Programme Details and Highlights of Art16
Bringing together over 100 galleries from more than 30 countries for its fourth edition, Art16 will showcase a diverse cross-section of work by contemporary artists from around the world. Returning to Olympia London from 19 – 22 May 2016, the Fair’s interior has been designed by leading architectural practice Stiff + Trevillion, providing visitors, buyers and art enthusiasts with an immersive cultural experience.
This year Art16 features a programme of curated solo, dual and genre presentations, major installations, artist performances, Not-for-Profit exhibitors, family activities, and talks that investigate the wider perspectives on contemporary art. Founded by Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus, the originators of ART HK, Art16 will showcase emerging artistic talent from all corners of the globe alongside established
contemporary artists and galleries. Since its launch in 2013, the Fair has supported the next generation of artistic talent and increased opportunities for smaller galleries to participate in one of the world’s leading international markets.
Returning this year are two specially curated sections, each of which highlights artists and galleries on a London platform. Curated by Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery) Emerge will offer a selection of dual and solo artist presentations by galleries less than six years old. London First will showcase solo shows presented by galleries who have never before participated in a fair in London. These sections will continue to provide an international view of the contemporary art scene and an opportunity for buyers to discover new galleries and artists alike.
Art16 will feature presentations by more than 100 galleries from over 30 countries, with a particularly strong emphasis on the next generation of artistic talent.
• Select highlights include a solo presentation of works by London-based artist Kostas Synodis, featuring a recreation of the artist’s 160cm2 windowless London sculpture studio, presented by Julian Page and Joanna Bryant. Due to prohibitive rent prices in London and demands on space, the artist recently converted a windowless cupboard into a makeshift studio. The small scale of his works and the sensation of constriction and compression in his manipulation of materials are reflected in his working environment. Visitors will be able to enter one by one into the to-scale model of the studio.
• Dutch gallery Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design will present a number of interactive installations by Dominic Harris. Conductor (2015) is a 4K-resolution screen displaying an array of planets and stars that responds to movement. The work will invite visitors to become the omnipotent architect of the represented universe as they use hand gestures to orchestrate the positioning of planets and stars. Accompanied by a soundtrack that responds to the user’s movements, the work will create an immersive experience.
• Australian gallery THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery will present an immersive, site-specific group exhibition featuring new work by Juan Ford and Vincent Namatjira, an Aboriginal artist whose work calls on Australia’s colonial history and on contemporary aspects of Indigenous life. Namatjira’s work was recently acquired by the British Museum and is currently on display as part of the museum’s permanent collection.
• Other highlights will include: 418 Gallery’s presentation of Romanian neo- Avantgarde artist Diet Sayler, whose work made after the fall of the Iron Curtain has received international acclaim; Rén Space’s presentation of Yu Youhan, who is widely regarded as the father of abstract painting and Political Pop in China; Raum mit Licht’s solo presentation by Austrian artist Klaus Pamminger; Pearl
Lam Galleries’ group exhibition featuring significant works from leading Chinese artists Su Xiaobai, Zhou Yangming and Qiu Deshu, as well as Australian artist Ben Quilty; Kanalidarte’s survey of Italian Arte Povera artists Dadamaino, Gruppo N and Gruppo T; and Gallery du Monde’s presentation of works by artists Fung Ming Chip, Fong Chung-Ray, Qin Feng, Li Hao and Crystal Liu.
Art16 Projects will feature a number of installations, new commissions and interventions throughout the course of the Fair. These site-specific installations will add energy and fascination to the visitor experience with the performative artist interventions adding a further dimension.
• On each day of the Fair, the artist, designer and fashion illustrator Tanya Ling will produce a large-scale abstract line painting directly onto the walls of the Tanya Ling Studio presentation. As Ling builds on work throughout the course of the weekend, visitors will be able to witness the development of the installation. Ling has made work for a number of influential fashion publications, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as working for designers including Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. Her work is held in the V&A and Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection.
• Specially commissioned for Art16 and curated by Adam Carr, British artist Jonathan Monk has created a new work that will be performed on Saturday 21 May at 3pm and Sunday 22 May at 3pm. The new work, Premier League (top to bottom bottom to top), will see a performer sing the finishing positions of the 2015-16 season of the Premier League. The work is inspired in part by the ‘Classified Football Results’, a long-standing feature of the BBC’s radio programming and a familiar soundtrack in many UK homes.
• British artist and fashion designer Phillip Colbert will be presenting FRIED EGG WORLD, which will see the walls of Bar16 covered wall-to-ceiling in Colbert’s fried egg design. With its primary colours and household-item aesthetic, the design is inspired by Pop Art and informs a key design in Colbert’s ‘Rodnik Band’ label. The project will also incorporate Colbert’s bold, surrealist painted chairs depicting everything from fish to cacti, which will be on display throughout the Fair.
• Pearl Lam Galleries will present a major installation by Seoul-based artist Chun Kwang Young. The large-scale sculpture will consist of a 250cm3 sphere that will be suspended above the main staircase, providing visitors with a 360-degree view of the work. Aggregation 06-JN028 (2006) is inspired by childhood memories of clusters of medicine packages, which Chun saw wrapped in mulberry paper and hung from the ceiling at a medical clinic. The work is made up of hand-cut triangles of polystyrene, individually wrapped in mulberry paper pages torn from old books.
