London Art Fair 2019 | Contemporary Art | Showcase

London Art Fair 2019 | Contemporary Art | Showcase



from a high enough vantage point it's possible to appreciate the scare of the artworks on display at the London Art Fair running from the 16th to the 20th of January metal sculptures crashing color prints and stylish chandeliers are all taking center stage this year over our history the fair has evolved to become a much more contemporary affair so we now have 130 galleries and 15 countries represented from all corners of the globe they include Canada Russia South Korea and Puerto Rico a dozen galleries half from Latin America the other half from Europe collaborated as part of the dialogue section curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli it's part of the fair's art projects section which spotlights international artists at my back you can see the work of Serge Sergio sister who's an artist with he is in his seventies and on this side is the work of animals a who's in her mid 30s and the idea is that both artists work with his language of geometric abstraction which is one of the main kind of one of the most important trends in Brazilian art history Venezuelan artist Augusto V Albers work layers paint to create unique textures materials are found and put together working with colors and transparency and different material they are basically on paper and I do this process and not finish it all in canvas which is feels like it's leather the London Art Fair has kicked off the international art commander every year since it launched in 1989 but this year the caliber of work for sale is particularly high with works by Banksy David Hockney and Grayson Perry all up for grabs 2018 was an especially good year for David Hockney the English painters work titled pull with two figures sold for eighty million dollars last November nearly four times the price of anything he sold in the past part of what the fair has always been known for is we are very responsive and reacted to what's happening in the market and wanting to be reflective of those trends and Peaks so we have three galleries actually showing David Hockney at the folk but in addition to high-end work the London Art Fair is also focused on affordable pieces with a particular emphasis this year on printmaking and although items here may be for sale it doesn't feel like a market Robert up stone collaborated with Vigo gallery to curate a solo exhibition of husband-and-wife team Emma Biggs and new colleagues who operate as a single artist there is next style diamond shapes play with ideas of geometry and repetition people will always be interested in beautiful things that mean something to them and which actually operate on a different level more elevated level than the day-to-day hurly-burly of political conflict and many of these things are not just a remit I mean millionaires they can be avoided by it by ordinary people the London Art Fair offers the perfect blend of that from the priceless to the surprisingly affordable with pieces for a seasoned collector and those new to the game and crucially turnouts been busy a promising start to the 2019 artistic calendar Miranda ah t CR t world London now to continue this conversation we're joined by Jean Wainwright in our London studio Jean is a professor of contemporary art and photography Jean the museum partner this year is the towner Art Gallery what what can people expect to see from them well it's very interesting this Fair has as you indeed say collaborated with the town Art Gallery and they brought this wonderful survey of work I I loved seeing it and three works struck me the first one the Eric ravillious and it's a small work it's it's a room and you look at it it's got beautiful wallpaper in it now it's an empty room and of course we talk about each image tells a story and this work was made by ravillious when he went to Lahav just before the beginning of the war and he got stuck there for a while due to inclement weather and he made this portrait of the room which was later destroyed by a bomb but why love it is the wallpaper also relates to the wallpaper that's sitting on in the exhibition specially commissioned by the town which is done by Becky Beasley she's picked out some details in this 1930 nine image to portray on the wall and then another work that I think really shows us some of the wealth and breadth of the collection is William Gere and this is an abstract painting and of course as I say every painting tells a story so this abstract painting with its oranges and blacks shines out of the wallet though it's quite understated but it caused a little bit of controversy at the time not because of the subject matter well because William Gere was a curator at the time at the town when he acquired the work his own work and he kept writing off to museu writing off to foundations to ask for kind of funds to acquire abstract art and built up a lovely collection for the town but also acquired quite a few of his own works at the time that questions began to be asked but thank goodness that he didn't do it because we've got these wonderful examples of British fifties and sixties abstraction gene photography plays a central role in this year's Art Fair including a special presentation of photo 50 which has become a feature of the fair and this year's focus is on family what can you tell us about the fourteen selected photos well again everybody has a family and of course the family album or family pictures is so important to people's lives and increasingly so with all the amazing digital photography we've got but what the curator has done whose family are we looking at now he's really looked at different practices of photographers and how they've related to the family so there are unexpected moments firstly one of the works large portraits families by Trish Morrissey and they're photographed on beaches and you know on beaches how sometimes people set out their little territories you know which you know with their beach towels and their windbreaks and their umbrellas and so what she's done is that's what it looks like when you first see it to see the works and then you think something strange there the artist has done she is approached family she had a bag of clothes on her back and she basically dressed up seeing these random families on the beach dressed up said she looked like them either in bikini or frocks or whatever they were kind of wearing and then she approached them said can I take your photograph with a large bowl method camera actually and they would agree or not usually agreed and then she said well what I want to do is I want to replace the mother in the work I want to be the mother in the portrait and said the mother would be removed from the portrait and would be asked to take the photograph now sometimes the father or man in the group with volunteer to take the photograph said no no I need the mother in it but it's also about far more than that about family groups about different beaches in the UK and Australia different territories different grouping social economic groupings of people so gene now we've touched upon family and also in this year's fair themes of you know national and cultural identity are also prevalent why is it important for the fair to represent what we're dealing with in today's today's world well of course when you walk round a fair like this works can't help but jump out at you you know suddenly read works differently because of political situations that are happening certainly in Britain at the point with brexit you know till Tillman's for example that I mentioned earlier a huge fan of remaining and it's done many works about that so you walk around you see works that seem to express something of the moment and this show which of course has many galleries in it each of them showing work International works works full of color and expression that's what art does it reflects the times and it reflects so many different mediums and so many different types of work altogether like a society kind of existing together which i think is one diddler and inglorious and what art should do and so these fairs kind of give us feeling of what's happening now it's also work from the past right great thanks for your time Jean really appreciate the insight

