James Butterwick to make TEFAF Debut

LONDON 21 JANUARY 2015 – Russian Art is set to feature at the world’s premier art and antiques fair with a prominence unseen for over 20 years.

London dealer James Butterwick is the first specialist dealer in the Russian Avant-Garde to be invited to take part in TEFAF Maastricht. He will bring an array of 30 works, priced from €20,000 to €2.75 million, to this year’s fair (March 13-22).

Established names like Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Ilya Chasnik and Liubov Popova will feature on Butterwick’s stand (n° 708), alongside rare ensembles of works by revolutionary Cubo-Futurist Alexander Bogomazov and Malevich disciple David Yakerson.

Not since New York’s Leonard Hutton Galleries showed Russian Constructivists at Maastricht in the 1990s has such an array of 20th century Russian Art been seen at the world’s top fair.

Entitled Time, Forward! Russian & Ukrainian Art 1890-1930, James Butterwick’s exhibition begins with a work by the Symbolist Mikhail Vrubel before charting Primitivism, Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism and Suprematism, and ending with a work by Boris Kustodiev that borders on Socialist Realism.

Although most of the works are drawings or watercolours, three paintings will feature – led by a 1916 Goncharova, The Bridge, inherited by the artist’s husband Mikhail Larionov after her death in 1962 and shown at the recent Goncharova exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Another highlight, a colourful Popova composition from her finest period, was formerly owned by Leonard Hutton and George Costakis, while the Bogomazov ensemble has been built up in consultation with the world’s leading specialists in Kiev.

James and NatashaJAMES BUTTERWICK has been selling Russian art since 1985. He lived in Moscow – where he met his wife and Gallery Partner Natasha – from 1994-1996 and 2002-05; speaks fluent Russian; and is the only foreign member of the International Confederation of Antique & Art Dealers of Russia. He also sells Modern Western Art and works by Russian Non-Conformists, and is a member of SLAD (Society of London Art Dealers).