Healthy sales at London Art Fair 2016.
This year was another strong year for the UK art market. A total of 24,528 people attended London Art Fair, which celebrates both established and emerging artists.
Launching the cultural calendar for 2016, London Art Fair’s 28th edition closed on Sunday with strong sales reported across it in both Modern British and international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video art and ceramics.
Museum partner Jerwood Gallery showcased a curated display of prized works from its collection entitled ‘Coast’, including works from major artists such as Marcus Harvey and John Bratby. Liz Gilmore, Director of Jerwood Gallery said: “It gave an absolutely fantastic platform from which to showcase important works from the Jerwood Collection and to introduce our 2016 exhibition programme to an art-savvy and receptive audience. Literally thousands of people visited our stand and we were overwhelmed by their response to and engagement with our Coast Exhibition, Marcus Harvey bronzes and John Bratby nude.”
Exhibiting alongside Jerwood Gallery, Piano Nobile sold an Epstein bronze to a ‘major new Swiss client’, saw a record price for a John Golding painting of £50,000 and also sold work by William Crozier in the region of £100,000. Contemporary dealers also did well, with Skipwiths citing sales of work by renowned Korean artist Kwang Young Chun from £50,000-£100,000.
The presence of ceramic artists continued to grow at the Fair this year, with Crane Kalman Gallery selling a set of three Edmund de Waal porcelain pots for “a healthy five-figure sum” and Oliver Sears Gallery from Dublin selling a large work by Sarah Flynn for £3,500. Cynthia Corbett Gallery noted strong sales of works by V&A artist in residence Matt Smith, as well as fellow ceramic artists Jo Taylor and Jongjin Park.
Art Projects, the section of the Fair dedicated to highlighting innovative, emerging artists, saw solo curated presentations feature more prominently this year. This year’s debutants included Matèria from Rome presenting works by photographer Giulia Marchi whose works sold well for around £2,600. The Hanmi Gallery presented works from Korean video artist Guem MinJeong, whose pieces sold £2,000 up to £12,000.
If you missed it this year, you can always visit the Fair’s 29th edition from 18-22 January 2017, we definitely recommend you do.