For the 2020 edition, London Art Fair has partnered with Southampton City Art Gallery to present a selection of paintings and sculpture from the City’s collection that highlight the strength of Southampton’s modern British holdings which are considered to be amongst the finest in the UK outside of London.
Southampton’s fine art collection currently holds over 5,000 works and continues to grow through acquisitions, gifts and bequests. The Gallery has important holdings of pre-1900 European painting, including Renaissance, 17th-Century Dutch, French and Italian Baroque, French impressionist, as well as 18th and 19th century British painting. The most significant is the Gallery’s collection of 20th-Century British art, starting with post impressionism and including The Camden Town Group, Surrealism and the St Ives-based abstract artists. The collection of contemporary art since the 1970s is outstanding and includes over 30 Turner prize winners and nominees. In 1998 the government ‘designated’ the permanent collection as having pre-eminent national significance.
Revealing the depth and variety of Southampton’s modern British and contemporary holdings, the exhibition will feature works by Walter Sickert, L.S. Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Helen Chadwick, Maggi Hambling and Bob and Roberta Smith.
“We are delighted to be the Official Museum Partner for the 2020 London Art Fair. Now in its 80th year, Southampton City Art Gallery’s collection grows from strength to strength and continues to put our City on the map. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to show off some of the major highlights from our collection on a significant international stage. This is another great step towards our bid to become City of Culture in 2025, firmly putting Southampton at the forefront of the UK’s cultural offer.”
– Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture