BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) is delighted to announce that the renowned artist, Jenny Saville, will be joining the panel of judges for the second BADA Arts Prize to be awarded in October this year. Jenny studied at the Glasgow School of Art and was a member of the Young British Artists in the late 1980s and early 90s. Her paintings have recently attracted worldwide acclaim in Florence where they were displayed in five historic venues alongside works by Michelangelo. Following this exhibition, Jenny was presented with the keys to the City of Florence. Her works are featured in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Jenny has exhibited at The Biennale, Venice, The Tate, London and The Royal Academy, London in addition to many other venues.
Alongside Jenny, Alain Dominique Perrin, the Founder and President of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and President of the Jeu de Paume Museum has kindly agreed to sit on the panel for a second year as he is a passionate supporter of emerging and contemporary artists and is a renowned collector of their work. As Representative for the Patronage of Business, Perrin was the author of “French Patronage” in July 1987 which gave rise to the Léotard Law regarding companies and their involvement and support for cultural and arts organisations. Perrin began his working life in the 1960s as an antiques dealer specialising in haute époque before moving into the world of luxury goods as Chairman of Cartier and later the Richemont Group.
The BADA Art Prize is in its second year and will continue as an annual competition which seeks to promote “the antiques of tomorrow” by awarding a £1,000 grant to an emerging contemporary artist whose work exemplifies the enduring ingenuity and quality illustrated by our members’ objects. The winner will be announced at the BADA Week champagne reception in St James’s, London on 7th October 2022.
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