The 2017 Edition of START Art Fair Comes to London With a Focus on Asian Art
The boutique fair returns to the Saatchi Gallery this week, gathering 44 galleries from 25 countries.
The fourth edition of START art fair will take place this week across all three floors of the palatial Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
The boutique art fair has been showcasing innovative artwork and supporting developing art markets since its 2014 debut, and it has now cemented its position in the yearly art fair circuit, attracting a loyal set of international collectors.
Despite its location in London's most affluent neighborhood, START isn't the blue chip affair you might expect. Instead, the fair focuses on locating emerging art by early career or newly discovered artists from a range of international galleries and showcasing them in a museum setting. For collectors, START is the place to go to ferret out new artists and identify the movements that are percolating in the art world. For emerging gallerists, it's a springboard into the European art market. The fair offers a platform for galleries coming from countries that are under-represented in the art market, with exhibitors selected by a curatorial committee comprising the fair's co-founders Serenella Ciclitira (Parallel Contemporary Art) and Nigel Hurst (Saatchi Gallery) as well as curatorial partners Mehta Bell Projects.This year, the fair is welcoming 44 galleries from 25 countries that sweep across the globe from the US to Australia. One major highlight will be NG ArtGallery's presentation of works by Fiona White, who is known for her portraits of characters inspired by global events and that reference history and racial politics. The works that will show at START depict characters from Mexico, Australia and the Americas alongside the collection created in response to President Trump's plans for a border wall, titled Round Up(2016).
START Solo, formerly the fair's This is Tomorrow section, will feature solo presentations from Indian artist Owais Husain; Paula Klien; and videos of works by Marcus Dove, made by a homemade missile launcher and smoke grenades.
This year's section of commercial curated projects that examine upcoming art scenes will have a focus on nurturing Asian artistic talent. Presented by Mehta Bell Projects and the Global Eye Programme, START Projects will hone in on contemporary art practices in Vietnam and Korea through its Global Eye Program established by Parallel Contemporary Art. Among the highlights will be a presentation of video works by the Le Brothers, which examine the various divisions in the society of post-war Vietnam; Nguyen Van Du's blood-and-watercolor paintings; and a live painting performance from Nguyen Tri Manh.