Opera Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary as one the leading dealers of contemporary art at this year’s Masterpiece London event, taking place from 27th June to 3rd July in Chelsea, London. The gallery will present an impressive selection of contemporary art by some of the most established artists of the 20th century, including Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. Two previously unseen works by the iconic American painter Keith Haring will also be for sale as a part of the gallery’s booth (A6) which is the largest at the fair.
Curated by Director of Opera Gallery London, Federica Beretta, the gallery will present a selection of works that celebrate versatile representations of womanhood through eyes of the most established artists of our time. The female form has been a constant source for artistic minds throughout the history of art and Opera Gallery will present a triumphant mixture of works that depict the nuanced nature of femininity.
The gallery will also be hosting a talk Portraits of Women In Art at Masterpiece on Thursday 27 June at 11:30am, where the gallery director and former arts journalist Federica Beretta will discuss the depictions of women in art history through time.
Artist Fernando Botero’s situational portraits depict exaggerated, empowered female figures that tower over the gazing males as goddess-like entities, particularly exemplified in The Tightrope Walker (2007) and The First Lady (2010). In Pablo Picasso’s Nu Assis Appuye sur des Cousins (1964) the artist paints a visual ode to his wife Jacqueline who Picasso universalized in his art as the ‘l’éternel féminin‘.
As a celebration of their 25th anniversary, during Masterpiece the gallery will present a sculpture trail in the newly developed Chelsea Barracks, including works by the iconic Italian painter and sculptor Amadeo Modigliani and leading Spanish contemporary artist Manolo Valdes. Interweaving the history of this iconic architectural space with the most prestigious names of contemporary art, the four sculptures commissioned by Opera Gallery will be available for a public view for six weeks from 27th June until mid-August.
Opera Gallery’s participation at Masterpiece will coincide with their ongoing exhibition American Icons (20 June-5 July) at the New Bond Street gallery space which will present a selection of works by 1970s and 1980s heavyweights such as Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella.
Opera Gallery’s international selection of works includes items ranging in price from £26,000 to £6.9m.
Masterpiece London features fine works of art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity to the present day. The Fair gives an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works from 160 international exhibitors.