Frieze London Regent’s Park 4–7 October 2018 Article by Emma-Louise O’Neill elobrands.com Housed in a gargantuan tent in leafy Regents Park, the world-renowned Frieze art fair presents a week-long resplendent showcase of international art, supported by Frieze Masters. Alongside the main event, satellite fairs and […]
A Masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England
A MASTERPIECE BY SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England *One of the most important European Royal Portraits to come to auction for a generation* *Commissioned to celebrate the crucial alliance between the British crown & […]
London to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art announced their 2018 Project will feature China’s most boundary-breaking talents; an exhibition which will be co-curated by world-renowned Johnson Chang and the China Academy of Art in celebration of the academy’s 90th year.
London, START Art Fair announces its return to London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery for its fifth edition, as it continues to provide a vital platform in London for emerging artists and young galleries from around the world sho
The fair promises to kick off London’s autumn art season with exhibitors’ presentations and curated projects, featuring some of the most talented emerging contemporary artists in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and internationally.
Complementing START’s ethos of presenting up and coming artists and galleries are a series of curated projects that reflect the Fair’s global agenda. START 2018 Project is proud to present an exhibition co-curated by the Hong Kong based, world-renowned Tsong-Zung Chang (Johnson Chang) and the China Academy of Art, Beijing, which will bring a group of the most forward-thinking and pioneering young contemporary artists in China today to central London.
Johnson Chang said of the START 2018 Project: “I’m here to present a small exhibition at START. This small project is now being expanded and getting more space thanks to David, Serenella and Nigel’s generosity. The project is from China – specifically from the China Academy of Art, which was our first national art academy, founded in 1928 and celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Zhu Xi, who is one of the selected artists in this project who uses colourful, outlandish methods in his neon installation to explore some of the issues brought about by scientific beliefs; his work reflects on a humorous take on faith and religiosity in science.
Yan Wang of the China Academy of Art, commented: “The exhibition will look back at the power of video and image itself and the installations under the ear of digital and self-media age. To explore the mobility of images, the image-borne poetry in works of young generations, and the social status quo and problems these artists intend to express.”
Nigel Hurst, CEO at the Saatchi Gallery said: “We’re proud to be able to continue hosting the START Art Fair as it marks its fifth year in September. The concept was originally born in the back of a cab in Hong Kong about 8 years ago. Larger art fairs have become quite ubiquitous, but as a result, ended the larger scope of discovery, so how better to change that than focusing on younger artists? Galleries and artists are symbiotic – they work together. The art world is now truly international – an international voyage of discovery to uncover tomorrow’s art today. It’s important because fundamentally artists at the early stages of their careers need people to support and sell their art. I very much look forward to seeing what new discoveries this initiative will bring for this year and beyond.”
David Ciclitira, co-founder of START said: “There were 28 countries represented at last year’s START – these are young galleries that are not hugely wealthy, so this is all about trying to support them the best we can. As we all know, London isn’t the cheapest place in the world, nor is it the cheapest place to buy art, so the key thing is to help them sell their work on an international stage. I believe that collectors – and especially younger collectors – are hugely important to that mission; it’s why we’re here. Serenella and Nigel are the two key curators in a mission that’s very much a not-for-profit project; we’re here to support young artists and are delighted to be able to do so.”
Of particular interest at this year’s START is Hong Kong-based Kwok Mang Ho (a.k.a Frog King). The boundary-breaking artist is considered as a pioneer in conceptual work and is one of the first in the city to experiment with contemporary art in the late 1960s. Frog King uses an intricate balance of traditional and digital media tools from calligraphy and sculpture to photography, installation, and performance art to create his conceptual work. Since 1967, Frog King’s art and performances have been presented at over 3000 exhibitions and art events worldwide, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors internationally. Collected by museums, foundations and private collectors, each of his works embodies his conceptual utopia.
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CHRISTIE’S PRESENTS: HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES
12 JUNE, LONDON
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS: LONDON, 7 -12 JUNE 2018
HERMÈS, 1996, executed in 2009
A RARE AND UNIQUE PAINTED WHITE & RED ARDENNES LEATHER NASA RETOURNE KELLY 35 WITH GOLD HARDWARE BY TOM SACHS
London – Following the success of the inaugural Handbags & Accessories auction in June 2017, Christie’s is pleased to indulge handbag enthusiasts once again.
On 12 June 2018, Christie’s will present a selection of exquisite pieces in their Handbags & Accessories Sale at the London, King Street headquarters. From the exotic and precious to vintage varieties and sought after limited editions there is something for every type of buyer.
A collection of iconic artist collaboration handbags will also be offered from famed masters including: Tom Sachs. A highlight of the sale will be a 2008 Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware.
Matthew Rubinger, International Director, Handbags & Accessories at Christie’s states, ‘The Himalaya Birkin with White Gold and Diamond Hardware is the undisputed most valuable bag in the world. We are delighted to offer this exceptional piece at auction in Europe for the first time.’
