Art15 welcomed leading artists, galleries and collectors from across the globe for the third edition of the Fair, which ran in its new early summer dates, from 20-23 May at Olympia, London. Under the new directorship of Kate Bryan, Art15 showcased a consolidated presentation of 150 distinctive exhibitors from over 40 countries. Generating strong sales and continuing to build on significant collector presence, Art15 firmly placed itself at the forefront of London’s summer season and confirms its unique status as London’s most global art fair.
Catch highlights from the Fair and visitor feedback here.
Food 4 Art, the pop-up restaurant at Art15, London's global art fair sponsored by Citi Private Bank, will reveal why London is now acknowledged to be a gastronomic capital like no other. Art and cooking have always been interdependent – even starving in a garret can provide creative pressure – and what gladdens the eye should sit close to what gratifies the palate.
Four chefs and their restaurants embody quite different traditions that contribute to the patchwork of excellence. For the Collectors Preview and First Night on Wednesday 20 May, the superb Spanish tapas restaurant Barrafina will provide the food in the Art15 Collectors Lounge. On the following three days visitors to the fair can make a reservation in the restaurant and choose from specially devised menus developed by head chefs from the impossible-to-get-a-reservation Indian Gymkhana, the holy grail of hip, The Clove Club, and the easygoing, laidback American-influenced Colony Grill Room of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s first hotel, The Beaumont.
Vanity Fair, the world's most talked-about magazine will be the official Thursday Late media partner for Art15. Vanity Fair will host a panel discussion at the fair on the evening of Thursday 21 May for those who have booked Club Lounge tickets.
Art15, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, further cements its position as the world's most global art fair with a focused presentation of 150 international galleries from 42 countries. Modern and contemporary artwork will be displayed from established and emerging galleries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and America.
Kate Bryan, Fair Director said, "Art15 offers a unique perspective as a truly global art fair. Collectors have responded positively to the discoveries they have made at the last two editions. I am delighted to further cement our position as a fair prepared to seek out new territory and promote a genuinely international platform in the world's most global city.
Art15 will be an opportunity to celebrate artists from over 40 countries and our consolidated exhibitor numbers ensure a high standard of presentations across the board.
Given its diverse and often unexpected content, everyone - from private museum owners and collectors to curators and art lovers - has the opportunity to explore something new."
We started the year by bringing together some of our esteemed Art15 selection committee to discuss the complexities of the global art market at an event hosted at the Delfina Foundation.
Tim Marlow intrigued with details of his recent visit to Ai Weiwei’s studio, Sunhee Kim was frank about the boundaries between public and private spaces in Asia, Christopher Phillips championed a future where artists could hope for global as well as local success and our chair Philip Dodd proclaimed there would never be another Clement Greenberg defining the nature of art today.
View the video highlights from the panel discussion event at the Delfina Foundation.
Two major curatorial projects are to be unveiled at Art15 this year. Kathleen Soriano, an independent curator and former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, is curating Freedom Audit, an exhibition focusing on freedom of expression and how artists around the world negotiate boundaries of taste, mutual respect and tolerance.
Valentina Fois, founder of La Scatola Gallery, will curate the second project, #IRL, an conversation performed between Canadian artist Emilie Gervais and US artist Sara Ludy using only digital media. The conversation of photos, videos, coding and gifs will be documented on a website broadcast during the fair.
Art15 is launching a new partnership with Artsy.net - the leading online resource for art collecting and education. Artsy will launch an exclusive online preview of Art15 on Thursday 14 May that includes browsable artworks from all exhibiting galleries and an inside scoop from art world influencers. Sign up to receive an invitation to the preview here.
Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy, has joined the Art15 selection committee. Tim is the former Director of Exhibitions at White Cube and has been a critic and broadcaster for more than 20 years; he took up the role at the RA earlier this year.
Harry Guhl & Associates have been appointed by Art15 to assist with the fair’s VIP programme and engagement with collectors, museums and institutions. The Swiss-based consultancy agency was founded by Harry Guhl, formerly global Head of VIP Relations at Art Basel.
For Art15’s third edition, again sponsored by Citi Private Bank, we are delighted to announce that Kate Bryan will be Fair Director. Kate has extensive gallery experience as Director of The Fine Art Society in London and as Director of The Cat Gallery in Hong Kong. Kate has also worked at the British Museum, presented regular programmes for the BBC, and has recently won a prestigious ‘Woman of the Future Award’ in the Arts and Culture Category in London.
