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The London Art Fair Kicks Off This Week

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 17 January 2017
Art lovers rejoice! The London Art Fair returns for its twenty-ninth edition this week, presenting a spectacularly varied programme of modern and contemporary art.

The 2017 London Art Fair sees 129 galleries showcase several masterpieces from artists based in the US, France, Germany and China at London’s Design Centre.

London Art Fair at Business Design Centre. Photo: James Champion
London Art Fair at Business Design Centre. Photo: James Champion

This year’s fair partner, The Lightbox in Woking, will show important works from the Ingram Collection, which include standout pieces by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

John Tunnard (1900-1971) 'Messenger', 1969 Oil, tempera, sand and pencil on board (c) The Estate of John Tunnard Image courtesy of JP Bland Photography
John Tunnard (1900-1971) ‘Messenger’, 1969. Oil, tempera, sand and pencil on board | © The Estate of John Tunnard. Image courtesy of JP Bland Photography

Other highlights include the installation of several new galleries and special installations like:

Dialogues…

An art project curated by Miguel Amado bringing together tons of global galleries and their emerging artists. Must-sees include large-scale installations, solo shows and several themed group performances and displays.

Golden Thread Gallery, Graham Fagen, 'War-Garden (after-Tubby)', 2007
Golden Thread Gallery, Graham Fagen, ‘War-Garden (after-Tubby)’, 2007
Low cost interplanetary trajectories PV at TAP. One night pop up show with installation made collaboraticely by David Watkins and Josh Langan. Copyright: Tel: +44 (0)7947 643485. ANNA LUKALA. Date: 12/09/2014.
Low cost interplanetary trajectories PV at TAP. One night pop up show with installation made collaboratively by David Watkins and Josh Langan.

Photo50…

Which this year showcases photographic works loosely based around the Ancient Roman concept of gravitas.

Photo50 - Yvette Monahan, from the series ‘The Thousand Year Old Boy’
Photo50 – Yvette Monahan, from the series ‘The Thousand Year Old Boy’
Photo50 - Wendy McMurdo, Young Girl (iii) from 'Let's Go to a Place' 2016
Photo50 – Wendy McMurdo, Young Girl (iii) from ‘Let’s Go to a Place’ 2016

Stranger Collaborations…

An awesome showcase of several artistic collaborations formed via the internet and curated by Pryle Behrman – lots of Star Wars as you can see.

Liz Sterry 5 - Drinking whiskey as Darth Vader
Liz Sterry 5 – Drinking whiskey as Darth Vader
Liz Sterry 1 - Drinking port as Boba Fett
Liz Sterry 1 – Drinking port as Boba Fett

And very special Thursday Lates…

Which gives you the great opp of visiting the fair after hours to lose yourself in lots of talks, tours, performances and a fantastic photography show led by the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (fun!).

Abe Odedinda, 'The Adoration of Frida Part II', 2013 | Acrylic on board. Courtesy of Ed Cross Fine Art
Abe Odedinda, ‘The Adoration of Frida Part II’, 2013 | Acrylic on board. Courtesy of Ed Cross Fine Art
William Gear, 'Paysage', 1948 | Courtesy of Alan Wheatley Art
William Gear, ‘Paysage’, 1948 | Courtesy of Alan Wheatley Art

The London Art Fair takes place at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH starts on Wednesday 18 January and runs until 
Sunday 22 January. Open daily 11am-5pm. Tickets can be booked here.