphone app for the fair is also available for downloading on the app store, with which you get complimentary invitations for 2 people! (normal entry price is £15).;

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

JOAN MIRO 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: Ubu's Childhood / L'Enfance d'Ubu, 1975
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in colours on Arches paper
Paper Size: 32.1 x 50.5 cm / 12.6 x 19.8 in

Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miro" at the lower right corner of the image. It is also hand numbered in pencil "108/120". The work was part of a portfolio entitled "L'Enfance d'Ubu" (Ubu's Childhood) realised by the artist in 1975. It was printed by Mourlot, Paris and published by Tériade Editeur, Paris. Our print is one of the few impressions realised for the front cover of the portfolio.
Ubu Roi (Ubu the King) is a play by Alfred Jarry, premiered in 1896. It is a precursor of the Theatre of the Absurd and Surrealism. It is the first of three stylised burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices—in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeois to abuse the authority engendered by success. It was followed by Ubu Cocu (Ubu Cuckolded) and Ubu Enchaîné (Ubu Enchained), neither of which was performed during Jarry's 34-year life.

Père Ubu first appeared in 1888 in a collaboration between Alfred Jarry and a fellow student at the Rennes Lycée, but his first public appearance came in 1893 when Jarry published some of prose works in an avant-garde review, the Minutes de Sable Mémorial. His triumph, however, was on the stage when the director of the Theâtre de l'Oeuvre, Lugne-Poe staged a production of Ubu Roi. The audience received the play with screams, whistles, fist-shaking, the critics took up the cudgels and the play became infamous and its author an avant-garde hero

Joan Miró used Ubu Roi as a subject of his most famous series made of 50 1940 lithographs known as "the Barcelona Series". These pictures could be Ubu Roi but they also satirise General Franco and his generals after he had won the Spanish Civil War.

He revisited this subject many times in in oeuvre.

Literature: 1. Patrick Cramer, Weber Genf, 1992, Miro: The Lithographs, Vol.5.

Reference: Cramer 1014

2. Patrick Cramer, Cramer Edition, 1989, Miro Catalogue des Livres Ilustrés.

Reference: Cramer 204