London – Day 42

Friday!

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!

Lunch

Lunch

Elizabeth's Proper English Lunch

Elizabeth’s Proper English Lunch

Sandwich Shop

Sandwich Shop

Outside the Fair

Outside the Fair

ART13

ART13

View of the Fair from above

View of the Fair from above

The Many Galleries

The Many Galleries

Above the Fair

Above the Fair

Beautiful

Beautiful

Just a few big names on the wall...

Just a few big names on the wall…

Lego Flowers

Lego Flowers

"Last meal on death row" A coke and cheetos

“Last meal on death row” A coke and cheetos

Breathing flower Part I

Breathing flower Part I

Breathing Flower Part II

Breathing Flower Part II

A'Salaam Alaykum: Peace Be Upon You

A’Salaam Alaykum: Peace Be Upon You

By Zevs

By Zevs

Zves

Zves

Gallery

Gallery

 

Wood

Wood

Art Installation from the Outside

Art Installation from the Outside

Art Installation

Art Installation Walk Through!

So quiet inside!

So quiet inside!

Elizabeth in the art!

Elizabeth in the art!

Took me a minute to realize this was art

Took me a minute to realize this was art

Rolled up fashion magazines

Rolled up fashion magazines

Watercolor of Big Ben

Watercolor of Big Ben

Banksy Wall

Banksy Wall

Banksy

Banksy

No Joke

No Joke

Ravens

Ravens

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