London Art Week 2020
The Summer 2020 edition of London Art Week, the bi-annual series of gallery-based fine art exhibitions featuring works for sale dating from antiquity to the 21st century, with a particular focus on Old and Modern Masters, will take place from Friday 3 to Friday 10 July, with a Private View on Thursday 2 July. (The companion London Art Week Winter event is held in early December.)
London Art Week highlights the extraordinary range and quality of art available on the London art market and emphasises the unrivalled connoisseurship and expertise to be found in the city. This major event in the international arts calendar brings together around 50 leading international art dealers from the UK and overseas who present important selling exhibitions, engaging events and art talks. These take place at private galleries in historic buildings and contemporary spaces throughout St. James’s and Mayfair – from Pall Mall in the south to Brook Street in the north. The exhibitions coincide with the major Old Master auctions, and attract countless international collectors, connoisseurs, scholars and museum curators to the capital.
Among exhibitions this summer are Medieval Faces at Sam Fogg, comprising forty medieval objects in sculpture, painting, stained glass and manuscript illumination by European artists, and at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, a show of landscape drawings and watercolours from 1850 to 1950, by such modern greats as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Lucian Freud, Paul Klee and John Minton, as well as works by Renoir, Whistler, Cézanne, Delacroix, and many others. New participants in 2020 include the Pall Mall galleries Panter & Hall and Philip Mould & Company. The latter’s exhibition brings together two titans of the early Industrial Revolution: the transcendent painter of light, Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) and the manufacturing genius, Richard Arkwright (1732-1792) through a single painting, Wright’s iconic Cromford Mills, painted in the 1790s, depicting the world’s first factory at night. LAW is also delighted to welcome this year Sladmore Gallery, which will be exhibiting 19th and 20th century European sculpture.
Further highlights include, at Benappi, a newly-discovered, classicised depiction of Bacchus and Ariadne painted in Rome in 1779 by Ludwig Guttenbrunn (c.1750-1819), a favoured artist at many of the European courts.
Among other participants are Ben Elwes Fine Art with Old Master and British paintings, as well as American art; Brun Fine Art showing prestigious European furniture and sculpture; Callisto Fine Arts with sculpture and paintings, particularly Renaissance and Baroque works; Charles Beddington Ltd., experts in Venetian views; the venerable Colnaghi with antiquities, Old and Modern Master paintings and sculpture; Desmet Gallery (Brussels) exhibiting classical sculpture and works of art; Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd with antiquities, Islamic & Indian art; Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd with British art; Lullo Pampoulides with master paintings and sculpture; James Mackinnon with European paintings and drawings from 1780 to 1850; Klaas Muller (Brussels) with Flemish Old Masters; Guy Peppiatt Fine Art with British drawings & watercolours; Raccanello LePrince specialising in Renaissance and later ceramics; Tomasso Brothers Fine Art with Old Master sculpture; Trinity Fine Art with master paintings, sculpture and works of art and The Weiss Gallery exhibiting Tudor, Stuart & North European Old Master portraiture, as well as the auction houses Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
The range of art showcased is broad, spanning Classical antiquities, Medieval and Renaissance textiles, master paintings and drawings from the Elizabethan and Baroque periods to Neoclassical and Post-Impressionist eras, watercolours from the 18th to 20th centuries, master sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta, and modern art works. Niche specialisms range from American artists to Islamic art.
The London Art Week experience is more distinctive than a fair: each gallery presentation, like a mini-museum, has its own special ambience and personality. The Week is important too for art scholarship, as dealers often spend many years gathering and researching material for their exhibitions, and producing an accompanying catalogue.
An event guide and area map will be published by London Art Week, and details of all participants, exhibitions and events can be found at www.londonartweek.co.uk.