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The Bigger Picture
With an illustrious history, founded in 1923 - and now in its 3rd generation - Didier Aaron exhibits at TEFAF, Fine Arts Paris, Frieze and the Salon du Dessin and participates in London Art Week. With galleries in New York, London and Paris, today the business is overseen by Didier's son and president Hervé who has been continuing the family legacy...
The Bigger Picture
For our third episode, in partnership with Arcarta, Tom Noon interviews the founder of the New York based gallery, Mireille Mosler. As a child growing up in Amsterdam, Mireille Mosler preferred to wait in the car on family outings to museums and galleries. When it came to choosing a career however, she knew she wanted to be an art dealer in America but not before figuring out how to get there. Stepping off a plane in 1992 for an internship with Christie's, it was her first sale of a painting that would become the lifeline enabling her to stay and pursue her dream of dealing art in New York City.
The Bigger Picture
Listen to our third episode, featuring London Art Week Board Member and Director of Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker. Lowell shares with us some of his career highlights as an Old Master dealer as well as taking us through his formative years.
The Bigger Picture
For our second episode of The Bigger Picture, Tom Noon interviews London Art Week exhibitor, Philip Mould OBE, Director of Philip Mould & Company. The gallery, located on London's historic Pall Mall, showcases 500 years of British art.
The Bigger Picture
Our first episode is now live! Listen to the first in the new special London Art Week series of The Bigger Picture, presented by Arcarta. Available to listen to on Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts.
Works of Devotion
There are numerous outstanding devotional works to be discovered at London Art Week Winter 2020. Some were created for the intimacy of private prayer, others relate to large works intended for places of public worship. We look here at a selection of exceptional smaller pieces made for private devotion in a domestic setting that feature the iconography of mother and child, from the ecstasy surrounding the arrival of a new-born babe, to the agony of the pièta...
10 Lessons Learned about Buying and Selling Art during a Global Pandemic
The global Covid pandemic, which gripped the world at the beginning of 2020, has without doubt had a fundamental impact not only on transaction volumes but also more widely on the way the art market operates in London and around the world.Here is our selection of 10 things we have learned in the last few months...
FIVE 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 winter. These are the results...
LAW SPONSOR, TECTUS INSURANCE, SELECTS 5 OF THEIR FAVOURITE ARTWORKS
The team at Tectus Insurance, select their favourite works from London Art Week Winter 2020
Art Against Slavery: The Captured Runaway (1856) by William Gale
Depicting an enslaved fugitive and her captor, a north American bounty-hunter, the painting by the white British artist William Gale (1823 - 1909) is a pictorial contribution to the Anti-Slavery emancipation campaign that preceded the US Civil War. At today's distance from the 1850s, it is not an easy picture to understand. One approach is to see it combining a political-moral message with the Victorian tradition of the 'problem picture' that invited viewers to decode visual clues.
Art History in Focus
During October 2020 London Art Week will present 'Art History in Focus', a series of themed erudite and enlightening discourses online.
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.
Peder Balke and the Romantic Movement
On Thursday 19 November, in association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London and the Nordic Institute of Art, Dr Knut introduced his latest book, Peder Balke & The Nordic Romantic Movement. This, was followed by a panel discussion with the National Gallery's curator Christopher Riopelle and London Art Week dealers, specialising in Nordic art, Anthony Crichton-Stuart, Director, Agnews, Marcus Marshall, Director, Daxer & Marschall and William Mitchell, Director, John Mitchell Fine Paintings.
"So eminently a classic genius": the British sculptor Anne Seymour Damer (1748-1828)
Silvia Davoli (Strawberry Hill House, University of Oxford & Journal of the History of Collections), Elyse Nelson (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and Emanuela Tarizzo (Tomasso Brothers Fine Art) explore the life and work of British sculptor Anne Seymour Damer.
Two Celebrated Female Painters: Artemisia Gentileschi & Angelica Kauffman
Moderated by Valentia Vico (Benappi Fine Art), Lucy Chiswell (National Gallery) & Per Rumberg (Royal Academy) discuss two celebrated female painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Angelica Kauffman.
