David Franchi – Thursday, 24th January 2013

“visitor numbers remained high throughout the Fair”

Andrew Salgado, If One Man's Joy is Another Man's Sadness, 2012 © Beers Lambert Contemporary, co. London Art Fair

Andrew Salgado, If One Man’s Joy is Another Man’s Sadness, 2012 © Beers Lambert Contemporary, co. London Art Fair

London Art Fair has celebrated its 25th anniversary, at the Business and Design Centre of Islington, with its largest ever fair.

At the London Art Fair 2013 a total of 100 UK and international galleries took part to the Main Fair, with a further 30 younger galleries exhibiting new work in the acclaimed Art Projects section. It was the seventh year for Photo50 for contemporary photography.

At the Main Fair, galleries from across the UK and overseas exhibited work by artists covering the period from the early 20th Century to the present day. Museum quality Modern British art were presented alongside contemporary work from the best leading and emerging artists.

Established eighth year ago, Art Projects is one of the most exciting sections of the Fair. Art Projects captures a snapshot of the current practice and concerns of contemporary artists. Art Projects is a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the globe and featured large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays from selected galleries. The Art Projects Film Programme hosted a selection of experimental film and video work.

Pryle Behrman, Art Projects curator commented: “The works in Art Projects are characterised by a gentle questioning that looks at gradually-unravelling developments from a critical new angle, one that is never cynical or simplistic. These are artists who find questions where perhaps none were seen before, and never have the hubris to suggest that the answers are easy to find.

Photo50 is a showcase for contemporary photography that highlights the richness and diversity of photography today. Photo50 is an exhibition of contemporary photography and presented fifty works – many for sale – this year curated by Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row. Hackworth’s exhibition, titled A Cyclical Poem, investigated the nature of historical change through 50 images by eight photojournalists and documentary photographers working between 1970 and the present day: Ian Beesley, Dorothy Bohm, Brian Griffin, Paul Hill, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Marketa Luskacova and Chris Steele-Perkins and Homer Sykes.

Nick Hackworth, curator of Photo50, comments: “A Cyclical Poem’ is an elliptical meditation on the idea of historical change,

Patrick Heron, Three Blues in Red, 1962 © Agnew's Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Patrick Heron, Three Blues in Red, 1962 ©
Agnew’s Gallery, co. London Art Fair

instances separated by eras, of congruence and difference; it considers, through the photographic image, what has changed and what has remained the same. Many of the images included date from well before the digital era. From a certain perspective this might render the show perverse and out of date, for digital culture has fundamentally altered the relationship between image, time and memory. If this is so, then this exhibition becomes, as a whole, a picture of a culture of scarcity and selectivity, one that has already dissolved in the vastness of the ever growing digital data stream that appears to structure contemporary experience.”

Those attending London Art Fair 2013 could visit The Macallan’s Masterclass lounge for an introduction to The Macallan and to view the third edition of their The Masters of Photography Series, featuring Annie Leibovitz photographs of Kevin McKidd, whilst enjoying a dram of The Macallan Gold, the newest edition to The Macallan’s portfolio.

London Art Fair 2013 reported strong sales at its 25th edition, as dealers praised the number and breadth of collectors attending. The Fair once again demonstrated its importance to collectors, with attendance figures for the VIP collector’s preview up 43% on last year.

Despite heavy snow across the country, visitor numbers remained high throughout the Fair, with a total of 23,521 people visiting over the six days.

Sir Peter Blake, London- River Thames- Regatta, 2012 © Paul Stolper Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Sir Peter Blake, London- River Thames- Regatta, 2012 © Paul Stolper Gallery, co. London Art Fair

Jonathan Burton, director ofLondon Art Fair commented: “For our 25th edition it was important that London Art Fair 2013 was a statement of intent for the future. The Fair is a welcoming environment for buyers wanting to pick up the very finest in Modern British work as well as cutting-edge contemporary practice.”

Sponsors of London Art Fair 2013 were The Macallan and The Macallan’s “The Masters of Photography”, Sophie Macpherson and Lund Humphries.

The Macallan was founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside. It was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. The Macallan support the “The Masters of Photography”. The Annie Leibovitz Edition is the third in the award winning The Macallan Masters of Photography series. The previous two editions were authored by Rankin and Albert Watson. These are unique limited edition collections.

