LONDON ART FAIR RETURNS FOR ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY
17 – 21 JANUARY 2018
From 17 – 21 January 2018, London Art Fair will return for its 30th anniversary edition.
Launching the international art calendar, the Fair offers exceptional modern and contemporary art from leading galleries around the world. Alongside this, it continues to provide insight into the evolving international market through specially curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, presenting innovative developments in contemporary art and photographic practice.
London Art Fair 2018 invites collectors and visitors to discover work by artists from the 20th century to today, ranging from Modern British masters to exciting new talent. In celebration of their landmark 30th year, London Art Fair will feature a unique exhibition in partnership with Art UK. Bringing together thirty artworks from the nation’s public art collections, Art of the Nation: Five Artists Choose will recognize the extraordinary diversity and importance of the UK’s publicly-owned art.
131 exhibitors will participate in this year’s Fair, attracting galleries from across five continents to the capital. New international exhibitors for 2018 include ARTCO Gallery
(Germany); Galeria Miquel Alzueta (Spain); La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand); Stoney Road Press (Ireland) and YIRI Arts (Taiwan). This year is the most international edition to date, with over 25% of galleries originating outside the UK.
London Art Fair will feature work by a host of renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Frank Auerbach, Banksy and Damien Hirst.
Several galleries will be celebrating the work of influential 20th century artists through solo presentations -The Redfern Gallery (UK) will be showcasing the work of Paul Feiler during his centenary year and Alan Wheatley Art (UK) will present previously unseen paintings by Scottish abstract painter Alan Davie, having recently been appointed representatives of his estate. Meanwhile Waterhouse & Dodd (UK) will bring together a selection of private works by David Bomberg ahead of his major retrospective at Pallant House Gallery, marking the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death.
These eminent artists will be exhibited with the next generation of international art talent, including New Zealand-born artist Holly Zandbergen. Winner of the Prudential Best Young Artist Award 2015, Holly has recently completed her first solo exhibition at Rebecca Hossack Gallery (USA & UK), depicting the dramatic landscape of her native mountain ranges.
Contemporary Collective (UK) will be displaying the work of BP Portrait Award nominee, Sophie Derrick, who transcends the genre of portraiture, using her face as the canvas.
Combining photography with painting, she fuses the digital with the tangible to create alluring works. The theme of digital art will be seen across many exhibitors who look to explore the impact and evolution of digital technology. Paul O’Dowd, of CFPR Editions (UK), has a particular interest in how a robot could be programmed to use common artists materials and is planning on showcasing the robot’s unique results at the fair.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
London Art Fair was established in January 1989 as an initiative of Islington’s Business
Design Centre, where the Fair has been held ever since. Initially known as Art ‘89, the inaugural edition attracted 36 galleries and a few thousand visitors.
A number of the galleries who participated in the original Fair will be exhibiting in 2018, including Glasgow Print Studio (UK) and Brownsword Hepworth Gallery (UK). They will be joined by long-standing London Art Fair exhibitors Austin / Desmond Fine Art (UK) and the Redfern Gallery (UK), continuing the event’s tradition of presenting the best in Modern
British alongside contemporary art.
Over the years, the Fair has played host to acclaimed artists early in their career, including Chris Ofili and Jenny Saville, who were awarded ‘rising star’ awards at the Fair in 1996, and the YBAs, whose notorious Sensation exhibition was re-exhibited in 1998 as part of London Art Fair’s 10th anniversary edition.
London Art Fair 2018 will continue to nurture the next generation of thought-provoking artists, particularly through its curated spaces.
Nermin Kura, A Lemon’s Dream, 2000, stoneware and mid range glazes. Courtesy of Galeri Nev.
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