To celebrate this exciting season of Modern & Post-War British Art at Sotheby’s we are delighted to be hosting an afternoon of free talks in the galleries on Sunday 11 June with leading curators and academics, offering the chance to get a fascinating insight into the lives of some of Britain’s most celebrated artists.
HOWARD HODGKIN, AFTER DINNER AT SMITH SQUARE, 1980-1. ESTIMATE £150,000–250,000.
HOWARD HODGKIN AND FRIENDS
1pm - Gallery Talk with Paul Moorhouse, Curator of Howard Hodgkin Absent Friends at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Currently the subject of a major retrospective at London’s National Portrait Gallery (and soon to be the subject of another exciting show at the Hepworth Wakefield), Howard Hodgkin’s recent death was a tragic loss to the art world. Join Paul Moorhouse, the curator of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition for an insight into Hodgkin’s fascinating approach to portraiture in After Dinner at Smith Square (1980-1, estimate £150,000–250,000), which depicts the collectors Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, who were close friends of the artist.
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH, STANDING FIGURE, 1934. ESTIMATE £500,000–800,000.
A NEST OF GENTLE ARTISTS: 1930s MODERNISM IN LONDON
2pm – Gallery Talk with Author and Art Historian Frances Spalding
London in the 1930s stood at the very heart of British and European Modernism with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Ivon Hitchens all living in close proximity of each other in Hampstead, North London. Join leading British art historian Frances Spalding to discuss the free-flowing ideas and creativity that abounded in this period, and set London as the centre of Modernist ideas.
PATRICK HERON, JANUARY YELLOWS (NAPLES & VIOLET) : JANUARY 1960. ESTIMATE £40,000–60,000.
LONDON TO ST IVES: A JOURNEY THROUGH BRITISH ART
3pm – Gallery Talk with Michael Bird, Author of The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time
In the Second World War many artists escaped the dangers of London, relocating to the seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall, which had long been a favoured spot for painters and sculptors. Art historian and author Michael Bird charts this artistic journey, drawing on works from the forthcoming sale.
These free gallery talks are open to all, and to reserve your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 293 6424. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 11th June!
MAIN IMAGE: BEN NICHOLSON, TWO FISHES, 1932. ESTIMATE £250,000–350,000.