James Butterwick began collecting and selling Russian art in 1985, and has since established himself as one of the world’s leading experts in the field. During the 1990s he lived in Moscow, becoming the only foreign member of the Russian Society of Private Collectors. Now based in the UK, James assembles collections, takes part in museum exhibitions and art fairs, and delivers lectures on Russian art across the UK and globally.
Yakov Chernikhov (1889-1951), the ‘architect- composer’, believed that art could free the most limited of minds – we hope that this exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the breadth of talent of this artist.
Alexander Bogomazov is an artist of revolutionary ideas and unique style. James Butterwick examines the legacy of the genius who many consider the national artist of the Ukraine and how his work is finally moving into the light. “Painting is creating a work of art using expressive means inherent in that art, so that each time, the aesthetic excitement, emotion, is translated into certain elements”, Alexander Bogomazov
Questions over the authenticity of Russian avant-garde art have plagued the market for decades. James Butterwick gives interview to The Arts Newspaper about “Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations”. The exhibition running until 3 January 2021, delves into the process of authenticating 49 paintings in the museum’s collection, amassed by its founders.
We are a private, by-invitation-only gallery situated in the heart of Mayfair with a stock of pictures by late-19th, early-20th century Russian and Ukrainian artists - we also provide a full authentication service of any work of the Russian Avant-Garde. In addition, we sell items by Western Masters and Soviet non-conformists.
Museum Ludwig, Cologne brings together leading experts, art historians, art dealers and art collectors from around the world for an online symposium “Russian Avant-Garde: Original or Fake”. James Butterwick will be speaking on Saturday, November 7 at 5pm (CET) in the panel titled after his lecture “The Dark Side of The Boom. The Mass Faking of the Russian Avant Garde”.