Britannia rule the waves at the London Art Fair

Messenger (1969) by John Tunnard. Part of the Ingram Collection
The London Art Fair (until 22 January), billed as "the UK's premier Modern British and contemporary art fair", opened its doors to VIPs and collectors yesterday (17 January), who began trickling in during the early hours of the afternoon. Visiting luminaries included the dealer Daniel Katz and his son Robin, and Wentworth Beaumont, the co-founder of art consultancy Beaumont Nathan. But unlike many other fairs in the capital which predominantly cater for single slices of the marketbe it the top end or the middlethis fair has taken a much wider aim. Works on offer range from 600 etchings to six-figure prints by Warhol (who, by the way, is technically not a Modern or contemporary British artist), while average prices seem to hover around the mid-to-low five figure mark. It may seem a little schizophrenic but it also makes for a refreshingly different experience. Robert Travers, whose gallery Piano Nobile is a stalwart of the fair, says it has always attracted a strong local clientele that is different from the Masterpiece crowd, although we have met billionaires here. Among the works on offer at his stand is a striking painting by the British painter John Armstrong, Spring (1944), priced at 46,000. Also worth seeing is a mini-exhibition of the Ingram Collection, which has teamed up with the Lightbox museum, Woking, to present a small selection of British masterpieces including a mesmerising work by John Tunnard, titled Messenger (1969), and pieces by Barbara Hepworth and Richard Burra. Rule Britannia indeed. 
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Who will design baby Pia’s Wendy House for Julia Peyton-Jones?

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The happy news that former Serpentine Galleries supremo Julia Peyton-Jones is a mother later in life took the art and architecture worlds by surprise when Londons Evening Standard newspaper broke the news yesterday (17 January). If and when a Wendy house is desired by baby Pia, Peyton-Jones will be spoiled for choice for designers, given the number of star architects on her Rolodex. As well as the likes of Bjarke Ingels, Frank Gehry, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of Sanaa, to name a few who designed summer houses for Peyton-Jones when in charge of the Serpentine, there are artist-architects that she could hire. Ai Weiwei is a dab hand with bricks and mortar but if Beijing minimalism is a little too severe, Grayson Perry does a great mock-Essex Gingerbread.
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Istanbul art fair and biennial join forces in bid to boost tourism in Turkey

Contemporary Istanbul is moving its dates to September
In a bid to boost tourism and a flailing economy, Contemporary Istanbul art fair is moving its dates to September and is joining forces with the citys venerable biennial to form Istanbul Art Week in the middle of the month. Museums and galleries such as the privately run Sakp Sabanc museum are also due to take part in the initiative, which is for the first time supported by the local government.

The recent spate of terror attacks and a crackdown on freedom of expression by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have made cultural life tough in Istanbul. But now that could be changingat least in the commercial sector.

The government is beginning to realise that art and culture are important, says Ali Greli, the chairman of Contemporary Istanbul, who has been lobbying for changes to laws on tax when it comes to art. We are not asking the government for funding, we are asking for the path to be cleared so it is more accessible to buy and sell art in Istanbul.

The value of works exhibited at the art fair, previously held in November, has tapered off since a high of $102m in 2014. That figure dropped to $67.4m in 2015 and $56m last year. However, over the past two years the proportion of works sold has hovered just above 60%.

Greli says he is aiming for around half of the exhibitors to come from outside of Turkey for the 12th edition of the fair this year, which will run from 14 to 17 September. We also want Turkish collectors to buy international art at Contemporary Istanbul, Greli says.

For Kamiar Maleki, the fairs director, the plan is to create an arts hub in Istanbul. Its a city that connects East and West and has history, culture and tradition; we want to formulate that for the future generation and to make art more accessible, he says. We cant ignore we are facing a lot of difficulties, but through culture we are trying to heal the city.
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Strong support from regional collectors at Art Stage Singapore 2017

Art Stage Singapore 2017, the flagship fair of Southeast Asia and anchor event of the Singapore Art Week, closed its seventh edition yesterday. The Fair saw a significant presence of regional collectors, which largely contributed to the major sales made at the Vernissage on 11 January and over the next four days from 12 January to 15 January 2017. The support and presence of the collectors from Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, increased significantly compared to previous editions, demonstrating that Art Stage Singapore’s efforts to match-make the region’s different arts scenes have shown positive results. On the other hand, despite the show of commitment by six leading Singapore-based collectors in opening their collections to the public at the Collectors’ Stage exhibition, local interest and engagement unfortunately did not correspond with

Belgian photographer Johanne Verbockhaven exhibits at the Art & Design Atomium Museum

When Silence Speaks: Heart of a Forgotten Land is a personal exhibition of the Belgian photographer Johanne Verbockhaven. The Art & Design Atomium Museum welcomes, in Gallery 2, a collection of large format photographs from her ethno-photographic works realised in the Hornstrandir peninsula (north-western of Iceland). Through her photographs, Johanne Verbockhaven (born in 1974) touched on issues about memory and forgetting through the dimensions of silence, absence and trace. This region of the Islandic fjord was deserted by its population after the Second World War. The farmers, attracted by a rising modernity in town, have abandoned their lands and farms. At that time, the construction of the military bases in this pre-arctic area was also one of the trigger elements of this drift from the land. For Johanne Verbockhaven, photographer

Phillips to offer The Odyssey of Collecting: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

Phillips announced three upcoming auctions of The Odyssey of Collecting: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation . Over 470 lots from this world-renowned collection of photographs will be on offer in an Evening Sale on 3 April and two Day Sales on 4 April and 3 October. Spanning three centuries of photography, the collection assembled by Joy of Giving Something’s (JGS) founder Howard Stein presents rare and unique works by true masters of the medium. Included in the highlights are photographs by Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Frank, and László Moholy-Nagy, among many others. In advance of the auctions, selections from the collection will tour internationally to London, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The Odyssey of Collecting: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation