27 of my Favourite Artworks from the @Art13 London Fair

Exhibits Mar 05, 2013

Art 13 – the new contemporary art fair that graced London this week was a success: Artinfo reports the positive sales incurred during the show and it signals a bright future for this art newcomer. For me, despite not seeing the presence of major London galleries here, what I really enjoyed most was discovering foreign galleries and seeing Oriental artists take centre stage (if they haven’t been basking in the Art limelight already).

The great thing about these (South east) Asian artists is their new found confidence and their boldness in merging both tradition and Western ideals in their artwork. It’s not anything new of course – a lot of artists explore their history to create a new language in their work. But personally, (and possibly with a lot of bias), I am drawn to the ingenuity and the new energy that these artists bring.

The Boat – a monumental rice paper sculpture by Chinese artist Zhu Jhinsi was, in my opinion, the most audacious piece of art in the fair. But aside from the stunning artworks from these Oriental artists, overall Art 13 is truly Europe’s global art fair. With more than 129 art galleries from 29 countries, it might be too much to take in. (How do critics do it?) –  my small self can only pick a few favourites.

Here’s my Top 27

1. Zhu Jinshi Untitled Gallery: Pearl Jam Galleries China/Singapore HK

zhu jinshi1

2. Zilvinas Kempinas (b.1969 Lithuania) Title: Fountain 2011 Gallery: Saatchi Gallery fan, magnetic tape, metal ring

fountain 2011_zilvinas kempinas

3. Szilard Cseke (b. 1967, Hungary) Title: Deep Look, 2012 Medium: Tyres, polystyrene balls, electric fans, fluorescent tube, electric control, iron, wood

Deep Look_Szilard Cseke1
Deep Look_Szilard Cseke2

4. Nathan Slate Joseph Title: Time for Peace II, 2004 Gallery: Sundaram Tagore Gallery Medium: Pure pigment on steel

Time for Peace II_Nathan Slate Joseph_2

5. Hiroshu Senju Title: Waterfall, 2012 Medium: Natural pigments on Japanese mulberry paper

Waterfall 2012_Hiroshu Senju

6. Peter Newman London, St Mary Axe, 2012 Gallery: Fine Art Society Contemporary Medium: Stainless steel, transparency, LED lightbox

London St Mary Axe_Peter Newman

7. Bernard Cohen Study I, 2008 Gallery: Flower Gallery Medium: Acrylic on Linen

Study I_Bernard Cohen

8. Grayson Perry Map of the Truths and Beliefs Gallery: Paragon Medium: Tapestry, ed. of 12

Map of Truths and Beliefs_Grayson Perry

9. Chai Jeong-Hwa Breathing Flower Gallery: Gana Art – South Korea Medium: Variable size, Fabric, LED Lights, motor

Breathing Flower_Chai Jeong-Hwa

10. Yi Hwan-Kwon Summer (ed. 2/5) Gallery: Gana Art – South Korea Medium: handpainted on F.R.P., mixed material

Summer_Yi Hwan-Kwon

11. Yi Hwan-Kwon Jae Min (ed. 5/5) Gallery: Gana Art-South Korea Medium: Hand-painted on F.R.P.

Jae Min_Yi Hwan-Kwon

12. Lee Kyoung Mi Le Sablon Bruxelles on the Table Gallery: Cais Gallery – Hongkong/South Korea Medium: oil on constructed birch

Le Sablon_Lee Kyoung Mi_1

13. Choi, Xoang Puppeteer Gallery: Cais Gallery (Hongkong/South Korea) Medium: Oil on Resin

Puppeteer_Choi Xoang

14. Lee Jaehyo Various works Gallery: Albermarle Gallery

Albermale Gallery_Lee Jaehyo

15. Sam Havad Toy Lenin 2011 Gallery: Kalman Maklary Fine Arts Medium: Acrylic paint on fiberglass

Lenin_Sam Havad Toy

16. Sam Havad Toy Untitled, 2008 Gallery: Kalman Maklary Fine Arts

Untitled_Sam Havad Toy

17. Shi, Sang-Ho Wrapping Future City 2010 Gallery: Lee Hwaik Gallery Medium: Glazed Ceramic

Wrapping Future City_ Shin Sang Ho

18-19. Chen Guangwu / Young-Jae Lee Ink, Earth and Fire Medium: Calligraphy and Ceramics

Ink Earth and Fire_Chen Guanwu_Young Jae Lee

20. Wang Shugang Listening I 2011/Man Playing with Birds/Man Playing with Ball Gallery: Alexander Olus Galleries Medium: Bronze

various works_Wang Shugang

21. Kambiz Sabn White Dive, 2012 Gallery: Artspace Dubai/London Medium: Fiberglass Ed 3

White Dive_Kambiz Sabn

22. Zhu Jinshi Boat Gallery: Pearl Lam G Medium: rice paper

boat_Zhu Jhinshi

23. Mu Boyan Worm Gallery: Aye Gallery China Medium: Color on resin + Color on Bronze

Worm_Mu Boyan

24. Nyoman Masrindi God Like 2013 Gallery: Gajah Gallery Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

God Like_Nyoman Masrindi1

25. Rimuald Hazoune Petrol Cargo

Petrol Cargo_Romuald Haoune

26. Huang Xu Fragment no. 2, 2007 Gallery: October Gallery Medium: chromophotograph

Fragment no 2_Huang Xu

27.  Ei Anatsui Balkan 2012 Gallery: October Gallery Medium: Aluminum and copper wire

Balkan_Ei Anatsui

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