London Art Fair Prepares To Kick Start 2014 Art Season

The London Art Fair gets ready to energise the 2014 art season with galleries from across the UK and overseas, exhibiting work by artists from the early 20th century to the present day. Expect to see works by Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie and William Scott who are just some of the major British artists with work at the fair next year . Modern British galleries exhibiting include Austin / Desmond Fine Art, Browse & Darby, Alan Wheatley Art, Anthony Hepworth Fine Art Dealers, Crane Kalman Gallery Ltd, Osborne Samuel, Waterhouse & Dodd and new exhibitors Goodman Fine Art and Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.

Besides several important UK galleries exhibiting, Tokyo-based Whitestone Gallery is one of several new galleries for 2014. It presents a significant display of Gutai, Japan’s leading avant-garde artist movement of the 1950s, with a focus on the work of the artist Chiyu Uemae. London’s VIGO exhibits new work by leading contemporary artists Marcus Harvey and Leonardo Drew alongside rising stars such as 2012 Sculpture Shock award winner Nika Neelova. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery will show an exclusive UK screening of a William John Kennedy documentary featuring Andy Warhol and his muse Ultra Violet. TAG Fine Arts will display Gonkar Gyatso’s ‘Shambala of Modern Times’ which featured in the 2009 Venice Biennale, and CHARLIE SMITH london takes a curatorial approach with a group show titled ‘Historology’. Beers Contemporary will bring new paintings by Andrew Salgado, who was recently commissioned to create a new series of large-scale works for Harvey Nichols. UNION Gallery presents the work of two upcoming Korean artists, Soon Hak Kwon and Yu Jinyoung, and Jack Bell Gallery also returns. For those looking to pick up other iconic works, Sims Reed Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery will have prints and limited editions by some of the most well-known artists in the world including Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst, whilst Jealous Gallery will showcase the work of a new generation.

Art Projects, the Fair’s platform for emerging galleries and the freshest contemporary art from across the globe, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with the launch of a new ‘Dialogues’ section curated by Adam Carr, featuring collaborative presentations between invited UK and international galleries. ‘Dialogues’ features four shared presentations between: DREI, Cologne / Limoncello, London; Galeria Stereo, Warsaw / The Sunday Painter, London; SABOT, Romania / Maria Stenfors, London; and Frutta, Rome / Seventeen, London.

New galleries for 2014 include Brooklyn’s Muriel Guépin Gallery and Paris based UN-SPACED, with a solo presentation by Éric Tabuchi. Galerie E.G.P, also from Paris, is showcasing two artists – Oliver Bragg and Nicholas Portalupi – whose work shares an interest in fictional and parallel universes. Further highlights include group shows by BEARSPACE, Ceri Hand Gallery, dalla Rosa Gallery, THE RESIDENCE GALLERY and Vane.

Art Projects will also host the launch of The Catlin Guide 2014, featuring the cream of art school graduates from around the UK; and solo shows from British rising stars such as Nicole Morris, who has recently been nominated for the Max Mara Prize for female artists, at Space In Between, and Alison Erika Forde at The International 3.

Photo50, a curated showcase of photography highlights from the Fair include Edward Burtynsky and Simon Roberts at Flowers Gallery, new works by Tom Hunter at Purdy Hicks Gallery and Maisie Broadhead at Sarah Myerscough Fine Art. Photography book specialists 21ST Editions will launch a new monograph by Sally Mann at the Fair. A Photography Focus day of talks and discussions on Wednesday 15 January will include a behind-the-scenes look at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with the National Portrait Gallery and ArtTactic’s analysis of current market trends within modern and contemporary photography.

An extensive programme of tours, talks and critical debates takes place throughout the week in association with key partners such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Iniva, PhotoVoice, Apollo magazine, Own Art and Vital Arts.

Marking the launch of her new book published by Lund Humphries, Melanie Gerlis, The Art Newspaper’s Art Market correspondent, asks ‘Is Art Really a Good Investment?’ as part of a panel discussion on Friday 17 January. On Saturday 18 January Stephen Bull of Photoworks interviews artist and film-maker Alison Jackson about her eight Desert Island Pics, and a panel including The Arts Desk’s Fisun Guner will debate ‘Curators – What Are They For? Should We Love Them Or Fear Them?’. 16 January sees the Fair stay open until 9pm for Thursday Late, providing the opportunity for after work browsing complimented by a programme of artist performances and film screenings.

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