London Art Fair: WIA’s favourite way to blast the January blues. As we settle in to the new year, London Art Fair opens today, Wednesday 16th January, at the Business Design Centre, London. Now in its’ 31st year, the Fair features over 130 galleries, with a strong selection of work by women artists.
[Featured image: Trish Morrissey, Donna Plant, August 21st, 2005. © Trish Morrissey, courtesy Francesca Maffeo Gallery.]
Our top tips are: –
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in the main hall at stand 5, featuring work by WIA favourite Azita Moradkhani (read Azita’s artist Q&A here, and check out our interview with Cynthia Corbett here). Cynthia Corbett Gallery is also participating in Platform, a new section of the Fair which focuses on ceramics along with Sylvia Powell, Thrown and Zuleika Gallery.
Now in its’ 15th year, Art Projects is a space for showcasing contemporary art. We’re looking forward to the investigation into contemporary painting being made in the UK today by four women artists at Fred Mann’s gallery New Art Projects. These include Frances Wilks (read Wilk’s artist Q&A here), who confronts the male dominance of Formula 1, and Lindo Khandela, whose layers of patterns are heavily influenced by her South African heritage.
Curated this year by Kiki Mazzucchelli, Dialogues, is a space where international galleries are invited to pair to create a shared presentation. There is a strong line-up of female artists from Europe and Latin America. At Anima Mundi, London-based painter Rebecca Harper’s whose records everyday life in cosmopolitan urban settings, while at Square Art Projects, Brazilian painter Goia Mujalli’s abstract work, inspired by the lush nature of her hometown Rio de Janeiro, will offer a counterpoint to Harper’s focus on social life.
The theme of new perspectives on painting by female artists continues at Cob Gallery, who will present a dual presentation by Katja Angeli and Alba Hodsoll. Angeli’s digital collages create ambiguous, quasi-abstract compositions that suggest non-gendered bodies in space, while sexuality is at the forefront of Hodsoll’s works, which present a distinctive vision of feminine physicality.
Photo50 showcases current trends in contemporary photography. This year it explores ‘family’. Poulomi Basu portrays the stories of a number of women across Europe whose children have embraced extreme versions of Islam and travelled to Syria to join ISIS, in many cases never to return.
Meanwhile, to create her ‘Front’ series, Trish Morrissey travelled to beaches in the UK and Melbourne asking if she could temporarily become part of their family and assume the role and the position of the mother figure.
16-20 January 2019 (Preview Evening 15 January).
Tuesday 15 January | 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 16 January | 11am – 9pm
Thursday 17 January | 11am – 9pm
Friday 18 January | 11am – 7pm
Saturday 19 January | 11am – 7:30pm
Sunday 20 January | 11am – 5pm
Book tickets here.