December 13, 2013

London Art Fair 2014: New Developments

London Art Fair: New Developments for 2014
Business Design Centre, Islington 
15 - 19 January 2014 

London Art Fair 2014: Main Fair

London Art Fair welcomes galleries from across the UK and overseas, exhibiting work by artists from the early 20th century to the present day. Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie and Prunella Clough are just some of the major British artists with work in the Fair this year. Modern British galleries exhibiting include Austin / Desmond Fine Art, Browse & Darby, Alan Wheatley Art, Anthony Hepworth Fine Art Dealers, Crane Kalman Gallery Ltd, Osborne Samuel, Waterhouse & Dodd and new exhibitors Goodman Fine Art and Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.

Tokyo-based Whitestone Gallery is one of several new galleries for 2014. It presents a significant display of Gutai, Japan’s leading avant-garde artist movement of the 1950s, with a focus on the work of the artist Chiyu Uemae. Foley Gallery from New York returns to the Fair with a contemporary group show exploring obsessive precision in drawing, cut paper, painting and photography.

London’s VIGO exhibits new work by leading contemporary artists Marcus Harvey and Leonardo Drew alongside rising stars such as 2012 Sculpture Shock award winner Nika Neelova. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery will show an exclusive UK screening of a William John Kennedy documentary featuring Andy Warhol and his muse Ultra Violet. TAG Fine Arts will display Gonkar Gyatso’s ‘Shambala of Modern Times’ which featured in the 2009 Venice Biennale, and CHARLIE SMITH london takes a curatorial approach with a group show titled ‘Historology’. Beers Contemporary will bring new paintings by Andrew Salgado, who was recently commissioned to create a new series of large-scale works for Harvey Nichols. UNION Gallery presents the work of two upcoming Korean artists, Soon Hak Kwon and Yu Jinyoung, and African art specialist Jack Bell Gallery also returns with work by Gonçalo Mabunda and Aboudia amongst others.

For those looking to pick up other iconic works, Sims Reed Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery will have prints and limited editions by some of the most well-known artists in the world including Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst, whilst Jealous Gallery will showcase the work of a new generation. 

London Art Fair 2014: The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield is the museum partner for the 26th edition of the Fair. Frances Guy, Head of Collections at The Hepworth Wakefield, will curate an exhibition focusing on works by Barbara Hepworth and her contemporaries including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and others. Housed in a pavilion at the entrance to the Main Fair, 'Barbara Hepworth and the development of British Modernism' will provide a significant opportunity for patrons and collectors to engage with a presentation of exceptional museum quality works, whilst highlighting The Hepworth Wakefield’s role in preserving a key moment in British Art history. 

The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield now holds the collection of the former Wakefield Art Gallery. Founded in 1934, from its outset the Gallery had an ambitious contemporary collecting policy which encouraged the acquisition of works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore – both born in the Wakefield District – and their contemporaries. The collection is particularly strong in its holdings of works by artists associated with the community in St Ives, including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and John Wells.

Photo50 at London Art Fair 2014
‘Immaterial Matter’ curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein 

Photo50, the annual guest-curated exhibition of contemporary photography, returns to London Art Fair 2014 from 15 - 19 January. Entitled ‘Immaterial Matter’, this year’s exhibition is curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti. 

Each year, Photo50 provides a critical showcase of some of the most interesting and distinctive elements of current photographic practice. 'Immaterial Matter' examines the increasingly indiscernible distinction between the digital and the material. The 50 artworks selected investigate our understanding of these two classifications, and to what extent they effectively delineate our world and our fields of experience in the information age. 

Kate Steciw 
Background, Basic, Bright, Burlap, Closeup, Color, Couch, Crust, Dessert, Drink, Exotic, Food, Formal, Fox, Fresh, Freshness, Fruit, Garnet, Glass, Gourmet, Grain, Granite, Healthy, Ingredient, Isolate, Juice, Juicy, Nature, Organic, Pink, Plant, Pomegranate, Racing, Raw, Red, Relax, Romantic, Seed, Speed Sweet, Tasty, Tropical, 2013, 
26"x40", C-Prints, Oak Frames, Bumper Stickers. Unique 
(c) the artist, courtesy Edel Assanti, London

Displaying traditional lens-based photography alongside digitally-generated imagery, video and web-based work, the exhibition features artists such as: John Houck; Andrew Norman Wilson; Kate Steciw and Joe Hamilton. 

