Specialists in the Haute Epoque, Modern Masters and Rare TextilesJoin a Growing Roster of New Participants at London Art Week Summer 2019Wide range of important exhibitions from Medieval Art to Menzel
London Art Week. Several important new local and international participants are joining the LAW Summer 2019 series of exhibitions and art events taking place at galleries around St. James’s and Mayfair, from 28 June to 5 July (Preview 27 June). With 50 exhibitors, 13 of which are attending from Europe and the US, this is the biggest London Art Week so far with galleries and auction houses staging exhibitions spanning 5,000 years of art.
New dealers this Summer include Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, S. Franses (textiles), Karen Taylor Fine Art (British art), Olivier Malingue (modern masters), Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York (19th & 20th century art), Paolo Antonacci Roma (18th & 19th century European art), and from Paris, F. Baulme Fine Arts (16th to 19th century paintings and drawings), Galerie Ary Jan (late 19th/early 20th century French and European art), Galerie Michel Descours (renaissance to 20th century art) and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.
Returning to LAW 2019 are John Mitchell Fine Paintings, and Andrew Clayton-Payne who will be offering newly-discovered drawings by Johan Zoffany. Important exhibitions include the first UK show in 35 years of drawings by the great German draughtsman and honorary RA, Adolph Menzel, at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art; a display at S. Franses of The Lost Tapestriesof Charles I; at Sam Fogg, Medieval art in England from the 6th to 16th centuries when the country was athriving hotbed for artists, while the focal point at John Mitchell Fine Paintings is Northern European and Scandinavian landscapes.
Among the new London and UK dealers is Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, now in Bury Street, specialists inHaute Epoque fine art with an emphasis on European sculpture, works of art, furniture and complementaryold master paintings from 1200 to 1700; S. Franses, leading dealers in rare tapestries, rugs and textile art; Olivier Malingue, recently moved to New Bond Street, with works by important modern masters in Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist, Post-war and Contemporary art; Ordovas on Savile Row, exhibiting a Colombian contemporary artist influenced by the Old Masters in Always Drawing, Jose Antonio Suarez Londoño – Works on Paper 1997-20 and Karen Taylor Fine Art, showing British Watercolours, Drawings and Oil Sketches, with an illustrated catalogue.
First-time exhibitors from overseas include Ambrose Naumann Fine Art of New York, dealing in late 19th and early 20th century European paintings and works on paper, with a rich offering of Belgian artists of the fin-de-siècle. Ambrose Naumann began dealing in fine art alongside his father Otto Naumann in 2016, and has co-exhibited as Naumann Fine Art at TEFAF. Paolo Antonacci Roma will bring a selection of 19th century paintings to London including a romantic view of Tintern Abbey. F. Baulme Fine Arts (Paris) specialises in 16th to 19th century works of art, mainly by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch artists. Also from Paris is Galerie Michel Descours, exhibiting at Lampronti Gallery and bringing Heroines and Muses in European Paintings, 1600-1900; Gallery Ary Jan, specialist in French and European painting of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly the Orientalist school and the Belle Epoque, and Galerie Alexis Bordes with 18th and 19th century French art.
Teaming up with local dealer Trinity Fine Art this Summer is new participant Georg Laue, Kunstkammer Ltd (Munich/London) to show a highly important Renaissance Court Casket from the famed Lothian collection of Newbattle Abbey, near Edinburgh. The Casket is by the Nuremberg Master of Perspective, one of the earliest Northern European cabinetmakers to use perspective in marquetry.
The exhibitions at LAW Summer 2019 cover a broad variety of art spanning more than 5,000 years.
At Ariadne Galleries Taking Shape – Form and Function in Ancient Sculpture will include a Mesopotamian weight in the form of a duck from the second millennium BC. Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. presents Works of Art from the Ancient World – around 35 Greek, Roman and Egyptian works of art dating from 400 BC to 400 AD, some of which come from famous collections. At Sam Fogg, Medieval Art in England is a major new exhibition devoted to English art from a period spanning the 6th to the 16th centuries, when England was a key player on the cultural stage and a thriving hotbed for artists whose surviving works together tell the story of immigration, trade and cross-cultural ex-change. S Franses will show The Lost Tapestries of Charles I, owned or commissioned by him, some when he was Prince of Wales, and other smaller textiles of the period, including a newly discovered tapestry of “Dido and Aeneas” from a major lost series of Mortlake from circa 1640’s. Many of them have been in private hands and not seen for decades.
