We are delighted to be sponsoring London Art Fair for the second time this year, as we kick off a year of events to celebrate 75 years of art-book publishing. Opening to the public this morning and running at the Business Design Centre in Islington until Sunday 19 January, London Art Fair is the leading fair for Modern and contemporary British art. We have a range of books available to browse and buy at our stand (S1). We are offering a discount of 20% on all of our books (including special editions and signed copies of Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks), with a discount of 50% available to those who buy five or more books.
Artist Kurt Jackson has created a stunning design for our stand. Entitled ‘A Bee in the Booth’, the design draws on Jackson’s latest work on British fauna. While researching A Contemporary Bestiary, a new book to be published by Lund Humphries in 2015, Jackson’s attention was called to the serious plight of British bees. He says, ‘Bees in the UK are declining at a worrying rate – two bumble bee species have become extinct, bee colonies have fallen by 53% between 1985 and 2005, wild honeybees are nearly extinct in the UK and many other pollinators are also in peril.’ In response to this situation, Jackson has created a drypoint print in a limited edition of 50, which he is selling to raise funds for Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign; the print is available to purchase now through his website or from the Redfern Gallery’s stand (42) at London Art Fair.
Later this week, we will be hosting two events as part of the fair’s Talks Programme. On Thursday 16 January at 11.30am, Alan Powers, author of Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer, will be joined by Neil Jennings of Jennings Fine Art for a discussion of the ‘Ravilious boom’, in particular its relationship to nostalgia. On Friday 17 January at 1.30pm, Melanie Gerlis, author of Art as an Investment?, will discuss whether art really is a good investment with Iain Robertson of Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Jamie Anderson of Waterhouse & Dodd. For a sneak preview of what might be said on Friday, have a look at Gerlis’s article on the subject from yesterday’s FT. You can book your place for either talk now.