A couple of weekends back I made it down to Art15 at The Olympia in London.
We made early doors and benefited from a reasonably empty exhibition space, allowing us to get up close to individual works. That’s my pro tip for major art fairs; get down there as early as possible if you actually want to get to see everything at your own pace.
The global art fair’s has a commitment to showcasing emerging talent and new galleries alongside some more established artists from around the world. And I have to say, I was overwhelmed with the amount of new talent being represented.
Some have remarked that the fair is “just not high-end enough, fashionable enough, or commercial enough in terms of sales”, and is yet to find it’s identity. I think this is a positive. It means that the fair isn’t being driven by commercial gains, rather, it is providing a platform for more conceptual and controversial artists across the globe to reach international audiences.
I’ve put together some pf the best bits from my visit and tried to include artist details where possible. Where I’ve missed out any names or origin, please feel free to let me know in the comments.
Overall my favourite works were a couple of photo-etchings in black ink on ivory paper by Nathalie Mba-Bikoro , which unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of on the day. You can take a look at some of his pieces here on his online portfolio.
Did you visit Art15? What did you think? Do you think it fairly represented emerging artists.