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Doing Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London returns to the Royal Hospital Chelsea this month, with galleries and dealers in art and antiques from more than 15 countries around the world. What sets it apart is the juxtaposition of works spanning media and millennia, offering new and established collectors an unparalleled opportunity for discovery.

ArtAncient and David Aaron are among the dealers bringing an intriguing display of curiosities and antiquities to the fair. As for the decorative arts and furniture, look to Oscar Graf, Ronald Phillips Ltd and Godson & Coles, which brings a rare pair of George III armchairs attributed to John Cobb. Elsewhere, there’s everything from British ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery, courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, to clocks and watches, at the stand of Tobias Birch. Impressionist and Contemporary art can be found at Richard Green and Dickinson, while Lyndsey Ingram brings Post-War and Contemporary prints and works on paper.

Not to be missed is Masterpiece Presents, a dedicated space at the fair’s entrance to promote innovative, immersive works. This year, you’ll come face to face with two monumental light installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha.

Once you’ve had your fill, sit back and relax at one of the onsite restaurants. Le Caprice makes a welcome return, as does Scott’s Seafood & Champagne Bar. For a light bite, look to the Masterpiece Deli, serving a daily-changing, fresh and seasonal menu of pastries, cakes, salads and sandwiches. Go on, make a day of it.

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Dates
30 June 2022 — 06 July 2022

Viewing Africa Fashion

The capital is abuzz with talk of Africa Fashion, the V&A’s landmark exhibition celebrating the vitality and innovation of African fashion creatives from across the 20th and 21st centuries. It considers how fashion, alongside music and the visual arts, was a key part of Africa’s cultural renaissance, while also exploring the cultural and economic impact of African fashion now.

‘The exhibition presents African fashions as a self-defining art form that reveals the richness and diversity of African histories and cultures,’ explains exhibition curator Dr Christine Checinska. ‘We hope this exhibition will spark a renegotiation of the geography of fashion and become a game-changer for the field.’

There are more than 250 objects on display, from textiles and photography to sketches, catwalk footage and editorial spreads. You’ll also find garments from the personal archives of iconic mid-century designers such as Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou and Kofi Ansah alongside daring pieces by influential contemporary designers including Imane Ayissi, IAMISIGO and Moshions. Shown together, they offer new insights into the research process and creative practice of many of Africa’s most pioneering designers.

It’s poised to be one of the summer’s blockbuster hits, so book your tickets before they go.

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Dates
02 July 2022 — 16 April 2023

Doing Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Emma Talbot. The Age / L’Età

A powerful new body of work by Emma Talbot, winner of the eighth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, lands at the Whitechapel Gallery this summer. Featuring animation, free-hanging painted silk panels, sculpture and drawings, Talbot’s first major survey exhibition explores themes of representation and ageing, power and governance, and attitudes towards women and nature.

The exhibition is the result of a six-month Italian residency, organised by Collezione Maramotti, during which Talbot researched textile craftsmanship, permaculture and classical mythology. Central to the show is The Age/L’Età, a work inspired by Gustav Klimt’s painting Three Ages of Woman (1905). While Klimt depicts a naked elderly woman holding her head in shame, Talbot reimagines the figure as a woman with agency.

Also on show is a 12-chapter animation, in which Talbot’s protagonist must overcome a series of trials similar to The Twelve Labours of Hercules, and a series of preparatory drawings for the animations. Elsewhere, you’ll encounter large-scale hanging silk works depicting volcanic landscapes and a life-seized sculpture of the elderly woman in The Age/ L’Età made from stuffed soft fabrics.

Before heading off, makes sure to swing by The London Open 2022 (30 June — 4 September), the much-celebrated open submission show featuring 46 London-based artists working across painting, sculpture, moving image, installation and performance. Whether you’re a contemporary art fan or not, there’ll be something here to tickle your fancy.

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Dates
30 June 2022 — 04 September 2022
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