Platform 2019

Last year London Art Fair launched Platform , a new feature focusing on a single distinct theme every year, be it an artistic medium, movement or a geographical or cultural exploration. The section allows invited galleries to present a combination of well-known, overlooked and emerging artists that align to the theme.

The first edition of Platform explored the expansive territory of Ceramics.

Thrown, Platform. Photography by Charlotte Swinburn

In the last decade, ceramics has been enjoying somewhat of a revival – both amongst the collectors revealing a new found appreciation of the medium and an appeal of the authentic and bespoke; and a new generation of artists exploring new possibilities and shifting perceptions of the craft.

As such ceramics have equally been gaining prominence across London Art Fair, from established names who have long championed the medium such as Lucy Rie (Askew Art) – one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated studio potters, renowned for the elegance and simplicity of her work; to contemporary artists, such as Claire Partington (James Freeman) who utilises traditional ceramic techniques and their qualities to construct narratives

Whether taking the shape of a functional vessel or more sculptural ceramics the Fair’s new ‘Platform‘ section, brings to the fore a selection of galleries and artists which encompass both significant names alongside some of todays most exciting emerging maker’s.

 Salvador Dali, L’Importance C’est La Rose, 1968. Courtesy of Sylvia Powell


 Chris Anteman, Secluded Kiss, 2013. Courtesy of Cynthia Corbett Gallery


 BTM Ceramics, 270918, slip-cast and vibrated ceramic, 2018. Courtesy of Thrown


 Claudia Clare, Remembering Nelson Mandela, 2015. Courtesy of Zuleika Gallery


Platform Galleries and Artists

Cynthia Corbett Gallery – Jongjin Park, Jo Taylor, Alissa Volchkova, Irina Razumovskaya, Matt Smith, Lucille Lewin, Tessa Eastman, Zemer Peled, Michal Fargo, Chris Antemann

Sylvia Powell – Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Salvador Dali, Jean Lurçat, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Victor Vasarely, Eduardo Paolozzi

Thrown – Tom Kemp, James Pegg, Simon Kidd, Judy Mckenzie, Bisila Noha, Shane Porter, Roger Coll, Phillipp Schenk-Mischke (aka BTM Ceramics)

Zuleika Gallery – Claudia Clare

Other Platform highlights across the Fair

&Gallery – Tanya Gomez, Jane Cairns, Rebecca Appleby

Askew Art – John Ward, Paul Philip, Emmanuel Cooper

Castlegate House Gallery – Grayson Perry

Gibbons & Nicholas – Janet Mullarney

James Freeman Gallery – Claire Partington/ Carolein Smitt

Lamb Arts – Patricia Camet

Modernground – Margaret O’Rorke’s

Narrative projects – Xiao-yang Li

Square Art Projects – Elena Gileva