This week marks the 26th edition of the London Art Fair, ‘the UK’s largest fair for Modern British and contemporary art. Over five days, 128 galleries will display more than 1,000 artists from the last century to the present day. Here are our five standout features of the Fair.
Damien Hirst, “UPLIFT” signed in English and dated 2008 on the backing board, framed butterfly and household gloss on canvas. 15.24 by 15.24 cm.; 6 by 6 in. Estimate: 150,000 — 250,000 HKD. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.
“If an artist can tell me clearly what they’re hoping to achieve and I understand it, then I can help or attempt to help them realize it. There’s a lot of trust and friendship involved in my favorite relationships.”
-Paul Kasmin on the ideal artist/gallerist relationship
Image: Walton Ford, “I don’t like to look at him, Jack,” 2011, watercolor, gouache, ink, pencil on paper mounted on aluminum panel, 108 x 144 x 7/8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.
It’s no surprise that famed postmodern architect Rem Koolhaas has called Baghdad-born, Pritzker-prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid “a planet in her own inimitable orbit.” To Frank Gehry she’s a “force of nature.” In sum, she has an all-encompassing, forceful worldview that has helped her overcome obstacles in her chosen profession: namely, that she’s an Arab female in an industry governed by white men.