Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art15 in London sees highest number of solo artist presentations


Art15, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, further cements its position as the world's most global art fair with a focused presentation of 134 international galleries from 41 countries. Modern and contemporary artwork will be displayed from established and emerging galleries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and America.

As the Fair moves into its third edition, there is an increased emphasis on curatorial rigour, with a reduced number of participants presenting more focused installations.

This year's Fair sees the highest number of solo artist presentations to date with new exhibitors ARNDT (Berlin/Singapore) showcasing the Filipino painter Rodel Tapaya; 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong), who are dedicating their space to Huang Rui, a Chinese artist known for his social and cultural criticism; Australian artist Kate Shaw will be creating work on site at Fehily Contemporary’s stand (Melbourne); Zipper Galleria (São Paolo) present one of Brazil’s rising stars James Kudo; Sulger-Buel Lovell (Cape Town/London) showcase the work of emerging sculptor Isabelle Grobler; and the prominent British painter Stella Vine presents new work at COB Gallery (London).

Over half the galleries attending Art15 have spaces outside of Europe, with several spanning multiple cities. There is a greater presence of Modern art, particularly Italian Modernism as seen in a presentation from new exhibitor, Switzerland's Cortesi Gallery. Contemporary photography remains a core component for Art15 with six solo photography displays including Cristina de Middel at La New Galeria, Spain.

The Fair also continues to explore new scenes within the ever-burgeoning Asian market. In response to an increased presence from Taiwanese collectors, this year nine galleries from Taiwan are participating including Lin & Lin Gallery, AKI Gallery and Yiri Arts.

Art15 continues its commitment to providing young galleries with a strong platform in London with the Emerge and London First sections. Spanning 19 countries, each section presents 14 exhibitors offering a truly global view of the emerging international gallery scene.

Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and an ambassador for emerging artists is the curatorial advisor for Emerge. The section wholly encompasses the curatorial notion of emerging – from markets to galleries to artists. Graduating from last year's London First section, Sabrina Amrani from Madrid is a gallery that works with artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, demonstrating the global scope of today's art world reflected at Art15. Meanwhile Piper Gallery has an alternative focus on artists whose career spans more than 40 years, presenting work by Tess Jaray, RA.

Selected by curatorial advisor Aaron Cezar, Director of London's Delfina Foundation, London First provides unprecedented access to galleries who have never shown in London before. Amongst the galleries making their art fair debut are Blau Projects, São Paulo who inaugurated their gallery from a renovated shed two years ago; William Benington Gallery, London, who specialises in sculpture and Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon, who are pioneers in digital art.

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."

Speaking at Art15's selection committee panel discussion on 23 January at Delfina Foundation, Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts and member of Art15's Selection Committee said "art fairs in different parts of the world have exposed western galleries to what is going on amongst collectors, critics, artists and galleries in new and different territories. What is interesting about Art15 is that they bring that global identity to a city like London, the most diverse city in the world."

Philip Dodd, Chair of Made in China and Chair of Art15’s Advisory Board said “The art world is now flat - with Asia as important as Europe. To its great credit, Art15 recognises this which is what makes it such a good complement to the Global Private Museum Summit, where owners from China sit next to ones from the US, ones from Europe next to Middle-Eastern ones.”

Art15 has an extensive public programme again this year, with a dedicated series of talks integrating into the Fair's curatorial initiatives. These include Freedom Audit, an exhibition curated by Kathleen Soriano, independent curator and former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition is a curatorial enquiry considering how artists from across the globe navigate the multifarious boundaries of sexual freedoms, political freedoms and freedom of speech.

A second curatorial initiative is the unpredictable digital art project, #IRL, curated by Valentina Fois and involving the creation of a large-scale digital commission by two artists – Emilie Gervais and Sara Ludy – in real-time during the Fair. Complementing this will be further curatorial initiatives, talks and projects, which will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as a section dedicated to non-profit institutions.

Suzanne Gyorgy, Managing Director Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance said, “We are pleased to be the lead sponsor for Art15 for the third edition of the Fair. Art15 shares our international perspective, and we are looking forward to seeing the leading and diverse work that these galleries will bring London, a global city and an important art capital, as well as to our international clients.”

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