London Art Fair Reveals Talks Programme on New Dates

London Art Fair organisers have released further details for the Fair, which was originally planned for January, and is now returning to the capital from Wednesday 20th April to Sunday 24th April. The fair will highlight a selection of the best galleries from the UK and beyond and will offer both seasoned and aspiring collectors a diverse presentation of modern and contemporary art, alongside curated displays, and an inspiring programme of talks, panel discussions and artists insights.

This year will see the participation of over 100 galleries from around the world, including Austria, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, and Australia, with new exhibitors Tanya Baxter Contemporary, Mothflower and David Kovats; alongside returning names such as Piano Nobile, James Hyman and Purdy Hicks. The Fair will feature work by some of the world’s most renowned artists working across a variety of media, including Henry Moore, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego.

2022 Galleries

New contemporary art on show at the Fair includes the multidisciplinary work of Jordi Alcaraz, courtesy of Alzueta Gallery, a reflection on volume, artistic language and time. Exclusive releases from print studio Jealous Gallery include a new edition by David Shrigley and Stoney Road Press will exhibit a number of Leah Hewson monotypes, which have not been shown previously. Elsewhere, Elizabeth Xi Bauer will share works by three emerging artists Theodore Ereira-Guyer, Abraham Kritzman, and Cătălin Marius Petrișor Hereșanu in a range of techniques consisting of printmaking, painting and sculpture.

Gala Fine Art will present contemporary artists including Dan Parry-Jones whose unique mixed-media pieces explore his fascination with the relationship between nature and the man-made, juxtaposing mountain ranges and palm trees with modernist buildings and brightly painted walls.

Talks and Performances

Technology of the art market will be a prominent focus of the talks programme. Evolving Models for Collecting will see a discussion on new ways of acquiring art and managing collections in a digital age. Curator and writer Lucy Rose Sollitt will be joined by speakers from Limna ai, Art Money, Artlogic, and Artscapy – a new digital platform centred around the needs of collectors.

New Dates Announced for London Art Fair

Sustainability in the arts industry will also be a prominent focus of the Fair. Tatjana LeBoff, Barbican’s exhibition organiser, and paintings conservator Joanna Shepard will discuss the opportunities presented by new innovations in courier technology. These innovations have developed as a response to Covid-19 restrictions, but moving forward offer considerable benefits when it comes to the reduction of carbon footprint for the art industry.

London Art Fair also sees the return of Photography Focus Day on Friday 22nd April, which will include three critical talks based around the Photo50 exhibition, No Place Is An Island, whose featured artists will explore different aspects of the central question asked by the exhibition: What is an Island? Photography Focus Day will commence with a performance, unfolding as a live collage installation by Tom Lovelace and Emily Ryalls. Brett Rogers MBE, Director of The Photographer’s Gallery, will lead a panel discussing the ways in which landscape, photography and politics are connected.

To discuss the role of art fairs in the 21st-century, Jeffrey Boloten, Art and Business Programme Leader at Sotheby’s Institute, will chair a panel joined by arts journalist and author Melanie Gerlis, Piano Nobile gallery director Robert Travers, and London Art Fair Director Sarah Monk. Panellist Melanie Gerlis’ new book The Art Fair Story, published by Lund Humphries, explores the art fairs’ rapid ascent and maps where they might go in a much-changed world. The panel will address how fairs, including London Art Fair, have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and how in-person events stay relevant in the new art world order.

Full information is available at Book tickets for the Fair here.

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