Robert Upstone is an art dealer, valuer, curator and writer specialising in Modern British art. Uniquely in the art market, he spent twenty-three years as a senior Tate curator, acquiring works for the nation and curating many exhibitions around the world. In 2010 he became Director of The Fine Art Society, Britain’s oldest commercial dealership. Since 2016 he has run his own business, based in Mayfair.
In addition to his many commercial shows, Robert has curated major museum exhibitions, including the survey of William Orpen, held at the Imperial War Museum and National Gallery of Ireland (2005), ‘The Camden Town Group’ at Tate Britain (2008), ‘Sickert in Venice’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2009), John William Waterhouse at the Royal Academy (2009), ‘Cayley Robinson’ at the National Gallery (2010), ‘The Vorticists’ at Tate Britain (2011), the contemporary show to mark the 175th anniversary of the Royal College of Art (2012) and the exhibition of Frank Cohen’s collection at Chatsworth (2012).
Robert is writing the catalogue raisonné for Christopher Wood. He is one of the nine members of the Government committee that considers works under the Acceptance In Lieu scheme with a budget of £40m.