Event timed during Wimbledon targets “cultural tourists” as well as connoisseurs, and draws celebs from Rod Stewart to Charles Saatchi
By Gareth Harris
More than 7,000 visitors attended the VIP preview of the Masterpiece fair in London yesterday, 25 June, in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The timing of the art, antiques and
antiquities fair, held during the Wimbledon tennis championships, is fundamental in enticing “cultural tourists” as well as connoisseurs. Crucially, several collectors also said they were in London
for the Impressionist and Modern art auctions taking place this week.
“The fair is definitely targeting people who have disposable income,” said a London dealer who preferred to remain anonymous. High-profile visitors included the artist Marc Quinn, the rock star Rod Stewart, the UK collector-dealer Charles Saatchi and the fashion designer Tom Ford.
Masterpiece 2014, now in its fifth edition, includes 157 exhibitors in total, compared to 162 last year. “There are fewer exhibitors, but they have taken larger stands, and there is less stand-sharing this year,” says a fair spokeswoman. There are 15 US galleries (compared to 20 in 2013) while UK dealers are making their presence felt this year (99 compared to 97 last year).
As many fairs worldwide strive to make their mark, collectors explained why they think Masterpiece matters. The British interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who was seeking works for a client in the £50,000 to £60,000 range, said: “This is a good place for a brand to be seen. The fair draws in dealers from around the world.”
The Hong Kong-based collector Andy Hei, who is also the director of the Fine Art Asia fair, said that Masterpiece increasingly resembles the traditional Grosvenor House fair that closed in 2009. “Not many fairs cover ancient, Modern and contemporary so well,” he said.
“London needs a great fair. This meets 98% of the criteria,” said the rare books dealer Daniel Crouch who shares a stand with London's Pangolin Gallery, and is selling works priced between £50 and £1.2m. “But the fair could definitely benefit from more Old Master paintings dealers,” he adds. The number of dealers categorised under “fine art/paintings” increased this year, rising from 17 to 22.
Steven Beale of Trinity House Gallery, which has branches in London and New York, had seen US and Canadian collectors at the preview. A 1913 painting by John Singer Sargent, Cypresses and Pines, available with the gallery is priced at $12m. London’s Philip Mould gallery sold, meanwhile, a 1610-15 portrait miniature by Peter Oliver for more than £30,000.
An ambitious selling exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculpture by the British artist Phillip King in nearby Ranelagh Gardens demonstrates that the organisers are also focusing more on curated special projects.
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On the same night Twitter users appeared disgruntled by the finale of Eric Clapton’s show in Glasgow, another heritage rock star of many decades’ standing couldn’t speak highly enough of the crowd who had descended on Falkirk from across the country.
Rod Stewart - Falkirk Stadium
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“I’m absolutely speechless, it really has been a tremendous night,” declared Rod Stewart as his show neared its finale, “I won’t forget this one.” The applause from his fans was gushing and heartfelt, and clearly not of the opinion that their hero can do any wrong.
There’s a reason why Stewart continues to draw such crowds and part of it’s surely the laid-back vitality of the man – he’s matey and relaxed, even though his set is tightly-controlled and wary of even the slightest deviation from expectations. It was a show for people who know exactly what they want to experience and hard to count as anything but a success on those terms.
Still, it seemed a shame that some elements remained stuck in the past, particularly for those micro-skirted female performers alongside him.
Yet on the year’s longest night he and his band delivered an unreconstructed repertoire to envy, from barroom rockers like Stay With Me and covers of Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary (the latter sung in Tina Turner style by his backing vocalists) to misty-eyed croons including You Wear It Well, Have I Told You Lately, Maggie May and Sailing.
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? has for many years seemed a ludicrous proposition, but in kitsch, firework-strewn context as a finale it seemed to define the unlikely appeal of its composer.
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Rod Stewart: Falkirk Stadium.
They came to party and sing on a gorgeous summer’s night, and Rod Stewart tapped straight into the party spirit for a smashing live gig in the slightly less than rock ‘n’ roll setting of Falkirk Stadium.
They came to party and sing on a gorgeous summer’s night, and Rod Stewart tapped straight into the party spirit for a smashing live gig in the slightly less than rock ‘n’ roll setting of Falkirk Stadium.
The all-seated pitch plan was largely ignored as the 18,000-strong crowd got up and danced and sang word perfect through every single classic hit.
