The summer months in Britain have traditionally seen an explosion of activity in the cultural calendar, and this year is no exception. The Season was once the term used to describe the social and sporting events of high society London, from Royal Ascot and Wimbledon to Glyndbourne and the debutante balls, but in recent years this has expanded to include new traditions; the Serpentine Summer Pavilion, now in its eighteenth year, The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition and of course, the unrivalled auction calendar at Sotheby's.
Exhibition highlights in London include an in-depth look at Monet's relationship with architecture at the National Gallery, a unique and intimate journey in to the life and image of Frida Kahlo at the V&A, and the blockbuster exhibition Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy continues to draw record crowds to Tate Modern — all eager to explore Picasso's 'Year of Wonders'.
Further afield, the long-awaited retrospectives of Egon Schiele at Tate Liverpool and Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives will be held, and America's Cool Modernism: O'Keeffe to Hopper opens at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, giving viewers an insight in to the work of these titans of American painting.
Against the backdrop of these exciting exhibitions, there is a packed schedule of sales and events at Sotheby's New Bond Street Galleries; Modern & Post-War British Art, the Impressionist & Modern Art sales, in which exceptional works by Picasso, Monet, and Alberto Giacometti will be offered, followed by the Contemporary Art auction series and culminating in the sales of Old Master Paintings, drawings and sculpture, and Victorian Pictures.
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