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June 6, 2011

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London is hosting two art fairs this week. Opening today is London’s Latin American art fair, PINTA, June 6-9, 2011, with a record number of 60 exhibitors specializing in modern and contemporary art, including first-timers Max Estrella, Rafael Ortiz and Galería Barcelona. The event takes place at Earls Court Exhibition Center, and boasts a special focus this year on solo shows, highlighting the work of Waltercio Caldas, Felipe Ehrenberg and Regina Silveira, among others, as well as works from both established artists (Joaquin Torres Garcia and Carmen Herrera) and emerging ones (Felipe Barbosa).

Also opening this week, in its sophomore outing, is Brian and Anna Haughton's Art Antiques London, June 8-15, 2011, presenting 72 art and antiques dealers at London’s Kensington Gardens, with a gala First Night Party scheduled for June 8, 2011. Aside from an expanded lecture program, this year’s fair is expected to be similar to its inaugural edition last year. “We were delighted with the launch of Art Antiques London last year,” said Haughton in a release. “The aspects of the fair that people most enjoyed were its size, location and its wide range of objects.”

And a wide range there is. Highlights span from a £525,000 emerald, sapphire and pearl art-deco brooch from London’s Lucas Rarities, to a soft-paste Sèvres porcelain vase Hollandois from the collection of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, sold by Adrian Sassoon, to a rare rectangular tea caddy from Brian Haughton Gallery and to a 1974 Aubusson tapestry, Recollection Pond, part of an edition of 7, one of which destroyed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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