500 Years of Women Artists
For this Sacha Llewellyn (Independent Researcher and Curator, and Director, Liss Llewellyn Fine Art), Tania Sutton (Director, Osborne Samuel), Anthony Crichton-Stuart (Director, Agnews), Marco Fabio Apolloni (Director, Laocoon Gallery) and Ellie Smith (Research and Content Editor, Philip Mould & Company), examined how our perception of women artists has changed and how we are finally championing them.
How we Look at Art: Frames & Framing
Matthew Reeves, a Director at Sam Fogg, and Peter Schade, Head of the National Gallery's Framing Department, discuss the importance of frames in the presentation of paintings from the late 15th and early 16th centuries...
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 Artists 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.
Stephen Ongpin, Chairman and Alexandra Toscano, Vice-Chair welcome you to the Winter 2020 edition of London Art Week Digital.
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.
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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.
Art History in Focus
Rosalba Carriera, Pastellist and Portraitist: A Unique Career
Wildly successful and hugely admired in her lifetime, the 18th century painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757) wowed European Royalty and important collectors with her exceptional skill, and is credited with inventing the pastel portrait. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art reveals a rare subject for the artist...
Prunella Clough (1919 - 1999): Seeing the World Sideways
The subtle and thoughtful work, both mysterious and commonplace, of this leading modern British artist, was admired by critics and avidly collected. Osborne Samuel Gallery holds numerous works by Clough, paintings and prints, which focus primarily on landscapes and industrial subjects...
The Fairford Park Friendship Album
A group of drawings from a friendship album assembled by Augusta Raymond-Barker (1827-1900) of Fairford Park, Gloucestershire offer a fascinating insight into the lives of a group of Victorian women, all of whom were accomplished watercolourists.
Juana Romani - Parisian Artist of Romance, Mystery, Tragedy
Emerging from the darkness is the biblical figure of Hérodiade or Hérodias, who along with her daughter Salomé, orchestrated the death of John the Baptist... Daniel Katz Gallery introduces a beautiful work by French artist Juana Romani (1869-1924) whose life ended in tragic circumstances.
Marisa Mori (1900 - 1985): Between Figurative & Futurist Art
Marisa Mori (Florence 1900 - 1985), is a perfect example of the inexplicable oblivion into which supremely talented female artists often would fall...
Historical Frames - An Insider's View
London Art Week participant Enrico Ceci specialises in Italian antique frames from the 15th to 18th centuries. With expertise spanning 35 years, here he shares revealing insights in to the very important business of historic Italian frames - significant works of art in their own right, and integral to the art viewing experience...
Félicie de Fauveau - Feminist and Revolutionary
Félicie de Fauveau, the 19th century sculptor, occupies a space of courage and radicalism that is totally original. Her story goes beyond the history of art, which recounts the story of women in their struggle for expression, against the male order, and of the repression of their demands.
Pioneers: Vanessa Bell's Self Portrait
Vanessa Bell's Self-Portrait is on display at Philip Mould & Company for their exhibition, Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art. This exhibition will explore and represent 500 years of ground-breaking artists who have been central to the development of British Art. Clasping a handful of paint brushes, Bell presents herself as one such pioneer.
Artemisia in London
At the royal invitation of King Charles I, Artemisia made the long and difficult journey from Italy to London. Join Ellice Stevens, the actor who plays Artemisia in the stage production of 'It's True, It's True, It's True', as she learns about Artemisia's time in London, and how she likely produced one of her most intriguing self portraits there.
Artemisia, The National Gallery
Join Ellice Stevens, the actor who plays Artemisia in the stage production of 'It's True, It's True, It's True', as she journeys through Rome, Florence, Naples and London; retracing Artemisia's footsteps, and coming face-to-face with some of her most important works, for the first time.
Amparo Martinez-Russotto, Curator of The Klesch Collection, which includes works by significant historic women artists, talks to Emanuela Tarizzo, London Art Week Board Member and Gallery Director at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.
Lavinia Fontana and Fede Galizia: Two Avant-Garde Women Artists Who Challenged Gender Roles in Their Time
Italian women artists of the 16th and 18th centuries have come out of the shadow in recent years. While they were recognized in their own time and played a major role in the Italian artistic scene, they were almost written out of history, which has given pride of place to their male counterparts...
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