London’s top pre-Christmas art event
There’s a blissful alternative to elbowing your way through the crowds of Christmas shoppers – London’s first-ever Art Week Winter. This week-long event is hosted by more than thirty galleries and three auction houses across Mayfair and St James’s, giving Londoners a chance to explore the Capital’s thriving art scene.
Spanning seven millennia, from ancient Egyptian sculpture, through Old Master drawings, to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art, London Art Week Winter has something for everyone. Each gallery has curated a special exhibition for the event and all are within are short walking distance of each other. For those who like to delve a little deeper, there’s a series of talks running in parallel.
It’s a world away from the packed blockbuster exhibition – this is a fabulous opportunity to get up close and personal with museum-quality art. Seasoned gallery-hoppers can create their own art trail, but if you’re looking for inspiration, you can follow one of the seven walking maps on your smartphone. And of course, there are plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants along the way, should you need to stop and recharge your batteries.
London Art Week Highlights
Lotte Laserstein’s Women at Agnews is a collection of intimate nudes and portraits painted in Berlin in the 1930s and post-WW2 Sweden, while at Lowell Libson’s gallery contemporary Chinese ink paintings hang alongside 18th-century British landscapes. Don’t miss Splendour and Magnificence: Art from the European Court at Robilant+Voena a celebration of work commissioned by royalty, emperors and popes.
History buffs and jewelry fans should head to the Weiss Gallery, whose exhibition of 16th and 17th portraiture includes contemporary jewellery and miniatures inspired by the art on the walls. And Rupert Wace Ancient Art offers a quirky take on antiquities, pairing individual objects with 19th and 20th century postcards collected by legendary art dealer Kasmin in an exhibition curated by sculptor Sophie Hicks.
Friday 1 December – Friday 8 December: 10am – 6pm
Weekend: 11am – 5pm
For more information, visit London Art Week Winter 2017
Lotte Laserstein (1898 – 1993), Rear view of nude with washbowl, Agnew’s
Alessandro Maganza (Vicenza 1556-1632 Vicenza), Two Allegorical Figures, Steven Ongpin Fine Art
Bronze Votive Warrior, Umbrian circa 450-425 BC, Ariadne Galleries