Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641), "Portrait of a Young Girl in a White Apron," 1630, Oil on canvas, 99 × 83 cm. (39 × 32 5/8 in.), Philip Mould & Company

The innovative digital presentation of London Art Week Summer 2020, taking place July 3-10, 2020, welcomes numerous new faces alongside familiar participants that have supported the event for many years. Some 50 exhibitors have been confirmed to date.

International newcomers include Galerie Canesso and Jacques Leegenhoek from Paris, Nicolás Cortés Gallery of Madrid, Daxer & Marschall and Arnoldi-Livie of Munich, and, from Italy, dealers such as Walter Padovani of Milan with sculpture, Antichità Alberto Di Castro Srl of Rome with works of art, Bottegantica of Bologna with Italian art and Enrico Ceci Cornici Antiche of Modena with fine antique frames. From the USA come new participants Jill Newhouse Gallery and Mireille Mosler.

Above: Sam Fogg, London: English glazier, A stained-glass tracery panel of an angel among stars, c. 1450, Stained glass, 20.5 x 20.5 cm / 8 x 8 inches

Among new London-based dealers taking part in London Art Week this summer is Stuart Lochhead Sculpture, Osborne Samuel Ltd, Panter & Hall, Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd, and Offer Waterman. Sladmore Gallery and Philip Mould & Company return after a few years. Works for sale span 5000 years of art, from ancient Egypt to Modern British, with an emphasis on Old and Modern Masters, offered by the world’s most respected fine art galleries.

Ceci Antichita di Ceci Enrico (new – Modena) Venice, Xvi°Century, Aedicula Frame

In response to the global Covid-19 situation, London Art Week has created a new online space for dealers to work together, preserving the collegiate nature of the event which embraces auction houses and which is supported by museum partners and art world sponsors. A major feature is a new series of mixed, curated Viewing Rooms where works from a cross-section of participants will be shown side by side, a new way for dealers to be discovered by a world-wide audience.

Florian Härb and Martin Grässle: André Maire (Paris 1898 – 1984), “A Malgache Reclining with a Child Holding a Fruit,” 1959, Charcoal, pastel, 50.4 × 65 cm. (19 13/16 × 25 9/16 in.), Signed and dated, lower right, André Maire / 1959

THEMES of HUMANITY AND PORTRAITURE

This summer, many exhibitions focus on the human form and there are many portrait highlights – perhaps life under lockdown has reminded us of the importance of the human face and the stories they mask or express. Lullo • Pampoulides, taking inspiration from our current and unusual situation, is curating an exhibition of portraiture, In Silent Conversation: Portraits from the 16th to the 20th Centuries, while Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C. is showing Faces 4, a series of Italian self-portraits and portrait paintings, mostly of the early 20th century, all new to the market and selected for their quality and intriguing iconography.

Sam Fogg presents Medieval Faces, which brings together some 40 artworks in sculpture, painting, stained glass and manuscript illumination, all created by European artists during a period spanning the 13th to 16th centuries. Through this varied spectrum of objects, the show will aim to demonstrate how the interests and concerns of our medieval forebears, and their insatiable drive to capture the essence of human presence, are really no different from our own in today’s world.

Pieter Coecke Van Aelst (Aalst 1502 – Brussels 1550), “Madonna and Child with the Veil,” c. 1550, Oil on panel, 110 x 70 cm. (43 1/4 x 27 1/2 in.), Klaas Muller

New exhibitor Nicolás Cortés Gallery of Madrid has a wonderful c. 1575 Portrait of a Gentleman by Bartolomeo Passerotti (1529-1592) of Bologna, an example of the artist’s innovative ‘staged’ portraiture, in which the sitter is depicted ‘in action’.

Portraits also feature strongly at Philip Mould & Company, returning to London Art Week after a few years, where highlights include works by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Duncan Grant, Sir Peter Lely, and a captivating portrait of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, with the old Battersea Bridge and the Swan Tavern beyond, painted in 1869 by the artist’s friend Walter Greaves (1846-1930).

Pierino da Vinci (Vinci 1529/30 – Pisa 1553), “Two Children Holding a Fish,” c. 1545, Carrara marble, 67.7 x 31.2 x 32.6 cm (26.65 x 12.28 x 12.83 in.), Benjamin Proust Fine Art
Callisto Fine Arts, London: Domenico Paci (Ascoli Piceno 1785 – Ascoli Piceno 1863), Alexander the Great,” 1819, Terracotta, Bust: 102 cm. (40.16 in.), Inscription: ‘Alessandro Mag. Conte Antonio Mora fece costruire nel 1819 Domenico Paci Fece Ascoli”, Overall: 132 x 67.5 x 42 cm. (51.97 x 26.57 x 16.53 in.)
Arnoldi-Livie, Munich: Edgar Degas (Paris 1834-1917), “Buste de danseuse,” c. 1896, Black chalk, 40 x 59 cm, 15 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches, Atelier stamp, lower left: “Degas” (Lugt 658)

WOMEN IN ART

There are several exhibitions featuring women artists: Ben Elwes Fine Art will present a painting by the Swedish artist Anna Katerina Boberg (1864-1935) who for many decades created work inspired by glaciers, the sea, and the midnight sun particularly around the archipelago of Lofoten in the Norwegian Sea. Boberg even joined a scientific voyage funded by the Swedish Crown in 1911 and her resulting paintings went on tour to the USA in a special exhibit of Scandinavian art sponsored by Gustav V of Sweden and the crowned heads of Norway and Denmark.

Ben Elwes Fine Art, London: Anna Boberg (1864-1935), “Putting Out to Sea,” Swedish, c. 1912, Oil on Canvas, 91 × 64 cm (36 × 25½ in), Signed lower left: ‘Anna Boberg’

Karen Taylor Fine Art presents an exhibition of British Women Artists, 1780-1890 – a Selection of Works on Paper. Karen says: “The work of women artists provides us with an important counterbalance in art history and its gradual emergence into the mainstream is to be celebrated. [Because they worked] outside the academic sphere, female artists have not received the attention bestowed upon their male counterparts.” She hopes “this small selection… will contribute a little to the current reassessment of their work.”

Among artists featured is Augusta Innes Withers (1792-1877), botanical painter to Queen Charlotte and Queen Victoria, and painter to the Royal Horticultural Society, and Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919), one of the stars of the recent Pre-Raphaelite Sisters show at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bottegantica, Bologna: Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931), “Rose garden,” Ferrara, Paris, c. 1900-1905, Watercolour on paper, 460 x 320 mm / 18.11 x 12.59, Signed lower left: Boldini

For more information about London Art Week, please visit londonartweek.co.uk.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is a good read right now. I wish we could say we were back in the UK to attend the show. Bust such is life right now. I did like the concept and what can be done. I hope to review items on line, and then discuss some possibilities.

    With my extensive fine arts experience both here in the states and overseas, I have worked with various galleries, museums and art institutes in not only developing their operations, marketing and sales programs, but then implementing them through a variety of methods, promotions and communications plans. In addition, I have been responsible for developing plans, budgets and mentoring a growing team of associates at all levels.

    For over 20 years I have been working with organizations to develop a comprehensive model for interacting with their customers throughout the entire buying and ownership experience through online marketing and Internet-based applications. Proven track record for managing project activity with the design, development and quality assurance to deliver expected results on time and within budget using proven development life cycle methodology.

    Of course, it is a bit different in today’s world. Here in the US we hope to go forward once again. And soon.

    Thank you, again for the information. I look forward to the show.

    Ron

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