Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair
9th to 12th June 2010
Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly W1
Press Release 01.01.2010
Following the successful launch of the Russian Art Fair this year, the Fair has been expanded for 2010 and has moved to a larger, permanent venue.
The Fair will run from 9-12 June 2010 in the sumptuous ballroom complex of the Park Lane Hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The timing will take advantage of the huge additional influx of art buyers into London for the Russian sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s the same week.
There will be a Preview Evening on the 9th June and a Royal Charity Gala Evening on the 11th June in aid of the Children’s Burns Trust.
INCLUSION OF EASTERN & ORIENTAL ART
New for 2010 – and an integral part of the Russian Art Fair – will be The Eastern & Oriental Art Fair. Reflecting the latest enthusiasm in London for art from the former Persia, India, China, Korea and Vietnam, specialist galleries will show a stunning mix of traditional and modern fine art from these regions. Contemporary paintings will hang alongside perennially-popular items such as Chinese and Japanese ceramics, lacquer objets d’art, metalwork, furniture, sculpture, paintings and woodblock prints.
In recent years, Chinese art has soared in popularity and value – boosted by the country’s soaring economy. Art from the Middle East and Asia is now emerging in a similar fashion, fuelled by major sales of Arab, Iranian and Indian fine art at the major auction houses. There is a real dynamism in this sector, with young Eastern and Asian artists emerging onto the international stage. In London, exhibitions of Korean and Vietnamese art hang alongside the traditional offerings from Japan. Charles Saatchi has recently showcased a major exhibition of Middle-Eastern art and is seeking to open a gallery in the United Arab Emirates. Indian art is as popular as ever, with prices rising as the Indian economy grows and Japanese art is showing a resurgence following a dip in this market over recent years.
50 leading international galleries will showcase a stunning array of the finest works produced by Russian and Eastern craftsmen over the last millennium.
Among those already confirmed are Sphinx Fine Art from London with important 19th Century Russian paintings, including a stunning work by Natalia Goncharova – the world’s most expensive female artist; Jacques Monasch Gallery from Moscow and Amsterdam together with John Barkes from the UK will display a range of 20th Century and Soviet Realist paintings; Sydney Moss Ltd. from London will show important Oriental antiques, as will Gilistra from Italy; Bernard Shapero Rare Books from London will display a wide range of antique Russian and Oriental works of art; Oc-Eo Art from the UK will show paintings by major Vietnamese and Georgian artists, and Kings Road Gallery from London will showcase important works by leading contemporary artists from China.
Important icons will be on sale from Paretsky Icon Gallery, Berlin and Made in Russia, USA; AASN, UK will display silver and items from the Crimean War, while Ukranian art will be offered by Danusha Fine Arts and ArteLia from London.
Traditional and Modern Indian art is offered a number of galleries including Art 1821 from Norwich, while Middle Eastern art comes from galleries from Iran, Turkey and Europe, including Svenska KonstGalleriet from Sweden. X-Power Gallery from Beijing, Paris & Beverley Hills will showcase Taiwanese artists including Lee Sun-Don, the only artist from Taiwan to have been shown at the Venice Biennale.
Russian Contemporary art is not forgotten either, with superb offerings Tatyana International Inc., USA, Artige Gallery from London, Eton Gallery from Berkshire and The Fine Art Gallery from Cambridge.
ANNYA SAND ART PRIZE
This year will also see the launch of an exciting new concept, the ‘Eastern Art Prizes’ , (http://www.russianartfair.com/Eastern_Art_Prizes/The_Russian_Eastern_%26_Oriental_Fine_Art_Fair/Pages/Annya_Sand_Art_Prize.html) - one for the best emerging artist from the former Soviet States, and the other for the best emerging artists from Asia and Middle East . The competition is open to artists working in traditional media. The winner will be selected by a combination of a high profile judging panel, (already selected), and on-line public voting. These will be prestigious annual awards and will be supported by a high profile international media campaign covering the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and beyond, running in advance of and alongside the Russian, Eastern and Oriental Art Fair. The prizes will be presented by Prince Michael of Kent and leading art critic Andrew Graham Dixon. The prizes have already generated significant interest both with media and sponsors alike, and should be a tremendous success attracting new talent from around the world.
CHARITY GALA EVENING
The 2009 Fair proved one of the social highlights of the year for the Russian community, with a Charity Gala Evening attended by Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Dimitri Lobanov Rostovsky and other high profile members of the London Russian community, celebrity clientele, VIPs and invited guests. Along with the Ritz Club VIP dinner, the evening raised considerable funds to help children with severe burns and resulted in some substantial six-figure sales. Three television stations covered the event. The 2010 Gala Evening will be a very high profile and glamorous occasion.
The 2010 Fair Catalogue will be a large hard-bound publication and will also serve as a reference work on the history of Russian, Eastern and Oriental art. It will have a Foreword by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO. With virtually every fine art fair in Europe focussing on Western Art, The Russian, Eastern & Oriental Fine Art Fair will be the only event of its kind to concentrate on art from the East.
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