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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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In Dialogue With Art
london art fair, 'Reclining Figure  Points', 1969, Henry Moore
'Reclining Figure Points', 1969, Henry Moore. Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd


We all like to have a choice, but there are times when you have too much choice. A classic example is when choosing a meal from the menu of a restaurant. You can spend ages dithering over what to order. Then there are those multiple choice questions, where there are several possible answers, and you have no idea which is right.

Then there are the times when you just can't decide how to spend your day out. London has a wealth of attractions. Do you go to a museum, a gallery, the theatre? Say you eventually decide on an art gallery, then you are faced with which one.

Not anymore. Between 15th-19th January you can see them all at once. How's this possible you ask? Have scientist invented some kind of device that allows you to be at several places at once? No, unfortunately that ability is still many centuries down the line.

The answer is far more simple, but definitely not mundane. The London Art Fair 2014 is bringing together all the best galleries in the capital to exhibit at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The ' UK's premier destination for Modern British and contemporary art', you will get to see a selection of work from both major and independent galleries, including Beers Contemporary, Long & Ryle, and Portal Painters.

Alongside the main fair, you will also discover Art Projects. This is a showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the globe, with large scale installations, group displays, experimental videos, and performance. Curated by Pryle Behrman, a separate screening room will be dedicated to showing films and demonstrating the fair's diversity through fresh talented actors and dancers. The Highlight of the Art Projects, however, is the Dialogues exhibition. It features a collaboration between UK and international galleries as they take part in critical conversations around shared ideas or a common aesthetic. The curator, Adam car has this to say about it:

'That galleries converse, interact and exchange knowledge is not new, but yet rarely framed within the context of art fairs. In contrast to the conventional format of separate gallery presentations, 'Dialogues' sets out to encourage collaboration, establishing a new constellation in the relationship between galleries, art fairs and the public through their display.'

Another aspect of the fair is Photo50, which as the title suggests, is an exhibition of fifty photographic works. This year's focus is Immaterial Matter, which compares and contrasts traditional and digital photography. The 15th January has a series of talks and tours planned, which will not only be interesting for those keen on art, but also very useful for those who practice photography themselves. They are free to attend, but need booking. Entrance to the fair itself is 13 in advance or 17 at the door. Alternatively, you can book the whole six days (which includes a preview evening on the 14th January) for 30.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 15th-19th Jan
Phone: 44 (0)20 7288 6736
Where: Business Design Centre
Cost: 13-35
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