Fair Director Kate Bryan (the Fine Art Society's Director of Contemporary Art) leads the charge at the world's most global art fair with 134 international galleries from 41 countries. Curatorial rigour is the name of the game this year with fewer participants, but more carefully considered installations. You'll also find a new interest in Italian Modernism, with unmissable displays at the Cortesi Gallery's stand (Switzerland). Photography has always been an essential at Art15, and this year the tradition is held up by six solo displays including Cristina de Middel at La New Gallery, Spain. As the Asian market continues to take centre stage, the fair also explores new artists and galleries from Taiwan.
Which galleries to see?
Filipino painter Rodel Tapaya puts the spotlight on new exhibitors ARNDT (Berlin/Singapore), while rising Brazilian star James Kudo, who builds tree-houses with his paint brush, brings our attention to Zipper Galleria (São Paolo). More controversially, don't miss the paintings of Stella Vine, the ex-stripper turned artist who has been turning the heads of critics and art dealers alike recently. You'll also enjoy leading Chinese contemporary artist Huang Rui, and his unique brand of social and cultural criticism at 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong).
Emerge & London First
Curator Jonathan Watkins (also Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham) gathers the young galleries to watch in the Emerge section, including Sabrina Amrani from Madrid which has a full roster of international artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Piper Gallery is also worth a peak with work by Royal Academician painter Tess Jaray.
In the London First area, Director of London's Delfina Foundation, Aaron Cezar presents a host of debut stands, from Blau Projects (São Paulo), which opened their gallery with a renovated shed two years ago, to digital art pioneers Upfor Gallery, Portland.
New to this year's fair is the digital project #IRL (In Real Life) curated by Valentina Fois, where artists Emilie Gervais and Sara Ludy will perform and create an online conversation. Kind of like a digital version of a rap battle, one artist will interact with the website while the other responds to the action in a live performance. The virtual and real collide in this curious new project. You'll also want to see the exhibition Freedom Audit, organised by the powerhouse former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Kathleen Soriano, which delves into the boundaries of sexual and political freedoms.
Contemporary art lovers should not miss this radical new fair on the London art scene.
|Where||Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London , W14 8UX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Hammersmith (Piccadilly and District lines) (underground)|
21 May 15 – 23 May 15, Wednesday 20 May 6pm – 9pm, Thursday 21 May 11am – 6pm / Thursday Late 6pm – 9pm, Friday 22 May 11am – 7pm, Saturday 23 May 11am – 7pm
|Price||£15 in advance, £20 on the door|
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