The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović.
With Thomas Chippendale’s tercentenary this year, Ronald Philips will present a booth including 20 Chippendale pieces. Fine furniture and decorative arts from the 17th century to the present day will also be offered by Apter-Fredericks, H. Blairman & Sons, Steinitz, Godson & Coles, Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Edward Hurst and new exhibitor James Graham-Stewart. Modernity Stockholm, Oscar Graf, 88 Gallery, Linley and newcomer Sarah Myerscough Gallery will present classic modern and contemporary design.
Returning to present-day art, MASTERPIECE PRESENTS launched last year as a large-scale, dedicated exhibition space within Masterpiece London, transforming the Fair's entrance and providing a platform for innovative, immersive works of art.
This year, the area will showcase a new body of work by Marina Abramović, Five Stages of Maya Dance. Presented by Factum Arte, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery, this set of five alabaster portraits of Marina Abramović merge performance, light and sculpture. They have a hauntingly physical presence but, as you move around the pieces, they decompose into intricately carved ‘landscapes’ of alabaster.
These works are the result of an extended period of experimentation that the artist has been carrying out in Factum Arte's workshops in Madrid. Through the use of carved alabaster, Abramović is exploring new ways to give form to her ideas.
Masterpiece London 2018 also has a strong roster of new exhibitors including Hill-Stone, Hammer Galleries, Hauser & Wirth, Jill Newhouse Gallery, Kallos Gallery, Landau Fine Art, Lullo Pampoulides, Vigo Gallery, and jewellers Moussaieff and Cindy Chao, exhibiting alongside returning galleries that include Agnews, Blain|Southern, Robilant + Voena, Dickinson, Amir Mohtashemi, Galerie Chenel, Rupert Wace, Thomas Gibson Fine Art, Modernity Stockholm and Vertes.
The thoughtful presentation of rare and individual pieces, which Masterpiece has become known for, will continue throughout the Fair with galleries including Axel Vervoordt, Rose Uniacke, Benjamin Proust, Perrin Fine Art and Alessandra de Castro pairing art and design from a range of eras in striking ways. The fair’s cross-collecting ethos will be further reflected in Safani Gallery Inc and Geoffrey Diner Gallery’s shared booth, where a mix of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities will be displayed alongside iconic 20th century and contemporary design. In the field of rare books, Les Enluminures will show fine examples of illuminated manuscripts and medieval and Renaissance jewellery, alongside historic rare maps brought by Daniel Crouch. An immersive booth from David Gill Gallery will recreate an interior from the home of the famed Surrealist patron, Edward James, with contemporary works of art from the gallery’s artists.
For more info and a full list of exhibitors, visit Masterpiece London.