They were singing along to the PA like a giant karaoke session even before the Rodmeister hit the stage - blame the New Orleans support act band which signed off with a hearty rendition of that old chestnut ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ followed by the DJ slapping on Runrig’s ‘ tub-thumping ‘Loch Lomond.’
After that the man himself just had to deliver the hits - and that’s exactly what he did.
Dressed in a white jacket and black trousers - he looked like a pipe cleaner dipped into an inkwell - and backed by a slick band, he delved into the old Stewart songbook and didn’t leave much out.
You could tick them off one at a time - from ‘This Old Heart of Mine’ to ‘Maggie May’ to ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ - and sing along the every chorus, every verse.
Only ‘Can’t stop Me Now’ from his last album could be remotely considered a new song, but that wasn’t what brought the fans out. This was a jukebox gig - and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that too.
He also chucked in Bonnie Tyler’s ‘It’s A Heartache’ which had everyone singing like it was 1977 once again, and, in between a couple of outfit changes/breaks and the obligatory drum solo that always outstays its welcome, paid homage to the D-Day veterans with ’Rhythm Of My Heart.’
Must admit I thought his voice was pretty good throughout and his own obvious enjoyment came across which really made the whole evening rather special.
Other than a daft wee bunch of ‘hilarious’ video clips which looked like a Scottish Television trailer for ‘You’ve Been Framed’ - they added nothing to the set and seemed a bit random - the Rodmeister really didn’t put a foot wrong.
I suspect Sunday morning saw an awful lot parents - and a few grandparents - who made up the majority of this crowd wake with no voice and sore feet from dancing on the pitch, and maybe a few hazy memories of waving a Scottish flag or two...
On, and off stage, they all wore it rather well ...
They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in a secluded town just outside of Portofino, Italy, seven years ago.
So it's only fitting that Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster return to the country that holds such sentimental value for them to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
The happy couple lapped up the warm Italian sunshine while cruising around on a water taxi in Venice on Tuesday
Clearly thrilled with the marriage milestone, Rod and Penny took happy snaps of each other before heading off to visit the island of Burano.
Model and photographer Penny, 43, who has two sons with Rod, says she and the singer casually dated for a while before things became serious.
'We’d met in 1999 and we’d started having a few dates but we weren’t really together,' Penny told the Mirror last year.
Adding: 'Then I just stopped seeing him. I said "Look, this isn’t for me, great to have met you, blah, blah, blah."'
'I actually think it might have been his wake-up moment - kind of "What am I doing letting her go?" Bless him!'
He really is hugely romantic - champagne, flowers, candlelit dinners all of that.'
Despite this being the 69-year-old's third marriage, Rod says his wild rocker days are well and truly behind him.
'I settled down, first with Rachel [Hunter], then with Penny. So I've been a good boy for quite a while. And I'm happy,' the muso told GQ.
Proud father Rod has eight children with three women and admits he's 'a family man at heart.
Rocker Rod Stewart surprised WMGK's John DeBella with a sack of cash. Stewart donated $10,000 and an autographed guitar (that raised $2,500) to DeBella's eighth annual Veterans Radiothon. The fundraiser supports the Veterans Multi-Service Center, vmcenter.org.
"In December, we had a great interview with Rod and he invited us backstage to meet and have a drink. We arrived with a guitar and asked him to sign it for the Veterans Radiothon. That's when we found out what a huge veterans supporter he was, and he offered to call back for the Radiothon," DeBella said. "We were thrilled to have him back on the air [on Friday], and shocked when we later found out that he made a $10,000 donation through the VMC website. The man walks the walk
THOUSANDS of fans turned up at the Britannia Stadium to see Rod Stewart's first Stoke appearance in 40 years.
The 69-year-old singer rolled back the years to deliver a fantastic performance and rock the 20,000-strong crowd at the Potter's ground.
Stewart last played in the city in December 1974, alongside his legendary group The Faces, and chose Stoke as one of just a handful of venues in the UK for his summer tour of football stadiums and a cricket ground.
And belting out his classics, the ageing rocker didn't disappoint.
Rod will now travel to Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton, before playing at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road next Friday.
Prior to the gig, Rod said: "It’s great to play smaller places, though they’re not exactly small venues.