The Spring Collector Sales, April 10-11 featuring installation vignette by Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large Partners Christie’s announces the Spring Collector sales series to include two auctions on April 10, The Collector: English & European Furniture, Fine Art, Ceramics & Silver and […]
Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Christie’s Announces Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season Robert Bowman – Didier Claes – Xavier Eeckhout 25 to 29 May 2018 Left: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction, Conceived in 1886 © Courtesy Bowman […]
Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Christie’s Announces Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Robert Bowman – Didier Claes – Xavier Eeckhout
25 to 29 May 2018
Left: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction, Conceived in 1886 © Courtesy Bowman Sculpture , Centre: Rembrandt Bugatti (Italian 1884-1916), Asian Elephant walking, circa 1909-1910 © Courtesy Xavier Eeckhout Gallery, Right: GABON (Makokou-Mékambo) Kota Mask, Presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century © Studio Philippe de Formanoir
As part of Christie’s ongoing commitment to facilitating the public exhibition and sale of works of art from a broad variety of categories to global audiences, a special exhibition will be staged from 25 to 29 May by three leading European dealers at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, during Christie’s spring season of activities.
Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s: “We have invited Robert Bowman, Didier Claes and Xavier Eeckhout, three highly respected figures in the art industry, to bring a selection of works of art to our flagship public exhibition in Asia. Christie’s is not only committed to exhibiting and celebrating artworks from across era and cultures, we also wish to forge stronger relationships with our partners in the trade through projects such as this. These selling exhibitions offer a wonderful opportunity to collectors in Asia.”
BOWMAN SCULPTURE, LONDON
Bowman Sculpture specialises in works by leading artists, ranging from the 19th century through to the present day, and is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). During Christie’s May season in Hong Kong, Bowman Sculpture will present a selection of works by Rodin, whose celebrated sculptures have become icons of modern art. Highlighting the collection will be Rodin’s Le Baiser (The Kiss) (conceived in 1886), one of the artist’s best known sculptures. Originally conceived as part of The Gates of Hell, it was first exhibited as an independent group in Paris and Brussels in 1887. The Kiss represents the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca da Rimini from Dante’s Inferno. Today, with its blend of eroticism and idealism, The Kiss is considered an emblem of love and passion and will be displayed alongside Rodin’s L’Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring) (conceived in 1884), also inspired by Paolo and Francesca.
The exhibition will also present Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) (conceived in 1890), a rare collaboration between Rodin and the famous female sculptor Camille Claudel, who was Rodin’s lover and studio assistant. Madly in love but unable to abandon his partner of many years Rose Beuret, the relationship between Rodin and Claudel ended in 1890, the same year that Le frère et la soeur was conceived. While the sculpture is signed by Rodin and acknowledged as being a work he created, the original figure for the young woman was in fact modelled on Claudel’s La Jeune Fille à la Gerbe (Young Girl with a Sheaf). Using Claudel’s original form, Rodin made slight alterations to the composition including the addition of the small child. Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) is the only known work in which Rodin directly collaborated with Claudel and was greatly received by collector’s during Rodin’s lifetime, perhaps because of its tender nature which differentiated it from the sombre figures that characterised The Gates of Hell. As a result, numerous museum collections around the world currently house versions of this model; including the Musée Rodin (Paris), the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).
Robert Bowman: “Rodin sits among the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo. While acquiring sculpture by Michelangelo is impossible, it is still possible to collect world class sculptures by Rodin. At Bowman Sculpture, we guide collectors through the maze of numerous casts, offering only the very best works from the artist.”
DIDIER CLAES, BELGIUM
The Didier Claes gallery will display a selection of important masks, highlighted by a Kota mask from Gabon, along with a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an Ibibio mask from Nigeria. The Kota masks are a rare and still unknown aspect of Kota art, discovered in the 20th century in North Kota, eastern Gabon. This mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), is known as an Emboli or Empoli and is a helmet mask of impressive height, carved out of wood. The mask reflects dreamlike imagery, merging animal and anthropomorphic motifs. The face is somewhat reminiscent of reliquaries with bulging eyes, a flat triangular nose and a rectangular mouth. The spots on the mask symbolise the panther and represent a warlike strength, while the ridge recalls the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, which evokes a powerful spirit of the forest. These masks appear at festivals and during the initiation ceremonies.
The exhibition will also feature a Pwo female mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), an outstanding example of a traditional Chokwe mask. Carved in wood, the mask features half-closed almond eyes with arched brows and patterns of scarification. The mask honours the founding female ancestors from who the Chokwe trace their descent and are often worn during ceremonies to bring fertility and prosperity to a community.
The Ibibio mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century) originates from southwest Nigeria. The mask has an emaciated appearance and the design is indicative of death or to the diseases common to the area. These masks are worn during annual ceremonies and relay the connection between the world of the living and that of their ancestors, who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe.
Didier Claes: “On the occasion of the exhibition organised by Christie’s in Hong Kong with two other gallery owners, Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman, my gallery will present a selection of important masks. The selected group includes a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an Ibibio from Nigeria, and also a rare masterpiece: a Kota mask from Gabon. Power, exaltation and discovery will be the themes of this exhibition. The gallery has decided to participate in this exhibition for two reasons; it is a lovely opportunity to exhibit in a fabulous city with an exciting, fast-paced art scene and the Didier Claes gallery is honored to work in collaboration with Christie’s and great art dealers: Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman.”
GALERIE XAVIER EECKHOUT, PARIS
Xavier Eeckhout is an expert in the field of animal sculpture, offering an eclectic and varied array of works. Among the highlights on display during the exhibition, Galerie Xavier Eeckhout will present Rembrandt Bugatti’s (Italian, 1884-1916) Asian elephant walking (circa 1909-1910). Bug
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