Art History in Focus at LAW

London Art Week’s third instalment of Art History in Focus takes place online and live from 15 – 22 October 2021, with a series of free events and talks.

Monday 18 October

Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse Online Talk 17.00 – 18.00 (BST)

Duncan Grant, Portrait of Vanessa Bell,  1915-16, Oil on canvas.  Image courtesy of Philip Mould & Company
Duncan Grant, Portrait of Vanessa Bell, 1915-16, Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Philip Mould & Company

Lawrence Hendra (Director & Head of Research at Philip Mould & Company), Darren Clarke (Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at The Charleston Trust) and Janet Hardie (Senior Specialist at the Modern British and Irish Art Department at Bonhams), discuss the new exhibitions at Philip Mould & Company and Charleston House.

The online talk will expand on the central role that Charleston played in the development of both Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s artistry. Discover with our experts the bohemian delight of a place that turned from a wartime refuge to the country retreat of the eccentric artists at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group.

Tuesday 19 October 2021

The Black Presence in Portraiture Online Talk 17.30 – 18.30 (BST)

Nils Larson (Sannäs 1872 - Gothenburg 1914),  A study of the model Pierre Louis Alexandre,  Watercolour on paper, 52.8 x 42.1 cm.  Image courtesy of Elliott Fine Art
Nils Larson (Sannäs 1872 – Gothenburg 1914), A study of the model Pierre Louis Alexandre, Watercolour on paper, 52.8 x 42.1 cm. Image courtesy of Elliott Fine Art

A panel discussion with Alayo Akinkugbe (founder, A Black History of Art), Michael Ohajuru (cultural historian), Arthur Timothy (artist), and Will Elliott (Elliott Fine Art), moderated by Samuel Reilly (Apollo), exploring how recent scholarship has highlighted depictions of Africans and people from the African diaspora in historical portraits – and how contemporary painters have been reimagining the genre for the present.

In celebration of Black History Month, this insightful talk intends to offer a fresh, thoughtful perspective on Black identity and African representation in art.

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Late Sickert: Camaïeu, Cameras, Canvas Exhibition Walkthrough + InstaLive 17.30 – 18.30 (BST)

Walter Sickert, The Plaza Tiller Girls, 1928,  Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 63.5 cm, 30 x 25 in.  Image courtesy of Piano Nobile
Walter Sickert, The Plaza Tiller Girls, 1928, Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 63.5 cm, 30 x 25 in. Image courtesy of Piano Nobile

During the First World War, Sickert had a change of heart. For thirty years he had consistently painted on a dark underlayer of paint, building up to the highlights, in 1914 he went into reverse and adopted a new method, painting on a light ground and building up the shadows. This was the period when he produced some of his most inventive, flavourful works of art.

Exploring the exhibition SICKERT: The Theatre of Life currently on display at Piano Nobile, until 17 December 2021, the in-gallery tour will be led by Piano Nobile researcher, Luke Farey, and live-streamed on Instagram.

Thursday 21 October 2021

Precious stones: in conversation with Fabio Barry and Judith W. Mann Online Talk 17.00 – 18.00 (BST)

Cavaliere D'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Italian, 1568-1640
Cavaliere D’Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Italian, 1568-1640, Perseus Rescuing Andromeda, c. 1593-94, Oil on lapis lazuli, 7 15/16 x 6 1/8 x 1/4 inches. Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase

This conversation will explore the significance and uses of coloured stones in the history of art and architecture, taking as its starting point two seminal publications:

Fabio Barry’s Painting in Stone (Yale University Press, 2019) and the catalogue for the Saint Louis Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Paintings on Stone (Hirmer Publishers, 2021), curated by Judith Mann. We will hear of how precious stones developed as an artistic medium, first in architecture and mosaics and later as the supports for paintings from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, followed by a Q&A section with the audience at the end.

London Art Week Winter will be held from Friday, 3rd to Friday, 10th December 2021 with an in-person preview at participating galleries on Thursday, 2nd December.

Parallel to the exhibitions in the galleries, LAW will again host selected works of art from each dealer and auction house on its online platform. There will be a talks programme and the third edition of the esteemed LAW Symposium, held online to continue the global reach of these events.

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