Following two successful editions, the outgoing part-time Director, Stephanie Dieckvoss has decided to focus on her academic career, which she has always pursued alongside her fair directorship, and step down. In addition, Stephanie will be setting up an independent arts management consultancy. Stephanie’s directorship was vital to the launch of London’s global art fair and she led the team through the first two editions, and we shall always be very grateful to her.
Kate's global view, in-depth knowledge and commercial expertise will continue to strengthen Art15's truly international stance. With The Fine Art Society, she exhibited at both Art13 and Art14, and it is the Society's success at the fair, together with her extensive media experience and art dealership from Hong Kong to London that make her the perfect Director to take the fair forward.
We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Watkins, Director at Ikon Gallery Birmingham, and Aaron Cezar, the Founding Director of London's Delfina Foundation, will advise on the dedicated young gallery sections Emerge and London First.
Jonathan has been appointed the curatorial adviser to Emerge, a section of the fair dedicated to up-and-coming artists and emerging art scenes. Watkins has championed international artistic practice and celebrated art from Europe, Asia and the Middle East throughout his career.
Aaron is joining Art15 as the curatorial adviser to London First, which focuses on galleries under five years old that have never participated in an art fair in London. His experience of nurturing creative talent has led him to sit on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups including the Marrakech Biennale, the Jarman Award 2012 and the culture team that secured London's Olympic bid.
We are delighted to present a new brand identity and design for Art15. With a stronger focus on a bolder logo and brand, we are confident in building an increasingly recognisable identity that appeals to our wide audience of collectors, curators and art lovers.
We are now accepting gallery applications for Art15. The fair welcomes applications from established and emerging modern and contemporary galleries from across the world. More information on how to apply can be found at artfairslondon.com/exhibiting
Following two successful editions, Art15 London, the capital’s global art fair, is delighted to announce that it will move to May dates from 2015. The date change from February takes into account a number of factors including Chinese New Year 2015 and the new timing of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The show dates for Art15 London have been confirmed as 21 – 23 May 2015 (Preview: Wednesday 20 May 2015), returning to Olympia in Kensington, West London. Positioned at the start of the London Summer season, Art15 London will be the stand out UK art event in May.
Art14 London, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, drew artists, galleries and collectors from across the world, and saw an increased number of visitors at the second edition of London’s global art fair. The Fair ran from 28 February - 2 March at Olympia Grand, Kensington, presenting 180 galleries from 40 countries, and welcoming 31,231 visitors over four days, an increase of 22% on last year’s figures.
Art14 London is delighted to announce its first artist commission for the second edition of the fair. The Fair has commissioned the artist Lothar Götz to produce a site-specific wall painting on the outside of the old Olympia Reception on Olympia Way, which wil be unveiled on Thursday 27 February and on view during the duration of the fair. With this work the fair embraces the importance of site-specific outdoor interventions.
Art14 London’s commitment to staging works by established and emerging international artists is complemented by the diverse line-up of the 24 projects that will feature throughout the Fair. Weaved into the fabric of the fair and employed in a range of media, the installations will enhance the multi-sensory experience of Art14 London and offer visitors a chance to discover unique works by artists from around the world.
Art14 London hosts four chefs who will each oversee the food for one of the four days of the fair.
Curated by Fay Maschler, restaurant critic of the London Evening Standard, the cooking styles crystallised are 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.
Following the success of last year’s performances, Art14 London, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, is pleased to announce Art14 Performances – its continuing platform for performance at the fair, curated by Amanprit Sandhu. This year’s programme is presented in partnership with the Zabludowicz Collection, and features artists who have worked with the Collection alongside artists represented by participating galleries at the fair. Art14 Performances will include work by 15 international artists, ranging from site-specific interventions, and actions, through to durational pieces shown in a dedicated performance space.
Art14 London is pleased to announce its educational talks programme that will be staged during the Fair, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about contemporary art from different and emerging parts of the world.
The programme will bring together participants from the Global Private Museum Summit, Art & the City, members of the International Advisory Board as well as independent art world experts
We were included in the top 10 of GQ's '100 Best Things In The World Right Now'. The feature describes Art14 London as 'the perfect place to begin a collection' and includes an image of one our projects – Zhao Zhao's 'Waterfall'
Following the success of the inaugural event earlier this year, the closed-door session will bring together leading museum owners to set up a network devoted to contemporary art and to sharing exhibitions, expertise and funding strategies.
The Global Private Museum Summit will assemble private museum owners from all over the world, from China to Greece, from Indonesia to the United Arab Emirates, from the USA to Germany and from Mexico to Italy. It is a gathering like no other in the world.
Art14 London, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, is delighted to have announced Art & the City, a programme of events, private and public, exploring how art is a motor of economic and social change in cities.