The annual Masterpiece fair is going virtual this year, with a week-long programme that will give exhibitors the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise, and collectors the chance to browse and invest in world-class artworks from the comfort of their own home.
Guests will be able to view works for sale, book private views led by expert guides and watch engaging video introductions from participating dealers, gallerists and designers. Plus, visitors can take part in a lively programme of talks, held in partnership with cultural institutions such as the National Gallery and the V&A, in return for a voluntary donation to the museums involved.
Among the exhibitors to look out for is the British fine-art gallerist Peter Fetterman, who has been based in California for more than 40 years. A highlight of his showcase is the British fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s iconic image of Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn with Flowers, pictured, top) wearing Givenchy in Italy in 1955, a couple of years after winning her first Oscar. Fetterman will also showcase pieces from his personal collection of photographs depicting the UK, including examples by pioneering names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cecil Beaton and Julia Margaret Cameron. “I truly believe collecting is a manifestation of one’s own autobiography,” says Fetterman. “It might seem simplistic to say that ‘England Made Me’ but I think it’s true.”
Masterpiece Online, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, runs from 22 to 28 June 2020. The Masterpiece Artsy site remains live until 8 July.