NEWS & EVENTS
The ArtWorld's Latest Merger: The Symbiosis of Private & Public Sales
One of the more successful mergers to be born of 2020 is that of the private and public sides of the trade: dealers and auction houses have found themselves joining forces time and again this year in an effort to bolster sales and exposure. Melanie Gerlis of the Financial Times and Art Newspaper, accompanied by a group of globally esteemed panellists, examine this new trend, its origins and whether or not the Old Masters marketplace as we know it will be forever changed.
Making Women Artist Visible
It's hard to believe that almost 50 years ago art historian Linda Nochlin asked 'Why have there been no great women artists?' (1971). This panel of women - curators, authors, dealers and art historians - are setting out to make women artists of the 19th and 20th century visible through publications, exhibitions and conversations like this one.
The 'Life' of a Collection - Managing Today for Tomorrow
Moderated by Thomas Marks, Apollo Magazine and with an introduction from Will Korner of the Art Loss Register, our esteemed panellists discuss the vision and practicalities of how collectors and their advisors form and manage collections through research, exhibitions, publications, education, and other initiatives.
Collecting Sculpture Throughout the Ages: Princely Kunstkammer, Public Museums and Private Collections
Moderated by Luke Syson, our esteemed panellists will discuss the challenges in collecting three-dimensional art and the inherent rewards of living with sculpture and objects. We consider the type of person who embarks on the collecting journey, the decisions they face before finally discovering the excitement of the three-dimensional world of art.
Demystifying the Old Masters Market
In an effort to demystify the Old Masters market, ArtTactic and an esteemed panel of market professionals, for the second annual Market Event, discuss modes of authentication and scholarship within the market, the vocabulary used by the trade to establish degrees of authorship, and how this language influences market performance and behaviours.
The Antique as Principle and Guidance: The Point of View of the Artist
Dr Adriano Aymonino explores why the Antique played such a crucial role in the education of artists from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, especially through the medium of drawing, and how this contributed to the formation of a canon of classical statuary. The lecture is followed by a Q&A with Emanuela Tarizzo of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.
Collecting Pre-Contemporary Art Online | New ways to look, learn and buy
In partnership with Masterpiece Online, our panel of experts will discuss the challenge of becoming "digital connoisseurs", taking in the latest developments, good and bad, in the shift to online, the questions to ask and pitfalls to avoid when buying historical art via jpegs, and the big question of whether you should you ever buy a work sight unseen, even now?
Face to Face
Questions over what draws us to the human face, what it can tell us, and how we should interpret historical portraits today, have never been more relevant. An Van Camp (Ashmolean Museum), Andreas Pampoulides (Lullo Pampoulides), Olivia Ghosh (Christie's) and Matthew Reeves (Sam Fogg) consider together the history of portraiture and its collecting at a moment in time that calls for the renewed scrutiny of that same history.
Breakfast with the National Gallery
Rembrandt: The power of his self portraits
Freelance lecturer James Heard talks you through Rembrandt's illustrious and prolific career, from the successes of his early years in Amsterdam to his later bankruptcy and the power of his self-portraits. For London Art Week Sotheby's also has one of Rembrandt's last self-portraits in private hands. Visit their page to see.
An Enlightened Experiment | Joseph Wright 'of Derby'
Joseph Wright hailed from Derby, a city at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. What can we learn from 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' about this advancing time and how does this painting represent the Enlightenment that was taking place around him? Unpick and explore the references scattered throughout this masterpiece with The National Gallery's Adult Learning Programmer Matthew Morgan.
Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Painting royalty, fleeing revolution
At 15 Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun was painting the aristocracy, in her 20s she was the favoured painter of Marie Antoinette, and by her 30s she was fleeing the French Revolution. Learn more about this 18th-century portrait painter with Associate Curator, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper.
Paul Cézanne: The father of modern art
Rosalind McKever, the National Gallery's Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow walks you through the history of Cézanne's practice and how he has continued to inspire artists throughout history.
