Start the New Year in an Artistic Way.

By Jo Phillips

For some, the beginning of a new year means new year’s resolutions keeping fit losing weight sorting out the bits and pieces that never got done. But what about starting it in a slightly more emotionally creative relaxed way? Find out more in Start the New Year in an Artistic Way.

If you fancy starting the new way with something a bit different why not take a trip to the London Art Fair which will return to London for its 36th edition in January?

Eugenie Shinkle, Ideal City (Somebody Else’s Landscape), 1998, Image Courtesy of the Artist.jpg

It will host some of the best galleries from around the world with both seasoned and aspiring collectors, providing a unique opportunity to discover and champion outstanding modern and contemporary art.

The Fair seeks to nurture collecting at all levels whilst providing expert insight into the changing international market. Sitting alongside the main Fair, curated sections Encounters and Photo50 feature the next generation of artists, collectives, and gallerists; showcasing increasingly innovative and interactive ways to engage with art.

The Fair’s strong gallery lineup is also complemented by an extensive programme of engaging talks, panel discussions, interactive performance art, and onsite activations from the Fair’s partners.

This year will see the participation of over 120 galleries from around the world, including Japan, Portugal and Turkey, with new exhibitors Bluerider Art, Stowe Arthouse Gallery, Liss Llewellyn and Common Sense Gallery.

The Fair will also feature work by some of the world’s most renowned artists working across a variety of media, including sculpture, prints, paintings, photography and ceramics, from artists including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and David Hockney.

London Art Fair’s specialism in Modern art continues to be strongly represented through the participation of some of the UK’s leading galleries in the field. Alan Wheatley Art will be showcasing Modern British paintings and sculptures from the latter half of the twentieth century with a particular emphasis on Post-War British art, featuring never-before-seen paintings by Alan Davie to mark the tenth anniversary of the artist’s passing. Meanwhile, Christopher Kingzett Fine Art will focus on British art of the 1950s and 60s and will exhibit a bronze sculpture of a bird by Dame Elisabeth Frink among other pieces by the artist.

London Art Fair reflects contemporary practice and collecting trends within the art world through its critically acclaimed sections curated in collaboration with leading experts.

It has partnered with Charleston for its annual Museum Partnership. Famed as the modernist home and studio of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and the regular meeting place of some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers, and thinkers, known collectively as the Bloomsbury Group.

The Platform section of the Fair brings together art that shines a light on queer love and life selected by guest curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley, and was established to support emerging and international galleries, with participation in the section.

Joshua Bilton, SeedPod, 2022, Image Courtesy of the Artist

Photo50 is the Fair’s critical forum for examining distinctive elements of current photographic practice. For 2024, Photo50 will be curated by Revolv Collective presenting works by artists such as Joshua Bilton and Hannah Fletcher exploring the subject of labour and its diverse representation within the context of the land, looking at practices expanding the possibilities of photography.

Hannah Fletcher, Alice Cazenave, (is)land, 2022, Image Courtesy of the Artists

For the first time at this year’s edition of London Art Fair, the Fair is introducing a new Prints and Editions section, featuring galleries whose displays will focus on limited editions. The section is aimed at nurturing collectors who will want to grow their collections in years to come and will feature prints from both emerging and household names in printmaking.

Choosing to start the new year not with restricted regimes but to go and engage with creative pursuits makes for a far more chilled way to start the year

London Art Fair is taking place from 17-21 January 2024, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH visit for more information

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