"I tend to go to the same places every year, Manchester, Glasgow, London, it’s nice to mix it up and go to other places.
"A lot’s happened for me both professionally and personally since I last played these locations and I’m delighted to finally coming back.
"It’s been a long time coming, but I’m looking to make my return something people will remember."
The tour was announced after Rod released his first album in almost 20 years. The top-selling album, called ‘Time’, hit number one.
Thousands of Rod Stewart fans traveled hundreds of miles to watch the rocker take to the stage in Brighton last night.
A near sell-out crowd of about 23,000 people packed the American Express Community Stadium for the first night of his stadium tour.
Southern Rail ran extra trains, equivalent to its football services, but there was still a worrying wait for many fans who got stuck in traffic.
There were heavy queues on both the A27 and A23 from about 5pm as fans tried to get to Falmer.
But everyone seemed to have made their seats in plenty of time to hear Rod kick off the concert with This Old Heart of Mine just after 8.30pm.
After his first track Rod confessed he also had problems getting through the heavy traffic to the gig, before encouraging the audience to take part in a mass sing-a-long for the end of a rousing rendition of Tonight's The Night.
Claire Watson, 39, and Louise Harman, 34, had a short journey to the stadium from their home in Woodingdean.
Claire said: “For us it's easy to come here.
“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London.
“I think they should do more gigs here.
“I like Rod's old stuff more than his recent stuff. We wanted to see Rod while he's still touring.”
Coleen Bonnar, 27, from Kemp Town, welcomed her dad and avid Rod fan Michael down from Sunderland for the gig.
Coleen said: “I like his songs as I grew up listening to him.
“And he's a Celtic fan.”
Michael said: “I got the tickets for Christmas.
“I'm a fan of Rod but I've never seen him apart from outside the Scottish Cup Final.
“If you are a Celtic fan then you're going to like Rod Stewart.”
The bagpipe band 1066 Pipes and Drums, from Hastings, kicked off the entertainment for the evening with Stewart's much loved Scottish theme.
And the warm-up continued with the band Dixie Mix.
Savar Baldursson and Thora Gudjonsdottir traveled 1,200 miles from Reykjavík especially for the concert.
Savar, 67, said: “We've been very excited as it's the first time we've seen him.
“We went into Brighton before the gig and it's a wonderful city.
“We've had a wonderful day.”
Rod had told The Argus the night was “something of a homecoming” as he spent much of his youth in Brighton and once lived on a houseboat in Shoreham.
He had expected it to be a “wonderful night for everybody”.
He said: “I love doing outdoor shows. Especially football stadiums.”
For Sharnee Cooper, from Coldean and her mum June Willcocks, from Goring, it was a very special day.
They got their tickets in February but a month ago June was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
June said: “I've wanted to see him ever since he was in The Faces.
“I have to make the most of every day because they've just told me I've got a few months.”
Sharnee said: “It's a mother and daughter day out.”
Sam Macleckie, 33 and her friend Dianah (CORR) Hubert, 54, work together at Sussex Beacon, a charity which offers specialist care and support people with HIV.
Sam said: “My parents introduced me to Rod's music so I've always known it.
“We booked the day off so it's been really nice.
HE is one of the most influential singers having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Now Rod Stewart is joining forces with Warrington’s British Sign Language Signing Choir to help change people’s perceptions of the deaf and hard of hearing.
The choir is joining the music legend on stage at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road ground on Friday, June 20.
They will sign along with Rod to one of his greatest hits but the song is being kept under wraps before the concert.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Jeanette Hughes, choir organiser.
“It’s blown us away that he’s letting us go on stage with him in front of about 17,000 people to work our magic. It will be amazing.”
The choir found out about the concert in March and have been practicing since.
There are almost 40 members in the group and they are all volunteers – some deaf and some hearing.
On the night they will be led by Penny Spiers.
“We’re so excited,” added Jeanette, from Penketh.
“We do a lot of concerts in the area as we want to raise awareness of the deaf community “There are many deaf people who attend concerts as they can feel the beats and vibrations.
“But it can be such an isolating disability. There are a wealth of words and stories out there, which if you are deaf you miss out on, which is why I'm so passionate about signing.
“Bigger concerts like this help us raise deaf awareness magnificently.”
It is not the choir’s first major performance as they have signed for other stars in the past and even for the Queen at Orford Park during her Jubilee celebrations.
