• Installation view of Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here. Photo: Todd White Photography.

  • Installation view of Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here. Photo: Todd White Photography.

  • Installation view of Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here. Photo: Todd White Photography.

Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are HereExhibition

Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here

This autumn, Lévy Gorvy will celebrate the spirit of the esteemed tastemaker Sir Joseph Duveen (1869–1939), whose former premises at 22 Old Bond Street is now our London gallery. Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here will be a modern interpretation of a Duveen-style hang, pairing prominent modern and contemporary artists with exceptional pieces of midcentury furniture to create an environment ideal for the restful contemplation of exquisite works of art. Works will be featured by artists including Terry Adkins, Diane Arbus, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Gego, Yves Klein, Seung-taek Lee, Roman Opalka, Kazuo Shiraga, Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, and Günther Uecker.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Duveen family became the preeminent international connoisseurs of fine painting and sculpture, establishing a veritable art empire. What began as an antiques dealership in Hull, England, selling Chinese porcelain, French furniture, and tapestries grew to include galleries across London, New York, and Paris. When Joseph Duveen took the helm of the business in 1898, his astute taste and canny understanding of the American industrialists’ desire to become paragons of culture as well as industry saw the Duveen influence expanded further. Bringing Old Master artworks and European culture across the Atlantic, Duveen was instrumental in building some of the most important collections of the twentieth century, including those of Henry Clay Frick, J. P. Morgan, and J. Paul Getty.

During Frieze Week, Lévy Gorvy will host a cocktail bar each evening from 6-8pm, beginning Tuesday 2 October through Friday 5 October. During the day, a barista will serve coffees from 10am-6pm from Tuesday 2 October to Sunday 7 October, encouraging visitors to spend more time with inspiring art and design in a modern-day salon.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to enjoy exceptional works of modern and contemporary art in surroundings inspired by one of the most discerning eyes the art world has seen.

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Selected Works

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  • Yves Klein.
    Untitled Pink Sponge Sculpture (SE 204),
    1959.
    Dry pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge, metal stem, and stone base,
    15 1/4 inches (38.5 cm) high.
    © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

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  • Pierre Soulages.
    Peinture, 202 x 125 cm, 6 janvier, 2017,
    2017.
    Acrylic on canvas.
    79 ½ x 49 ¼ inches (202 x 125 cm).
    © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

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  • Günther Uecker.
    Spirale III,
    2002.
    Latex paint, pigment, and nails on wood,
    78 ¾ x 78 ¾ inches (200 x 200 cm).
    © 2018 Günther Uecker / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany.

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Selected Press

Wall Street International | Lord Duveen

November 21, 2018

Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here will be a modern interpretation …

The Times | 10 Visual Treats To Look Out For At The Frieze Art Fair

October 5, 2018

When you can no longer tell your Alÿs from your El Greco, it's time to leave the tents.

GalleriesNow | Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here

October 2, 2018

Celebrating the spirit of this esteemed tastemaker, Lévy Gorvy presents a modern interpretation of …

Blouin Artinfo | “Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here” at Lévy Gorvy, London

September 30, 2018

This autumn, Lévy Gorvy will celebrate the spirit of the esteemed tastemaker Sir Joseph Duveen (1869–1939), …

My Art Guides | Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here

September 28, 2018

The group exhibition features prominent modern and contemporary artists, inspired by the legacy of Joseph …

Financial Times | What art dealers did next: curate their intellectual environment

September 28, 2018

Sophisticated programming puts cultural offerings from commercial galleries on a par with institutions.

ArtDaily | Lévy Gorvy opens an exhibition inspired by the legacy of Joseph Duveen

September 28, 2018

Lévy Gorvy opens an exhibition inspired by the legacy of Joseph Duveen.

Artlyst | Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here

September 25, 2018

Lévy Gorvy celebrates the spirit of the esteemed tastemaker Sir Joseph Duveen (1869–1939), whose …