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LONDON ART FAIR 2016: Mapping this year’s highlights

LONDON ART FAIR 2016: Mapping this year’s highlights [IMAGE: Courtesy of Gilden's Art Gallery) - Space Fruits, Warhol, 1979

Until 24th January London Art Fair returns to Islington Business Centre for its 28th art extravaganza. For five days art dealers, curators, collectors and art lovers from all over the world gather to bask in some heavy duty aura.

This year’s programme does not disappoint. It is a rich and innovative platform blending traditional masterpieces with experimental media such as video and performance. Guest curators contribute unique perspectives to London Art Fair’s constantly evolving motif and ability to vocalize the state of modern and contemporary art.

Showcasing 100 up and coming international galleries and their protégé artists this year’s Art Fair is a creative vortex. Fortunately we’ve done the research for you:


Main Show: Jack Milroy

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[IMAGE: Jack Milroy] Ophelia V

Comprising a labyrinth of galleries and their most prized wares, Jack Milroy’s Ophelia V immediately stands out in the Main Show. His contemporary interpretation of Millais’ classic transports Ophelia into the consumer century and forms one part of a collection which sees faux paintings translated in thick Plexiglas fixtures and large wooden frames. This derisive update of the tragic scene has been conceived with cut-outs and constructed prints, methodologically arranged in sheets of grass to create a 3D illusion alluding to in this strangely superficial post-modern existence wherein god is dead and all our myths departed.


Gallery Partnership: Jerwood Gallery

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[IMAGE: John Tunnard] Tide Race, 1947

Every year London Art Fair partners with a museum for commissioned work that exhibit its artistic vision. In 2016 Jerwood Gallery takes up the mantel to unveil a series of works inspired by the British coastline from lauded British artists including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, John Tunnard and Christopher Wood.

John Tunnard’s Tide Race employs elements from abstraction and surrealism. He uses wreckages as a subject matter, drawing on his experience as a lifeguard during World War II. Tide Race plays on themes of time, space and motion in an abstract but concise rendition of suspense.


Art Projects: Hanmi Gallery

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[IMAGE: Hanmi Gallery] Guem MinJeong Love, 2010

London Art Fair’s anticipated Art Projects focuses on contemporary galleries and emerging artists from around the world. Its purpose is to support new galleries by introducing avant-garde artists to an eager and curious crowd.

This year London Art Fair features Korean multi-media artist Guem MinJeong, represented by Hanmi Gallery in London. She uses specific interior and architectural features as a framework to her video-sculptures and video-installations. Playing with texture and medium, Guem MinJeong makes the unexpected observable.


Photo50: Feminine Masculine

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[IMAGE: Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery] Eran almost touches me, Elinor Carucci 1999

Appointed as a guest curator to select the 13 international artists that form photography show Photo50, Federica Chiocchetti has conceived an exhibition entitled “Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex” exploring the ambiguity of gender roles, otherness and identity.

Elinor Carucci’s intimate work depicting nuances of her marital relationship crystallizes the exhibition’s theme. She underlines the subtlety of boundaries and in Eran almost touches me imposes a sort of voyeurism on the spectator, who becomes a participant in the physical proximity and distance between husband and wife.


New Partnership: Furtherfield

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[IMAGE: Play Your Place] Bunnybots – Crypto art for art angels

Defined as an art organization, Furtherfield creates spaces to foster experiences and discussions between different types of networks involved in the fields of contemporary arts and digital technologies.

The initiative presents “Art Data Money” as part of a collaborative artwork and is inviting the art scene to become actors.  We are invited to play a video game where we control a lady/robot/bee whose purpose is to hit as many Jeff Koons balloon dogs, coins and Instagram logos as possible while interacting with rabbit robots and monster faces. The video game is part of a project called Play You Place conducted by Ruth Catflow which invites participants to devise a video game to improve a local town. It is a sort of video activism based in conceptualizing how we can equip and contribute to our local communities rather than feeding our identities in the globalized media.


Until 24th January 2015

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Upper Street N1 0QH



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