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The 2019 London Art Fair will feature over 100 galleries, from all over the world to take part in its 31st edition. Participants from countries such as Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Japan will all contribute to the innovative curatorial journey the LAF consistently offers.

This year, works from celebrated living artists like Banksy, and Grayson Perry will be featured at the fair, in addition to brilliant pieces being brought forward from renowned galleries such as Venet-Haus Gallery, Arnaud Gallery and JGM, featuring works by Van Ray, Helen Mauer, and a group of Indigenous artists from Australia.

Banksy, Choose Your Weapon Soft Yellow, 2010, Original Screenprint, Signed and Numbered, Gormleys-Fine-Art
Banksy, Choose Your Weapon Soft Yellow, 2010, Original Screenprint, Signed and Numbered, Gormleys-Fine-Art

For the first time, Stephen Farthing’s ‘The Miracle Paintings’ will come to market at the Candida Stevens Gallery.

Another highlight is the strong focus on prints, with exclusive releases from the famous JEALOUS print studio, that include works by the Chapman Brothers and Charming Baker. Also, prints by Carol Robertson, Lucian Freud, Tom Hammock and Freya Payne will be showcased.

Stephen Farthing, Miracle Painting, Candida Stevens Gallery
Stephen Farthing, Miracle Painting, Candida Stevens Gallery

Gilden’s Art Gallery will feature the “Thinking Italian” exhibition, with some of Italy’s best, such as Umberto Boccioni, while the Hazelton Fine Art Galleries will showcase a selection of Salvador Dali bronze sculptures, marking the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death in 2019.

Salvador Dali, Persistence of Memory, first case in 1980. © IAR Art Resources.Courtesy of Hazelton Art Gallery and The Dali Universe
Salvador Dali, Persistence of Memory, first case in 1980. © IAR Art Resources.Courtesy of Hazelton Art Gallery and The Dali Universe

A rare study of Graham Sutherland’s famous portrait of Winston Churchill will be presented as a staple piece in the upcoming fair, as well as a celebration of modern British artists such as Sir Anthony Caro and Ben Nicholson.

You can get lost in both galleries, BAYART and Calderone, as beautiful sculptures will be exhibited, centre-stage. European sculptors such as Igor Mitorai and César Orrice will adorn the exhibition, not to mention intricate wooden sculptures by Gerry Judah.

Current affairs will constantly be a recurring topic at the fair, and the ‘Europe 2019’ exhibition, by British-Bulgarian artist Yanko Tihov, will be this year’s highlight, where a series of passport covers ill be unveiled, contextualised with European national borders, and post-Brexit Britain. Also, Alice Kettle’s textile art, revolving around migrant creativity, will be showcased at the Candida Stevens Gallery.

 

Alice Kettle, Stitch Head Textile, 2008. Candida Stevens Gallery
Alice Kettle, Stitch Head Textile, 2008. Candida Stevens Gallery

As for the recurring curated London Art Fair sections of Art Projects and Photo50, Art Projects will house contemporary art from all over the world, with over half of the exhibitors coming from outside of the UK. A major feature of this year’s Art Projects is Dialogues, which invites pairs of galleries to create a shared platform, where creative collaborations between artists can form. This year, Dialogues is curated by São Paulo and London-based—independent curator and writer, Kiki Mazzucchelli. This year’s theme focuses on dialogues between works of contemporary artists from Latin America and Europe, shedding light on a wide variety of issues, such as the modern day’s authority of law, and the advancement of female perspectives in painting.

As for Photo50, for its upcoming 13th year, British curator, writer and editor Tim Clark will curate the upcoming event, “Who’s Looking at the Family Now?”, which will ask controversial questions about family dynamics, and complexities—represented through contemporary photographs from around the world.

London Art Fair will be held from the 16th till the 20th of January, 2019.

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