Around the galleries: a wealth of exhibitions and fairs take place on both sides of the Atlantic this month, including the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in New York and shows of Frink, Nicholson and Motherwell in London.
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New York's annual International Fine Art & Antiques Dealers Show returns to the Park Avenue Armory for its 23rd year (21-27 October). Among the 64 exhibitors are W.M. Brady & Co, which brings Delacroix's seminal Study of Three Moroccans Wearing Burnouses (Fig. 1). This chalk work was drawn during the artist's visit to Morocco in 1832 with the comte de Mornay--a diplomatic mission initiated by King Louis-Philippe to resolve various issues stemming from France's occupation of Algeria. The drawing was executed a day after the painter attended a Jewish wedding in Tangiers; sketches made during the ceremony would serve Delacroix in the elaboration of his masterpiece, The Jewish Wedding (1839), exhibited at the Salon of 1841 and now in the Louvre (www.haughton.com).
Mayfair dealer Trinity House opens its first New York gallery at 24 East 64th street (+1 212 813 0700). To mark the event, it is presenting 'From Constable to Cezanne' (19 October-27 November), an exhibition of major British and Impressionist paintings that includes works by Landseer, Stubbs, Constable, Cezanne and Degas.
Over on the West Coast, the long-running San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (www.sffas.org; 27-30 October) celebrates its three decades with the theme 'Hidden Treasures'. Inspired by the 30th anniversary gift of the pearl, a jewel concealed inside an oyster shell, all the works in this year's event will have an element of surprise. Taking place at the Fort Mason Center in the beautiful Marina district, over 40 international participants present a range of trompe l'oeil and transformable exhibits, including metamorphic furniture and fore-edge painting.
This side of the pond, there is plenty happening in London due to the buzz of Frieze Art Fair. Beaux Arts (22 Cork Street; +44 (0) 20 7437 5799) is staging an exhibition of works by Elisabeth Frink (5 October-5 November). The British sculptor's Desert Quartet Heads (1989) are moulded in plaster on a wire armature, and then battered into shape with mallets and chisels. Though not as well known as her evasive running men, these enigmatic heads exude a quiet power.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery (6 Cork Street; +44 (0)20 7734 3431) is staging 'Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper' (10 October-26 November), an exhibition of around 90 drawings and paintings on paper by the American artist. These reveal the breadth of Motherwell's career, including this bold ink on paper work entitled Placed Elements No. 3 (Fig. 3).
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A loan exhibition of paintings, 'William Nicholson: Landscapes and Still Lifes', takes place at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert (38 Bury Street; +44 (0)20 7839 7600) between 5 October and 4 November. With more than 35 works spanning the whole of Nicholson's career, the event marks the publication of Patricia Reed's catalogue raisonne of the artist's oil paintings. The show includes Rose Lustre, a little-known masterpiece last exhibited in 1920, the year it was painted (Fig. 2). Over in Fulham, contemporary art seekers have until 15 October to catch Nicolas Granger-Taylor's recent work at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery (20 ParkWalk; +44 (0)20 7351 0410).
The brand new gallery Ordovas (25 Savile Row; +44 (0)20 7287 5013) opens its doors with the inaugural exhibition 'Irrational Marks: Bacon and Rembrandt' (7 October-16 December). The show examines Francis Bacon's fascination with the Dutch master, and the impact of Rembrandt's late self-portraits on the 20th-century painter's work. Loans from private and public collections accompany documents and images from Bacon's studio.
The British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent (30 September-13 November) is celebrating only its second birthday this year, but is well on its way to becoming an international cultural event.
The historic listed site of the Spode Pottery factory will form the creative hub of the 2011 biennial, with a mass of exhibitions and installations. Showcasing the work of artists, potters and designers at the leading edge of contemporary ceramics--including work by recent graduates--highlights include a superb bone china vase by Sun Ae Kim entitled Much-Loved Flat (2011; Fig. 4), and Cluster (2011), a collection of tactile, different-sized slipcast pots by Jill Shaddock (www.britishceramicsbiennial.com).
In Paris, Galerie Boulakia (10 Avenue Matignon; +33 (0)1 59 66 55) celebrates its 40th anniversary with 'Journey to the End of the Line: 40 Drawings by Picasso'. Rare works on paper from throughout the Spanish master's career are brought together in this illuminating show (12 October-17 December). Elsewhere in the French capital, around 168 dealers congregate at the Grand Palais for the 38th edition of the modern and contemporary fair FIAC (www.fiac.com; 20-23 October).
Germany's Highlights International Art Fair Munich (www.munichhighlights.com; 21-30 October) sees over 50 international exhibitors, mainly from Europe, offer an enticing array of antiquities and fine and decorative art in the Haus der Kunst. Across the city at the Postpalast, KunstMesse Munchen (www.kunstmesse-muenchen. com), Munich's oldest art fair, opens for business from 20 to 30 October. Now in its 56th edition, the 45, mostly German, dealers display a breathtaking array of objects that includes Old Masters, fine silver, porcelain and furniture.
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|Title Annotation:||PREVIEW: OCTOBER FAIRS AND SHOWS|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2011|
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