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Shapero Rare Books Ltd
Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian books and works on paper. Our experts have over 250 years of experience between them, with particular expertise in fine illustrated books from the 15th to the 20th century, travel & voyages, natural history, literature (including modern first editions), children’s books, guidebooks, Hebraica & Judaica, works of Russian interest and Islamica.

In 2014 we launched Shapero Modern, a modern and contemporary gallery which curates several shows annually at their Maddox Street gallery.

We also specialise in prints and original works on paper across a broad range of subjects, from antique prints to modern pochoir plates, as well as photographs from vintage photography to modern art photography.

With three locations in Mayfair, on New Bond Street and Maddox Street, most of our stock is on public display. We also exhibit at major international art fairs including Frieze Masters, TEFAF Maastricht and Art Miami, as well as renowned book fairs including California, New York, Paris, London, and Hong Kong.

Contact

106 New Bond Street (1st floor)

London, W1S 1DN, United Kingdom

+44 20 7493 0876 07939 035 775 Website Email

41-43 Maddox Street

London, W1S 2PD, United Kingdom

+44-20-3693 2197 Website Email

105 New Bond Street

London, W1S 1DN, United Kingdom

+44-20-7493 0876 Website Email

Staff

Bernard Shapero

Director

+44 20 7493 0876 Email

Tabitha PHILPOTT-KENT

Director

+44 20 3693 2197 Email

Jeffrey KERR

Director

+44 20 3693 2178 +44 7939 035 775 Email

Lucinda BOYLE

Director

+44 20 7493 0876 Email
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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

INKING THE 1890s - The Walker/Good Collection

The R.A. Walker and W.G. Good collection: the most comprehensive collection of the printed works of Aubrey Beardsley to be brought to market, comprising all the important works in the artist’s canon, in exceptional condition, alongside his earlier work, rare books relating to the decadent & aesthetic movements, books from the
artist’s library, unexpurgated proofs, notable association copies, and other collectable works of importance.

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LARRY POONS - Paintings from 1970s to 2000s

Born in Tokyo in 1937, Larry Poons first trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, before attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  He undertook his first solo show in New York at the famous Green Gallery in 1963, and in 1965 his work was included in MoMA’s era defining exhibition The Responsive Eye.

Our exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through three decades, watching the development of Poons’ style from the 1970s when the artist started moving away from geometric abstract imagery on monochrome backgrounds towards the freer style of painting for which he is recognized today. 

We begin with what the critic Michael Fried called ‘the elephant skinned’ paintings, their somber pallet and heavy feel achieved with thick impasto built up with foam and rubber objects, the paint poured on the canvas.  These give way to the chaotic colour and form of the late '90s, when Poons splashed and poured the paint onto the roll of canvas, before cropping the image to reveal the finished composition.  Finally, in the early 2000s we see works of thinly layered paint with glimpses of quiet canvas peeping out from the vivid colour applied uncharacteristically with a paintbrush.

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PARADISE LOST by Jan Hendrix

The show explores Jan's response to the transformation of Kamay Botany Bay, in Sydney, Australia.  Named by Captain James Cook when he landed there in 1770, Botany Bay acquired its name thanks to the huge number of plants recorded and collected there by the botanists who accompanied Cook on this his first voyage to the Pacific: Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander. 

Inspired by Cook's expedition and the surviving botanical specimens held by the Natural History Museum in London, Jan explores how the landscape has changed in 250 years. Once teeming with life, it is now unrecognisable, with Sydney's international airport taking centre stage. 

FRANK STELLA: What you See is What you See

Stella, whilst prominent as both an abstract painter and sculptor, also made major contributions to the history of modern print and no biography or survey of the artist would be complete without ack nowledging this rich side of his artistic practice. Stella himself commented 'the prints are in all of my work'.

It was, however, Stella's collaboration with the master printer and publisher Kenneth Tyler that produced one of the great partnerships in modern American Art. Tyler and Stella first began to print together in 1967, at Gemini G.E.L in Los Angeles, and later at Tyler Graphics LTD in New York.  Tyler became such an intrinsic part of Stella's print work that when Tyler Graphics LTD shuttered its doors in 2001, Stella stopped making prints altogether.

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