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The Late Show: Ben Nicholson

Antiques Trade Gazette | Frances Allitt
November 5, 2020

By the 1950s British artist Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) had achieved international recognition and was embarking on the second part of an illustrious career.

 

Yet his later works remain secondary in his output in terms of both public appreciation and price, according to Holland Park gallery Piano Nobile. Its selling and loan show Ben Nicholson: Distant Planes 1955-1979, which is staged until January 29, seeks to redress that balance, celebrating the artist’s later works. The event is staged in the firm’s second gallery, also on Portland Road, which opened last year.

 

While physical shows remain crucial to the business, he adds, the internet has grown in importance dramatically. The dealership launched a new viewing room and additional online content in May for the summer season and has been making sales
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ff the webiste “well up into the six figures”.

 

Travers adds: “That’s a huge step forward. I would say that the last five months have pushed the internet’s importance forward about five years. It will be fascinating to see how it develops.”