Caravaggio, His life and style in three paintings
Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-century Paintings, Letizia Treves, guides you through the tumultuous life of Caravaggio. She looks at how his innovative style developed from a focus on nature and expression in his early works to the sophistication of his mature works.
Betsy Wieseman, Curator of the National Gallery's 2016 exhibition 'Dutch Flowers', and collector Brian Capstick, discuss the charm and attraction of Dutch flower paintings.
Watch how gold leaf is applied to surfaces, and explore the frames of some of the most significant paintings in the National Gallery.
THE HOME OFFICE
This the first of our video series, Breakfast at the National Gallery! From the comfort of her home Caroline Campbell, the National Gallery's Director of Collections and Research discusses the early Renaissance painter Antonello da Messina's painting, 'Saint Jerome in his Study'. Don't stop here, you can now discover all exhibitions launched today on London Art Week Digital.
The de'Medici Connection at London Art Week Digital
If you were asked to name a European Renaissance family, chances are the first name that springs to mind would be de' Medici - the banking and political dynasty so highly influential around Italy and Europe from the 15th to the 18th century...
'Our Favourite Works' - Chosen by the team at Hunters LAW LLP
Hunters Law LLP, sponsors of London Art Week, shares its clients' passion for art, so we asked members of the team to select their own favourite works on offer at LAW Digital this summer. These are the results...
Rembrandts Self Portrait
Viewing is now open and Sotheby's star lot has just arrived in London - one of the last self-portraits by Rembrandt left in private hands. It is offered as part of Sotheby's cross-category evening sale and carries an estimate of £12-16m.
Compelling Jewish paintings on view at London Art Week Digital
Menachem Wecker writes about compelling Jewish paintings on view at London Art Week Digital
The Art of Insurance
Franz Ihm of Tectus Insurance and sponsor of London Art Week shares insights into the world of art insurance.
Adam Dant, Artist and Cartographer, picks his favourite five works in London Art Week
In 2019, map-maker extraordinaire Adam Dant created a wonderful narrative street view of St. James's and Mayfair for London Art Week. This year we asked him to choose his five favourite works from LAW Digital.
Nordic Interest at London Art Week
In a troubled world, it is encouraging to notice that the global interest in Nordic art continues to develop...
Celebration of Women Artists
Women were usually restricted to showing their artistic talent in the private sphere; as a result, their names have not become well known, and it is only now that we are starting to reassess the works of these women especially from the 18th and 19th centuries. During those 200 years there was great historical change: women, and women artists, were an integral part of this period and their achievements deserve greater recognition.
Old Masters Market Report
Old Master Paintings Market Report
As an official partner of London Art Week, ArtTactic is delighted to present this special edition report providing both in-depth analysis of the Old Master Paintings Evening sales at Christie's and Sotheby's in New York earlier this year, as well as insights into the Old Master dealer market. Use this special London Art Week discount code: 'LAWEvent2020' to purchase ArtTactic's Special Edition: Old Masters Summer Report, for £45 down from £150.
OLD MASTERS MARKET LECTURE
This the first of Artactic's two-part online course on The Old Masters Market. For students or collectors who feel as though the Old Masters are a mystery to them, this course offers a step-by-step guide on the key market characteristics, value drivers, challenges and opportunities. The course also provides complimentary access to recent ArtTactic Old Masters Market reports and analysis.
Art as a Vaccine
A message from our sponsors. 'Covid-19 does not appear to be a great respecter of beauty but in a climate where the underfunded culture and arts sector is already under strain, art has risen through to allow us to look forward with a little optimism...'
Sitter, Painter, Viewer - the Triangle of Portraiture
It is perhaps no surprise in the current times that many of this summer's London Art Week participants have chosen to include portraits in their exhibition or theme their presentation to focus on the human face and form. Why do they value portraits so highly? And why is portraiture as important as ever? Here we highlight many interesting portraits included in LAW Digital 2020, and our dealers share some discovery stories from their career.
