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What To See at This Year’s London Art Week

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This year's highlights – online and offline; old and new

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London Art Week returns to the capital in a hybrid format from 2 – 16 July, offering a mix of in-person and digital events. An annual showcase of the best of the art market from international galleries and auction houses, the festival is led by a flagship summer event, with a second week of exhibitions following in the winter. This year over 40 galleries across the capital have organised shows and special events, designed to shine a light on art from antiquity to the present day.

Two initiatives are set to strengthen the digital offering for 2021. The first is an online exhibition curated by Dr. Arturo Galansino, director-general of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, which sees participants submitting works in response to the theme of ‘Revolution and Renewal’. ‘My idea behind the theme of Revolution was to use it as a metaphor for the powerful – and necessary – changes we are seeing in modern culture,’ says Dr. Galansino.

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Portrait Chief Rwampungu’s Wife, 1939, Clément Serneels

Secondly, Cromwell Place in South Kensington will host a new satellite show, displaying a selection of works from London Art Week dealers. Some dealers will be using spaces at Cromwell Place for their own galleries too, including the event’s chair, Stephen Ongpin.

London Art Week is a chance for dealers to display their latest discoveries. Benappi Fine Art, for instance, is introducing a lost Tintoretto portrait, recently found in a regional auction house. Johnny van Haeften, meanwhile, has acquired a rare and early Portrait of a Gentleman holding a Watch by Aelbert Cuyp.

Portrait of a Young Man, c.1560, Tintoretto, Courtesy Benappi Fine Art

Portrait of a Young Man, c.1560, Tintoretto, Courtesy Benappi Fine Art

Other exhibition highlights include a show of drawings form the collection of Nigel Jaques at Karen Taylor Fine Art. Ben Elwes Fine Art, meanwhile, presents Literary Women: Writers and Revolutionaries, which is built around a Carrera marble bust depicting the Victorian writer and nurse Jessie White Mario, attributed to American sculptor Margaret Foley.

There’s plenty to see online too. Tune into a talk on Dürer with the National Gallery, a panel discussion on Old Master Drawings, a conversation with a collector of works by South African-based contemporary artist-potter Hylton Nel and much more.

Main image: Ile d’Herblay at dusk, 1895, Charles Guilloux. For more information visit londonartweek.co.uk

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