London Art Fair 2017

Date

02 February 2017

#LAF17

18-22 January 2017

(VIP and Press Preview 17 January)

London Art Fair 2017 closed on Sunday with strong sales reported across the Fair in both Modern British and international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, ceramics and more.

With an attendance of 23,000, indications from the Fair, which launches the cultural calendar, are that 2017 will prove a healthy year for the UK market in spite of wider economic uncertainty as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

Hosted in a pavilion just inside the main entrance to the Fair, museum partner The Lightbox marked ten years since its opening with an exhibition of Modern British art from The Ingram Collection, titled Ten Years: A Century of Art. The Woking-based gallery introduced key works by twentieth century artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson to new audiences, alongside a chance to glimpse a preview of upcoming shows on romantic painter John Minton and iconic sculptor Henry Moore.

Pru Chambers, Marketing Manager of The Lightbox said:

“Being the Museum Partner of London Art Fair 2017 was a fantastic start to the 10th anniversary year of The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking. Our LAF exhibition ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’, comprised of works from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, was a big hit with visitors, with many commenting that they were impressed by the breadth and quality of the works in the collection which included pieces by Hepworth, Frink and Gaudier-Brzeska. The Lightbox would like to thank Crown Fine Art and Richard Thompson Insurance Brokers for supporting the exhibition and London Art Fair for giving us the opportunity to be part of a wonderful week of the best in Modern British and contemporary art.”

There was a particular interest in quality Modern British art, fuelled in part by high profile sales in 2016 and international interest in the market thanks to the weak pound. “It has been fantastic, absolutely amazing” said Alan Wheatley of Alan Wheatley Art, “we’ve sold consistently every day, right across the board, including a Terry Frost painting for six figures and a William Turnbull sculpture.”

Fellow Modern British dealer Paisnel Gallery also enjoyed a positive show, with owner Stephen Paisnel citing the ability to meet new collectors as a particular highlight, “Sales have been good, but it’s not so much what you sell as who you meet. We met a first time buyer this week who was thrilled with our service and quality of the work and have many people coming in to speak to us again next week.” Christopher Kingzett Fine Art, a Modern British dealer making a return to the Fair in 2017, sold 18 pieces including John Wells, Roger Hilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Reynolds, Peter Kingly, Joe Tilson and Alan Jones.

London Art Fair regular Lemon Street Gallery found this year’s edition to be a success, with owner Louise Jones commenting, “’It’s been a really good year, we’ve sold over 40 pieces to private and public collections internationally. We’ve had a piece go to the Fitzwilliam Museum donated through one of their benefactors and another to a well-known TV figure.”

Contemporary German gallery Venet-Haus Galerie reported strong sales, noting the growing international nature of the Fair, “This year has been amazing and it has been surprisingly international. We’ve seen clients from Austria, Switzerland and Italy as well as London. We sold out of James Oliver to London buyers.” These sentiments were echoed by many at the Fair including Korea-based Hanmi Gallery. Director Heashin Kwak remarked, “This year feels a lot more international. We’ve met more European visitors from The Netherlands, France, Turkey and beyond.” Istanbul and London-based Pi Artworks reported particular interest in the work of their international artists Maude Maris, Maria Friberg and Paul Schwer, in what was the most international edition of the Fair yet, with more than two fifths of exhibiting galleries coming from overseas.

Hailing from Barcelona, newcomer Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo had a good fair, selling multiple works by Cuban artist Gustavo Díaz Sosa and Spanish artist Jacinto Moros. Diversity was a theme in their newly found clients, which included both private collectors and a Rotterdam art foundation.

The experience of galleries showing as part of Art Projects, a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the world, was also positive. LLE, from Cardiff, who were part of a gallery pairing with First Floor Gallery Harare (Zimbabwe) as part of the collaborative ‘Dialogues’ section, commented, “Casper White has been very popular sales wise but all of the artists have had a really good response. We’ve met everyone from collectors to painters to galleries which is really good for future collaborations.” Jack House Gallery showed a debut film by artist Amartey Golding, which was chosen by The Art Newspaper as a particular highlight. Golding found the Fair to be “an amazing experience,” adding, “the work has really resonated with all sorts of people. I’d love to come back next year.”

Photography continues to perform well at the Fair, with Flowers Gallery selling two Scarlett Hooft Graafland landscape photographs to new buyers. Hooft is a new artist for the gallery with a show later this year. Fellow photography dealer ARTITLEDcontemporary also sold well. “The Fair allowed me to find a different audience compared to other London art fairs and I’ll be back next year,” said Director Hans van Enckevort.