Curators Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein say:
“'Immaterial Matter' will demonstrate the irrevocably altered state of photography as a classification in the post-internet era, in which images exist in potentially infinite alternative manifestations.”
“This exploration is enacted playfully at times, in work that attempts to situate itself on the boundary between the ascribed realms of the digital and material, and progressively elsewhere, in works that describe new ontologies and geographies that are developing as a result of the prevalence of free circulating digital information.” 

Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein co-founded Edel Assanti in 2009, representing an expanding roster of interdisciplinary artists including Gordon Cheung, Noemie Goudal and Alex Hoda. Epstein holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, having previously worked at Gagosian Gallery, London. Fellowes is on the Board of Young Patrons for the Photographer’s Gallery, and formerly managed Hamilton’s Gallery, London.

Alongside Photo50 a number of galleries at London Art Fair will be exhibiting work by contemporary photographers, including: 21st Editions; Purdy Hicks Gallery; Crane Kalman Brighton; Cynthia Corbett Gallery; Danielle Arnaud; Flowers Gallery; GBS Fine Art and Jack Bell Gallery.

A Photography Focus day at the Fair on Wednesday 15 January will see a programme of talks, tours and discussions examining contemporary photographic practice and market concerns.

ART PROJECTS at London Art Fair 2014: Highlights and ‘Dialogues’ galleries

Situated alongside the main Fair on Gallery Level 1, Art Projects is London Art Fair’s curated showcase of emerging contemporary art from across the globe. It features large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays, alongside an extensive film and performance programme. In recent years Art Projects has established itself as an important international platform for new galleries to showcase the most stimulating contemporary practice. 

Nicole Morris 
Impressions, 2013 
Courtesy of Space in Between

Curated by Adam Carr, ‘Dialogues’ is a new initiative for 2014 featuring collaborative presentations between invited UK and international galleries. With many of these galleries and artists working together for the first time, the section promises a unique exhibition of critical conversations around shared ideas or a common aesthetic. Currently curator at MOSTYN, Wales, Adam Carr has previously been guest curator for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.

The ‘Dialogues’ galleries are:
- DREI, Cologne / Limoncello, London
- Galeria Stereo, Warsaw / The Sunday Painter, London
- SABOT, Romania / Maria Stenfors, London
- Frutta, Rome / Seventeen, London 

Lucie Fontaine
My Two Art Employees, 2013 
Courtesy SABOT, Romania

Adam Carr comments: “That galleries converse, interact and exchange knowledge is not new, but yet rarely framed within the context of art fairs. In contrast to the conventional format of separate gallery presentations, ‘Dialogues’ sets out to encourage collaboration, establishing a new constellation in the relationship between galleries, art fairs and the public through their display.” 

Adam Carr is a curator and writer. He is currently curator of MOSTYN, Wales' largest and leading contemporary visual arts institution. Previously he was a guest curator for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli, Turin and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and has curated numerous other exhibitions worldwide including those for Nomas Foundation, Rome; Andreas Huber, Vienna; Johann Konig, Berlin; Yvon Lambert Paris; t293, Naples and Francesca Minini, Milan, among others. He is a regular writer for Cura, Mousse and Spike Art Quarterly.

New additions to Art Projects for 2014 include: Brooklyn’s Muriel Guépin Gallery, with a look at dreams through the work of Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Laurent Chéhère and James Minden; Newcastle’s Vane gallery, with an international group presentation ‘Between Fact and Fiction’; and Paris based UN-SPACED with a solo presentation by Éric Tabuchi. 

Saad Qureshi 
Dead Tree Gives No Shelter, 2012 
Courtesy of Patrick Heide Contemporary Art

Opened by former British Museum curator Anna Harnden in October 2013, TRYON St will be the youngest gallery at the Fair, exhibiting photographic works by Italian artist Ra di Martino, documenting her travels to iconic desert film sets. British rising stars Nicole Morris and Alison Erika Forde will also enjoy solo shows in Art Projects. Morris, who has recently been nominated for the Max Mara Prize for female artists, will use sculpture, architectural interventions and props to create an environment around a central video work for Space In Between. Forde, one of the youngest artists to ever have a solo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, will exhibit sculptural pieces created from found objects with The International 3.

Other Art Projects highlights include the launch of The Catlin Guide 2014, featuring profiles of 40 of the most talented new graduate and postgraduate artists from art colleges around the UK, and an immersive group show from THE RESIDENCE GALLERY which brings together sounds, space, motion and image. Another curated group show, ‘KNOW/WHERE’ from dalla Rosa Gallery, invites Benjamin Bridges, Caroline Kha, and Kasper Pincis to imagine territories that feel solid without being representational of a specific place.

Curated by Pryle Behrman, the film programme will present a selection of experimental video work. A series of performances have been scheduled as part of the Fair’s Thursday Late programme. 


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