The British Art Fair will take place at the Saatchi Gallery from 20 September to 23 September 2018. The fair is a new incarnation of the well-regarded 20/21 British Art Fair and will continue to focus on Modern British art.
Over 30 years, the 20/21 British Art Fair has built up a consistent following of collectors and a roster of dealers whose knowledge of this field is unparalleled. The new owners, Robert and Johnny Sandelson, whose parents showed at the first British Art Fair in 1988, are moving it to the heart of the Royal Borough, the Saatchi Gallery.
Some 50 galleries will present Modern and Post-War British art over all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery. Some of the artworks include pieces by David Bomberg, Lynn Chadwick, Alan Davie, William Gear, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Bridget Riley, William Scott, Richard Smith, Graham Sutherland, Keith Vaughan and many more. The new venue has attracted the participation of some of the leading galleries in the field including Richard Green, Robin Katz, Offer Waterman, Jonathan Clark, Osborne Samuel and The Mayor Gallery some of whom are returning to the fair whilst others are regular exhibitors. (For a full list see: www.britishartfair.co.uk).
Interest in modern British art has been consistently strong over the last few years with highlights such as the sales of the private collections of David Bowie and Leslie Waddington and record-breaking auction prices for artists such as Francis Bacon attracting headlines. Long-time followers of this once-niche field are being joined by collectors and buyers moving away from the more unpredictable contemporary market and more gallery and institutional shows on the field are taking place. To reflect the increasing serious interest in Modern British Art, the British Art Fair will this year mount focused special projects of single and dual artist presentations to complement the gallery stands.
The first of the special exhibitions is a centrepiece on Ivon Hitchens with over 25 works from all periods of the artist’s career on view. The presentation is mounted by Jonathan Clark, the noted Hitchen’s specialist and dedicated to the memory of Victor Sandelson (1928-2017), the father of the fair’s new owners. A second special presentation mounted by Piano Nobile will show the works of Anthony Caro and the writer and critic John Golding. The pair worked together accommodate the principles of American Abstract Expressionism to a British context had a notable effect on the history of Modern British art. Piano Nobile’s presentation will show these two artists at the moment they arrived at their full creative maturity in the early seventies.
“I’m delighted that we have special projects that allow visitors to explore Modern British art in depth as well as the strong selection of galleries”, says Robert Sandelson. “The Saatchi Gallery is one of the world’s most visited museums and I know that our dealers are greatly looking forward to having works installed there. Modern British art is a deep, strong and time tested market where there are both blue-chip names and artists whose work will only be appreciated more over time.”