Life Through A Lens: London Art Fair Returns to the UK Capital

Contemporary photography leads the charge as London Art Fair returns to the UK capital this week.

London’s status as an arts hub seems to be on a relentless upward trajectory – and checking out some of the highlights of the 2020 edition of the London Art Fair is pretty unlikely to convince you otherwise. More than 100 galleries will be exhibiting at an event which connects seasoned collectors, fledgling ones and those with a recreational interest in exceptional modern and contemporary art.

Julie  Cockburn’s Dapple Green Man (2019). Courtesy of Flowers Gallery 

And it’s the Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, Photo50, that’s really caught our eye ahead of proceedings. Curated by gallerist and author of The Art of Collecting Photography, Laura Noble, Occupy the Void will explore the ever-deepening pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 – including Mercedes Parodi, Danielle Peck and Kim Shaw – and the physical and cultural space they inhabit.

Wendy Aldiss’s Dad As a Child Eating And Reading (2018)  Wendy Aldiss

Elsewhere, a themed strand celebrating a single artistic medium called Platform, first introduced last year, returns with Threading Forms, which showcases the creative fruits of textile artists who embrace the endless potential of lengthy fibrous fabric in contemporary art, while challenging its limitations.

Kim Shaw’s Eye Candy (2017) 

Each year, London Art collaborates with a regional museum and showcases its collection: in 2020 that partner is Southampton City Art Gallery, which holds one of the finest art collections in the south of England (its 20th-century British and contemporary holdings – not least Christopher Nevinson’s Loading Timber at Southampton Docks – are worth an afternoon of anyone’s time).

Miranda Gavin’s 4 (2009), from the series Home Discomforts 

Another specially curated space, named Art Projects, features large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays, plus a special themed selection, Dialogues: a guest-curated section of works intended to enhance relationships between home and abroad. – NS

22-26 January 2020, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, London.

Main picture: Danielle Peck Many Original Features Sunlight, from the series Dreamland