• Romoald Hazoumé, a leading contemporary artist from Benin and winner of the 2007 Arnold Bodé Prize, will present a mixed media installation presented by October Gallery. Both immediate and arresting, Hazoumé’s work Food for Europe, (2013) is made from recycled materials and reflects boldly and critically on the daily realities of life in contemporary Africa.
Art16 has invited a number of Not-for-Profit art spaces and organisations to present their programmes at this year’s Fair.
• Participating for the first time in an art fair, the Baghdad-based Ruya Foundation will present works from a broad range of contemporary Iraqi artists, most of whom live and work in Iraq, meaning that Art16 will be the first opportunity for many of them to engage with an international audience. There will be a particular emphasis on photography in the presentation, reflecting the strong accessible presence of the medium for artists living in Iraq. Nadine Hattom (whose work is currently on display at the Marrakech Biennale 6) and Jamal Penjweny (who exhibited at the Iraq Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013) will be joined by less well-known photographers Ayman Al Amiri and Julie Adnan.
• Other highlights include The Wallace Collection’s presentation of newly commissioned works by British artist Tom Ellis, shown ahead of the artist’s exhibition ‘The Middle – Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection’, which will be on display from September. Presented by Ikon Gallery in partnership with the Centre for Chinese Visual Culture and Birmingham City University, the cocurators of the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, Jiang Jiehong and Jonathan Watkins, will present a minimalist exhibition of works by Hu Xiaoyuan and Zhao Zhao. Featuring a new edition by 2016 Turner Prize nominee Michael Dean, South London Gallery returns to Art16 offering a wide range of limited editions. Ikon Gallery in collaboration with Plinth will present a group presentation featuring work by Richard Deacon and Cornelia Parker.
• The inaugural Art16 and Villa Lena Foundation Residency Prize, an initiative of the Villa Lena Foundation, will be awarded to an exhibiting Art16 artist during the Fair. A jury comprising of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Andrew Bonacina, Vincent Honoré and Beatrice Bulgari will select the recipient of the two-month residency in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. The Villa Lena Foundation residencies programme includes onsite accommodation, studio space and research support, and has previously been awarded to artists George Henry
Longly and Celia Hempton.
Curated by arts writer and Contributing Editor to GQ Sophie Hastings, Art16’s talks programme, ‘Let’s Talk About Art’, will include discussions on the global art world, women in the arts, and the cross-fertilisation between the arts and the wider cultural sphere. Speakers will include dynamic voices from the international art, design and fashion worlds, including Viv Groskop, Dylan Jones OBE, Polly Morgan and Stephen Webster MBE. The programme will include:
• THE STATE OF THE ART WORLD: Dylan Jones OBE in conversation with Kenny Schachter will take place on Friday 20 May 2016 at 12.30pm.
• WEARABLE ART: Artist-made jewellery transforms the wearer into a walking work of art will take place on Friday 20 May 2016 at 3pm. The panel will include Elisabetta Cipriani, Andrew Logan and Stephen Webster MBE.
• BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Does cross-fertilisation make artists more creative? will take place on Saturday 21 May 2016 at 12.30pm. The panel will include Sean Griffiths, Tayah Leigh Barrs, Tanya Ling, Caroline Roux and Julie Verhoeven.
• ART & WOMEN: Do women [still] have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? will take place on Saturday 21 May at 3pm. The panel will include Louisa Buck, Eloise Hawser, Caro Howell, Louise McKinney, Valeria Napoleone and Anita Zabludowicz OBE.
• STUFF ART: Polly Morgan and Viv Groskop talk taxidermy and contemporary art will take place on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 12.30pm.
• ART & IDENTITY: Is all art global now? will take place on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 3pm. The panel will include Giuseppe Moscatello, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Simon Sakhai and Elena Sudakova. Access to Art16 talks is included in all admission tickets.
• Children’s educational arts charity The House of Fairy Tales, founded by Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis, will be curating a multi-layered presentation featuring work by 46 artists who they have worked with on projects including ‘Fairy Tales, Folktales, Myths and Legends’ (2008), ‘Cartography Portfolio part one’ (2012) and ‘Project Beard’ (2015). Exhibited artists will include Sir Peter Blake, Cornelia Parker, Simon English, Gavin Turk, Georgie Hopton, Simon Periton, Kiki Smith, Fiona Banner, Jeremy Deller, Alan Kane, Adam Dant and Harland Miller, amongst others. A number of these artists will be offering new works for Art16. The House of Fairy Tales will be raising money to support two education programmes currently in production: Turkish Tulips, an international touring show for families, and The Line, a sculpture trail running from Stratford to Greenwich.
• Purple Dragon, London’s finest family member’s club, will be running tours of the Fair for children on Friday 20 May and Saturday 21 May at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and on Sunday 22 May at 1pm and 4pm. The tours have been designed to engage children with the art on display at the different gallery presentations, and to inspire them to create their own artworks. Children will be encouraged to sketch their favourite pieces and take part in games, seeking out particular colours, materials, patterns or animals throughout the length and breadth of the Fair.
• Art16 will be partnering with Christie’s Education which will lead guided tours of the Fair introducing visitors to participating galleries and to collecting as a whole.
• New for 2016 will be a bespoke buying service, By Appointment. The service, the first of its kind, will allow visitors on any budget to tour the Fair with a personal art adviser.
Eating and Drinking at Art16
• Visitors will be able to dine courtesy of Corbin & King, the Fair’s official restaurant partner, who will host a rotating residency across three of their most celebrated restaurants over the course of the weekend: The Colony Grill (Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May), The Wolseley (Saturday 21 May) and The Delaunay (Sunday 22 May).
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