Talks and Events
05 December 2017
Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions
"Unmissable... a fascinating journey through the art of religions from India to Ireland" – Mary Beard Why do we think of Jesus Christ with a beard? Or Buddha as cross-legged? Today, the pictures people conjure when they think of the world’s major religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism – are distinctive and immediately recognisable. But two thousand years ago that was not the case. Between 1–1000 AD, systems of belief developed across Europe and Asia. The images associated with them were forged not in isolation but in a vibrant exchange of ideas and in the contact between different societies and local traditions. One of the earliest known depictions of Christ shows a young man bearing a striking resemblance to a classical god, not the bearded holy-man we know today. Before the invention of the cross-legged figure in meditation, the Buddhist faithful were inspired to worship merely by an impression of the Buddha’s footprints. This unprecedented exhibition showcases some of the world’s oldest religious art from India to Ireland, and reveals how the exchange of ideas and objects in the first millennium influence our thinking about the Divine today. On display will be the first known depiction of Christ north of the Alps, as well as some of the first surviving Qurans. We are thrilled Dr. Robert Bracey of the British Museum, co-curator of the current exhibition “Imagining the Divine” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, will be speaking at Kallos Gallery. Talk will commence at 6.30pm Drinks reception 7.15 - 8pm Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.
04 December 2017
Lotte Laserstein (1898 - 1993) at Agnews Gallery
Thirty years, almost to the day, since Agnews staged the artist's first UK exhibition, the gallery is delighted to announce ‘Lotte Laserstein's Women’, a show devoted to Laserstein's intimate and nuanced depictions of women in portraiture and the nude. This will be the first exhibition in London dedicated solely to Laserstein since the ground-breaking 1987 one at Agnews, where the artist herself was present and a lively collaborator. A particular focus of the current exhibition is to reinstate Laserstein in the canon of 20th-century art, from which she and many other women artists of the inter-war period have been excluded, and to acknowledge her as one of the great women artists of the 20th century. London Art Week is delighted to welcome Dr Anna-Carola Krausse, expert on the artist, to Agnews. Dr Krausse will be giving an intimate talk and tour of this extraordinary exhibition. Talk will commence at 6.00pm Drinks reception 6.45-7.30pm Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.
01 December 2017
Sothebys late night View
With a series of short talks from speakers including London Art Week gallerists Charles Beddington of Charles Beddington Ltd and Jorge Coll of Colnaghi, and Dr. Bendor Grosvenor. You are invited to join Sothebys for a late night preview of the upcoming December Old Masters auctions, including one of Joseph Wright of Derby's best-known works, An Academy by Lamplight, which will be on view alongside other excellent examples from most major schools of painting in western Europe. The sales include glittering devotional images of the early Italian Renaissance, highly detailed 17th Century still lifes and genre scenes of the Dutch Golden Age, and elegant 18th Century landscapes and portraits. On view: Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art, 5 December Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books, 5 December A Venetian Legacy – an Italian Private Collection, 5 December Old Masters Evening Sale, 6 December Old Masters Day Sale, 7 December
29 November 2017
Degas: a passion for perfection
The current exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge marks the centenary of Degas's death, and provides a chance to see the Fitzwilliams holdings of works by the artist – the most extensive and representative in the UK, alongside significant international loans. The exhibition will highlight many of the themes most prominent in Degas' work, as well as his artistic legacy. The Curator of this exhibition, Jane Munro, will be speaking at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art where there is a chance also to see some of the gallery's own Degas drawings. Talk will commence at 6.30pm Drinks reception 7.15 - 8pm Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.
29 November 2017
LAW and the Art of Collecting
One of London Art Week's main sponsors, Hunters Solicitors, are delighted to be hosting an evening seminar and drinks reception on Wednesday, 29th November from 6.00 to 8.00pm to mark the opening of London Art Week Winter. The seminar, 'LAW and the Art of Collecting', will take place at Dickinson Gallery on Jermyn Street and bring together experts from Hunters and Dickinson to discuss some of the legal, scholarly and practical issues that arise when important artworks are bought and sold. Speakers from Hunters will present their top ten tips for buying art and discuss the legal and commercial implications of collecting, including considerations relating to tax and succession planning. Speakers from Dickinson will highlight the importance of provenance research, expertise and due diligence and share their experience of advising clients in navigating the complexities of the art market. Talk will commence at 6.30pm Drinks reception 7.15 - 8pm Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.
27 November 2017
Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I
Joanna Tinworth, Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane's Museum, and Adam Lowe, Founder and Director of Factum Arte and the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation collaborated on the Soane's current exhibition Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I. In the bicentenary year of the re-discovery of the sarcophagus of Seti I, now preserved at Sir John Soane's Museum, they will discuss Belzoni and Soane's engagement with this important antiquity and its continued appeal to visitors to the Museum and researchers alike. Lowe has been instrumental in producing the displays for another current exhibition about the tomb: Scanning Seti - the regeneration of a pharaonic tomb at the Antikenmuseum in Basel and will explore the significance of cutting edge digital technology in extending our appreciation of the sarcophagus - and art and antiquities more widely. Talk will commence at 6.30pm Drinks reception 7.15 - 8pm Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Image ©Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)