From Wednesday this week until January 25th, the London Art Fair is taking place again. The 27th edition of the art fair provides – as every time – a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. The Business Design Centre in Islington will not only be the venue for the art fair itself but also for two curated sections focusing on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography; Art Projects (a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from all over the world with 32 selected galleries) and Photo50.
About Art Projects: The selected galleries such as The Contemporary London, 3+1 Contemporanea (Lisbon) or Galerie Rothamel (Germany) will present large-scale installations, solo work and group displays alongside a film project featuring experimental film and video work.
About Photo50: This is a guest-curated exhibition including not only contemporary art works but also photography pieces. It is located on the 2nd level of the fair and will feature 50 different works including some of the -most interesting and distinctive elements of current photographic practice.
Image: Fanny Wickström, ‘Frances’ 2014, Chicken wire, papier mache, clay, acrylic, fabric and fake hair
We take a chance to look at some exciting new exhibition which will happen within the next couple of days, such as the sixth edition of The Catlin Guide 2015 New Artists in the UK.
Painting, photography and sculpture are all strongly represented in this year’s publication of The Catlin Guide 2015 which will launch during the days of the art fair. The guide is a collection of the 40 most promising graduate artists in the UK. The launch will feature work of many artists who work in mixed media including Fanny Wickström (Glasgow School of Art), Nicholas Johnson (RCA), Dominic Hawgood (RCA), and Oliver Hickmet (City and Guilds of London Art School).
“It’s about locating potential,” says editor Justin Hammond, who compiles his top 40 in consultation with leading gallerists, curators, collectors and course tutors, following the most recent round of final shows and a lengthy series of studio visits. “I’m looking for artists who are in it because they couldn’t possibly imagine ever doing anything else. Avoiding a precise criterion keeps the process exciting.”
“Selection for the book can be a springboard, especially for graduates from the smaller schools, outside of the major cities” continues Hammond. “Perhaps they stand to gain the most from making the final 40. The Catlin Guide will introduce their work to a new audience and help facilitate partnerships with curators and collectors.”
So make sure you get down.
One day ticket prices are £18.50. Six day pass costs £33.50. Please visit London Art Fair’s website for more information.