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July 2017

OLD MASTER DRAWINGS HIT THE HEADLINES

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Who knew that Old Masters drawings would be the talk of the season? While two blockbuster exhibitions in the UK are currently focusing on the genre, to great critical acclaim, the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has just announced the acquisition of 16 Old Master drawings in its largest-ever purchase by value (reportedly more than $100 million).
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THE ENDURING ALLURE OF THE COTE D’AZUR

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Throughout the centuries many artists have been inspired by the South of France; the light, the sea and the magnificent views. It remains a popular holiday destination; a few of us at Gurr Johns are heading there for the summer holidays, which got us talking about our favourite places to retrace the footsteps of the modern masters and enjoy the regions artistic gems.  Here are a few of our top tips:
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THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the most beautiful buildings of the 20th century and 2017 celebrates the 150th birthday of the highly influential American architect.  In honour of this anniversary the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York are holding a major exhibition of his work in Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.  Best known for his iconic Fallingwater, the architect designed over 1000 buildings, nearly half of which were realized and this show offers a thrilling insight into the mind of this prolific and visionary man.  Each section of the show is based around a key item or group of objects from his archives, and it comprises around 450 works including models, building fragments, films and drawings.  Open now until 1 October 2017.
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SUMMER SALES

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The summer auctions of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art in London are one of the major moments for the art market, and they’ve traditionally been the key art moments of the year in the British capital. This year, the tradition was slightly scuppered by Christie’s surprise decision not to hold any auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art but the other auction houses carried on as normal nonetheless, giving the season a slightly odd dimension but still presenting a chance to see the art market at work and gain market intelligence before the long summer break.
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