Launching the London and international art collecting calendar with a superb selection of Modern and Contemporary art the London Air Fair opened it doors to buyers and collectors, art lovers and the art industry starting with a VIP Preview and Press View on the 17th of January at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The offerings for seasoned and aspiring collectors is a diverse presentation of artworks alongside curated displays and an inspiring programme of talks, panel discussions and artists’ insights.
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum
Honouring its museum partnerships the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, present key highlights from their outstanding collection to the Fair showcasing the rich contribution to British art made by Jewish, immigrant, and refugee artists. Works from Ben Uri at LAF include Dominican artist Tam Joseph.
With over 100 Galleries from around the world, the fair also feature works from some of the worlds most renowned artist including works by Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Julien Opie.
Photo50: Beautiful Experiments
The 2023 edition of Photo50 bring together the work of a group of multigenerational women photographers whose practice engages with their diasporic heritage, and through their lens explores domestic life and the home as not only a physical place but also a space of memory and generational exchange. (Read our interview with Curators Katy Barron and Pelumi Mulenga HERE).
Images Clockwise: (main image) Heather Agyepong, The Body Remembers, 2020. Courtesy of The Hyman Collection , Top right Bernice Mulenga, Orpheus Jay, 2021 and bottom right: Joy Gregory, Butter Dish From Home, 2018
Full list of exhibiting artist: Heather Agyepong | Joy Gregory | Adaeze Ihebom | Marcia Michael | Bernice Mulenga | Sofia Yala | Marlene Smith | Rubee Samuel | Maxine Walker | Adama Jalloh | Eileen Perrier
Encounters is a new section launching at the London Art Fair 2023 curated by journalist, curator, and member of the Encounters Selection Committee, Pryle Behrman. Formerly Art Projects, Encounters showcases the freshest contemporary art from across the globe. It features young, up-and-coming galleries eager to present their emerging artists on a robust platform alongside established names creating new and exciting work, taking their practice in a different direction.
New on the scene is Othelandz part of Encounters
This exhibition gives voice to a group of UK based women artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, to explore these themes and how they exist in this place we call home.
Otherlandz is a platform exploring issues surrounding identity, belonging, assimilation and womanhood, questioning; what does it mean to exist as a multicultural woman in Britain and how do we preserve a relationship with our diasporic origins?
Includes April Contemporary’s, an installation by Luqmaan Godfrey artist pictured (above) – the artist’s alter ego of muralist Damilola Odusote – combines mixed media drawings, poems, texts, collages, and murals to present ‘reality’ as a continually changing map that is both malleable and wholly transient.
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery established in 2004, represents contemporary artists and is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The Gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London, New York, Miami and California.
Works at LAF include Ashley January whose work addresses “the Black maternal mortality and morbidity crisis in America through painting and multimedia. Black women are three to four times more likely to Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women.
KOOP Projects part of Encounters
Among the thematic presentations includes Koop Projects’ stand dedicated to presenting African artists who transform discarded materials to explore individual and collective identity themes.
Based in Kemptown, Brighton, Koop Projects is a neighbourhood gallery with an international outlook. The gallery supports creative projects that emphasise the role of contemporary African art and artists as a dynamic source for learning and change.
Event Spotlight: THURSDAY LATE
London Art Fair’s popular Thursday Late, sponsored by Visit Malta, will run from 5pm-9pm on Thursday 19 January. At the late opening, art lovers can enjoy the Fair after dark alongside the sounds of a Live DJ Set for an alternative art world experience.
From 5 – 8pm visitors are invited to join Jealous Gallery and Print Studio for a Live Print Demonstration in the Encounters section of the Fair where they will be able to take home a print from artist Bench Allan in return for making a donation to Tottenham Food Bank. BOOK TICKETS