London Art Fair 2018 closed reporting robust trading and won great approval for its curated spaces.
The 2018 edition of London Art Fair celebrated the 30th anniversary. The Fair was firstly held in 1989 as an initiative of the Business Design Centre, Islington, where it has been organised ever since. Initially known as Art ‘89, over the last three decades London Art Fair has constantly grown up and is now known to be one of the leading platforms for modern and contemporary art.
London Art Fair 2018 saw the participation of 131 exhibitors representing 18 different countries, offering a significant panorama of the British and international art.
Sarah Monk, Fair Director, said: "Over the last thirty years London Art Fair has continued to evolve in order to stay relevant and continue attracting, and exciting, collectors and visitors. Whilst we still provide a home for outstanding Modern British art, we have embraced an increasingly international and contemporary outlook, with new galleries from around the world expanding our offer and reach. What unites our galleries is an emphasis on excellence, whether it originates in the 20th or 21st century. Our 30th anniversary edition has proved that London continues to be open for business, whilst our curated spaces Dialogues and Photo50 have demonstrated that international collaboration is still very much alive and well in the art world."
Confirming there is still a high confidence in the contemporary art market, London Art Fair 2018 participating galleries reported strong sales across all mediums including painting, photography, prints and applied arts.
London Art Fair 2018 supported collecting at all levels, with works by internationally renowned artists. This year, famous sales included a Grayson Perry embroidery sold by Castlegate House Gallery for £45,000; a Picasso drawing sold by Gormleys Fine Art for £52,000; and an Eduardo Paolozzi bronze sold by Piano Nobile for £165,000.
This year edition of the Fair confirmed again the attendance of a number of notable curators and representatives from public and private institutions from all over the world.
For the 2018 edition, London Art Fair affirmed again its international attitude with over 25% exhibitors coming from outside the UK. However, endorsing the ongoing success of the Fair, galleries continue to return, for example, John Mackechnie of Glasgow Print Studio, who has exhibited at all thirty editions of London Art Fair, comments: “We were delighted once again to be able to bring art from Scotland to our regular collectors and to introduce our work to a new audience. We are leaving behind over forty works that are going to new homes.”
London Art Fair 2018 once again provided deep look into the evolution of the art market through its curated spaces Photo50 and Art Projects.
Launched in 2007, Photo50 provides a critical forum to examine and debate some of the most innovative and distinctive elements of contemporary photographic and lens-based practice. This year’s Photo50 exhibition, entitled Resolution is not the point, was curated by Hemera, the first collective to take on this role.
Established in 2005 to support emerging galleries and encourage innovative presentations at the Fair, Art Projects included 33 exhibitors presenting solo and group shows.
A major feature of Art Projects was Dialogues, which invited pairs of galleries to create a shared presentation, encouraging inventive collaborations and new relationships. This year Dialogues was curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz, former Director of Artspace NZ and Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. It featured five partnerships between local and international galleries, each focusing on the representation and recontextualisation of the female through live performances.
This year’s De Longhi Art Projects Artist Award winner Nilbar Güreş (Galerie Tanja Wagner) was drawn from the Fair’s Dialogues section.
London Art Fair 2018 has been at Business Design Centre, Islington, London, from 17th until 21st January 2018.
Again extraordinary, the 2017 edition of Frieze Masters brought to London more than 130 top galleries from all over the world.
Additionally, the 2017 programme was enriched with curated sections for discovery and Frieze Masters Talks featuring top personalities.
At its sixth edition, Frieze Masters London 2017 presented significant settings and projects. It has been a full-bodied journey through the history of art, ranging from ancient books to contemporary art, passing through classical statues and great modern artists.
Frieze Masters once again coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture, together catalyzing the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.
With contributions by eminent curators and world-class institutions on curated sections, programmes and vetting, Frieze Masters was dedicated to discovery and quality. The 2017 programme included the returning Spotlight section for rare solo presentations of 20th-century pioneers, as well as the Collections section, featuring specialist galleries with extraordinary art and objects. The celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme also returned to the fair, curated this year by Tim Marlow and featuring artists Lynda Benglis and Marina Abramović alongside curators Eike Schmidt (Uffizi Gallery, Florence) and Luke Syson (The Met, New York), among others.
Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs said: ‘It is the extraordinary range and quality of work that defines Frieze Masters and we are thrilled to welcome back the world’s leading galleries, from Old Masters to antiquities, tribal and 20thcentury art. The fair has always been a place full of unexpected juxtapositions and new encounters and this year is no exception. The contributions of curators Toby Kamps, Tim Marlow and Sir Norman Rosenthal bring unique perspectives and insights into art history and how it continues to influence artists working today.’
The 2017 edition has seen the return of some of the world’s most significant galleries, together with new additions to the main section, and Andean textiles specialists in Collections.
Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the celebrated Collections section continues to bring new types of work to the fair and showcase extraordinary artworks and objects spanning thousands of years.
Spotlight section was curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston). It returned with 21 solo presentations by 20th-century artists from Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Toby Kamps said, ‘Spotlight continues to reveal extraordinary, under-recognized figures and, in the process, to question traditional canons and shed new light on recent art history.
Curated by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London), Frieze Masters Talks provides a platform for leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice.
This year’s programme features a series of conversations between artists and curators, as well as panel discussions exploring the aesthetics of display – juxtaposing contemporary and historical art.
