VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL
Put the heart in art
HUSBAND-AND-WIFE founders of Eames Fine Art gallery in Bermondsey Street, SE1, Vincent and Rebecca Eames are so passionate about prints they’ve launched a “collectors club” in nearby 54 Tanner Street, with artists’ talks, film screenings and demos. Every other Saturday there’s an open studio, where people can see how prints work in an informal or domestic setting, or chat with other collectors over a glass of fizz.
The couple concentrate on artists with a large body of work available in print, eg Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso and Chagall. The offering ranges from 14th century to present day. Chagall’s Adam and Eve Banished from the Garden of Eden, above, is from 1960. On February 10, the next studio day, there’s a Valentine’s Special with a range of heart-inspired prints, with all profits to benefit the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in SE1. Prices start at £300 unframed. Visit eamesfineart.com for details.
A spot of quiet Valentine’s contemplation
IF YOU’RE looking for a bit of quiet time during Valentine’s week, head straight for Tara Donovan’s new show at Pace Gallery in Burlington Gardens, Mayfair W1, running until March 9.
At first glance, these wooden boxlike structures from the New Yorkborn sculptor seem to fall somewhere between sculpture and painting. Look more closely and you’ll see that each one contains stacks of cards, densely packed, which create the colours and shapes in shades of grey and white. The artist uses specially made index cards that are treated with a UV coating and then stacked, left to right in these frames. Some feel more mathematical, some more graphic — but it’s a quietly meditative show that packs a punch.
Known for taking everyday objects and transforming them into art, Donovan is most intrigued by “what happens beyond the image”. We advise you to look at the works, then look again. Visit pacegallery.com
For little angels
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY in south London is marking Valentine’s Day with children in mind, as it falls at half term this year. Events include morning workshops for three to 16 year-olds, from making collage portraits of pets to creating pop-up Valentine’s cards, to a “wearable wings” session on February 15/16 when costume makers show how to create your own personalised wings, inspired by the paintings of angels and cherubs in the gallery. See dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
Sex sells — just ask Sotheby’s
FOR a certain artistic frisson this Valentine’s Day, head to Sotheby’s for the Erotic: Passion & Desire sale on February 15 (see Page 20 in today’s Homes & Property). It is fascinating to see how the likes of Picasso, Klimt and Man Ray explored their own — and society’s — erotic boundaries.
Chiming with the sale, the auction house in New Bond Street, W1, is holding a series of events on Sunday February 11. There is a life drawing class with Dan Whiteson at 11am; London-based artist and designer Luke Edward Hall will be speaking from 12.45 as part of a panel on homosexuality in art, and former Sunday Times Style magazine dating columnist Dolly Alderton will read from her new book, Everything I Know About Love, from 2.45pm.
Not to be missed is Sotheby’s head of photographs, Brandei Estes, in conversation with renowned photographer Rankin at 3.45pm. All events are free but you need to book through eventbrite.co.uk. Visit sothebys.com for more information.
THE BOOK OF LOVE
CONTINUING with the Valentine’s theme we have three copies to give away of The Art of the Erotic (Phaidon, £59.95) with an introduction by The Amorist and former Erotic Review editor Rowan Pelling.
This glamorously packaged, chronological look at desire through the ages, from frankly eyebrow-raising Pompeii frescoes to more recent works by Lucian Freud and Louise Bourgeois, would make a great gift for any art or book lover. The cover, inspired by Lucio Fontana and highly suggestive, hints beautifully at what lies within. For a chance to win a copy, email your name and address to homes firstname.lastname@example.org with “Erotic” in the subject line.
Left: a chromogenic colour print by photographer Thomas Ruff, among 170 works in the book The Art of the Erotic
Below: Phryne by Francesco Barzaghi is estimated to fetch £400,000£600,000 at the Sotheby’s sale, Erotic: Passion & Desire, on Feb 15