|London Art Fair 2011: Art Projects Tours, Talks and Discussions (12.1.2011)|
|London Art Fair, the UK’s largest Modern British and Contemporary art showcase, will this year present the seventh edition of Art Projects, featuring curated solo and group exhibitions from 31 UK, European and American galleries.|
In addition, this year’s talks programme brings together professionals from the visual arts sector to give advice to collectors, debate key topics and consider broader themes illustrated by works exhibited in the Fair. Speakers are drawn from The Art Fund, Contemporary Art Society, National Media Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and The Fleming Collection alongside well-known and respected curators, photographers, collectors and academics.
Photography features strongly in the 2011 edition of Art Projects. BEARSPACE (London) presents emerging artists responding to the theme of feudal living in the Middle Ages,
including Suzanne Moxhay’s imaginary vast landscapes, each image derived from a three dimensional collage of cut-outs sourced from an extensive archive of collected material, mainly imagery from the 1950s to 1970s. A different meditation on the past features in David Maisel’s Library of Dust, presented by ORDINARY-LIGHT Photography in collaboration with Hotshoe Gallery. The photographer visited an Oregon psychiatric hospital and photographed the copper canisters containing the ashes of former patients cremated between the 1880s and the 1970s – canisters which themselves are corroding.
Monika Bobinska from London’s East End presents American photographer Tracey Snelling’s iconic scenes of America in her series Women on the Run, work that derives from voyeurism, film noir and geographical and architectural location. Other dynamic East End galleries presenting work include NETTIE HORN and the youngest gallery in the Fair, PayneShurvell.
Engaging with contemporary economic themes, Guillochon Gallery (London) presents a group show responding to the monetary crisis, including Alexis Milne’s video piece “Riot part one and two” which plays with notions of civil unrest and protest. Meanwhile WW Gallery (London) presents a ‘Supermarket Sweep’, featuring a range of art ‘products’ in a stand modelled on a superstore aisle complete with a checkout and roving promotions girl.
Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery present FADMEN, in collaboration with FAD website. In ‘DO NOT OPEN’ 15 artists are invited to deposit a piece of work in a safety deposit box which is then padlocked and closed with a wax seal. Each artist must add their signature to a document confirming that they have submitted a work. Purchasers receive the locked box and a copy of the document with all signatures, but do not know which artist's work they have, nor the nature of the work. Each box costs £2000.
Installations feature prominently, with provocative work by Glaswegian art collective littlewhitehead presented by SUMARRIA LUNN (London) at various points around the Fair – outside of the traditional Fair stand - including a series of darkly humorous, lifesize, hyper-real sculptures drawn from news imagery.
Not-for-profit spaces Chisenhale Gallery and Studio Voltaire will be collaborating, selling limited edition prints by both emerging and more established British and international artists including Wolfgang Tillmans and Henrik Olesen, to benefit the galleries’ ongoing exhibitions, events and education programmes.