London Art Fair: What to See

  • 18 January 2012

Britain's largest fair for Modern British and contemporary art opens today. Spread over four floors and hundreds of galleries, it can seem intimidating at first, but we've picked five must-see booths to get you started

Damien Hirst, Inspirational Butterfly, 2008 Courtesy of Other Criteria

Damien Hirst, Inspirational Butterfly, 2008

Britain's largest fair for Modern British and contemporary art opens to the public today. Spread over four floors and hundreds of galleries, the fair can seem intimidating at first, but we've picked five must-see booths to get you started…

1) Edel Assanti

While most of the booths at the fair are simply spaces to hang artworks, Edel Assanti have gone the extra step and turned their booth into a work of art in its own right: a tiny house complete with door, windows and roof, painted by Gabriel Dubois.

2) Pertwee, Anderson & Gold

From a towering panel made from hundreds of clothes pegs to a hologram of a lightning bolt that flashes as you walk by, Pertwee, Anderson & Gold's booth showcases the kitsch to the creepy. The centrepiece is a life-size sculpture of Red Riding Hood in mock Ku Klux Klan clothing.

3) Golden Thread Gallery

Not content to bring finished pieces to the fair, Belfast's Golden Thread Gallery has covered one wall of its booth with a blank canvas, on which artists will be creating a piece of art live over the duration of the show.

4) Photo 50 – The New Alchemists

The Photo 50 booth brings together pieces by some of the world's most most exciting contemporary photographers, from reality-blurring pieces by the Helsinki School's Jorma Puranen to Ester Teichmann's evocative mixed-media scenes.

5) Damien Hirst spot paintings

As galleries across the globe unite in an international display of Damien Hirst's spot paintings, the London Art Fair is hosting a mini exhibition of its own – three paintings from Hirst's series tucked away in a modest corner of the Other Criteria booth.