FRIEZE MASTERS 2014, The Regent’s Park, London, 15th– 19th October
Now in its third year this fair which combines ancient and modern works from over a hundred and twenty of the world’s leading galleries is being housed in a specially created contemporary setting by the noted architect Annabelle Selldorf.
Aegean marble seated idol
Late Neolithic, c.5th millennium BC
Provenance: Private collection France, acquired in Bulgaria late 1960s
The steatopygous female sits with her legs folded diagonally, her arms held horizontally across the body below well-spaced breasts and above a distinctly rounded abdomen. The waist is relatively narrow emphasizing her voluminous hips, legs and exaggerated bottom. The neck and head come to a simple tapering point, the face concave with strong chin and pronounced nose, most evident in profile.
This rare idol is in an excellent state of preservation retaining, in parts, its original polished surface. Carved about 7000 years ago, the figure celebrates an extreme female form and served as a symbol of abundance and fecundity.
Rupert Wace Ancient Art
Among exhibitors is Rupert Wace whose antiquities provide the perfect foil to modern works while Daniel Crouch Rare Books takes part for the first time.
‘A free-standing atlas of Europe’, by George Willdey and Thomas Jefferys, C. 1750.
(image credit to Daniel Crouch Rare Books)
Once again there will be a series of solo presentations which will include Francis Bacon (Marlborough Fine Art, London), Alighierio Boetti (Ben Brown Fine Arts, London), William Hogarth (Andrew Edmunds, London), David Smith (Mnuchin Gallery, New York) and Antoni Tàpies (Timothy Taylor Gallery, London).
From left to right: David Smith, Forging VI, 1955, Forging VIII, 1955, Forging VII, 1955, Yellow Vertical (Construction in Three Elements), 1955, The Woman Bandit (unfinished), 1956- 58, and Construction with Forged Neck, 1955
Photograph by the artist at Bolton Landing Dock, Lake George, New York, c. 1956
© Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Mnuchin Gallery, New York
Don’t forget that there will be a programme of talks too.
Alighiero Boetti Aelleigiaccaieerreobioetitii, 1973 Ballpoint pen on paper 70 x 100 cm. (27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.)
Zaira Mis, Brussels
Private Collection, London
Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; London, Tate Modern; New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan, October 2011 – October 2012 (exhibited at Museo Reina Sofía and Tate), p. 101, illustrated in colour
Hong Kong, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Alighiero Boetti + Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 15 May – 28 July 2012
Doha, Katara Cultural Village Foundation, Alighiero Boetti, 17 March – 2 May 2013
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Alighiero Boetti, Un pozzo senza fine, Embroideries, 2006, p. 17, illustrated in colour
Jean-Christophe Ammann, Alighiero Boetti, Catalogo generale, Opere 1972 – 1979, Milan 2012, vol. II, p. 89, no. 475, illustrated in colour
This work is registered in the Archivio Alighiero Boetti, Rome under number 2773.
WILLIAM HOGARTH (1697-1764)
The Bathos, or Manner of Sinking, in Sublime Paintings,
inscribed to the Dealers in Dark Pictures
3 March 1764
Etching & engraving
Exceptional impression, the fine lines in the sky above the gallows still printing
P.216 only state