This year’s Masterpiece is now over, and the general consensus is that it was one of the most successful. Attendance was up by 20% and we noticed from the start that there were more collectors and more enquiries, not just from UK but from overseas as well. Clearly this show is now reaching an international audience and should build on this in years to come. Exhibitors brought their best things and one of the great pleasures for us exhibitors is walking round other dealers’ stands and seeing works from completely different fields. We tend to be rather too focussed on our specialisms and forget that there is so much out there to see and appreciate. We took a broadly Modern British collection and sold several pieces, including our magnificent Bomberg drawing, an excellent Keith Vaughan picture that we had owned for a matter of days, one of the best of the Grosvenor School linocuts (which continue to rise in value as more and more collectors discover them), Moore and Chadwick sculpture and works by William Scott which feature in our current exhibition.
We are off to New York soon to the Hamptons for a show which will feature major works by Australian Tim Storrier.
The Autumn season opens with John Blackburn, in October we show new work by Australian John Olsen, who stars in the major retrospective at the Royal Academy, then we have a Modern British exhibition in November and finish the year with a photography show. We are also at Art 20/21 in September, the IFPDA Print Fair in New York in November and Art Miami in December. So a busy season ahead!