26th January 2018
London Art Fair concludes successful 30th anniversary edition

The 2018 anniversary edition of London Art Fair closed on Sunday 21 January, reporting healthy sales and garnering critical acclaim for its curated spaces. Founded in 1989 as an initiative of Islington’s Business Design Centre, where it has been held ever since, the Fair has grown substantially over the last thirty years and is now considered one of London’s leading platforms for modern and contemporary art.

Opening with a Preview Evening on Tuesday 16 January, this year’s edition saw participation from 131 exhibitors representing 18 different countries, offering a snapshot of the best of British and international art.

The Fair provided an opportunity for collecting at all levels, with prints and editions starting in the hundreds to major works by internationally renowned artists. Notable sales included a Grayson Perry embroidery sold by Castlegate House Gallery for £45,000; a Picasso drawing sold by Gormleys Fine Art for £52,000; and an Eduardo Paolozzi bronze sold by Piano Nobile for £165,000.

London Art Fair’s curated spaces Photo50 and Art Projects once again proved popular with visitors looking to discover new trends emerging in the art market. This year’s De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award winner Nilbar Güreş (Galerie Tanja Wagner) was drawn from the Dialogues section within Art Projects, dedicated to facilitating collaborations between pairs of international galleries. This year Dialogues featured work exclusively by female artists, reflecting curator Misal Adnan Yıldız’s intent to bring womens’ experiences to the fore.

Another highlight of this year’s Fair was the exhibition Art of the Nation – Five Artists Choose in collaboration with Museum Partner Art UK. In celebration of London Art Fair’s 30th birthday, five leading contemporary artists – Sonia Boyce, Mat Collishaw, Haroon Mirza, Oscar Murillo and Rose Wylie – were invited to choose their favourite 30 artworks from the nation’s public art collections. Visitors enjoyed a diverse selection of works – including an impressive large-scale painting by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid – which offered insights into the artists’ creative inspiration, and celebrated the quality of the UK’s regional collections.

 

Image Credit 1: Visitors at London Art Fair 2018,  photo by Mark Cocksedge, courtesy of London Art Fair

Image Credit 2: Work by Larry Achiampong, part of Photo50 at London Art Fair 2018, photo by Mark Cocksedge, courtesy of London Art Fair