Artnet News | The Five Artworks You Shouldn’t Miss at Masterpiece London 2017


From Rossetti and Monet to Keith Haring and David Hockney, here are our top selections from the fair. 

By Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, June 29, 2017

The eighth edition of Masterpiece London, considered by many as the smaller sibling of TEFAF, held its preview at the Royal Hospital Chelsea yesterday, with some 153 international galleries showcasing their offerings in art, antiquities, design, and jewellery.

The fair lasts a full week rather than the standard five-day duration of most contemporary art fairs which brings it, again, into comparison with TEFAF, the longest fair with its 10-day run. When Masterpiece ends, on July 5, it is expected to have drawn up to 40,000 visitors perusing and purchasing the wares on offer.

There’s a lot to see, so artnet News has trawled the aisles to bring you the five artworks that you shouldn’t miss in this year’s edition:

1. David Hockney, Celia in Armchair, Lithograph (1980)

Starting with a print in a sea of precious oil paintings might seem somewhat incongruous, but this large lithograph by David Hockney is an absolute winner, attracting the viewer’s attention from across the booth despite its subtle black-and-white lines. Depicting Hockney’s muse and friend, the fashion designer Celia Birtwell (who was married to fashion legend Ossie Clark), the print was created in an edition of 74 with the Tusche technique, which allowed the artist to draw freely, creating gestural, brush-like effects. At a reasonable £40,000, the piece felt like quite a steal, so it’s no surprise that it had already sold by the time the preview began.

The print is part of a stunning and tightly curated booth showcasing black-and-white prints from some of the best artists of the 20th century, including Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Bridget Riley, and Carmen Herrera. It’s Ingram’s second appearance at Masterpiece since she opened her London gallery in 2016. The dealer began her career at the print department at Sotheby’s London before directing the print-specialized gallery Sim Reed for 14 years, so she definitely knows her field.

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