This is yet another busy week for the art world, whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on. As well as the Post-War and Contemporary auctions in London, The Armory Show opens on 8 March in New York, while over in Europe, TEFAF Maastricht (9-18 March) brings together over 280 of the world’s finest art, antiques and design dealers. With works ranging from Mesopotamia to Mid-Century Modern, there is something for everyone and it’s tricky to pick highlights, but here are five we’re looking out for:
- Nobody can fail to be intrigued by the tempestuous relationship between Camilla Claudel (1864-1943) and Auguste Rodin. Daniel Katz Gallery will be showing an extraordinarily evocative bronze sculpture by Claudel, Torso of a Crouching Woman, conceived c.1887 and cast by 1913, which is thought to reflect the artists’ destructive partnership.
- Visit Richard Nagy’s stand to see some remarkable works by the Austrian master Egon Schiele (1890-1918) including the beautiful Nude with Green Stockings (1918).
- One of the UK’s finest contemporary jewellers, new exhibitor Glenn Spiro, will be exhibiting under the name A highlight on his stand will be a pair of extremely rare Cornelian bangles from the ‘Antique’ collection, which feature Mesopotamian Cornelian Arrowhead shaped elements, dating from the 1st millennium BC, combined with modern additions.
- Colnaghi’s highlights include a masterpiece from the early career of Luca Giordano (1634-1705) showing Apollo and Marsyas, as recounted by Ovid, and reflecting the influence of Jusepe de Ribera.
- Fans of the Spanish Baroque artist Jose de Ribera (1591-1652) can see an unpublished example of his portraiture, Philosopher, on the stand of Spanish dealer Artur Ramon.
To see a full exhibitor list and for more details, visit www.tefaf.com
Meanwhile, for those of you over on the other side of the pond, The Armory Show will be featuring 198 galleries from 31 different countries, presenting artworks ranging from historical to contemporary projects by established and emerging artists.
The core section of the show is Galleries which focuses on outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks, and this year notable solo presentations include Nam June Paik with a never-before exhibited installation at Gagosian; Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery and Nacho Carbonell at Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
Don’t miss Focus, curated by Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which examines how technology has both mediated representation of the physical body and imagined its emancipation in contemporary art. A particular highlight is an ambitious presentation by Takeshi Murata paired with historical works by Tishan Hsu at Empty Gallery.
We’re also looking forward to the keynote speech by Hans Ulrich Obrist who will be speaking on exhibition making in the 21st century.
For more details on exhibitors, talks and events, visit www.thearmoryshow.com