London Art Fair 2014: museum partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield announced
16 September 2013
- Business Design Centre, Islington
15 – 19 January 2014
(Preview evening 14th January)
London Art Fair, the UK’s largest art fair for Modern British and contemporary art returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington, between 15 and 19 January 2014. As the first in a series of new developments, The Hepworth Wakefield has today been announced as museum partner for the 26th edition of the Fair. New curators for Art Projects and Photo50 have also been revealed.
New Developments for 2014
The Hepworth Wakefield
Frances Guy, Head of Collections at The Hepworth Wakefield, will curate an exhibition focusing on works by Barbara Hepworth and her contemporaries including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and others. Housed in a pavilion at the entrance to the Main Fair, ‘Barbara Hepworth and the development of British Modernism’ will provide a significant opportunity for patrons and collectors to engage with a presentation of exceptional museum quality works, whilst highlighting The Hepworth Wakefield’s role in preserving a key moment in British Art history.
One of several new galleries joining the Fair for 2014 and following on from a major exhibition at the Guggenheim NY, Tokyo-based Whitestone Gallery will be exhibiting a presentation of GUTAI, a Japanese avant-garde artist group from 1950’s, which will feature artist Chiyu Uemae at its core. The main section of London Art Fair continues to welcome galleries from across the UK and overseas, exhibiting work by artists from the early 20th Century to the present day.
A new ‘Dialogues’ section is launched this year. Curated by Adam Carr, it features collaborative presentations between invited UK and International galleries. Many of these galleries and artists are working together for the first time and the section promises unique, shared presentations featuring the freshest contemporary art from across the globe. Adam has previously been guest curator for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. Art Projects garners widespread critical acclaim and a distinct audience, and will also continue to feature large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays, alongside an extensive Film Programme.
Photo50, the Fair’s annual showcase of contemporary photography returns for 2014. Entitled ‘Immaterial Matter’, this year’s exhibition, curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, examines the increasingly indiscernible distinction between the digital and the material. The exhibition presents a selection of artists’ works that investigate our understanding of these two classifications, and to what extent they effectively delineate our world and fields of experience in the information age. The Photography Focus Day takes place on Wednesday 15 January with The Hepworth Wakefield talks, tours and discussions examining contemporary photographic practice and market concerns.
The private jet charter, Air Partner has been announced as a VIP Sponsor for the Fair and VIP Partner of the Collectors’ Lounge for the 2014 edition. Air Partner is the world’s leading provider of aviation charter services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals.
London Art Fair tickets are now on sale at £13 (plus £1.50 booking fee) in advance, including a copy of the 2014 Fair Guide (to be collected at the Fair). Tickets on the door are £17.
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Notes to editors
Day Ticket: £13.00 adv. / £17.00 on the door / £12.00 conc.
Six Day Ticket (includes Preview Evening): £30.00 adv. / £35.00 on the door
Preview Evening: Available only in advance £25.00
Child under 12 years old (accompanied by an adult): FREE
Please note: £1.50 booking fee applies per ticket purchased in advance
About The Hepworth Wakefield:
The Hepworth Wakefield now holds the collection of the former Wakefield Art Gallery. Founded in 1934, from its outset the Gallery had an ambitious contemporary collecting policy which encouraged the acquisition of works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore – both born in the Wakefield District – and their contemporaries. The collection is particularly strong in its holdings of works by artists associated with the community in St Ives, including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and John Wells.
About Adam Carr:
Adam Carr is a curator and writer. He is currently curator of MOSTYN, Wales’ largest and leading contemporary visual arts institution. Previously he was a guest curator for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli, Turin and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and has curated numerous other exhibitions worldwide including those for Nomas Foundation, Rome; Andreas Huber, Vienna; Johann Konig, Berlin; Yvon Lambert Paris; t293, Naples and Francesca Minini, Milan, among others. He is a regular writer for Cura, Mousse and Spike Art Quarterly.
About Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein:
Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein co-founded Edel Assanti in 2009, representing an expanding roster of interdisciplinary artists including Gordon Cheung, Noemie Goudal and Alex Hoda. Epstein holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, having previously worked at Gagosian Gallery, London. Fellowes is on the Board of Young Patrons for the Photographer’s Gallery, and formerly managed Hamilton’s Gallery, London.