Sophie Macpherson Ltd is a dedicated recruitment agency specialising in the international art world. Lund Humphries has been a leading publisher of illustrated art books for nearly 70 years, with a particular reputation in the field of Modern British Art.

London Art Fair 2013 was at the Business and Design Centre of Islington from 16th until 20th January 2013.

 

Editorial staff – Thursday, 6th December 2012

Cécile B. Evans, This Is Your Audio Guide, Frieze London 2012© Ph. Polly Braden, co. Polly Braden/ Frieze

Cécile B. Evans, This Is Your Audio Guide, Frieze London 2012© Ph. Polly Braden, co. Polly Braden/ Frieze

Frieze Art Fair announced today the call for entries to the Emdash Award 2013. The Emdash Award returns to Frieze Londonfor the third consecutive year in 2013 as part of the acclaimedFrieze Projects programme. The award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under 35 years of age.Frieze Projects is a programme of site-specific commisions shown at Frieze London each year. Produced by FriezeFoundation, The Emdash Award is supported by the Emdash Foundation and presented in collaboration with Gasworks.

The recipient of the award will have the unique opportunity to present their work atFrieze London 2013. Additionally, the prize will cover production costs of up to £10,000, an artist’s fee, per diems, travel expenses and a studio residency at Gasworks in London from August to October 2013.

Andrea Dibelius of the Emdash Foundation said of the award: ‘I am very much looking forward to the award in its third year. Previous winners have produced thought-provoking projects that demonstrate serious talent. Frieze London provides the perfect platform for the Emdash Foundation’s aim to nurture creativity at an international level.’

Entrance to the award is by open submission and the winner will be selected by an international panel of artists and curators. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2013. The winner of the award will be announced in May 2013.

Proposals for work can take the form of site-specific installations; performance; film; video or print work. Applicants will be judged on the innovative nature of their proposal and its suitability for realisation at Frieze London.

The Emdash Award winner in 2012 was Cécile B Evans, whose work “This Is Your Audio Guide” was launched at Frieze London 2013 with significant critical recognition. For more information on her project and to listen to the guide itself online see FriezeFoundation.org.

Frieze Projects is a curated programme of site-specific commissions at Frieze London, Frieze Projects is produced by Frieze Foundation.

Emdash Foundation was founded by Andrea Dibelius in 2010, and supporting Frieze Projects for the third year, the Emdash Foundation is a not-forprofit foundation dedicated to promoting new ideas across disciplines from artistic and cultural projects to scientific research. The em dash indicates a pause to reflect and to review – before a clear statement often taking a new direction, follows. Just like the em dash, theEmdash Foundation facilitates new ideas, new impulses and new thoughts. Emdash Foundation’s activities are motivated by philanthropy, a love for the arts and a commitment to supporting new ideas and emerging talent.

Gasworks is a contemporary arts organisation in South London, Gasworks houses 12 artists’ studios and includes a programme of exhibitions, residencies, international fellowships and educational projects.

Frieze London will take place from 17–20 October 2013, Frieze London is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs and features over 170 of the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe: Los Angeles to Berlin, London to Beijing.

Full details on how to apply are available at http://www.friezefoundation.org

 

David Franchi – Thursday, 21st November 2012

“has revolutionised and democratised the art market”

Marine Girl by MariaRivans, Liberty Gallery © Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair is the place to be when you are looking for an artwork that will not exploit your wallet. This year, the last two events of the Affordable Art Fair in London have been held in Battersea Park (25th – 28th October2012) and in Hampstead Heath (1st – 4th November 2012).

Art enthusiasts shopping on a more modest budget at the Battersea Park fair have found a new focus on art under £500. Artwork priced under £500 were made easy to spot and there were specially crafted ‘Really, Really Affordable Art’ tours, helping visitors unearth an affordable gem. The Duke of Kent was set to open the Battersea Fair alongside Affordable Art Fairfounder, Will Ramsay.

One week later, the Affordable Art Fair returned to Hampstead Heath for the second year running. Celebrity impressionist and comedian, Jon Culshaw, opened the fair this year and around 20,000 visitors were expected to flock to the Heath in search of paintings, photography and sculptures priced between £40 and £4,000.

