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London Art Week Summer 2021

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Gallery exhibitions draw delighted UK clients and visitors in person once again, and LAW Digital opens opportunities to international buyers, celebrating 5000 years of art from antiquity to the present day

“LAW is a beautifully produced platform, easy to navigate and provides an alternative experience to other online platforms and art fair viewing rooms. The ability for collectors to see the works online and then, if they wish, in each participants’ gallery space is very special and a good way of bringing visitors back to galleries, particularly after such a turbulent year.”

Sam Szafran botanical watercolour,

Sam Szafran (1934-2019) botanical watercolour, sold by Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

The above quote from first-time participant Piano Nobile sums up the hybrid London Art Week Summer 2021, which took place online and in galleries from 2-16 July, 2021.

Many participants staged special themed shows created for London Art Week to a predominently UK audience. Curators from Victoria & Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the British Museum from the UK were joined by overseas collectors and curators including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Roman terracotta Head Of A Woman, late 1st century BC-1st century AD, sold by Kallos Gallery

Bouyant sales were made by galleries to both new and existing clients, in person and virtually. Elliott Fine Art, holding their first selling exhibition as a dealer, had a busy event and made multiple sales from his portrait-themed show, including one to a major museum.

Luce Garrigues, Director LAW Digital, commented: “This July, we had a dynamic London Art Week and were pleased to see how well the hybrid format was received; our online events programme has been actively followed and the platform saw an increase in direct requests through the website. In particular, it was excellent to see collectors and dealers confidently engage in a digital space, more so than before. It is clear that London Art Week’s hybrid format placed LAW at the centre of the UK art market’s revival and allowed us to grow stronger and become resilient to any future challenges.”

Georgie, by Gluck 2

Georgie, by Gluck (1895-1978), sold by Karen Taylor Fine Art

Stephen Ongpin, Chairman of London Art Week, added: “LAW exhibitors work with passionate collectors who still have the desire to augment their collections, and they have become accustomed to looking at dealers’ stock on websites over the past 18 months. They have now learned they can buy classic art ‘online’ especially from a trusted dealer; this is the beauty of a relationship built between connoisseurs and dealers with shared tastes. It generates a reassurance, and collectors are now more willing to buy without necessarily seeing a work in real life. London Art Week, with its unique Digital platform, is well-placed to tap in to these new buying habits.”

David John by Catherine Carrington 1904-2004

David John by Catherine Carrington (1904-2004) sold by Elliott Fine Art

London Art Week also launched a satellite Showcase at Cromwell Place, the new arts hub in South Kensington, extending LAW’s reach beyond the West End. Paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics were featured from a majority of the participating LAW dealers, giving a perfect overview of London Art Week’s diversity and expertise in a shared gallery space. Amelia Higgins, Director London Art Week, said “It was exciting for us to reach a new, interested audience at Cromwell Place, and hopefully many of them took the short trip to the West End to see the individual galleries. There was a pleasingly positive response from dealers regarding visitor numbers, which seemed a lot more than expected this year.”

This Summer LAW also featured an online group exhibition themed around Revolution and Renewal, curated by Dr. Arturo Galansino, Director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, who gave the Preview Day talk.

Exhibition stand

Abbott & Holder

The numerous panel discussions and events held digitally during LAW were very well attended. “For London Art Week’s talks, we were fortunate to collaborate with many high-profile international museums - Palazzo Strozzi, The Frick Collection, The Bargello and the Musée du Luxembourg among others – and museum directors and curators, as well as art historians, expert authors and specialist dealers,” said Board member Emanuela Tarizzo of Tomasso, who helped organise and participated in several of the talks. “The success of LAW’s cultural programme in terms of the quality of the content and audience reach, supports London Art Week’s collegial approach to understanding and appreciating pre-contemporary art in all its forms.”

Alex Toscano, London Art Week’ Vice-Chair, sums up: “Maintaining London as a centre of art will always be helped by dealers holding physical shows, and working together to attract and welcome buyers. London Art Week Digital is a wonderful professional platform giving us a year-round presence internationally, one that also enriches our currently constrained lives. We particularly want to thank our Continental exhibitors; their continued support and participation shows the global reach of LAW as well as its importance to London.”

London Art Week will continue its mid-season series of online talks and events in October, and LAW Winter 2021 will take place in early December.



