One of the things I loved most the last time I was living in London was the UK capital’s thriving arts and theater scene. It was during that six-month study abroad experience over five years ago that I saw a different side of art.
From sliding down one of Carsten Holler’s masterpieces at the Tate Modern to watching an auction at Sotheby’s during which the record was set for the highest sold piece by a living European artist ever with Peter Doig’s White Canoe (sold for $11.3 million), I found out in 2007 just how lively the London art scene can be.
So I was eager to pop right back into it during my current stay and Art13 London seemed like the perfect way to do it. This modern and contemporary art fair featured 129 galleries from 30 countries, giving art lovers a chance to meet new artists and see what is happening around the world in art.
My friend Bobbi and I chose to visit on the Sunday of this three-day art weekend for the talk on Contemporary photography, community and the positive view. The discussion, which was chaired by Charlotte Cotton, was focused on community-based photography efforts. I loved hearing about how photography has created so many opportunities for people and how the line between artist and subject is being crossed in many efforts, giving more insight to the work and allowing for more people to be involved.
Since both of us were open to seeing and learning about what the fair had to offer, we didn’t have much of an agenda besides that talk, so we spent the rest of our time wandering the massive Olympia Grand Hall, learning about different works and even catching one of the fair’s live performances: Hugo Dalton’s Movement and Mark, which merged the fluidity of drawing with that of dance.
As far as my taste and knowledge of art goes, well, I’m quite immature. I’ll be completely honest and say that I like things that look interesting, sometimes grotesque, sometimes pretty, as well as things that I can play with or walk through. While I do like to learn about what makes good art, for me, what matters most is that I enjoy it. Some works I really liked include Zhu Jinishi’s Boat and Yi Hwan-Kwon’s A Sitting Woman.
It was the perfect starting out point for an art lover in London in need of a serious update. I found out about a few upcoming exhibitions and events in the same scene, such as the Positive Vew Foundation’s Landmark: The Fields of Photography, which kicks off at Somerset House on March 14.
As you can see Art13 was the perfect event to throw myself back into the vibrant London art world.