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London Art Fair 2014 was successful.

London Art Fair 2014 was successful.

David Franchi – Thursday, 22nd January 2014

Barbara Hepworth, Kneeling Figure (1932) Rosewood. Courtesy of Wakefield Permanent Art Collection © Bowness, Hepworth Estate/Photograph: Norman Taylor

Barbara Hepworth, Kneeling Figure (1932) Rosewood. Courtesy of Wakefield Permanent Art Collection © Bowness, Hepworth Estate/Photograph: Norman Taylor

The crowded London Art Fair 2014 was successful. At its 26th edition, London Art Fair confirms to be the leading event for Modern British and Contemporary art in the UK.

You can get lost in the Business Design Centre, in Angel, Islington, there is so much to see and to attend to. London Art Fair 2014 hosted 128 galleries from all over the world. It is an encouraging space for all kind of collectors with prices for all budgets. It is an excellent place for vendors as well, allowing business from emerging galleries to affirmed Mayfair ones.

The programme presented by London Art Fair 2014 was appealing with curated exhibitions, talks, tours, films and performances.

The galleries at the London Art Fair 2014 showed pieces of talented new artists together with such more established, including Mirò, Picasso, Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Peter Blake, Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie and Prunella Clough just to name a few.

New features for 2014 included the Fair’s first museum partnership, which saw The Hepworth Wakefield present a unique exhibition of British Modernism, and a new series of international ‘Dialogues’, curated by Adam Carr of MOSTYN to mark the 10th edition of the critically acclaimed Art Projects section. Photo50, the Fair’s annual showcase of contemporary photography, is this year entitled ‘Immaterial Matter’ and curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti.

The Hepworth Wakefield was curated by Frances Guy, Head of Collection and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, ‘Barbara Hepworth and the Development of British Modernism’, sponsored by Hiscox. It focused on how the museum’s enlightened commitment to the work of young contemporary artists in the 1920s and 1930s led to the preservation of this key moment in British art history.

Curated by Adam Carr, ‘Dialogues’ is a new initiative for 2014 featuring collaborative presentations between invited UK and international galleries. With many of these galleries and artists working together for the first time, the section promises a unique exhibition of critical conversations around shared ideas or a common aesthetic. Currently curator at MOSTYN, Wales, Adam Carr has previously been guest curator for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. The ‘Dialogues’ galleries are: DREI, Cologne / Limoncello, London; Galeria Stereo, Warsaw / The Sunday Painter, London; SABOT, Romania / Maria Stenfors, London; Frutta, Rome / Seventeen, London.

New galleries for 2014 included Brooklyn’s Muriel Guépin Gallery and Paris based UN-SPACED, with a solo presentation by Éric

Sadamasa Motonaga, 'Small Work', 1961, oil and synthetic resin on panel. Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery

Sadamasa Motonaga, ‘Small Work’, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on panel. Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery

Tabuchi. Galerie E.G.P, also from Paris, showcased two artists – Oliver Bragg and Nicholas Portalupi – whose work shares an interest in fictional and parallel universes. Further highlights included group shows by BEARSPACE, Ceri Hand Gallery, dalla Rosa Gallery, THE RESIDENCE GALLERY and Vane.

Art Projects also hosted 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 is the annual guest-curated exhibition of contemporary photography. Entitled ‘Immaterial Matter’, the 2014 exhibition was curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti.

Each year, Photo50 provides a critical showcase of some of the most interesting and distinctive elements of current photographic practice. ‘Immaterial Matter’ examines the increasingly indiscernible distinction between the digital and the material. The 50 artworks selected investigated our understanding of these two classifications, and to what extent they effectively delineate our world and our fields of experience in the information age.

At the London Art Fair 2014 An extensive programme of tours, talks and critical debates took 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.

Sponsors and partners for the London Art Fair 2014 included Air Partner, Infiniti, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Lund Humphries, Hiscox, Natuzzi, Expofreight and Drummond Read Recruitment.

London Art Fair was at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 15th to 19th January 2014.

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