Directors, curators, and patron groups from a record 230 international museums and other arts organisations attended. Highlights from across the world include trustees and patrons groups from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Louvre, Mauritshuis, Moderna Museet, Pinakothek der Moderne and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Dr. Eike Schmidt, Director, Gallerie degli Uffizi, commented: ‘Coming back to Frieze is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues and friends from the museum world, as well as gallerists, collectors and artists; and of course to see great art. Just the remarkable breadth of works at Frieze Masters and the combination between the stands makes it worthwhile coming each year.’
In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze Masters 2017 partnered with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times, The Royal Parks, Official Champagne Ruinart and new partners, luxury property developers Lodha, Official Coffee Lavazza, and The Maybourne Hotel Group.
Frieze Masters took place in Regent’s Park, London, from 4th to 8th October 2017.
Frieze Week 2017 brought to London significant events. Coinciding with Frieze Masters, as well as Frieze Sculpture, the two fairs form the heart of Frieze Week – an international cultural event in early October, which includes special programmes set up by galleries and museums across London.
This year highlights included: Thomas Ruff at the Whitechapel Gallery; ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ at Tate Modern and SUPERFLEX for the Hyundai Commission at the Tate Turbine Hall; Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain; Jasper Johns at the Royal Academy; Jean-Michel Basquiat; and John Akomfrah for the Curve Commission at the Barbican.
Frieze Week 2017 has seen also the comeback of Frieze Week magazine which offered a companion guide to the wealth of art and activity taking place at the fair and across the city during Frieze London and Masters.
Mount Street was the epicenter for Fashioning Frieze Week: Last October has seen Mount Street ‘Fashioning’ Frieze Week, as the world famous art fair’s first ever destination partner. Luxury giants from Roland Mouret to Erdem and from Jessica McCormack to Christopher Kane will be celebrating the fusion of fashion and art with an exclusive event series in their boutiques throughout Frieze Week – a series that will further cement the street’s credentials as the London destination ‘Where fashion and art collide’.
Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said: "This year, Frieze Week follows our first ever summer opening of Frieze Sculpture, a free exhibition of monumental outdoor work in Regent’s Park. This is our strongest ever exhibition of Sculpture and this is mirrored in the exhibitor list for Frieze London which I am extremely proud of - the fair will feature the best galleries from all over the world, from the emerging to the established. Don’t miss Alison M. Gingeras’s new section showcasing radical feminist artists, and the talks programme investigating art in an age of ‘alternative facts’, curated by Ralph Rugoff. All of this makes Frieze a vital destination for the art world and an important hub for international galleries."
Frieze Week 2017 was ongoing in London during Frieze London Art Fair, on the second week of October 2017.
Projects and Artist Award
Frieze Projects 2017 was curated by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich). The non-profit programme of new artist commissions featured eleven artists from eight countries across the world. Marc Bauer, Donna Kukama, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Lucy + Jorge Orta, SPIT! (Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero), Georgina Starr and Frieze Artist Award-winner Kiluanji Kia Henda created seven new artworks spanning literature, theatre, design and installation, all connected by a strong performative aspect. Curator Raphael Gygax said: ‘Focused on artistic collaboration, this year’s Projects explore “communitas” – the construction of collective identity – and society’s relationship with the “Other”.
Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the third consecutive year.
This year marks the fourth annual Frieze Artist Award and Kia Henda is the first African artist to receive the award and the project commission. Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979, Luanda) is a Luanda-based artist, working across photography, video and performance. Entitled Under the Silent Eye of Lenin, Kia Henda’s winning proposal is a two-part installation, taking the cult of Marxism-Leninism after independence in Angola as its starting point and drawing parallels between witchcraft practices during Angola’s civil war and science fiction narratives used by Cold War superpowers.
Film, Music and Talks
Frieze Film has been a series of new film commissions premiered at Frieze London and broadcast on national television. Alex Bag, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Raphaela Vogel created new works as part of Frieze Projects. Frieze Film was supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.
On 6th October 2017 at The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, Frieze Music and The Vinyl Factory presented Dancefloor Meditations by Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey, with Special Guest DJ Jonnie Wilkes (Optimo). Dancefloor Meditations is an attempt to access the state of mind associated with deep meditation using only the tools to be found in any suburban discotheque.
Frieze Talks was curated for the first time by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London). It focused on how – in an age of ‘alternative facts’ – art’s capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ can take on new meanings. Leading artists, musicians and cultural commentators explored these themes in the content and format of the programme, with topics including Alt-feminisms, (chaired by curator Alison M. Gingeras and including artists Renate Bertlmann, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Marilyn Minter); a performance - conversation between artists (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Philipe Parreno); and a session of ‘sung lectures’ (Nástio Mosquito and Mx Justin Vivian Bond).
Frieze Sculpture was opened throughout the summer for the first time. It is the largest showcase of major outdoor art in London, selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) – includes significant sculptural works by Sir Anthony Caro (Annely Juda Fine Art), John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer (both Gagosian), Takuro Kuwata (Alison Jacques Gallery and Salon 94), Alicja Kwade (kamel mennour), Eduardo Paolozzi (Pangolin), Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ) and Sarah Sze (Victoria Miro), among others.
Art Fund returns as programming partner and has produced the Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour App, as well as a programme of educational tours to further encourage public engagement with Frieze Sculpture.
In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze London partnered with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times, Official Champagne Ruinart, Contemporary Art Society and new partners American Express, Mount Street and Official Coffee Lavazza. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the third consecutive year.
Universal Design Studio again devised the Hotel Café Royal the main hotel partner for Frieze London 2017.
Frieze raised £19,060 for Save The Children in the cloakroom this year.
Frieze Art Fair has been in Regent’s Park, London, from 5th to 8th October 2017.
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