William Lansbury, The Gallery,54 Shepherd Market, LondonW1, 30th June – 12th July 2015
Once again Lansbury gives us an eclectic mix of motor racing posters, photographs and Mid-20th Century British Art. The real drama and excitement of motor racing is avidly brought to life through the posters and the photographs, with the latter coming from the era before crowd control and safety barriers.
He tells me he started dealing when he had the idea of selling his racing car and using the proceeds to start buying and selling artworks with the aim of purchasing a newer racing car. He added “in theory this seemed infallible.”
Samira Abbassy – Love & Ammunition, Rossi & Rossi, 27 Dover Street, London W1, until 10th July 2015
In this show Abbassy, an Iranian-born, New York–based artist, has in this show used a feminine-orientated approach in most of the works which include self-portraits and a reinterpretation of Persian literature. The female figures are depicted in a hostile environment which evokes the idea of private and universal struggles. Samira explains “It’s as if I’m trying to depict myself from the inside out, starting with how it feels to be me, or rather, how it feels to be human”.
They certainly make an impact on the viewer.
Djamel Tatah, Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1, until 7th August 2015
These twelve large-scale Untitled paintings in oil and wax are the work of the French-Algerian artist Djamel Tatah in his first UK show. Their subject is the silent figure, either singly, in pairs or in repetition, on a 1:1 scale. The fact that they rarely face the viewer directly but gaze upwards, downwards or into the distance is a reflection of solitude, pain, melancholy and war and peace that many of mankind endure. A thoughtful reflection on our present World.
British Impressions: Important British Paintings, Messum’s, 28 Cork Street, London W1, until 31st July 2015
This inviting exhibition will quicken the heartbeat of some collectors as it features works that are returning to the market for the first time in many years. The two paintings by Herbert La Thangue are now reunited for the first time since they were exhibited at the 1904 St Louis International Exhibition as part of the British display.
MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015: From Versailles to Masterpiece
The Antique Wine Company (AWC) is marking its twenty-fifth anniversary by unveiling a rather special wine case at the Fair. It is made from a three hundred and twenty year old oak tree from Versailles which is reputed to have been one of Marie Antoinette’s favourite trees.
It became a victim of drought in 2005 and was felled, with the wood being purchased by Cordier Mestrezat of Bordeaux. Their craftsmen then designed and created this unique piece.
It contains four special bottles of wine which are rarely available on the open market –Château Petrus, Château Latour, Château d’Yquem and Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tache – which are all 1990 vintage, reflecting the AWC’s special anniversary. A real connoisseur’s treat!
MASTERPIECE LONDON 2015, South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3, 25th June – 1st July 2015
There is little doubt that Masterpiece London is a very special fair with objects spanning over 4, 000 years being shown by some 150 galleries. It is a magnet for both collectors and museums round the world and a place to see some outstanding treasures.
As its Chief Executive Nazy Vassegh explains, “The 8 days when Masterpiece takes place is the epicentre of the art season in London. After just five years Masterpiece is now firmly regarded as both a leading international art fair and a welcome addition to the summer season in London. We are particularly delighted by the exhibitors and partners that will join us for the 2015 edition.”
I do hope that many of you will be able to visit this exciting Fair and over the coming days I shall share some of the objects you may find there.
Open to the public:
Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 11.00–21.00
Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June, 11.00–19.00
Monday 29 June 11.00–21.00
Tuesday 30 June 11.00–18.00 (Followed by The Art Gala at Masterpiece in aid of the NSPCC from 19.00)
Wednesday 1 July, 11.00–21.00
2015 Ticket Prices:
General Admission Full Access: £42 per person (unlimited entry into the Fair on all Public Days between 25 June and 1 July)
General Admission: £25 per person (single day access)
Student Concession Ticket: £18 per person (with valid student ID)
Under 18s: Free