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12 Sep 2012: British Art Fair

Writer A.N. Wilson opening the 20/21 British Art Fair at the RCA, London (12-16 September 2012), see here

“The 20/21 British Art Fair held annually in September at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with a flourish. Over the five-day period (12–16 September) the Fair was attended by thousands of prospective buyers focused on purchasing the works of British artists. Altogether, 56 art dealers offered paintings, prints and sculpture for sale, in modern (1900–45), post-war (1945–70), and contemporary (1970–2012), categories of work.” (Rosalind Ormiston in Cassone, here)

“The best-selling artist at the recent 20/21 British art fair was not Damien Hirst (Tate Modern’s big draw) or Mary Fedden (a popular favourite), but the lesser known, neo-Romantic painter of the 1940s Keith Vaughan. At least four different galleries sold his work, sometimes two or three examples at a time. These ranged from figure drawings and landscapes priced from £1,200 upwards at the Belgrave Gallery to small oil paintings such as Village at Sunrise sold by Agnew’s for £45,000. Larger paintings have sold for much more at auction, but it was the number of dealer sales that was impressive.” (Telegraph, 25 September 2012)


Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain

PreRaphaelite painting in rich colours, three female figures in flowing green dresses, in a formal arrangement, figure to the fore looks directly outward, flanked by figures viewed from their sides, looking upwards towards bright light
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; Astarte Syriaca; Manchester Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/astarte-syriaca-205939

“Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde”, Tate Britain, London, 12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013