At both fairs, established artists such as Damien Hirst, Mark Quinn and Stanley Donwood have showcased their work alongside BP Portrait Award shortlisted artists including James Stewart and Nathan Ford.

Over a hundred galleries, including Degreeart and My Life in Art, presented new emerging talents. Visitors to the Battersea fair were able to browse the latest work from art colleges at the Recent Graduates Exhibition.

The Education Programme returned to the Affordable Art Fair with an array of artist-led workshops, talks and Kid’s Activity Packs designed to let the little ones unleash their artistic flair.

The Affordable Art Fair had a strong agenda plenty of workshops that were very participated, and run from print making to sculpture and painting to collage on offer to those ready to get their hands dirty – both children or adults.

There were also free informal talks and tours organised on several different topics such as finding really affordable art to creative techniques and insider information were also scheduled to run at the fairs both North and South of the river.

The Affordable Art Fair has acquired an international status. It was founded by Will Ramsay in 1999. Since it was launched the Affordable Art Fair

Thames II by Stephan Venekas, Doinel Gallery © Affordable Art Fair

has welcomed over 1 million visitors worldwide and has seen £155m of art sold by exhibiting galleries. A global success story, 17 fairs are now held in 14 cities across 4 continents. The London Battersea Spring Edition2012 attracted 21,000 visitors and sold £4.5 million worth of art and 18,500 visitors were recorded in Hampstead Heath in November 2012.

The Affordable Art Fair has developed a new concept of art market in Europe, which was a restricted area giving access to wealthy people only. Affordable Art Fair has reversed the situation giving to ordinary people the chance to buy artworks even from famous artist and with low prices.

Price labeling is mandatory at the Affordable Art Fair and this is a practice unknown to other traditional fairs, so visitors know exactly how much an artwork costs before buying it.

The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its fun and accessible approach, bringing art under £4,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol. Every fair offers something different, with a diverse range of local, national and international galleries at each showcasing art in an array of styles. Pieces by household names sit alongside the latest emerging talent.

The Affordable Art fair was sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine and Keats Community Library was the charity beneficiary for the Hampstead Heath fair.

At Battersea Park from 25th until 28th October 2012.

At Hampstead Heath from 1st until 4th November 2012.

 

David Burlak, 3rd November 2012

“bringing together leading artists from across the world”

Ruth Ewan, Liberty of Savoy, 2012 © Frieze Fair london

On the occasion of the Frieze Art Fair London 2012, it worth to talk about the Frieze Projects East that wasFrieze Foundation’s first curated and produced programme in public spaces. Opened on 18th July 2012, Frieze Projects Eastwas a series of six new public art projects that form part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

The artists that took part in Frieze Projects East are: Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber, as well as Ruth Ewan, the recipient of the CREATE art award. The series has been programmed by Frieze Foundation curator Sarah McCrory.

Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and had since produced 97 new works from 132 artists. It is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Fair. Together with Frieze Projects, the Foundation oversees Frieze Talks, Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film. In 2011 Frieze Foundation introduced the Emdash Award.

The Frieze Projects East have taken place in the six east London Host Boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic and

Gary Webb, Squeaky Clean, 2012, © Frieze Fair London

Paralympic Games: Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Frieze Projects East was commissioned by CREATE and The London 2012 Festival. The series received significant funding support from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.

CREATE commissions and produces work by emerging local artists and established international figures, and brings east London’s young residents behind the scenes with a programme of workshops, skills development and job placements. CREATE 2012’s main sponsor is Deutsche Bank.

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne, LOVE, 2012 © Frieze Fair London

Sarah McCrory has been the curator for Frieze Foundation since late 2009 and has been responsible for the Projects and Film at Frieze London for the past three years. She said of the new series: ‘For the first time Frieze Foundation is producing a number of projects outside Frieze Art Fair. Frieze Projects East is to take place in the Olympic host boroughs of east London, where Frieze is based and in which many of us live. The projects have relationships with the communities in which they are based but stay true to the artists’ vision and ambition.’

Ruth Mackenzie, Director of Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, remarked: ‘We’re delighted to be a co-commissioner of Frieze Projects East, which is one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival.’

