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Viewing Eye of the Collector

London’s art world is abuzz once more with new exhibitions, private gallery views and art fair openings. Turning heads this week is the inaugural edition of Eye of the Collector, a new format art fair launched by the former head of Masterpiece, Nazy Vassegh.

Located in the stunning surroundings of Two Temple Place, a neo-Gothic mansion commissioned, in 1892, by the world’s richest man, William Waldorf Astor, Eye of the Collector offers exceptional works of art and design spanning 6000 years. The selected pieces, chosen in collaboration with participating galleries, are presented as if they were in a collector’s home. Vassegh is hoping the absence of booths and the carefully curated cross-category display will create new dialogues that will inspire and engage.

Some 30 dealers (big and small) are taking part in the first edition. You’ll encounter everything from prints and mid-century design to studio ceramics and contemporary sculpture. In keeping with the fair’s eclectic spirit, ancient art and works by modern masters including Picasso, Warhol, Haring and Fontana are shown opposite new works and commissions. The fair also seeks to spotlight previously overlooked artists, including the New York abstract expressionist painter Perle Fine and the German-born Swedish painter Lotte Laserstein.

Eye of the Collector is a new fair for a new era. Snap up tickets sharpish — even if it’s just to marvel at the opulent interiors of this luxury London landmark. (Those outside London can browse highlights online.)

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Dates
08 September 2021 — 12 September 2021

Viewing Wim Wenders, Imperial War Museum

In November 2001, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders travelled to New York to capture the aftermath of 9/11. Having grown up in the rubble and ruins of post-war West Germany, Wenders was particularly haunted by the attacks. ‘All of mankind was badly shaken,’ Wenders recently told The Guardian. ‘But I kept dreaming of being stuck in collapsing towers. I wanted to somehow exorcise these things.’

Wenders entered the site as the assistant of Joel Meyerowitz, the city’s only official photographer permitted to document work on ‘the pile’ at Ground Zero. He shot sparingly, however. ‘I feel places talk about us, they tell us about ourselves,’ he continued. ‘As a photographer, I become the listener.’

Five large-format photographs taken during his six-hour stint at Ground Zero are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London as part of its 9/11: Twenty Years On programme. They are as captivating as they are terrifying. Cranes, diggers and firefighters loom large against a background of hellish chaos and destruction. With the Taliban’s recent retake of Afghanistan, these images are more chilling than ever.

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Dates
10 September 2021 — 09 January 2022

Viewing Photo London

If you’ve spotted the big, white tent at Somerset House, you’ll know that Photo London is back. More than 80 leading galleries have come together for the fair’s long-awaited sixth edition, the first physical photography fair anywhere in the world for over a year. Photo London Digital also returns, running online until 28 September 2021.

The span of the fair is dizzying. Outstanding historic photography comes courtesy of Roland Belgrave, Augusta Edwards Fine Arts and Stewart & Skeels, while portraiture can be found at the stand of MMX Gallery and Webber Gallery. As for high-fashion glossy photography, look to Imitate Modern and Albion Barn, a new exhibitor presenting a solo booth of new and recent work by Nick Knight. Other notable first-timers include Paul Stolper Gallery, London-based Parafin and Richard Saltoun Gallery, showing a booth dedicated to women photographers, among them Marina Abramovic, Renate Bertlmann and Helen Chadwick.

Photo London’s Discovery section spotlights younger galleries and fresh talent. Make a beeline for Black Box Projects, which brings together the work of contemporary artists using historic photographic techniques; and Tintera, whose booth includes the work of Ibrahim Ahmed, finalist of the 2020 Emerging Photographer of the Year Award.

It’s worth scoping out the public programme of events too. Highlights include Shirin Neshat’s Land of Dreams showing in the Master of Photography exhibition and Robert Capa, Close Enough, a touring exhibition of work by the 20th-century war photographer best known for his stirring images of tragedy, death and conflict. If you fancy honing your own skills, attend one of the fair’s panel discussions or Nikon’s professional photography workshops.

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Dates
08 September 2021 — 12 September 2021
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