London Art Week Summer 2021
London Art Week, the in-gallery fair with its heart in the traditional art land of Mayfair and St. James’s, features leading international dealers offering exceptional paintings, drawings, sculptures, fine ceramics, works for the Kunstkammer and objets d’art for sale – spanning antiquity to the modern day, with a focus on Early, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modern works of outstanding quality.
The hybrid event takes place from 2-16 July 2021 and allows dealers from across the world to show together on LAW’s digital platform as well as hosting physical exhibitions in their own galleries, local regulations permitting. LAW Digital allows easy access to art connoisseurs from around the world, and is accompanied by an extensive talks programme with the participation of prominent museum curators, including the National Gallery in London and Frick Madison in New York.
The advantage of London Art Week over traditional single-venue art fairs is that, given the often-changing Covid 19 regulations, LAW can go ahead in its normal ‘live’ format as long as galleries are allowed to open; indeed, the intimate spaces of a small, individual art gallery ensures the optimal safety and viewing conditions for visitors. As a result, the event continues to be a major focal point in the year for many participants and attracts a global audience of important collectors and museum curators, with many of the high-profile exhibitors staging carefully-curated selling exhibitions, often years in the making, alongside the summer sales at the major auction houses.
Revolution and Renewal: LAW Digital Summer 2021 introduces this themed online exhibition as part of its collaboration with museums. London Art Week is delighted to welcome as guest curator the eminent art historian, curator and scholar Dr. Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. The online exhibition will have its own section on the LAW website and all participants will be invited to submit a work on the theme for consideration by Dr. Galansino (see separate Revolution and Renewal release).
Physical shows to be staged in galleries span ancient sculpture to contemporary ceramics:
- Kallos Gallery – Fragments: Sculpture Of The Ancient World. Offering a dialogue with enigmatic details that may be overlooked in a complete piece.
- Tomasso + Galerie Chenel (new participant) – Baroque: Ancient to Early Modern. A joint exhibition of Ancient Greek and Roman works of art next to 17th and 18th century examples, in a display that revolves around the Baroque aesthetic; the works characterised by a heightened sense of movement and grandeur, paired with opulent detail and narrative flair.
- The Fine Art Society – Hylton Nel, artist-potter, 80th Birthday Retrospective
- Sam Fogg – Treasury Objects of the Middle Ages. The first show of its kind in 50 years, focusing on objects of the altar – reliquaries, chasses, chalices and other Sacrament containers, crosses, incense burners – made for both private and public devotion. The thirty objects in the exhibition, which will be accompanied by scientific analysis and in-depth research, were all made by master goldsmiths, enamellers and craftsmen between the 12th and the 16th century.
- Laocoon Gallery – Animals: 100 works of ancient, twentieth century and contemporary art portraying animals. Including works by Carlo Antonio Raineri (1765-1826) who, towards the end of the eighteenth century, was made famous by his countless, colourful exotic birds; Sirio Tofanari (1886-1969) the perfect twentieth century animalier, and Andrea Spadini (1912-1983) who was adored, especially by Hollywood stars, for his hilarious monkeys and gigantic group of animal musicians encircling the Delacorte Clock in Central Park, from which some terracotta maquettes will be displayed.
- Stephen Ongpin Fine Art – Master Drawings 2021, Drawings and Watercolours from the 16th Century to the 20th Century, including works by Frank Auerbach, John Robert Cozens, Honoré Daumier, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, William Orpen, Pablo Picasso, Arthur Rackham, Egon Schiele, Graham Sutherland, Edouard Vuillard and many more.
- Guy Peppiatt Fine Art – Marine Drawings by Charles Gore (1729-1807). A collection of some 15 works by this sailing and sea-obsessed wealthy and well-connected gentleman artist, gathered by Peppiatt over the course of two decades, will be the centrepiece of a larger exhibition of British watercolours.
- Elliott Fine Art (new participant) – Diverse Beauty: Portraiture 1800-1950. A broad-ranging show encompassing paintings, works on paper and photographs. Nearly every decade from 1800 through to 1950 is represented, and, most importantly, a multiplicity of sitters who come from many disparate continents, countries and regions.
- H√§rb Nuti – Old Master and Modern Drawings