Installation view of ART14.
LONDON - Due to the strong presence of both Asian art and photography at Art14 – London’s newest contemporary art fair – over the weekend, we decided to invite a group of young collectors interested in these two collecting categories to a tour around the fair. The response was incredible with more than 60 young collectors turning up, and I am certain more tagged along as we walked through the aisles!
The fair is now in it’s second edition with the first last year attracting 25,000 visitors and attracting impressive critical reviews from everyone from the Financial Times to GQ. We divided into two smaller groups to explore – I took one, while my colleague Brandei Estes from the London Photographs department took the second – stopping at galleries of our choice showing the best selection of both Asian art and photography, selecting key works for discussion.
View from the young collectors tour of Art14 in London.
We had only an hour and there was almost too much to cram in, meaning we had to limit the selection of booths we visited and keep discussions about each chosen work relatively brief. We were also very fortunate to be able to collaborate with Art14 and Citigroup, who sponsored the fair and kindly hosted a panel discussion after the tour.
The response from collectors was tremendous as was their appetite to learn more. The tour and discussion was a great educational exercise for all involved – I am sure it will be the first of many such tours in the future.
is Director, Senior Specialist of Contemporary Asian Art