Every year I try to see London’s main art fairs. There is something about these events that brings an extra frisson to the art.The fairs are always filled with people, some of whom might not usually go to see art, and the atmosphere is buzzing with interest and intrigue. I think it is a creatively healthy way to see art.
The 20/21 BRITISH ART FAIR takes place every September at the Royal College of Art in Kensington. This is its 23rd year. 20/21 is the only fair specialising exclusively in modern and contemporary British art. Some of the greatest names in 20th century art can be found here: Bacon, Freud, Hepworth, Nash, Moore, amongst many others. The fair also presents the work of contemporary artists, both new and established. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry have all been shown here. I loved the devilish decorated Perry ceramic plate (see picture above) on display this year at the England & Co stand.
There are around 60 stalls at the fair every year and, though much of the work passed me by, there is the occasional gem. Some of the pop art excited me – I love Peter Blake (he did the Sergeant Pepper’s album cover), and was pleased to see a selection of his prints.
An art fair is a great place to start if you want to begin collecting art, with prices from the low hundreds to hundreds of thousands; it is perhaps less daunting than visiting a gallery.
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