The capital’s art fairs
With dozens of art fairs taking place this month, from Frieze London to Moniker, now is the time to pick up a prized piece. Whether it‘s prints, interiors or urban art, Sam Rogg guides you through the fun of the fairs
London is often referred to as ‘the centre of the art world’, and with more than 300 museums and galleries housing some of the most important works in history, it’s not difficult to see why. Exploring one of the many exhibitions the capital has to offer is a must during any trip to London. But imagine being able to purchase one of the extraordinary artworks that you spy while here.
For much of the year, there is an art to buying art in London. Works are stored in warehouses until they’re auctioned or confined to far-flung studios and commercial galleries, which can be time-consuming to browse. But, in October, buying art couldn’t be easier or more affordable, as different art fairs spring up across the capital, attracting dealers, galleries and artists from around the world. With so many fairs taking place this month, it’s a good idea to do some research. Go with a set budget and don’t be afraid to haggle, even if you are offered a payment plan. As the German philosopher Schopenhauer said: ‘Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.’ With that in mind, buy what you like rather than just a ‘good investment’, then at least you will enjoy your artwork if it doesn’t pay you back one day.
Whether you’re a serious collector or a firsttime buyer, there’s no excuse to leave London empty-handed this month. Happy hunting!