Around the Galleries: Modern and contemporary art comes to the capital this month courtesy of London Art Week, and Master Drawings New York hosts an impressive list of dealers on the Upper East Side.
The fair has become known for its innovative partnerships and this year it is collaborating with Art UK to bring together 30 works drawn from some 25 public collections. 'Art of the Nation: Five Artists Choose', curated by Kathleen Soriano, is the first exhibition staged by the charity and digital platform and the works on show have been selected by five artists--Sonia Boyce, Mat Collishaw, Haroon Mirza, Oscar Murillo, and Rose Wylie.
Alongside the main fair are two specially curated sections, Art Projects and Photoso, which draw attention to developments in contemporary art and photography. Art Projects, which supports innovation, presents 33 solo and group shows. Don't miss Iniva's presentation of Donald Rodney, a leading figure of the BLK Art Group in the 1980s, and CANAL'S focus on three contemporary responses to the work of artist and astronomer Claudio Del Sole (1926-2005). An important feature of Art Projects is 'Dialogues', collaborative displays between paired galleries, which this year is curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz, artistic director of Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. Photoso, curated by artist collective Hemera, is titled 'Resolution is not the point', and considers photography as a site of global exchange and collaborative action. Among the 10 participants are Pio Abad, Larry Achiampong, and James Tylor and Laura Wills.
Complementing the fair is an exhibition dedicated to recent works by Bridget Riley at David Zwirner (19 January-10 March; Fig. 2), which takes over all three floors of the gallery. Alongside wall paintings, the show includes studies in black and white and, in keeping with her examination of geometric shapes, the motif of the disc, which Riley has adopted relatively recently.
Also in the capital, the sixth edition of the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns from 4-7 January with 40 dealers offering everything from silver and jewellery to furniture and works on paper. For the latter, look no further than Atelier, which has a variety of works including Whistler etchings. Elsewhere, a watercolour of Venice by William Russell Flint is at the stand of Paul Mayhew Fine Art, while works by Heywood Hardy and John Haynes-Williams can be found at Cambridge Fine Art. Mary Cooke Antiques has impressive silver, including a George III rococo revival coffee pot by Dublin maker William Nolan, dated to 1815.
The winter edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park offers a selection of antiques and 20th-century decor from 150 specialist dealers (23-28 January). Highlights include an oak bench designed by Antoni Gaudf in 1907 for the Casa Batllo in Barcelona at Galena Miquel Alzueta, and a Chinese export cabinet on an English period stand of around 1800 at Stothert & Trice. Each edition of the fair hosts a themed foyer display and this year the focus is orientalism, drawing attention to the impact of Eastern design, via the Silk Route, on European interiors.
On the mezzanine floor, be sure to visit the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA), established in 2011, which returns to this venue for the second year (23-28 January). The 16 experts in woven art from the 18th century to the presenat day present work from all over the globe. At Tribal Rugs Gallery is a rare 'torba' (narrow rug) from Turkmenistan, dated to the early 18th century and associated with the 'Eagle Group1, and C. John brings a mid 17th-century Brussels tapestry depicting the sacrifice of Isaac.
In New York, the 12th edition of Master Drawings New York--which coincides with the city's Old Master auctions--returns from 27 January to 3 February in exhibitions staged along the Upper East Side. This year the event has expanded to include paintings and sculpture, with specialist dealers Agnews (exhibiting with Otto Naumann), Colnaghi (exhibiting at its new space on the Upper East Side) and the Tomasso Brothers (exhibiting at Carlton Hobbs) joining the impressive list of drawings dealers. Among the Old Master highlights is a beautiful red chalk work depicting three studies of a nude female figure by Parmigianino (Fig. 4), part of Agnews' joint exhibition with Otto Naumann, and Jordaens' Three studies of a young woman (c. 1615) at Mireille Mosler Ltd. Elsewhere, Gwen John's Profile of Bourgeois Couple (1910) is on show at Davis & Langdale; a frightening pen and ink drawing of Medusa by Godfried Maes is at Stephen Ongpin (exhibiting at Dickinson Roundell); and 19th-century landscapes by David Cox and William Turner of Oxford can be found at David Tunick and Guy Peppiatt (showing at Arader) respectively. Colnaghi's offering is Orazio Gentileschi's vivid depiction of Christ Crowned with Thorns, while sculpture is well represented at Tomasso Brothers, which brings Giovanni Bonazza's terracotta Allegory of Winter (c. 1710).
Also in New York, the 64th edition of the Winter Antiques Show comes to the Park Avenue Armory from 19-28 January. Among the 70 exhibitors are newcomers Spencer Marks, whose selection of decorative art includes a Gorham bonbon dish dated to 1893 (Fig. 3), and Lobel Modern, which offers a four-door cabinet by Gio Ponti from 1939. Elsewhere, Rupert Wace has a delicate Egyptian funerary papyrus for Pa-Di-Amen-Neb-Nesut-Tawy, dated to the Ptolemaic period (300-200 BC). This year's loan exhibition comes courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 'Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation' presents work from the last 100 years and celebrates a museum collection well known for fine and decorative art. The display includes works by Sargent, Berthe Morisot, Willem de Kooning, Lalique, and Paul Storr.
Caption: Fig. 1. Britain is Best, 2014, Grayson Perry (b. 1960), embroidery, 120 x 100cm. Castlegate House Gallery at London Art Fair
Caption: Fig. 2. Measure for Measure 14, 2017, Bridget Riley (b. 1931), acrylic on canvas, 140.5x 140.5cm. David Zwirner, London 1
Caption: Fig. 3. Vase or bonbon dish, 1893, Gorham, New York, silver and enamel, diam. 16cm, Spencer Marks at the Winter Antiques Show
Caption: Fig. 4. Three studies of a nude female figure, Parmigianino (1503-40), red chalk heightened with white on laid paper, 6.5x 10.3cm. Agnews at Master Drawings New York