Menu

Back

June 2019 / Diary / by Emily Adams

Five Top Picks for London Art Week

Celebrating 5,000 years of art, London Art Week is back in Mayfair and St James’s for its 2019 summer edition. The biannual event returns from 27 June – 5 July, allowing you to discover the 48 different galleries from Hill Street to Savile Row. With so many exhibitions, talks and decorative art displays on offer, here are the highlights.

 


Breakfast and Studio Visit with Rob and Nick Carter

Keep things simple and let husband and wife duo Rob and Nick Carter take care of proceedings on 30 June. The couple have been collaborating for over 20 years and have sold their pieces to everyone from Elton John and Stephen Fry to the V&A. In this intimate event, you’ll meet Rob and Nick at the Studio of Contemporary Artists, and share breakfast served by the Groucho Club, where Nick curates their art collection, and a place they credit for helping propel their careers. Once you’ve been fed and watered, the pair will take you on a tour of their favourite London Art Week galleries from 11am-12pm. £10, 9.30am, 30 June, 5A Bathurst Street, robandnick.com

London Art Week 2019
José Antonio Suárez Londoño, 039, 2003

Always Drawing, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Works on Paper, 1997-2018

One exhibition we’ll be sure to visit is at Ordovas on Savile Row. It’s dedicated to Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño (JASL) who has spent the last four decades working meticulously on the practice of drawing: “I was born with a pencil in my hand,” says Suárez Londoño. Specialising in small-scale pieces, the artist has chosen 100 drawings and 50 etchings from the last 20 years to showcase in this collection, with drawings on everything from objects and landscapes to textile patterns and colour studies. It is widely known that JSAL does not own a computer and therefore takes inspiration from photographs, classical texts and even pop songs. While he is one of the most respected and renowned living artists in his Colombian homeland, he has only recently gained international recognition so now is the opportunity to discover just what all the fuss is about. Ordovas, 25 Savile Row, ordovasart.com

Canaletto, Somerset House (Framed)

Canaletto, Bellotto and their Circle

 Charles Beddington hosts a lunchtime discussion about the ‘Canaletto, Bellotto and their Circle’ exhibition. A leading scholar of Venetian view painting, and specifically the works of Canaletto, Beddington is well placed to discuss the 18th century Italian painter at his gallery in the heart of Mayfair. Lookout for Canaletto’s Old Somerset House from the River Thames, for a glimpse at the capital in simpler, less chaotic time. Free, 12.45-1.30pm, 1 July, Charles Beddington Fine Art, 16 Savile Row, charlesbeddington.com

Old Masters in the Digital Age

Join Mark Rosen, Associate Director of Marketing at Artsy (an online platform for collecting art) and Will Elliott, Director of Colnaghi – along with some undisclosed ‘special guests’ – for a lively panel discussion. The duo will be tackling the topic of digital marketing and discussing how galleries, dealers, curators and institutions have managed to keep up with the ever-changing digital age. They’ll talk specifically about how the new age of technology has been successfully used to promote the ‘Old Masters’ and their pre-1800-works of art. While you’re at Colnaghi, look out for the Samno-Attic Helmet, a bronze gladiator head-piece which dates back to the early 4th century BC. You can see it in the ‘An Eye on the Antique: Seventeenth Century Painting and Antiquity’ exhibition. 9.30-10.30am, 3 July at Colnaghi, 26 Bury Street

George Gower (c.1540-1596) George Goring Jnr. (c.1555 – 1602)

The Elizabethan Image

At the Weiss Gallery on Jermyn Street, you’ll find an exhibition hosted in honour of art historian Sir Roy Strong’s latest publication of the same name, ‘The Elizabethan Image’. As the leading art dealer in Tudor, Stuart and North European Old Master portraiture, this is the place to see the very best in historical portraits. Our favourite? The ‘swagger portraits’ you’ll see of the rich and famous, including George Goring Junior of Ovingdean and Danny Park. Not sure what we’re talking about? Swagger portraits were a common occurrence in this era, commissioned by the wealthy to help emphasise and elevate their position in society. Director of Weiss Gallery, Florence Evans, will be on hand to explain more about this style and their exhibition of the best Elizabethan portraits from their collection. Visit for the artwork and stay for the beautifully designed purpose-built gallery space. 59 Jermyn Street, weissgallery.com

Download the London Art Week map to help you get around and check out the full programme online. On Tuesday 2 July, enjoy some late-night gallery viewing as all galleries are open until 9pm.

27 June – 5 July, Mayfair & St James’s (londonartweek.co.uk)