The mood is upbeat in the Art Market this Autumn as the galleries steel themselves for a multitude of Art Fairs in the coming months. There are reasons to be optimistic with the success of Art Seoul, the continued interest in Paris Plus, and the indefatigable Frieze bandwagon that rolls on. This coming month has much to stir the art-collecting soul here in London. The following fairs and auctions are just a snippet of what is round the corner:
Frieze Masters is the centrepiece of the secondary market in October and, despite some heavy-lifting auction sales forthcoming at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillip’s, I expect the two main Frieze fairs to standout in both participation and sales.
The British Art Fair is a small but beautifully formed little fair in Chelsea and is one of the highlights of my year as collectors stream into London to take a look at both the parochial and the mighty of the Modern British cannon. Well worth a good look and tickets are very easy to come by too.
At Christie’s we shall get a chance to view and bid upon the most wonderful collection of Pont Aven and Nabis I can recall. They belonged to Sam Josefowitz – a vinyl record entrepreneur whose eye for great northern European paintings and old master prints was exemplary. Worth a visit to King Street, if only for Kees Van Dongen’s painting: ‘Quiétude’.
The PAD fair in Berkely Square is, for the main, a split between the best of various London design dealers and strong European galleries that want an easy, central, London entry point to the London market. As such it can be a pretty mixed affair but look out for a few gems such as Galerie Von Vertes and Waddington Custot.
After the October sales and fairs the November sales in NYC shall be upon us and I shall write up the astonishing Collection of Emily Fisher Landau soon. Do get in touch if you need a neutral opinion and please, do not spend significant sums without speaking to an advisor first as there are multiple pitfalls in buying works of art.