ADB+ Bordeaux – ADF Magazine

Bordeaux + Art + Design, better known as BAD+ opens its doors today and will continue until Sunday July 10, 2022. With more than 50 exhibitors.

BAD+ 2022 will bring a breath of fresh air to the art market, as we will provide a new international stage for talented and innovative galleries. At BAD+, we create an inspiring and commercial environment in which exhibitors can propose what is new and stimulating. Bordeaux is a beautiful city with easy access to many great collectors, local and foreign. It sits at the gateway to the Pyrenees in northern Spain and a short flight from North Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean Basin, as well as being a popular destination for visitors from the UK, United States and China.

Artistic Director, Jill Silverman van Coenegracht

BAD+ highlights include:

Gulnur Mukazhanova Moment of the Present photo Studio Lepkowski courtesy Galerie Michael Janssen

The Michael Janssen Gallery will exhibit the works of Kazakh artist Guldur Mukazhanova (b. 1984) who currently lives and works in Berlin. During her studies at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Kazakhstan and in textile and surface design at the Academy of Arts Berlin-Weissensee, she chose to work with felt and textiles such as lurex, silk and velvet. The ongoing felting process gives her a strong connection to the nomadic roots of her ancestors and simultaneously makes her question issues such as traditional cultural values, identity, feminism and globalization. His works reflect his Kazakh society but also his post-nomadic identity and his alienation.

Eduardo Arroyo image courtesy of Galleria Alvaro Alcazar

Eduardo Arroyo (1937-2018) whose works will be exhibited at the Galeria Alvaro Alcazar is recognized as a figurehead of contemporary Spanish art. Painter and scenographer, he is particularly known for his caricatural representations of characters imbued with a caustic spirit. A critic of the Franco regime, he lived in Paris for around two decades and his work became well known across Europe. His Pop Art-inspired works, often focused on demythologizing famous figures, are sought after and his work is now part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC and the Bilbao Fine Museum of Art. Arts, among others.

David Brian Smith Bangalore 1912 image courtesy Baronian.

Baronian of Brussels will feature the collectible work of British artist David Brian Smith, an artist whom Tracey Emin has praised and who has been the subject of reviews in art publications such as Frieze Magazine, Art Review and Time Out, who lives and works in London. . His paintings depict a dreamlike world in a rich color palette, alluding to a rural environment, folklore and myths. Painted on herringbone linen, the rough texture of the canvas recalls the traditional fabrics worn by country men and women. His compositions are created by successive strokes of oil paint sometimes with small insertions of silver or gold leaf. Smith’s work is interspersed with recurring motifs and stereotypical figures, such as a solitary shepherd and a man sitting on a giant anthill, hat in hand. The latter represents the artist’s grandfather, a clergyman and amateur photographer who lived in India during the colonial era.

Zhang-Shujian_Fellaheen 2019
Zhang Shujian Fellaheen 2.1 mixed media on wood 30x21cm 2019

HdM Gallery, a leading contemporary gallery based in London and Beijing, known for its particular interest in contemporary Chinese art, will present the work of Zhang Shujian. Specializing in exploratory expressionism, Shujian graduated in 2010 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he lives and works. He is a photorealist artist who intensely examines the human face in his drawings and brush paintings. The gallery will also feature works by Western-influenced artists, including that of Barthelemy Toguo (b. 1967), who studied at art schools in Côte d’Ivoire, Grenoble, France and Düsseldorf, Germany. Some of his paintings can be found in Jean Pigozzi’s Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC). Her works include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance and installation art to address issues of borders, exile and displacement. Her dual Franco-Cameroonian nationality allows her to explore the subject of belonging. Toguo is often concerned with ecological and societal issues; recently his works have been influenced by humanitarian movements and tragedies, including BlackLivesMatter and the refugee crisis.

Beam Editions of Nottingham, UK presents a selection of works by artist Linda Karshan (b. 1947) from the early 1990s to the present day. In the artist’s early works, we see the emergence of geometric grids and structures through the creation of expressive marks in pen, ink and graphite. These drawings are precursors to Karshan’s most iconic works, the artist’s highly reductive grids that continue to be central to his drawing practice, also on display at Bad+. Relying on precise intuition and coordinated breathing without the need for measuring instruments, the artist “performs” an innate geometry in every human being. Karshan’s extraordinary work is featured in major collections such as MOMA New York, Courtauld, Tate and the British Museum.


The Afikaris gallery, neighboring the Center Pompidou in Paris, pursues its mission of promoting artists from Africa and its diaspora. One of its stars is the award-winning Saïdou Dicko (b. 1979), who has been fascinated by shadows since his childhood as a Fulani herder in Burkina Faso, West Africa, once a French colony. Dicko, who as a young boy used to trace the shadows of animals in the earth, continues this artistic journey in adulthood, photographing characters on textured backgrounds, which he enhances with paint, collages and patterns creating visual phenomena imbued with vitality. Self-taught, Saidou Dicko (born in 1979) his works are inspired by themes such as equality, innocence, sustainability and nostalgia. Although Dicko’s black painted figures are universal, such works are perhaps also symbolic of his mother nation still in the shadow of its own colonial history.

In the city of art itself, Bordeaux’s Bakery Art Gallery-BAG is an organic gluten-free bakery, art gallery and publishing house that also screens films. It is a place of meeting and exchanges around art and gastronomy. Among the artists exhibiting in this space is Dalila Dalléas Bouzar (born in 1947) whose work explores the history of the place and the individual. Whether creating intimate self-portraits or reconstructing remnants of the Algerian War of Independence, Bouzar reinterprets photographs and archival documents through painting, drawing and sculptural materials.

Dalila Dalleas Bouzar Saint George and the dragon 200x170cm

The Bakery Art Gallery will also feature works by Emma Picard, who describes her work as “collaborative sculpture”. In this case, his collaborators are 500,000 bees who helped create a series of double portraits on beehive frames partially encrusted with their wax cells.

There will also be an extensive and related entertainment program throughout Bordeaux at local museums, chateaux and vineyards. All the details HERE


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