Five things to see at London Art Fair

  • 15 January 2013

The modern and contemporary art fair is back and bigger than ever. We've picked our highlights of the show, from Hockney landscapes to recycled weaponry.

The London Art Fair is being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 16–20 January 2013.

1. Outstanding stands

Exhibitors often get creative with their allotted areas, and this year's most memorable stand belongs to Kent's Pratt Contemporary (stand 44). Their black-walled, barely lit chamber houses three monstrous works by Ana Maria Pacheco, which loom from the darkness like visions in a Boschian nightmare.

2. The art in artillery

Everything exhibited by the Jack Bell Gallery (stand 3) is available for under £5,000, and the most eye-catching pieces on show are four tribal masks by African artist Goncalo Mabunda. It's only on closer inspection that you realise the striking sculptures are crafted from decommissioned bomb shells.

3. Music icons

Alternative rock fans are spoiled for choice, with works on show by Radiohead's 'sixth member' Stanley Donwood (stand 45) and legendary designer Storm Thorgerson (stand G3), whose cover for Muse's Absolution is available to a deep pocketed fan. Traditionalists might prefer the silhouettes of the Beatles' iconic haircuts, cut from old Parlophone vinyls.

4. Pictures from the exhibitions

Visitors to the fair have a chance to take home pieces from some of last year's biggest exhibitions. Works up for grabs include a Hockney landscapes from A Bigger Splash, Chris Levine's portrait of the Queen from Art and Image (both at stand 7), and Keep them Sweet, Maisie Broadhead's stunning photograph which featured in Seduced by Art (stand 47).

5. Seductive sculpture

Simon Allen's work treads a fine line between art and decoration, but there's no denying the appeal of the pieces being displayed by Beaux Arts (stand 37): seductive sculptures that draw you in with their rich textures and vivid colours.