ANF News

London Art Week Summer 2021

LAW Logo

 

Gallery exhibitions draw delighted UK clients and visitors in person once again, and LAW Digital opens opportunities to international buyers, celebrating 5000 years of art from antiquity to the present day

“LAW is a beautifully produced platform, easy to navigate and provides an alternative experience to other online platforms and art fair viewing rooms. The ability for collectors to see the works online and then, if they wish, in each participants’ gallery space is very special and a good way of bringing visitors back to galleries, particularly after such a turbulent year.”

Sam Szafran botanical watercolour,

Sam Szafran (1934-2019) botanical watercolour, sold by Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

The above quote from first-time participant Piano Nobile sums up the hybrid London Art Week Summer 2021, which took place online and in galleries from 2-16 July, 2021.

Many participants staged special themed shows created for London Art Week to a predominently UK audience. Curators from Victoria & Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the British Museum from the UK were joined by overseas collectors and curators including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Image 2

Roman terracotta Head Of A Woman, late 1st century BC-1st century AD, sold by Kallos Gallery

Bouyant sales were made by galleries to both new and existing clients, in person and virtually. Elliott Fine Art, holding their first selling exhibition as a dealer, had a busy event and made multiple sales from his portrait-themed show, including one to a major museum.

Luce Garrigues, Director LAW Digital, commented: “This July, we had a dynamic London Art Week and were pleased to see how well the hybrid format was received; our online events programme has been actively followed and the platform saw an increase in direct requests through the website. In particular, it was excellent to see collectors and dealers confidently engage in a digital space, more so than before. It is clear that London Art Week’s hybrid format placed LAW at the centre of the UK art market’s revival and allowed us to grow stronger and become resilient to any future challenges.”

Georgie, by Gluck 2

Georgie, by Gluck (1895-1978), sold by Karen Taylor Fine Art

Stephen Ongpin, Chairman of London Art Week, added: “LAW exhibitors work with passionate collectors who still have the desire to augment their collections, and they have become accustomed to looking at dealers’ stock on websites over the past 18 months. They have now learned they can buy classic art ‘online’ especially from a trusted dealer; this is the beauty of a relationship built between connoisseurs and dealers with shared tastes. It generates a reassurance, and collectors are now more willing to buy without necessarily seeing a work in real life. London Art Week, with its unique Digital platform, is well-placed to tap in to these new buying habits.”

David John by Catherine Carrington 1904-2004

David John by Catherine Carrington (1904-2004) sold by Elliott Fine Art

London Art Week also launched a satellite Showcase at Cromwell Place, the new arts hub in South Kensington, extending LAW’s reach beyond the West End. Paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics were featured from a majority of the participating LAW dealers, giving a perfect overview of London Art Week’s diversity and expertise in a shared gallery space. Amelia Higgins, Director London Art Week, said “It was exciting for us to reach a new, interested audience at Cromwell Place, and hopefully many of them took the short trip to the West End to see the individual galleries. There was a pleasingly positive response from dealers regarding visitor numbers, which seemed a lot more than expected this year.”

This Summer LAW also featured an online group exhibition themed around Revolution and Renewal, curated by Dr. Arturo Galansino, Director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, who gave the Preview Day talk.

Exhibition stand

Abbott & Holder

The numerous panel discussions and events held digitally during LAW were very well attended. “For London Art Week’s talks, we were fortunate to collaborate with many high-profile international museums - Palazzo Strozzi, The Frick Collection, The Bargello and the Musée du Luxembourg among others – and museum directors and curators, as well as art historians, expert authors and specialist dealers,” said Board member Emanuela Tarizzo of Tomasso, who helped organise and participated in several of the talks. “The success of LAW’s cultural programme in terms of the quality of the content and audience reach, supports London Art Week’s collegial approach to understanding and appreciating pre-contemporary art in all its forms.”

Alex Toscano, London Art Week’ Vice-Chair, sums up: “Maintaining London as a centre of art will always be helped by dealers holding physical shows, and working together to attract and welcome buyers. London Art Week Digital is a wonderful professional platform giving us a year-round presence internationally, one that also enriches our currently constrained lives. We particularly want to thank our Continental exhibitors; their continued support and participation shows the global reach of LAW as well as its importance to London.”

London Art Week will continue its mid-season series of online talks and events in October, and LAW Winter 2021 will take place in early December.