The Studiolo and Domestic Spaces
This year, Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd and Stuart Lochhead Sculpture are combining efforts to present a special exhibition The Studiolo: From Renaissance to Modern, while Trinity Fine Art is working with colleagues Walter Padovani and Raccanello Leprince to emulate the setting of art in a domestic space of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
The World of Interiors
London Art Week 2020 goes Virtual. More than 50 galleries are participating, from the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the USA, and between them they highlight an extraordinary range of fine art, primarily museum-quality paintings, sculpture and drawings but also encompassing antiquities and the decorative arts.
Study of Head: Elegiac Motif
Stefano Grandesso of Carlo Virgilio & C. discusses 'Study of Head: Elegiac Motif' by Cesare Laurenti. Discover more on their exhibitor page.
The Three Graces
Alberto di Castro of Rome shows us this marvellous detached fresco, 'The Three Graces', by the Italian artist and architect Baldassarre Peruzzi.
Philip Mould shows us Maria Verelst, one of the most talented female immigrant artists of the late Stuart/early Georgian era and the present work is an important addition to her much-neglected oeuvre.
A Male Blue-Throated Barbet
Megan Corcoran of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art shows us this charming watercolour by Jacques Baraband, from their exhibition 'Drawn to Nature: Flora and Fauna from the 16th Century to the Present Day.'
Kehinde Wiley meets Jacques-Louis David at the Château de Malmaison
Kehinde Wiley explains to curators Emmanuel Delbouis and Elodie Vaysse how he looks at the history of image-making and how he has put this into an African-American contemporary context. This fascinating history of portraiture through the centuries is also well illustrated in the LAW Viewing Rooms.
An Invitation to A Grand Tour of Europe: Master Paintings 1600 -1900
William Thuillier invites you to discover his London Art Week Digital exhibition, A Grand Tour of Europe: Master Paintings 1600 -1900.
Morra Players BY Pietro Ricchi
Learn more from LAW exhibitor, Galerie Canesso, about the beautiful Caravaggesque painting, The Mora Players by Pietro Ricchi.
LAW Digital exhibitor, Stuart Lochhead of Stuart Lochhead Sculpture uncovers the fantastic 19th century bust by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, the father of modern sculpture.
Object of the Week
This week Matthew Reeves, from Sam Fogg shines a light on one of the highlights of their upcoming London Art Week exhibition Medieval Faces, a sandstone carving of the life-size head of Saint John the Baptist, which legend states was presented to Salome on a platter as a reward for having enchanted King Herod with her dancing.
FROM OUR PARTNERS
Young Rembrandt at the Ashmolean
The Ashmolean's 2020 Young Rembrandt exhibition is currently closed, but you can still visit virtually. Watch this introduction from exhibition curator An Van Camp, and explore the exhibition section by section at ashmolean.org
Zaga Christ - the lost Ethiopian Prince by Giovanna Garzoni
The lost identity of an Ethiopian Prince is uncovered by Portrait Miniatures Specialist, Emma Rutherford of Philip Mould & Company. Watch to find out more about this miniature, painted in the 16th-century by Turin court artist, Giovanna Garzoni.
Podcasts we're listening to
A Passion For Sculpture
Stuart Lochhead Sculpture presents 'A Passion For Sculpture'. Emerson Bowyer, Searle Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Chicago Institute of Art shares a work of art that has inspired and inspired him the most.
The ArtTactic Podcast covers a wide range of topics from art investment to general topics about the global art market industry.
The Week in Art
The Art Newspaper
From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world's big stories with the help of special guests. Hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art podcast is brought to you in association with Christie's.
Director of Colnaghi Foundation, Nicola Jennings discuss the exhibition "Black in Rembrandt's Time" with Stephanie Archangel, one of the curators of the exhibition, "Black in Rembrandt's Time", at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. Discover why the early 17th century was such an extraordinary period, and what inspired Stephanie to start the research which led to this exhibition.
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