Modern British Art Comes to Saatchi Gallery

By British Art Fair
Published September 4, 2019

Barbara Hepworth, Atlantic Form (Blue), Oil & pencil on gesso prepared board,More than 50 specialist dealers are expected to exhibit paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures representing all the important movements in Modern British Art during the 31st edition of British Art Fair (BAF).

BAF, that takes place at Saatchi Gallery the British capital, London, October 3 – 6, 2019, shall showcase art work from the early modernists to the YBAs. From Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Bridget Riley to Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, Britain’s key 20th and 21st century artists are represented.

After three decades since its inception in 1988, BAF, under new ownership, moved to Saatchi Gallery whose magnificent museum quality galleries provide the perfect backdrop for its superb showcase of art. The latest edition recognises that the category of Modern British is dynamic as new generations of artists establish themselves.

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“The fair’s move to Saatchi Gallery last year was a great success” says director Robert Sandelson. “We look forward again to the discoveries, the bold exhibitions and broad celebration of British art of the last century.”

Richard Eurich, Wind and Rain, 1980, Oil on board, 51 x 76.5 cm. Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd.British Art Fair has always reflected the changing landscape of British art. This year, the fair celebrates the significance of YBAs to recent art history with a showcase of their work in the first floor project gallery. The exhibition will be co-curated by Saatchi Gallery and leading YBA, Gavin Turk and dedicated to the late dealer Karsten Schubert (1961-2019) who played a pivotal role in the YBA movement.

A retrospective of works by the Scottish artist , one of the most important Modern British abstract painters, will be held on the second floor at the Saatchi Gallery as part of BAF 2019. This will be one of three major shows of Davie’s work in 2019, following an exhibition at Newport Street Gallery earlier in the year and ahead of an exhibition at Hepworth Wakefield. The exhibition is curated by Alan Wheatley, who has been the sole representative of Davie’s estate since 2017, in association with BAF. Inspired by music, signs and symbols and the scale of Pollock’s monumental canvases, Davie’s work will be a showstopper at Saatchi Gallery this autumn.

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David Inshaw, Allotments, 1988, Oil on canvas, 130 x 152 cm. Courtesy of The Redfern GalleryAt British Art Fair 2019 the ground floor exhibition space at the Saatchi Gallery will be given over to a selective retrospective of the work by British artist David Inshaw, best known for his painting The Badminton Game, one of Tate Britain’s most popular works of art. The show is curated for BAF by Andrew Lambirth, long time Spectator art critic and author of David Inshaw: Between Fantasy and Reality, and The Redfern Gallery.

Galleries include Offer Waterman, Richard Green, Connaught Brown, Jonathan Clark, Piano Nobile and Osborne Samuel many of whom return to the fair year on year. New additions for 2019 include Alon Zakaim Fine Art, who will be presenting a one man show of Patrick Hughes’ work.

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David Inshaw's he Did Not Turn, 1974, courtesy of Redfern GalleryOsborne Samuel is bringing a strong presentation of Modern British Art representational of the gallery, to include early sculptures by Lynn Chadwick and previously unseen works by John Craxton and Keith Vaughan. Offer Waterman will be showing works by the artists William Turnbull and Kim Lim. They were married in 1960 and worked closely together until Lim’s death in 1997. Waterhouse & Dodd are bringing works by Richard Eurich whom they have recently been appointed to represent. Waterhouse & Dodd will also be using BAF to formally launch their representation of the estate of the Royal Academician and ex-Keeper of the RA School, Leonard McComb.

Belgrave St. Ives is showing works by Kate Nicholson, the artist daughter of Ben and Winifred Nicholson and a rare work by St. Ives artist, Bryan Pearce. Sim Fine Art is presenting the 10th anniversary of their annual exhibition of war art ‘Holding the Line’ with drawings of the Nuremburg trials, plus a beautiful and important set of pastels depicting WWI land girls.

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