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Renewed London Art Week 2013 has been a great initiative.
H. Aldous Brandisher – Sunday, 28th July 2013
“For those who intend to approach the art market in London”
London Art Week 2013 has been an excellent project that has brought together two different art events previously diverse Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings and Sculpture Week (formerly Master Drawings London).
This new partnership created a coherent system, sharing advertising and setting up a new online portal through which the individual websites can be accessed. It was a significant joint venture that united more than 50 expert dealers across the fine arts disciplines and the major London auction houses. For those who intend to approach the art market in London, and maybe for first time, could be able to take advantage of the map produced by London Art Week, containing the locations of all the participants, making it simple for collectors to navigate.
Now established as one of the key art events in the summer calendar, Master Paintings Week is one of the most well known summer art event in London. It is a collaboration between twenty leading galleries and three auction houses, located in the heart of London’s Mayfair and St James’s.
Master Drawings also celebrated to mark the founding of the Ashmolean Museum in 1683. The exhibition, drawn from one of the world’s greatest collections of works on paper, displayed a selection of the Ashmolean’s treasures of western art.
Founding member of Master Drawings London, Lowell Libson, comments: “London Art Week gives buyers at every level an opportunity not only to see the finest works available, but also to engage with dealers of unparalleled expertise and experience. I believe that this degree of cooperation between dealers in different disciplines, as well as the auction houses, would be unachievable in any other major ‘Art City’.
“We welcome this initiative which strongly underlines the unique and unrivalled connoisseurship and expertise to be found in the art trade in London,” comments Johnny Van Haeften, co-founder of Master Paintings Week.
The strength of the format of London Art Week is its simplicity. The West End galleries joined together to hold a series of coordinated exhibitions, at the same time the auction houses hold their major sales. Specialist dealers in these disciplines gave collectors, both private and institutional, the opportunity to view the full range of works available on the market. During the first weekend, all the participants’ doors were open, giving visitors the opportunity to look at works of art at their leisure.
“The old cliché of the fusty gallery is totally out of date and we want people to discover just how accessible we are and what treasures we hold.” Alex Toscano of Trinity Fine Art, representing the sculpture dealers, added “the inclusion of sculpture galleries in London Art Week is both exciting and logical”.
London Art Week 2013 promoted specialist dealers and their works in all three disciplines, while encouraging collectors and enthusiasts to visit exhibitions in the galleries. By displaying the objects in intimate gallery settings located in Mayfair and St James’s, the event encouraged the building of relationships between clients and dealers.
London Art Week Executive Committee is composed by Konrad Bernheimer, James Faber, Jonathan Green, Johnny Van Haeften, Lowell Libson, Crispian Riley-Smith, and Alexandra Toscano.
London Art Week was ongoing from 28th June to 5th July 2013.