Hadrian Garrard, CREATE Director, observed: ‘CREATE works to connect artists with the communities of east London in ambitious, surprising and meaningful ways. So we are delighted to be working with Frieze Foundation and bringing their internationally- renowned programme to east London for the first time.’

The London 2012 Festival was a 12-week nationwide celebration that running until 9 September bringing together leading

Can Altay, Distributed, 2012 © Frieze Fair London

artists from across the world with the best from the UK.

The CREATE 2012 summer programme has run until the end of August and featured new commissions and artistic collaborations in numerous venues across east London. The CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Can Altay (b. 1975) is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. Can Altay’s artwork, “Distributed”, were found distributed across key buildings in Waltham Forest. Over twenty large mirror-ball like sculptures were placed on doors. The works were intended to be touched, used and handled by the local communities that live and work in Waltham Forest. Accompanying the artwork, a series of discursive pamphlets will be published and distributed. Altay’s temporary residence at the William Morris Gallery during August will consist of workshops and talks discussing and recording reactions to the artwork.

Sarnath Banerjee (b. 1972) is an Indian artist based in New Delhi and Berlin. Sarnath Banerjee presented “Gallery of Losers, (Non-performers, almost-winners, underachievers, almost-made-its)”. His graphic illustrations will be presented across

Sarnath Banerjee, Gallery of Losers, 2012 © Frieze Fair London

posters, billboards, local newspapers and hoardings throughout the Olympic boroughs. Banerjee’s humorous graphic narratives reference and draw on the shared history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international. The stories depict his own failed forays into amateur sports, alongside better known partial successes in Olympic history. Banerjee’s work taps into a collective consciousness of sporting near misses – or, the people who almost made it – and aims to resonate with both local communities and visitors to the London 2012 games.

Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978) and Nicholas Byrne (b. 1979) are British artists based in London. Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne presented “Love”. They inhabited Poplar Baths with large brightly coloured suspended and free-standing inflatable sculptures. Referencing the famous LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana, Byrne and Hamilton’s installation also draws on the visual languages of art deco – inspired by the period in which the building was re-opened as a vibrant bathhouse, music hall and theatre. The inflatables incorporate influences from advertising, popular culture, psychedelia and an underlying cheeky sexuality. Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne’s collaboration extends the duo’s interest in the theatrical and sensory experience of art. The project allowed visitors to access the spectacular art deco interior of Poplar Baths which first opened in 1852. Rebuilt in the 1930s as a huge sport, health and leisure complex; the baths has been closed to the public since the early 1980s.

Gary Webb (b. 1973) is a British artist based in London. Gary Webb’s “Squeaky Clean”, the commission for Frieze Projects East has seen the construction of a permanent and interactive public sculpture that installed within the popular community Charlton Park, Greenwich. Built from steamed wood, polished aluminium and cast resin, the work combines brightly coloured and large-scale public sculpture with elements of modular playground equipment. Webb’s sculptural exploration into material and form and his E-number saccharine colour-palette is available for children to clamber on as a living artwork.

Klaus Weber (b. 1967) is a German artist based in Berlin. Klaus Weber presented “Sandfountain” in Newham. His

Klaus Weber, Sandfountain, 2012 © Frieze Fair London

commission was a distinctive take on a traditional way to artificially ornament a site. ‘Sandfountain’ took the form of a traditional three-tiered fountain but will be engineered to propel sand rather than water. The artist has made several previous fountain projects. Like them, ‘Sandfountain’ is part visual-pun, part spectacle, both confounding our material expectations and emphasising its own artifice.

Ruth Ewan (b. 1980) is a British artist based in London. Ruth Ewan has won the CREATE Art Award for “The Liberties of the Savoy”. Artist Ruth Ewan has been working with a group of creative mentors and more than 200 young people from across east London to create “The Liberties of the Savoy”, drawing inspiration from events that took place in 14th-century London. On 17 July, young people from across the six Olympic host boroughs travelled to The Savoy’s Lancaster Ballroom to create a unique event inspired by the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Throughout the planning and execution of the event, the young participants have been made responsible for every aspect of the project including the menu, music, performance, design and transport. They are temporarily granted Liberties of the Savoy for one afternoon. The event is exclusively for the participants while the process and final event will be documented on film and in print.