London Print Fair @ Royal Academy

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend my first ever art fair. I was lucky enough to get an invite to the London Print Fair at the Royal Academy, the longest running specialist print fair.

In it’s 27th year the fair houses over 50 exhibitors showcasing prints from the renaissance until the present day with inclusions from artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. It has also been inspired by the Diamond Jubilee and many works by artists such as Peter Blake and Andy Warhol portray the Queen.

The fair was a thriving market of buyers and sellers not anything like what I had envisaged. It is a complete juxtaposition to going to an exhibition at a gallery and is an eye opener as to just how alive the art market is. While the works here are definitely not cheap, it is an opportunity to understand more about the individual pricing and worth of art as well as seeing many artists such as Hockney, Freud and Picasso all in one room.

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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