Sotheby’s is delighted to host an exhibition paying tribute to the émigrés who revolutionised Britain’s art and publishing worlds. Brave New Visions tells the story of the pioneering émigré art dealers who transformed the London gallery scene, introducing artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters and Francis Bacon to post-war Britain.
The vision of such influential dealers as Lea Bondi Jaray, Erica Brausen, Andras Kalman, Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer, Annely Juda and Charles and Peter Gimpel will be shown through key paintings and sculptures by the artists they championed. These include William Scott, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres, Frank Auerbach, Lynn Chadwick and Graham Sutherland.
Fellow émigrés led a parallel revolution in the staid world of British publishing, providing a platform for European scholarship in affordable art books which raised standards of design and reproduction. Phaidon and Thames & Hudson remain leaders in this field.
EXHIBITION FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9AM TO 4.30PM
SOTHEBY’S, ST GEORGE STREET GALLERY 1-2 ST GEORGE STREET, LONDON W1S 2FE
The exhibition is part of Insiders/Outsiders, a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their impact on British culture. Participating venues include Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, Glyndebourne and Pallant House Gallery.
Brave New Visions Events Programme:
To coincide with the exhibition we are hosting a series of free talks and discussions. Please see the full programme below with booking details.
Artbooks for All, from Vienna and Berlin to London
Thursday 18 July, 12.00 – 13.00
Elly Miller, daughter of Béla Horovitz, co-founder of the Phaidon Press, and Constance Kaine, daughter of Walter Neurath, co-founder of Thames & Hudson with Eva Feuchtwang, will be in conversation with Anna Nyburg, who has researched the histories of both publishing houses. Horovitz and Neurath came to London from Vienna in 1938, when as Jews they were forced to flee from Nazi occupiers. Their daughters dedicated their careers to continuing their families’ art publishing companies.
Richard Aronowitz, European Head of Restitution at Sotheby’s, restitution specialist Shauna Isaac, art dealer René Gimpel and Abby Brindley, Associate in Art Law at Mishcon de Reya will discuss the challenges involved in recovering looted artworks.
Richard Aronowitz will illustrate the lengthy process of provenance research at Sotheby’s, Shauna Isaac will discuss her family’s landmark restitution victory – United States vs Portrait of Wally, René Gimpel will shed light on a current case involving his family, and Abby Brindley will offer a legal view.
The creation of art is complicated enough; for the artist the international business of art can present both commercial opportunities and challenges. How can those creating art and working in the art market protect their confidentiality, legacy and reputation? What practical and legal steps should they take? Why is reputation so important?
Amanda Gray, Partner, and Jon Sharples, Associate, both of Art Law, Mishcon de Reya LLP, Tom Christopherson, former European General Counsel at Sotheby’s, Legal Consultant at Bonhams, and Head of Art and Law Studies at Sotheby's Institute of Art, and Gilane Tawadros from DACS, will discuss how those entering the art market can best navigate this world - from the very start of their careers to ensuring their standing in the longer term.
Richard ‘Dick’ Ellis, former head of New Scotland Yard’s Art Squad, will unravel the intricacies in finding and recovering stolen art. He will reveal how his leads include an international network of both law enforcement officials and criminals. Dick has solved several high profile cases including the theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream from Norway’s National Gallery, and Audubon’s Birds of America lifted from the State Library in St. Petersburg