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Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 January
Booth P29, Booth P28, Atrium Theatre
Art Projects, London Art Fair
52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
SUBLET is a project which critically examines the role of the art fair as an exclusive market place. With the help of London Art Fair, ALISN will subvert the traditional booth, by subletting one to a cross section of important artist-led spaces, most of which would not normally consider showing in this environment.
For as long as artists have existed, they have organised themselves to create new types of exhibitions and public engagements, in order to circumvent or supplement the establishments of their day. In 1911 Der Blaue Reiter started organising touring exhibitions around Germany, showing groundbreaking new painters such as Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. In the 1960s, the Artist Placement Group, which included John Latham and Barry Flanagan, broke outside the boundaries of studio and gallery, by taking artists into industry and government; in the 1990s City Racing was holding the first exhibitions for future YBAs like Sarah Lucas and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing in a disused betting shop in London. At the same time the now legendary Transmission in Glasgow was launching the careers of future greats such as Douglas Gordon and Martin Boyce – a time later described by Hans-Ulrich Obrist as ‘The Glasgow Miracle’.
Often short-lived, but always innovative and pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, artist-run spaces are both unfettered by commercial considerations and forced to be creative by their often slight means. The public is rarely aware of their activities. Housed in disused industrial units, or shops, in out-of-the-way neighbourhoods, often with no street sign or outward indication of existence, these spaces are patronised almost exclusively by other artists, away from the mainstream gaze.
Itself an artist-led organisation, ALISN will open up its booth at London Art Fair 2013 to a selection of the most sophisticated artist-led projects in the UK to present works by promising new artists, whose current, early-stage careers are right now being shaped at these independent spaces. In the booth opposite, artist-led spaces who work with moving image will be part of the fair's film schedule. Organisations who work with live art will stage performances throughout the four days of the fair.
SUBLET will transform the art fair booth from a stall into a stage.
Business Design Centre, Islington52 Upper Street
London Greater London United Kingdom N1 0QH
Tues 15 January
(Invited guests / Preview & Six Day Ticket Holders)
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Wed 16 January
11:00am - 9:00pm
Thurs 17 January
11:00am - 9:00pm
Fri 18 January
11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat 19 January
10:00am - 7:00pm
Sun 20 January
10:00am - 5:00pm