Saturday. 16/2/2019

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Art

Face value

An art fair in Los Angeles is downsizing its offering in the hope that collectors will view the pieces before their price tags.

Britain’s biggest art fair has set up shop in the storied lots of Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The inaugural Frieze Los Angeles is a smallish affair: organisers have decided to limit the roster to 70 world-class exhibitors with the intention of creating an easily navigable, high-quality show. Many fairs around the world are taking the downsizing, "boutique" route but, in this case, the choice might also have a very important effect on the way the city’s collectors think about art. Wealth isn’t scarce in the City of Angels but perhaps that’s the problem: gallerists have griped in the past that collectors in the city focus too much on the investment opportunity of buying fine art and not enough on the art itself. A smaller and more accessible show might shift attention firmly back onto the work.

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Film

Starring role

A French city is celebrating a studio that once enticed Hollywood legends to its shores – and could do so again.

Nice Carnival begins today and this year’s theme – the King of Cinema – celebrates the institution that acted as a magnet for Hollywood glamour: The Victorine Studios marks its 100th anniversary this year. The film-set complex brought jet-set allure to the south of France: French masterpiece Les Enfants du Paradis, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief and François Truffaut’s La Nuit Américaine [Day for Night] were all filmed there. “The project of creating a French Hollywood in Nice would remain, to a large extent, a dream,” says Ginette Vincendeau, professor of film studies at King’s College London. “But many great film-makers worked there and it has retained its legendary status.” The Victorine is currently being renovated – perhaps the dream is still alive.

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Fashion

Common thread

Burberry might top the bill at London Fashion Week but its smaller players – and anti-Brexit fervour – could be the bigger draw.

London Fashion Week kicked off yesterday but its biggest show takes place tomorrow when Riccardo Tisci unveils his second Burberry collection. The UK giant is the sole brand on the schedule with real advertising muscle and the power to attract editors from across the globe: all will be keen to see how Tisci continues in his bid to ramp up Burberry’s cool factor. There are other shows worth seeing too, including JW Anderson, Rejina Pyo and Wales Bonner, which made its name in menswear but will show on the women’s schedule for the first time. This is the final London Fashion Week before the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU. Expect the mood to be defiant: the fashion industry is firmly anti-Brexit and unafraid to voice its concern about the havoc that a no-deal departure would wreak on everything from overseas manufacturing to attracting creative talent.

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Transport

Mast apiece

Expect boat lovers to secure hefty deals at two shows in Miami – then toast their success at the city’s art fairs.

Miami won’t let LA’s Frieze debut steal the spotlight this weekend. The Floridian city is hosting a bevy of expos that will keep its West-Coast counterpart on its toes: the Miami Yacht Show, Miami International Boat Show, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Art Wynwood fair and a luxury watch and car show in Miami's Design District. More than 1,000 marine businesses have come together for the boat show – during which some $60m (€53m) worth of deals are expected to be made. Emerging and established artists, and dozens of international galleries, are showcasing their collections at the art events. Free shuttles are running between the venues to ensure that this blockbuster weekend will be a smooth affair.

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