UPDATE – London Art Fair organisers Immediate Live have postponed the London Art Fair from the planned January 2022 dates to April 20th-24th, 2022.
Their statement says: “In light of the continued uncertainty and disruption caused by the recent Omicron variant the decision has been made to postpone London Art Fair 2022 from 19th-23rd January to 20th-24th April at the Business Design Centre. Whilst we could have continued with the event as planned within government guidelines, we are keen to deliver the best possible Fair for our galleries, sponsors, partners and visitors. We have worked with our exhibiting galleries from the UK and internationally to make this decision, prioritising the wellbeing of all of our attendees. We are dedicated to delivering the same exceptional content that we have been planning for the last 12 months and look forward to you experiencing the line-up of talks, workshops and curated displays that we have scheduled”.
Details of the new preview dates will be shared in due course.
The Fair connects both accomplished and aspiring collectors with the best galleries from across the world, providing them with a unique opportunity to discover outstanding modern and contemporary art, from prints and editions to major works by internationally renowned artists from the 20thcentury to today.
In addition to over 100 exhibiting galleries, the Fair returns with a number of highly regarded curated spaces:
- Platform: Each year the Fair’s curated section Platform, features invited galleries presenting well-known, overlooked and emerging artists whose work aligns to a single distinct theme. Curated by Candida Stevens, for 2022 Platform will explore the theme of Music and its part in contemporary visual art. Visual art and music share common cultural influences, including societal, political and technological. With contemporary craft and contemporary art increasingly occupying a shared space in both exhibitions and collections, Platform will look at the range of music inspired by visual art being made today.
- Photo 50: Photo50, the Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, will be curated by art historian and curator Rodrigo Orrantia. No Place is an Island presents a selection of works by British and UK-based artists, interested in questioning the idea of an island and the associated concepts of isolation and isolationism. Echoing John Donne’s celebrated No Man is an Island, this exhibition examines what it means to be an island in the contemporary moment. As we slowly emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic to a post-Brexit Britain, the topical issues of our day (climate emergency, mass migration, travel and movement restrictions) confront us with the reality of an interconnected world.
- Art Projects: Art Projects returns for its 18th edition at the Fair to showcase the freshest contemporary art from across the globe. Pryle Behrman, art critic and member of the Art Projects Selection Committee, will once again return for 2022 to introduce this section, and as curator of The Screening Room, which is hosted as part of Art Projects as an accompanying programme of collaborative video and new media initiatives.
See the website for ticketing arrangements for the rescheduled dates.