Jeanette said: “Obviously your adrenaline is going but you’re so busy concentrating on signing that it happens so fast.
“The atmosphere is amazing at concerts and it’s the look on people’s faces that makes it worth it.
“They see how interesting signing to music is. A lot of people don’t know we exist before they see us and afterwards they come up to us to find out more about what we do.”
Warrington British Sign Language Signing Choir meet every fortnight at Warrington Deaf Centre in Wilson Patten Street.
The group reformed in 2011 with Peter Morley, who is deaf, as choir director.
Many of the original deaf members returned from when it was first formed 20 years ago.
They have several annual engagements in the town including the beer festival at Parr Hall and deaf awareness concerts at Golden Square and Walton Gardens.
KIND-hearted volunteers will be given the chance to see a top singer strut his stuff for free.
Those prepared to give up eight hours of their day at Rod Stewart’s Brighton gig will get to see his performance for free.
The helpers will be asked to carry collection buckets and assist disabled people into the American Express Community Stadium.
The offer is being made by sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People whose vice president is the Maggie May singer.
Volunteers able to work between 3pm and 11pm could be saving themselves up to £105 on the highest-priced ticket.
The charity hopes to raise £4,000 from the event next Friday with every penny going towards supporting blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
It is hoped that up to 60 volunteers can be found to help out on the night.
The charity is looking for help for the Brighton and Stoke legs of the singer’s UK tour which also takes in Taunton, Blackpool and Falkirk.
More than 20,000 fans had already snapped up tickets by the end of April with 2,000 extra tickets released in response to the demand to see the 69-year-old.
Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart have been supporters of the charity for the past ten years and have both been vice presidents since 2007.
A charity spokeswoman said: “The more volunteers we can get, the better really and the more money we can raise for the charity.
“We just thought it would be a nice way to give people the chance to do something different on a Friday night.
“Penny attended an event we hosted way back in 2003 and wanted to support the work of the charity, and that was the beginning of the great support they have both given to the charity over the last decade.”
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He has penned a song to show his appreciation for them, courted many over the years and has walked down the aisle with three.
And it is his fixation with fair-haired fifties pin-ups Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot that Rod Stewart cites for igniting his passion for blondes.
Yesterday the 69-year-old rocker admitted: ‘All I can put it down to is my infatuation with Marilyn Monroe when I was growing up, and maybe Brigitte Bardot because when I was a kid, they were the two blonde idols every boy was infatuated with.’
Mr Stewart embarked on a relationship with blonde model Jennie Rylance from 1965 to 1967 when he was 20, followed by a four year liaison with blonde model Dee Harrington from 1971 and then two years with Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland, now 71.
Speaking to Women’s Weekly, he said: ‘I enjoy women’s company.
‘I’ve always loved women – won some, most some, but it’s not a magic touch, it’s about being a better person and a good listener.
‘I’ve taken a lot of risks but I’ve never gambled or smoked – women don’t like that.’
Despite his own eagerness to walk down the aisle, he says that he would not want any of his eight children to get married before they turned 30 as he blames the breakdown of his first marriage on being too young.
The Maggie May singer, who is about to embark on a new British tour, wed Miss Hamilton in 1979, aged 34, but the marriage ended five years later because he ‘failed to grow up’.
He said: ‘I thought I was ready but I wasn’t. I’m against my own kids marrying before they’re 30.’
Mr Stewart, who was awarded a CBE for his services to music in 2007, said as the years have passed he has learned how to be a good father to his eight children and it is a skill that now brings him enormous joy.
The singer has two young sons with Miss Lancaster: Alastair, nine, and Aiden, three and is also a grandfather to two-year-old Delilah.
He said: ‘I see the kids every day, most of them. It costs a pretty penny but there you are.
‘It’s lovely having them popping in and out and wanting to be part of my life. I’m incredibly proud of them all.’
And while the veteran rocker is not exactly a professional when it comes to the practicalities of fatherhood, he believes he has improved as a dad over the years.
Mr Stewart said: ‘I’m still no good at changing nappies but I do it.
‘I think I’ve become a good father. It’s something you don’t learn at school.
He added: ‘There are no books written on it, or there weren’t when I became a father for the first time.
‘You go through life wondering what it’s all about.
‘But at the end of the day you realise – it’s all about family. It’s a craft you improve on