From Pablo Picasso to Nicolas Party, Baldwin Contemporary Traces the Influences of Modern and Contemporary Art

The London-based gallery is presenting a curated selection of original works by Bridget Riley, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and more.

Pablo Picasso, Femme nue et deux tetes (1969). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary, London.

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About Baldwin Contemporary: In 2018, dealer and collector Adam Baldwin founded Baldwin Contemporary, specializing in secondary-market artwork by big-name artists—from Andy Warhol to Banksy. Initially operating on a primarily by appointment basis and with a heavy investment in online presence, where the platform saw particular growth in its presentation of prints and multiples, Baldwin Contemporary has grown from niche dealership to formidable bastion of post-war and contemporary art. With a base in the South Kensington neighborhood of London and storage and viewing rooms now established across four countries, the gallery has garnered the attention and following of private collectors, advisors, and public institutions from around the world by offering bespoke services to help build and hone collections.

What You Need to Know: On view through December 20, Baldwin Contemporary is presenting their 2023 Fall Preview, comprised of a rigorously curated selection of modern and contemporary art—including painting, sculpture, and works on paper by iconic artists of the 20th and 21st century. The show aims to reappraise and bring to light new key takeaways on these important works both within the context of the contemporary art landscape, as well as through their juxtaposition. Featuring everything from Pablo Picasso’s Femme nue et deux tetes (1969) to Nicolas Party’s Untitled (2020), and including works by Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and more, the show offers an insightful look into the practices of some of the most influential artists over the past 60 years.

Why We Like It: The evolution of art and trajectory of art history has undergone radical changes across the 20th and 21st centuries, with artists ever experimenting as well as tapping the achievements of previous generations. Some of the most important and recognizable artists of this period have created legacies that continue to inspire and inform the practices of artists today. Within Baldwin Contemporary’s presentation, viewers can trace the effects of post-war modernism through to the work of contemporary artists. Closed Discs (1970/2010), produced by Op art pioneer Bridget Riley, features bold and colorful repeated circle motifs, which is echoed in examples from Damien Hirst’s “Pharmaceutical” series, which synthesizes the aims of conceptual, Minimal, and Pop art. Elsewhere, Picasso’s gestural ink on paper work from 1969 is in stark contrast to Party’s dreamlike, pastel Untitled (2020). Together, myriad lines of inquiry into the practices and oeuvres of these significant modern and contemporary artists can be drawn.

Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle: One Plate (See F. & S. 161) (1977)

Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle: One Plate (See F. & S. 161) (1977). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary.

Lynn Chadwick, Maquette II Two Standing Figures (1969)

Lynn Chadwick, Maquette II Two Standing Figures (1969). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary.

Bridget Riley, Closed Discs, 1970 (printed 2010)

Bridget Riley, Closed Discs, 1970 (printed 2010). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary.

Nicolas Party, Untitled (2020)

Nicolas Party, Untitled (2020). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary.

Barbara Hepworth, Recling Figure (Trenona) (1958)

Barbara Hepworth, Reclining Figure (Trenona) (1958). Courtesy of Baldwin Contemporary.

The 2023 Fall Preview with Baldwin Contemporary is on view through December 20, 2023.


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