From 9 to 20 October 2023, immerse yourself in art and its history as our series of talks 'Art History in Focus' returns.  Join our online talks where international curators and academicians discuss topics with dealers and journalists. And do not miss our themed editorials to find out more about new exhibitions on view at the LAW galleries and our museum partners.

All events are free upon registration.

Online Talk
Monday 9 October, 17.00 BST

A Royal Rediscovery - Artemisia Gentileschi's Susanna and the Elders painted for Henrietta Maria

An exceptional opportunity to hear the story behind a newly attributed work by Artemisia Gentileschi from the academics and conservator who discovered it. Overlooked for centuries, the extraordinary woman painter is only in recent years getting due art historical acclaim. The National Gallery's 2020 exhibition - curated by Letizia Treves - positioned her not just as a superlative woman artist, but one of the stand-out masters of the Italian Baroque.

With Niko Munz (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Freie Universit√§t, Berlin), Adelaide Izat (Royal Collection Trust) and Letizia Treves (Global Head of Research & Expertise in Old Masters, Christie's London); moderated by Michael Hall (The Burlington Magazine).

Register now to hear more on this remarkable art discovery!

Online Talk
Thursday 12 October, 17.00 BST

The forgotten Aymara Bolivian artist Alejandro Mario Yllanes and his importance in the wider Latin American Art context

This autumn, Ben Elwes Fine Art will be exhibiting a group of extraordinary monumental paintings not seen for the last 30 years by the Aymara Bolivian artist Alejandro Mario Yllanes (1913-c.1960).

Dr. Michele Greet (George Mason University) accompanied by Art Professional specialising in Latin American art, Carolina Scarborough, will share her insight into Yllanes' unique world in the wider context of modern Latin American art. Greet also authored the essay on Bolivian Indigenism for the online catalogue which accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition Alejandro Mario Yllanes (1913-c.1960), The Monumental Paintings is on view until 15 December at Ben Elwes Fine Art, London.

Make sure to register to follow this panel!

Online Talk
Monday 16 October, 17.00 BST

The Venice Biennale and the Secessionists of Ca' Pesaro

Dr. Stefano Bosi, secretary and spokesman of the Archive of Secessions - Venice Biennale and Ca' Pesaro, will present the newly created archive dedicated to the documentation and the study of the Secessionist movement in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1902, Ca' Pesaro became the home of the Modern Art Gallery of Venice and when the 22-year-old Nino Barbantini took over as its director in 1907, the Museum began to fully perform the function of supporting new trends envisaged by Countess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa's will, offering itself as an artistic workshop dedicated to young people, especially those not accepted by the Biennale.

The talk will be introduced by Alexandra Toscano (London Art Week and Friends of the Bargello). 

Join us online to discover more. Book now!

Online Talk
Thursday 19 October, 17.00 BST

The life of a Public Sculpture, from inception to appreciation

This talk will shed a light on the artist's perspective - how do artists respond to a commission, assess the display location and how the sculpture will look depending on its size, not to forget the engineering technicalities of a large piece. But it will also look at the commissioning side and discuss some fine examples of public sculpture that works well and in their geographical setting and how the public engages with them.

With Abby Hignell (Hignell Gallery), Melissa Hamnett (Heritage Collections | UK Parliament), Claire Mander (theCoLAB) and Nic Fiddian-Green.

Bookings available by clicking on the tile. Sign up now!

At the end of every panel, there will be a 15 minutes Q&A session.

Make sure to sign up to join the conversation and ask your questions to our speakers!


Discover more... exhibitions & editorials

With Frieze Masters fast approaching, some of our dealers are getting ready to exhibit at the annual Regent Park's fair, while others are holding special exhibitions in their galleries.

Admire the extraordinary monumental paintings by Bolivian artist Alejandro Mario Yllanes at Ben Elwes Fine Art; read our latest editorial on Rose Hilton's exhibition now on show at Messum's Fine Art and discover more spectacular exhibitions on our website...

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