London Art Fair returns to Islington Business Design Centre from 22nd-26th January 2020, bringing museum-quality modern and contemporary art to the capital. The Fair connects the best galleries from around the world with seasoned and aspiring collectors looking to acquire exceptional works, from both internationally renowned artists and emerging artists breaking new ground.
The Fair also provides expert insight into the contemporary art market through its talks, tours, screening programme and critically-acclaimed curated sections, including Art Projects, Photo50 and Dialogues.
London Art Fair continues to champion regional collections through its annual museum partnership, which this year invites Southampton City Art Gallery to showcase their outstanding modern British and contemporary art.
Last year London Art Fair launched Platform, a new section focusing on a single theme or discipline. For 2020 it will capture the breadth of different artists working in textiles and the growing appreciation of the medium as a beautiful and collectible art form.
Over 100 galleries from around the world are participating in London Art Fair 2020, with new international exhibitors including Art Blue Studio (Singapore), Art Mûr (Canada) , Cork Printmakers (Ireland), DAM Gallery (Germany), Kevin Kavanagh (Ireland), Gallery KITAI (Japan) and Tamar Dresdner Art Projects (Israel).
London Art Fair’s specialism in Modern British art continues to be strongly represented and received through the participation of some of the UK’s leading galleries in the field. Castlegate House Gallery is exhibiting a recent oil painting of David Landau by Frank Auerbach, as well as an important unrecorded 1967 portrait by John Bellany. Meanwhile, both Frederick Charles Art and Alan Wheatley Art are exhibiting work by Alan Davie, who had shows in 2019 at the Newport Street Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield.
Black Box Projects will be showcasing new and archival work by contemporary British Pictorialist photographer Steve Macleod in a solo survey exhibition and Huxley Parlour will present a dynamic programme of contemporary and modern photography and painting from the 21st Century . There is also a strong presence of female photographers, complementing the Photo50 exhibition Occupy the Void, including Ellie Davies and Karine Laval presented by Crane Kalman Brighton, Celine Bodin and Sandra Kantanen displayed by Purdy Hicks Gallery and Flowers Gallery will show work from Julie Cockburn.
A strong representation of sculpture at the Fair includes Standpoint Gallery ’s works by Frances Richardson and Olivia Bax (both winners of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, with Richardson winning the 2017-2018 edition and Bax the 2019-2020 edition) and five ceramic works by Grayson Perry shown by Castlegate House Gallery.
Cavaliero Finn exhibits woven and cut tapestries by Jacy Wall alongside ceramics by Bjork Haraldsdottir. Wall’s work is an exploration of the qualities of textiles, through surfaces, pattern, structure, seams, thread and stitch. Black and white are often a backdrop to Wall’s palette with hints of red and yellow in wool and linen which she dyes herself. These works will be complemented by new geometric sculptural vessels by Haraldsdottir, with bold surface pattern, reminiscent of old Icelandic and Celtic knitting and stitch patterns.
Oxford Ceramics Gallery provides a link to the Modern British works at the Fair with their presentation of calming, symmetrical works by the present the pre-eminent British artist weaver of the post-war period, Peter Collingwood, who has been described as a technical innovator, teacher and mentor. These works will be complemented by furniture pieces by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley and finely-thrown porcelain vessels by Japanese artist Niisato Akio.
Dialogues is a guest-curated themed presentation situated within Art Projects on Gallery level 1 of the Fair, inviting paired international contemporary galleries to create inventive collaborations and exhibit work in conversation. Alistair Hicks is the Dialogues curator for 2020.
Photo50 is the Fair’s annual guest-curated exhibition, providing a critical forum for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. The latest edition of Photo50, Occupy the Void, curated by writer, collector and gallerist Laura Noble, explores the vast pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 and the cultural ‘space’ that they inhabit.
LONDON ART FAIR 22nd – 26th January 2020 (Preview 21 January)
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH
Tickets: £22, £17 in advance.