The Fair will run from June 9-12, 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 objects d’art, metalwork, furniture, sculpture, paintings and woodblock prints.
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.