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Around the galleries: the summer season continues in the capital on the hack of London Art Week, while across Europe, fairs in Bamberg, Knocke and Salzburg present an array of art, antiques and collectables.

In London, fair season is already in full swing. Coinciding with London Art Week, which runs from 4-11 July, is the inaugural edition of Brown's London Art Weekend (5-6 July; www.londonartweekend.co.uk). This new event sees over 80 Mayfair galleries and auction houses open their doors to the public. More than 75 exhibitions, covering everything from antiquities to contemporary art, are complemented by almost 100 free talks and tours. This two-day festival seeks to highlight the plight many Mayfair galleries face amidst rising rents by demonstrating the vital role the area plays in the city's wider cultural life. Worth visiting is 'Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014' at David Zwirner, the first major survey of the artist since her retrospective at Tate Britain in 2003 (13 June-25 July). Talks include Kate Bryan from the Fine Art Society on collecting contemporary work, Robert Bowman on Rodin, and guided tours led by Apollo's own columnists.

Apollo also hosts a panel discussion at Chelsea Old Town Hall in association with the National Trust on 7 July, chaired by editor Thomas Marks. 'Beyond the Ropes: A Closer Look at National Trust Collections' is staged to mark the publication of the National Trust's Historic Houses and Collections Annual 2014. Discussion begins at 7pm and tickets can be booked at www.spectator.co.uk/events, or by calling 020 7961 0044.

The art world might wind down during the summer months, but Europe still plays host to a number of diverse fairs. From 23 July to 18 August, the 18th edition of the annual Bamberg Art and Antiques Festival (www.bamberger-antiquitaeten. de) returns to the medieval cathedral town. Highlights include a 15th-century polychrome sculpture of St John by Michael Pacher, on offer at Senger Bamberg Kunsthandel (Fig. 3). Pacher was one of the most important artists of the late gothic period, whose style was influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Elsewhere, Christian Eduard Franke Antiques presents a courtly pendulum clock. Originating from 18th-century Paris, this bronze timepiece boasts original fire gilding.

Held in two venues on the Belgian coast is the 39th edition of Art Nocturne Knocke, returning from 9-17 August (www.artnocturneknocke.be). With everything on offer from ancient art to modern design, the fair presents a breathtaking range of objects: Asian pottery, photography and silverware can all be found here. Amsterdam-based Douwes Fine Art brings Groot Strand by contemporary painter Evert Thielen, whose realism and traditional painting technique draws its inspiration from the Old Masters, particularly the Flemish primitives such as Vermeer and Metsu. Another highlight is the sculpture walk through the town's historic streets, which sees large-scale pieces by Marco Di Piazza and Phil Billen installed along the Zeedijk.

In Austria, Art Salzburg overtakes the impressive courtyard of the Salzburg Residenz (www.artsalzburg.info; 15-25 August). Uniting 38 exhibitors from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the fair focuses as much on contemporary work as it does antiques. A highlight to be found on the stand of Vienna-based Kovacek Spiegelgasse is the striking oil Am Ufer (1911; Fig. 1), by the Tyrolean painter Leo Putz. The portrayal of young women is a predominant feature of the artist's early work, as is the influence of Impressionism, discernible here in the loose, rapid brushstrokes.

Back in the UK, the 11th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival dominates the late summer calendar, with a programme of more than 40 exhibitions and special events staged across 30 of the city's museums, galleries and artist-run spaces (www.edinburghartfestival.com; 31 July-31 August). Alongside major displays of leading international figures such as Isa Genzken (Inverleith House) and Wim Delvoye (Summerhall), is an exhibition of new works by Scottish artist and playwright John Byrne at Bourne Fine Art (4 July -30 August). Byrne's enigmatic paintings focus primarily on nocturnal themes, and include images of 1950s Paisley and his searching self-portraits. The show coincides with a major retrospective of the artist's portraits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Meanwhile, Open Eye Gallery surveys five decades of Leon Morrocco's evocative paintings of his travels in what amounts to a portrait of an itinerant artist (11 August-6 September; Fig. 2).

There's also a strong focus on contemporary art with 'Generation', an extensive exhibition across three venues. Among the displays is a response to the architecture and geography of Edinburgh by artist duo Dalziel + Scullion at Dovecot Studios, and conceptually driven work by young artist Katie Paterson at Ingleby Gallery. Elsewhere, Talbot Rice Gallery presents 'Counterpoint', a group exhibition of eight contemporary artists (1 August-18 October). This year's event also boasts a major international group show at City Art Centre. 'Where do I end and you begin' brings together five curators and 20 artists from across five Commonwealth countries and includes work by Shilpa Gupta and Amar Kanwar (1 August-19 October).
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Title Annotation:PREVIEW: EUROPEAN FAIRS
Author:Barnard, Imelda
Publication:Apollo
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Date:Jul 1, 2014
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