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What To See At This Year’s Masterpiece London Art Fair

Now in its 10th year, Masterpiece London has grown and grown in size to become a leading destination for international collectors looking to buy across a multitude of art forms. Last year 51,000 people attended the fair and this year, there will be no fewer than 155 exhibitors, an additional 22 new galleries in attendance, covering a range of disciplines.

Here are seven highlights to look out for if you intend to attend this year:

1. Multi-coloured pom-poms – Visitors will pass through an installation of suspended pom-poms designed by British artist Phyllida Barlow as they enter the fair. Art at the fair will be on show all around you, so remember to keep your eyes peeled around you.

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2. Talks by ‘The Royal Academy of Arts’ – The RA is hosting three talks, including one on the subject of the ‘Artist as Collector’, featuring the artists Tom Hammick, Remi Rough, and Humphrey Ocean.

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3. Portraiture through the ages –  From the renaissance to modernism the shared stand of Patrick Bourne & Co. and Agnews surveys portraiture through the ages.

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4. Seeking inspiration from Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Daniel Crouch Rare Books and Les Enluminures have collaborated to stage an exhibition around the book’s idea that ‘the whole of humankind has become a single network of cooperation’.

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5. Contemporary art collectors should visit the Blain Southern gallery, who are presenting a series of new works by the Mexican-born artist Bosco Sodi.

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6. Old master and impressionist dealership Wildenstein joins the fair for the first time for those interested in traditional art.

7. Bice Lazzari at the Richard Saltoun booth. When you cast gender aside, the Italian abstract painter Bice Lazzari is one of the masters of her medium. The display forms part of Richard Soultan’s 12-month-long programme of women artists.

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