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Eye of the Collector's inaugural edition was recently held at Two Temple Place, London. A celebration of connoisseurship spanning 6000 years of art history, the event presented select works of art and design carefully chosen in collaboration with participating galleries. Welcoming 30 UK and international participants, the event showcased works presented as if in a collector’s home, juxtaposing the contemporary and modern with the ancient to create new dialogues.
“Refreshing… a really interesting hang in an incredible setting”
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Eye of the Collector’s no booth approach championed collaboration between participants. A spirit of discovery and rediscovery lay at its heart,
”Fantastic turnout and great quality clients, people are enjoying the experience”
Highlights included: a number of previously overlooked artists including Perle Fine, a contemporary of Rothko and major figure of the New York Abstract Expressionist movement whose contribution has been significantly under-represented (Gazelli Art House), and Lotte Laserstein, a German-Swedish painter who can be considered one of the great women artists of the 20th Century and whose oeuvre and successful career fell prey to Nazi iconoclasm (Agnews). Also on view were seminal works such as Vilhelm Hammershøi’s The White Door (1888), the first known painting of an empty room by the artist famed for his interiors (Agnews) and the early portrait in crayon and coloured chalk of Pauline Tennant by Lucien Freud from Thomas Gibson Fine Art.
Superb examples of mid-century design were presented by Modernity, including the extremely rare rosewood example of the Sleigh chair by Börge Mogensen for Tage M Christensen & Co. Contemporary design including Rowan Mersh’, Asabikeshiinh VII (Dreamcatcher VII), 2020 was represented by Gallery FUMI.
Museum quality studio ceramics presented at the fair included Lucie Rie’s Bottle Vase with Flared Neck, 1972 (Oxford Ceramics Gallery), a sculptural work by Loewe Foundation Craft Prize winner and master ceramicist Takayuki Sakiyama (Katie Jones) and the enigmatic Paper series of works by Su Xianzhong. Su is descended from a long line of respected traditional Dehua Blanc de Chine sculptors and is part of the famed Yun Yu Porcelain Studio (Ting-Ying Gallery).
Ancient Art was represented by leading international galleries and included a 1st century AD torso of Bacchus, capturing the beauty of the divine male form (Ariadne), a Greek bronze helmet of Illyrian type, circa 6th - 5thcentury BC (Kallos Gallery) and an Egyptian bust of a nobleman or scribe, Late Dynastic Period, early 26th Dynasty, reign of Psamtik I, c.664-610 BC (Charles Ede).
Works by Modern Masters included rare linocut prints from Picasso’s Jacqueline lisant series, with a complete set of working states for this subject (Frederick Mulder Ltd); iconic works by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring (Long-Sharp Gallery); Lucio Fontana’s Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1967 (Tornabuoni Art) and Barbara Hepworth’s Three Forms, a sculpture conceived in alabaster in 1935 and cast in bronze in 1971 (Willoughby Gerrish).
New works and commissions created especially for the event included a bench by feted British designer Max Lamb (Gallery FUMI); a new monumental work from the Water Series by British sculptor Patrick Hurst (Long-Sharp Gallery), a series of new works by Brazilian artist Gustavo Nazareno (Gallery 1957) and a site-specific installation by Susie MacMurray - an artist known for her interventions in historic spaces (Pangolin London).
Embodying the event’s experiential nature, a room at Two Temple Place housed Amma, an immersive ‘bio-responsive’ sculpture by Based Upon, inviting visitors to take a moment to pause and reflect.