Centrepiece at Ben Elwes Fine Art is a beautiful sculpted white marble portrait relief roundel of Jenny Lind c1866 (the Swedish Nightingale, featured in The Greatest Showman) by American artist Margaret Foley (c1827-1877). Sculpture highlights will also be found at dealers including Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Brun Fine Art and Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C. which will feature works by well-known and well-regarded Italian artists of the 20th century, including Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti and Leoncillo, with a small selection of 21st century works.
Among exhibitions of drawings, dealers James Mackinnon, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art and Karen Taylor Fine Art will show an exceptional range of works. Mackinnon will have European drawings from Henry Fuseli in the 18th century to Henry Moore in the 20th, while Peppiatt’s British drawings and watercolours include Landseer Drawings from the Collection of the artist F.R. Lee R.A. (1798-1879). Karen Taylor has works by Gainsborough, Rowlandson and Lear, many of which reflect the influence of European art and travel on British artists
German artists come under the spotlight at several galleries. Stephen Ongpin Fine Art presents ‘A World Caught with the Eye and Held by the Pencil’: Drawings by Adolph Menzel, an important exhibition featuring one of the greatest draughtsmen of the 19th century, Adolph Menzel (Breslau 1815-1905 Berlin), and the first solo show in the UK for Menzel since 1984 at The Fitzwilliam Museum. Andrew Clayton-Payne is devoting an exhibition to a re-discovered group of drawings by Johan Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-1810 London), one of the founders of the RA. Originally from Germany, Zoffany became one of the most original and celebrated artists of the Enlightenment, and worked in both England and India at the end of the 18th century. Hitherto, there were only around 30 known drawings by the artist, the majority being in museums. This exhibition will double that number, and give a fascinating insight in to the artist’s working methods and his close relationship with his patron in Lucknow, Claude Martin (1735-1800), an interesting figure in 18th century colonial India.
Landscapes & Portraits
Fashion is the focus in Silk and Finery: Dress in Art 1700-1900 at Didier Aaron, while The Weiss Gallery is exhibiting their favourite Elizabethan portraits and hosting a celebration of Sir Roy Strong’s latest publication “The Elizabethan Image”. Benappi Fine Art will show important Italian paintings and sculpture of the 15th to 19th centuries, a highlight of which is Lorenzo Batolini’s Ideal Portrait of Beatrice, a portrait of Juliette Récamier as Dante’s Beatrice from circa 1823.
Other fine portraits include Philip Stanhope by Batoni at Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd., and of the barrister Samuel Rose, who famously and successfully defended poet William Blake against the charge of high treason in January 1804, at Bagshawe Fine Art.
Charles Beddington will be featuring two major, recently-rediscovered works by Bellotto at their summer exhibition, Canaletto, Bellotto and their Circle. Martyn Gregory is publishing the gallery’s 99th catalogue, on 18th and 19th century paintings and drawings by Western and South East Asian artists, including early views of Indonesia, the Phil-ippines, Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand. Baroque Sculptures and Paintings will be on view at Callisto Fine Arts. At John Mitchell Fine Paintings, landscapes by 19th century Swiss, German and Norwegian painters are the subject of From Fjord to Forest, depicting fjords and lakes, forests and woodland, glaciers and valleys. The exhibition will include plein air oil studies and formal studio paintings; several will be sold to benefit the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation in New York.
Exhibitions with modern masterworks include Expressive Souls at Daniel Katz Gallery, which encompassesan Algardi bronze of Saint Michael vanquishing Lucifer (17th century), a late 19th century oil of The Lovers by Gaston La Touche, and a 20th century abstract watercolour by Cuthbert Hamilton. The highlight at Galleria del Laocoonte & Galleria W. Apolloni is a collection of works by Leoncillo Leonardi (1915-1968), renowned for his large abstract works in ceramics and glazed terracotta. This exhibition aims to revive interest in his early works, beginning in the 1930s with figurative ceramic sculptures. New York gallery Ambrose Naumann Fine Art will show Lines of Time focusing on 20th century art while Olivier Malingue’s exhibition ponders Abstract or Not.
There will be a variety of talks including discussions between dealers and museum curators, with a range ofthemes, such as The Grand Tour (at Colnaghi), The Renaissance Casket from Newbattle Abbey (at Trinity Fine Art), Last Supper in Pompeii (with the curator of the Ashmolean), Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light (with the curator of the Sir John Soane Museum). Other museums participating will be the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and The Fitzwilliam Museum. There will be book launches, tours focusing on jewellery and fashion and dealers’ podium discussions. All three auction houses will have special events and contemporary artists Rob and Nick Carter will host a breakfast and private view.
27 Junre – 05 July 2019