Art14 doesn't call itself 'London's global art fair' for nothing... Now in it's second year, Art14 [sponsored by Citi Private Bank] returns to Olympia’s Grand Hall in London from tomorrow and until 02 March 2014.
Launched last year for the very first time, then called Art13, the event attracted a huge amount of attention, not least for the appearance of pop star, Harry Styles of One Direction [who knew hew was an art lover?!] Alongside Mr Styles, other high-profile attendees included Britain’s wealthiest man, Lakshmi Mittal; the owner of the world’s largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, Uli Sigg; the executive chairman of the MacLaren Group, Ron Dennis; American trendsetting collectors Don and Mera Rubell; Charles Saatchi and Dasha Zhukova. With over 170 galleries from 38 countries participating, it's hardly a surprise that you have some of the world's leading high ballers flocking to the event for their art fix. Encouraging art from all around the world, contemporary and modern offerings from regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa will be on display by established and emerging artists from cities including Lagos, Berlin, Beijing, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Mumbai and São Paulo.
Fair Director Stephanie Dieckvoss says: “We are delighted to increase the geographical spread of countries represented. The Fair is growing organically so visitors and collectors will have a more comprehensive experience in discovering works of art from around the globe. We continue to have a strong presence from Asia with leading galleries such as Pearl Lam Galleries and Hakgojae Gallery
returning. Other newcomers hail from the four corners of the world, including Triumph Gallery from Moscow, Galería Habana from Havana and Omenka Gallery from Lagos.”
The presence of leading Asian galleries marks the Fair as a significant focal point for contemporary Asian art outside of the region, which is a key component of the Fair. In addition, Art14 London features other key art scenes from around the world, such as modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art, which will have a strong presence at the Fair.
European modern and contemporary art also has a central place in the Fair. Karsten Schubert Gallery (UK) will present a major work by Bridget Riley, whilst Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts [Hungary] will exhibit major works by Simon Hantaï, recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Contemporary British gallery All Visual Arts, known for their dramatic off-site projects, will have their art fair debut at Art14 London. Paul Stolper will exhibit previously unseen works by the cult writer, filmmaker and photographer Jon Savage.
Two curated sections complement the main section, London First and Emerge. London First is advised by Belgian-based Mai Abu ElDahab, and features sixteen young galleries who have not exhibited at an art fair in London before. Jhaveri Contemporary from Mumbai will present a one-person stand of India’s most renowned photographer, Raghubir Singh. Cristina de Middel, nominated for this year’s Deutsche Börse photography prize will show her series titled ‘Afronauts’, based on the true story of the Zambian space programme, at Black Ship, New York’s stand. Emerge is advised by Lisa Le Feuvre of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Fifteen galleries will participate including El Museo from Bogota who will show the subtle works of the Brazilian artist Mauro Piva. London-based gallery Edel Assanti will showcase the work of Gordon Cheung.
Art14 London will also host Food 4 Art that will see four of London's leading chefs oversee the food for one of the four days of the fair. Curated by restaurant critic of the London Evening Standard, Fay Maschler, the cooking styles to be sampled will be Venetian cicheti, Asian synthesis, evolved Classicism and proud British. Here is a unique opportunity for visitors to Art14 London to get a bite – or indeed three courses – of the sort of cooking that gets London chattering.
Art14 [28 February - 02 March 2014] at Olympia Grand Hall, Hammersmith Road London W14; artfairslondon.com