January saw the return of London Art Fair, the UK’s premier Fair for Modern British and contemporary art, to Islington’s Business Design Centre. Four Colman Getty has been working with organisers Upper Street Events for six years now. With prices ranging from the hundreds for prints, to hundreds of thousands for the finest Modern British work, the Fair provides a welcoming and supportive environment for collectors of all levels.
On the eve of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, we placed a story in Evening Standard revealing that 49% of exhibiting galleries urged the PM to ensure freedom of movement and goods in order to maintain London’s status as a global art hub. In spite of this, Fair Director Sarah Monk offered a positive view on the art market, celebrating the quality of Modern British Art (evidenced in last year’s Bowie sale) as a key factor of its resilience.
Media coverage of the Fair was also positive, with national newspapers, consumer and arts press all enthusiastic about the most international edition to date. Before opening to the public, the team co-ordinated a press preview that saw more than 80 media come through the doors. Photo50, the Fair’s annual guest-curated photography exhibition was particularly well received, being featured in Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Vice, British Journal of Photography and more.