For the 2019 edition, London Art Fair has partnered with Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery to present The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century.
Founded in 1923 with a bequest of 22 paintings by Alderman John Chisholm Towner, the Collection today features a wealth of important twentieth-century British artists as well as a significant collection of national and international contemporary art and moving image artworks.
Towner’s exhibition at London Art Fair 2019 will showcase a selection of works that are significant to the history of the gallery and its collection, and will look at the way it has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators, who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time. Demonstrating the strength of the Towner Collection as an active, evolving body of contemporary art, the exhibition will feature modern and contemporary works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
This selection will not only highlight the role of Sussex as ‘The Artists’ County’, a place of inspiration which has nurtured artists and makers, but will also champion key figures from its history that promoted radical thinking and inspired social change throughout the twentieth century.
Working in collaboration with leading international curators, London Art Fair has continued to evolve to reflect the changes in contemporary practice and collecting within the art world, as presented in the critically-acclaimed Art Projects and Photo50.
There will be a strong prints focus in 2019 with new works and exclusive releases from print studio JEALOUS from the likes of David Shrigley, the Chapman Brothers and Charming Baker.
Sculpture will take centre stage at Galerie BAYART with works by the great European sculptors Igor Mitoraj, Christophe Charbonnel and Patrick Villas, and at Galerie Calderone, who will showcase their most promising emerging talent, young Spanish sculptor César Orrico, alongside a unique 1947 masterpiece by British painter Michael Ayrton.
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16 – 20 January 2019