Eye of the Collector, a boutique London art fair, returns for its third edition. Against the backdrop of Two Temple Place, one of London’s hidden architectural gems, guests are invited on an intimate voyage of artistic discovery presented by 20 esteemed galleries and over 150 artworks, including 60 premiers.
The concept of seeing works within the context of an extraordinary Neo-gothic mansion on the Thames, is definitely a refreshing and enjoyable experience.
Completed in 1895, this stunning place was built for William Waldorf Astor, arguably the richest man of that time. The interiors of Two Temple Place are adorned with gilding, marble and stained glass creating an opulent setting for any event.
While the warm mahogany wood panelling gives a cosy and homely feel to the space which is perfect to the Eye of the Collector and it’s no booths manifesto. “It’s more free-flowing than a traditional art fair, and that encourages the exchange of ideas,” explains Nazy Vassegh, founder and CEO of Eye of the Collector.
She points out that year’s edition has a strong focus on modern and contemporary artists and designers.
Among the highlights are commissions by contemporary artists and makers presented by Adrian Sutton Gallery, Arusha Gallery, Brocket Gallery, Brooke Benington, Circle Art Gallery, Dellasposa Gallery, Ed Cross, Galerie Olivier Waltman, GBS Fine Art, Gillian Jason Gallery, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery and Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.
Desirable selection of works by 20th century artists including Patrick Heron, Bram Bogart, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, William Scott, Frank Auerbach, Barbara Hepworth, Lynn Chadwick and Joseph Lacasse, exhibited by Alan Wheatley Art, Tanya Baxter Contemporary and Whitford Fine Art.
Collectible design including museum quality mid-century Brazilian furniture from Ana Escarzaga Gallery with rare examples by José Zanine Caldas and Jorge Zalszupin, as well as contemporary design from Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Zelouf & Bell, McCollin Bryan and FIVE.
Iconic 20th-century photographs by renowned figures such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Lillian Bassman, exhibited by Peter Fetterman Gallery can also be seen at the boutique art fair.
Eye of the Collector is on view through May 20 at Two Temple Place, London.