London Art Fair returns to the Business Design Centre for its 30th edition from 17 – 21 January 2018 (VIP Preview 16 January).

 

Sponsors and Supporters

Porsche

– VIP Car Partner

De’Longhi

– VIP Coffee Partner and Art Projects Artist Award Sponsor

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

– Thursday Late Drinks Sponsor

Switzerland Tourism

– Sponsor

Lund Humphries

– Sponsor

EBISS Fine Art Shipping Services

– Official Packing and Shipping Services

The Lightbox

– Museum Partner

Crown Fine Art

– Museum Partner Supporter

Pont des Arts

– VIP Preview Wine Partner

Rose Arts & Media

– Galleries Reception Sponsor

Tagsmart

– Sponsor

The Dorchester & 45 Park Lane

– VIP Hotel Partners

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

– Tours Partner

Artsy

– Official Online Partner

Genesis Imaging

– Photo50 Supporter

 

ENDS

For further press information please contact

 James Douglas or Arthur Dimsdale at Four Colman Getty

020 3697 4267 | 020 3687 4269

james.douglas@fourcolmangetty.com | arthur.dimsdale@fourcolmangetty.com

 

Notes to editors

London Art Fair exhibitors

The full list of galleries in the main fair at London Art Fair 2017 is as follows:

 

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Gormleys Fine Art

Adam Gallery

Jill George Gallery

Advanced Graphics London

Katharine House Gallery

Alan Wheatley Art

Knight Webb Gallery

Anima-Mundi

Lemon Street Gallery

Art First

Lena Boyle Fine Art

ARTITLEDcontemporary

Liberty Gallery

Arusha Gallery

Liquid Art System

Askew Art

Long & Ryle

Atelier Aki

Mazel Galerie

Atelier Alen

Merville Galleries

Austin / Desmond Fine Art

Osborne Samuel

Beardsmore Gallery

Paisnel Gallery

Beaux Arts Bath

Panter & Hall

Beaux Arts London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art

Paul Stolper Gallery

bo.lee gallery

Perve Galeria

Boundary Gallery

Peter Harrington Gallery

Browse & Darby

Pi Artworks Istanbul/London

Caroline Wiseman

Piano Nobile

Castlegate House Gallery

Pontone Gallery

Cavaliero Finn

Portal Painters

CHARLIE SMITH LONDON

Portland Gallery

Christopher Kingzett Fine Art

Purdy Hicks Gallery

Crane Kalman Brighton

Quantum Contemporary Art

Crane Kalman Gallery

Rabley Contemporary

Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Redfern Gallery

Cyril Gerber Fine Art/ Compass Gallery

Sardac

Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art

Skipwiths

DECORAZONgallery

Sladmore Contemporary

Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts

TAG Fine Arts

Eames Fine Art Gallery

The Hanbury Collection

Edgar Modern

The Reel Poster Gallery

England & Co

The Scottish Gallery

Ewan Mundy Fine Art

UNION Gallery

Eyestorm

Urbane Art Gallery

Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Venet-Haus Galerie

Fiumano Projects

Victor Lope Arte Contemporaneo

Flowers Gallery

VIGO

french art studio

Waterhouse & Dodd

Galerie Artima

Wilson Stephens & Jones

Galerie Calderone

Woolff Gallery

Galerie Heike Strelow

The full list of Art Projects and Dialogues galleries at London Art Fair 2017 is as follows:

  • BEARSPACE, London
  • Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London
  • CRAG – CHIONO REISOVA ART GALLERY, Turin
  • Division of Labour, London
  • Do Gallery, Chungcheongbuk-do
  • Ed Cross Fine Art, London
  • First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
  • Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt
  • Galerija Fotografija & L’Agence à Paris, Ljubljana & Paris
  • Gibbons & Nicholas, Dublin
  • Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • Hanmi Gallery, London + Seoul
  • IMT GALLERY, London
  • Iniva, London
  • Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth
  • Joanna Bryant and Julian Page, London
  • Kalfayan Galleries, Athens/ Thessaloniki  
  • Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
  • LLE, Cardiff
  • MATÈRIA, Rome
  • Maus Contemporary, Birmingham AL
  • Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York
  • Noorforart Contemporary, Aix en Provence
  • Nunnery Gallery, London
  • OBJECT/A, Manchester
  • Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London
  • PAPER, Manchester
  • Perve Galeria, Lisbon
  • RED CORRIDOR Gallery, Kuenzell/Fulda
  • The Contemporary London

White Conduit Projects, London

 

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