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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
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