Lawrence Van Hagen is the founder of LVH Art, an independent art advisory service, dealing in post-war, modern and contemporary art, as well as the curator of the renowned ‘What’s Up’ exhibitions taking place in London, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul. Furthermore, LVH Art is engaged in further curatorial projects.
Operating in partnership with Smart Fine Arts Ltd. (1991), LVH Art is committed to advising clients on particular purchases as well as assessing each client’s individual needs to build their collection. We tailor our services in order to suit the most unique requirements with upmost discretion and confidentiality. We seek out the most innovative artworks through a careful selection and extensive research from galleries, institutions, private art foundations, fairs, biennials, artists’ studios and private collections around the world.
The What's Up exhibitions on the other hand, present dynamic surveys of carefully selected fine art pieces, bringing together a spectacular array of emerging, mid-career and blue chip artists. Curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, each What's Up exhibition is conceived within unusual settings in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul. The first What’s Up exhibition took place in London in 2016 and had an 85 per cent sell through rate featuring the work of 50 of some of the most significant contemporary and post war artists along with rising talents. The concept was based on the question of what’s up on walls today, who are the artists to look out for right now. This idea holds true today, with 9 exhibitions in 5 different countries What's Up continues to grow.
Lawrence Van Hagen's childhood was firmly rooted in the art world, by the time he left school, Lawrence had already hosted his first auction at Phillips in collaboration with Simon de Pury, raising over £1m to fund public school bursaries for underprivileged young people. Following an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at UCL and a Masters in Innovation at Imperial College, Lawrence decided to dedicate his life to art.