24 Comments

  • Joe Blechl says:

    this is a pyramid i built out of card board from a cropcircle of one hypercube.

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  • JP says:

    The audio made me think my headphones were broken?

  • Mark Stevenson says:

    They say a picture speaks a thousand words , I guess this stupid woman has never heard of this quote !

  • Anthony Rodriguez says:

    Most boring shit I've ever seen! Who are you selling this crap to? Superficial at best.

  • bella trix says:

    I love art, I hate talkative curators

  • Abie Greyvenstein says:

    I don't see art????

  • Arcturusgold says:

    Like some of the 'Fabric designs' @ around 3 minutes but it is not "Art to engage the Soul" and seems symptomatic of the rest of the show as revealing Contemporary SHALLOWNESS and BREVITY of appeal! "Click-Bait" art, once consumed in seconds, gone and forgotten!

  • David Gamez says:

    TODA ESTA PORQUERÌA QUE USTEDES PRESENTAN EN ESTA PSEUDOEXPOSICIÒN QUE PRETENDE SER DE VANGUARDIA, SOLO ES basura. y lO ES DEBIDO A QUE LOS AUTORES NOS QUIEREN APANTALLAR CON LA COPIA DE LA COPIA DE LA COPIA DE LA COPIA, O ¿ES QUE NO HAN VISTO LAS OBRAS DE LOS ARTISTAS DE LOS AÑOS 50`S Y SESENTAS? PORQUE YA EN LOS 70`S ALGUNOS INGENUOS COMENZARON A PLAGIAR AL ARTE POP Y AL ARTE OP ANTERIOR, SIN HABLAR DEL ARTE MINIMAL Y ABSTRACTO QUE DE POS SI ES DE LO MÀS ABURRIDO QUE PUEDA EXISTIR EN CUESTIÒN DE CREACIÒN ARTÌSTICA. TODO ESTO QUE SE VE AQUÌ NO VALE NI LA PENA DE VISITARLO EN SU GALERÌA, DEBIDO A QUE SON PURAS MAMADAS Y COPIAS DESCARADAS DE ARTISTAS DEL SIGLO XX, QUE HOY ESTÀN RECICLANDO SIN DARLES DERECHOS DE AUTORÌA. DESDE AQUÌ LES DIGO A TODOS ESOS PSEUDO PINTORES QUE SE PONGAN A VENDER TOMATES EN EL MERCADO DE CARNABY STREET Y SE DEJEN DE PRETENDER SER CREADORES DE OBRAS PICTÒRICAS.

  • aartmark says:

    Mostly talk. This is supposed to be about visual art. Show more art.

  • David Garde says:

    What a whole bunch of crap !

  • BORN T4pWn3eT says:

    Looks boring than any degree show in the art uni in London

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  • Lucian David says:

    I’m more impressed with this show than any Art Basel I’ve seen.

  • charles.d - artpipe TX says:

    I ran out of volume.

  • Karuna Priya says:

    Now art value depend on investment so sad before art value depends on knowledge in first priority.

  • Tim Oshea says:

    when art declines our civilisation declines . John ruskin > we are doomed this is awful junk

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  • Dheeraj Erikipaty says:

    can someone please tell me what the abstract artwork is of the little girl in the background wall of the reporter with the bright colors?

  • Bruce B says:

    Totally swimming in art that you can't see the sharks or the bait fish. A supermarket of mediocrity for mullets.

  • Crypto Knight says:

    The higher the number of artists on display the more important the venue.
    The more famous the artist the more important the art. Unknown artists work has no value.
    Art and money go together like milk and honey.

  • Chris Newton says:

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    Oh, I undertake commissions. You name it and I can paint it !

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