Modern British Art 2020

Summer 2020

It is a year since our last Modern British exhibition, and no one could have predicted to what extent our lives would be changed in recent months. Like any other gallery we have had to quickly adapt to a new world, learn how to present our inventory in new and creative ways, and plan for better times. We have certainly been busy, and there is no doubt that the fundamentals of our business remain strong, with record levels of enquiries. We have managed to find new and ingenious ways to show our inventory to collectors and hopefully the situation is becoming easier, and at least allows us to open the gallery. Art fairs will not happen for a while and we know how much everyone looks forward to Masterpiece, Frieze, Tefaf and the other fairs. In the meantime we will continue our gallery programme with this Modern British exhibition and later in the year a Henry Moore exhibition and two projects with the John Craxton estate to accompany Ian Collins’s new biography to be published by Yale University Press.

Every year our Modern British exhibition and catalogue has become the highlight of our summer season, on show at the gallery and then normally at Masterpiece. We keep back our best new acquisitions for the exhibition and add to that loans from the estates we represent as well as consignments from collectors. This year is no exception and the exhibition includes some notable sculptures and paintings of the post war period not seen in the market for a very long time. In addition this year we have commissioned a series of short informative essays by the art historian Judith LeGrove. Although Masterpiece is sadly not happening this year, the exhibition will be installed in the gallery and available to view throughout the summer. We are also quite happy to arrange for collectors to view at home, our art handlers are providing us with this service. Everything is of course done safely and sensibly.


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Modern British Art 2020


OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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