London Art Week, summer 2017 opens to the public today and runs till 7th July. There are special exhibitions hosted across more than forty of the capital’s most prestigious galleries in St. James’s and Mayfair, and three leading auction houses (Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s). With masterpieces from seven millennia and works ranging from priceless antiquities to the leading names in modern art, London Art Week presents the best the capital has to offer, complete with special events and art experts on hand to share their specialist knowledge and advice.
From ancient Egyptian jewellery to sculpture to sketches by one of the most famous ‘Old Masters’ of art, Raphael, and with pieces on offer from £200 – £5million. Much of the art that will be exhibited is usually held in private collections and rarely viewed in public.
Highlights from an outstanding selection of exhibitions include Master Draughtsmen of the Venetian Settecento: Drawings by the Tiepolo at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art; a ‘once in a lifetime’ exhibition of 22 drawings by the great 18th century Venetian masters, Giambattista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, including studies for Giambattista’s renowned ceiling frescos. To coincide with the Centenaire Rodin, Daniel Katz will present The Romantics to Rodin, a survey exhibition which looks at the development of sculpture in France through the work of leading artists, including Théodore Gericault and Auguste Rodin – the latter with one of his most celebrated sculptures of the 1880s. At Rountree Tryon Galleries Ltd an exhibition of paintings by British masters of sporting art, including George Stubbs and Alfred Munnings will be on view in Masters of The Field.Exceptional works with remarkable stories are to be found at a host of participating galleries during London Art Week. This includes The Marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne by Guido Reni, a fragment from the monumental painting commissioned for the wife of King Charles I, the painting has survived as two fragments of the original work, one of which will be on show at Moretti Fine Art. Two delicate 18th Century wax sculptures by Patience Wright are exceptionally rare examples of work by one of America’s first female sculptors, on view at Ben Elwes Gallery. Lowell Libson Ltd will be showing The City of God a rare painting by John Martin, executed whilst working on his most important late ‘Judgement’ series – all of which are now in the Tate.
London Art Week has long been a magnet for the art world and three galleries have selected this special time to launch new spaces; those moving to new premises include Trinity Fine Art, relocating after 28 years in Bruton Street to their new space at 15 Old Bond Street (the former space of Colnaghi) and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, who will be opening at 67 Jermyn St with Canova and his Legacy. The long-established Turin gallery, Benappi Fine Art will be opening a new London space at 27 Dover St with a display of fine paintings and sculptures from the 14th to 18th Centuries.London Art Week 2017 will be enhanced by new special cultural partnerships, including The National Gallery, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, The Wallace Collection, London and the Soane Museum, London. Visitors will be able to participate in a range of exclusive activities, including expert-led talks and special workshops at participating galleries. A new highlight for 2017 is the writer Susan Moore’s Slow Art Workshop (SAW); an unmissable opportunity to look at and handle important works of art in the context of a small group, led by a specialist dealer or curator. Reservations for this and a full list of events can be found on www.londonartweek.co.uk
London Art Week has established a reputation as one of the leading annual events in the international arts calendar and welcomes visitors from across the globe, attracted by the sheer excellence of works on view. Some of the most revered names in art history will be exhibited during London Art Week, including Boucher, Constable, Delacroix, Doré, Gauguin, Morandi, Munch, Rubens, Tiepolo and Turner. Most of the works are offered for sale, with prices ranging from £1,000 to £5 million.
London Art Week is a cooperative, non-profit event launched in 2013 as a platform that united Master Drawings London (est. 2001), Master Drawings and Sculpture Week (est. 2013) and Master Paintings Week (est. 2009). Returning for 2017, London Art Week will host two week-long events in summer and for the first time in winter (Friday 1 – Friday 8 December).
Galleries and auction houses taking part in London Art Week 2017 include:
Didier Aaron Ltd, Agnews, AR-PAB, Ariadne Galleries, Bagshawe Fine Art, Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd, Charles Beddington Limited, Benappi Fine Art, Brun Fine Art, Colnaghi, Simon C. Dickinson, Ltd, Ben Elwes Fine Art, Peter Finer, Sam Fogg, Fondantico di Tiziana Sassoli, Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, Fergus Hall, Florian Härb – Martin Grässle, Kallos Gallery, Daniel Katz Gallery, Lowell Libson Ltd, Lullo Pampoulides, M&L Fine Art, James Mackinnon, Moretti Fine Art, Maurizio Nobile, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd, Raccanello Leprince, Artur Ramon Art, Robilant + Voena, Rountree Tryon Galleries Ltd, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Trinity Fine Art Ltd, Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Rupert Wace Ancient Art, The Weiss Gallery, Bonhams, Christie’s, Christophe Joron – Derem – Drouot, Sotheby’s.
A fully illustrated e-catalogue and map is available to download
For further information on participants, including information on special events: