Issue 35

Welcome to the March newsletter and welcome back to those who were lucky enough to take advantage of the good snow across Europe over half-term. Let us hope that we can now herald in the Spring and, in the spirit of looking forward optimistically, here are a few fun facts about March.

  • March is the month that was named after Mars, the Roman god of war – probably because the Roman battle season began in Spring……who knew
  • In the UK, the Sleep Council has designated March as National Bed Month – we aren’t quite sure what that means in practical terms but whilst it remains chilly out there, bed seems a good place to stay for the time being!
  • In the USA, apparently, March 1 is National Pig Day, Share a Smile day and Peanut Butter lover’s day….take your pick from this list…

…March is also National Nutrition month, the month when we put the clocks forward to prepare for summer, when St Patrick’s day falls and also, this year, the month when Easter arrives, bringing chocolate goodies galore in its wake.

March 12 – Joan Miró: Lithographs and Etchings

March is also the month when we engage in some Miró Madness! Yes, our next show is almost upon us and we will be showcasing the myriad colours and abstract imagery that is so typical of Joan Miró. With more than 50 examples of the work of this artistic giant of the 20th century, we felt that it warranted the creation of another full catalogue (like our Chagall catalogue). We therefore invite you to feast your eyes, firstly on the catalogue (see attached) and then in the flesh from 12 March onwards and if you see something that you particularly like let us know sooner rather than later because it pains us almost as much as it does you, when we have to disappoint because someone else beat you to the punch (or should we say purchase).

We will have a huge variety of pieces ranging in price from as little as £350 and going up as high as £3,000 which are representative of both Miró’s numbered portfolios as well as part of his wider and undoubtedly prolific output as a highly talented and inventive printmaker. Like his fellow modern masters, Miró also liked the idea that more people could share in his work through the medium of print which, along with its scope for experimentation, was what drove his long relationship with this creative avenue.

Joan Miró, Untitled, lithograph, 1930-1952, £750
Joan Miró, Untitled, lithograph, 1930-1952, £750
Joan Miró, Untitled, lithograph, 1972, £650
Joan Miró, Untitled, lithograph, 1972, £650
Joan Miró, Untitled (Composition 7), lithograph, 1956, £550
Joan Miró, Untitled (Composition 7), lithograph, 1956, £550

Lisa Hammond: A Showcase

Alongside our colourful Miró show we will be showcasing the wonderful work of Greenwich-based potter, Lisa Hammond. We haven’t had much of her work here for some time so we are particularly delighted to be able to bring you so much to view and purchase.

Hammond’s work is typified by her use of soda glazes which help her to create pots which are beautifully pitted and textural. In 2015 Hammond was awarded a prestigious residency at The Mashiko Museum in Japan and her experience there continues to inform her work. As Michael Tait, Commissioning Editor of The Guardian recently wrote about Hammond’s pots: “Her work is authentic, a product of experience, close attention and relentless practise. It invites the art of serving tea, of giving and sharing food and flowers, of looking carefully and reflecting”.

We will have more than 30 pieces of her work on show and available to purchase from 12 March onwards.

Medium tsubo; poured red shino, 25 x 24.5cm, £550
Medium tsubo; poured red shino, 25 x 24.5cm, £550
 Small platter; black clay, hakeme, 4 x 29cm, £210

Small platter; black clay, hakeme, 4 x 29cm, £210
Tsubo with silver twig handle; black clay; poured lustre shino, 30 x 20cm, £795
Tsubo with silver twig handle; black clay; poured lustre shino, 30 x 20cm, £795

Our usual mixed bag of modern masters and contemporary work will continue to hang until the Miró/Hammond show opens but if you can’t get here for that in the next couple of weeks then don’t despair, it will still be available downstairs in the stock room……unless it is already sold.

Key dates

May – don’t forget that May sees the opening of our Lee Kang-Hyo exhibition. This Korean potter’s work is extraordinary in its beauty and grace and we are delighted to be able to give you the opportunity to view and purchase. You may not be aware, but his work has not been shown or been available to purchase in London so this would be the first time so take advantage whilst you can.

There will be more dates to come for the 2nd half of the year and we are just finalising those……watch this space for more details to come.

As ever, we are here to help; come and talk to us because we have access to an incredibly wide range of art. Just because you can’t see it on our website, on our walls or in the stock room doesn’t mean we can’t get it so just ask……we might just be able to lay our hands on that much sought after piece of art that you have been looking for for so long.