VALEN­TINE’S DAY SPE­CIAL

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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 and­prop­erty@stan­dard.co.uk 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

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