My art history class today discussed 18th Century non-porcelain wares in England. So basically, Wedgwood! I am starting to think I should go to estate sales and use my skills to find hidden gems. My teacher kept telling us stories from Antiques Road Show and how people didn’t know what they had was worth 15,000 pounds. I have also decided to put that on my list of shows to watch while I’m here. I think it will be a useful study guide!
For the afternoon we went to the Art13 London, which is a new art fair!
Before I get into that, we decided to have lunch around the art fair which was in zone 2. I spotted this little diner from a block away and convinced Anna and Elizabeth that it looked amazing and how we needed to eat there. This is when I realize how I may be different from most normal people. While they saw a tiny, dingy little sandwich shop, I saw a shimmering oasis of goodness. But the guys who ran it were awesome, and it was cheap, and turns out delicious. I ordered a chicken and bacon sandwich. Which in my mind I thought chicken breast…but turned out to be basically chicken salad with some chopped up bacon in it. It came with lettuce, cucumber and tomato. They serve breakfast all day so Elizabeth basically got a mini English breakfast. Two pieces of bread, an egg, beans and grilled tomatoes. It was delicious as predicted. And I loved it.
It is being held at the Olympia Grand Hall this weekend. The brochure says “London’s most exciting art fair launch in a decade. Art13 London is the capital’s new art fair fo rModern and contemporary art, presenting a truly global perspective and showcasing art from 1945 to the present day. With over 70% of galleries exhibiting at an art fair in London for the very first time, this is the most eagerly anticipated art fair in over a decade.” There were 120 galleries from 30 different countries with over a thousand paintings, sculptures, multi-media installations and prints and photography too! Their works ranged from 100 pounds to 500,000 pounds.
It was my first experience at a big art fair. I went to a photography fair in DC last fall but this was incredibly different. I tend to think I’m not a modern or contemporary art kind of person, but then I find pieces that I love. What surprised me was some street artists like Banksy and JR. The gallery owners were happy to talk to us about why they chose to come to the fair, and why they chose specific pieces to sell. Just another added layer to a whole are of the art world I am still learning about!