The Other Art Fair launches a new Global Virtual Edition this month. The fully three-dimensional fair is free to enter and sees 200 artists presented across four digital rooms corresponding to the international editions of their physical venues at Barker Hangar (Los Angeles), Brooklyn Expo Center (Brooklyn), The Old Truman Brewery (London) and The Cutaway (Sydney).
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this month, the leading artist-led fair has announced that it will host two annual Virtual Editions each November and May, giving art lovers the chance to fully explore the booths, connect directly with artists and be immersed in a new virtual fair world packed full of digital art, activities, and thousands of affordable artworks.
The virtual fair offers the unique opportunity to browse and purchase artworks from independent creators across the world, including artworks from twenty-nine countries. A live chat function will enable real-time chat with artists while their unique Discovery Roomfeature allows you to filter results to find exactly what you’re looking for.
The Global Virtual Edition features a rich selection of sculpture, works on paper, photography, and paintings from 200 hand-picked international artists chosen by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson and The Other Art Fair Founder Ryan Stanier with a 58% female / 42% male ratio and 73% new artists who have not previously exhibited with the fair.
As with their physical fairs, this free online edition presents an original and vibrant programme alongside amazing artworks including Fair Director and Saatchi Art Curator Tours, Anna Marie Tendler as Guest Artist, eyes on emerging talent with booths by all 2021 New Futures Winners, a Bombay Sapphire Bar complete with a mural, digital installations by Aphra Shemza, plus The Other Art Fair 10th Anniversary Booth. Register free at theotherartfair.com for full access from 8 November. Registration automatically enters visitors into a draw to win a $1000 art voucher to spend online at the fair.
Discovery Room and Special Collections
In addition to the 200 artists featured across four rooms, this edition will include a fifth Discovery Room providing the opportunity to tailor the booths you see according to your preferences and making the experience of browsing for exactly what you want quick and seamless. Special Collections have been chosen by the fair’s curators, allowing full emersion into the genre, style or artist category of your preference including Abstraction, Women to Watch and Brilliant Blue.
New Futures Class of 2021
As part of The Other Art Fair’s continued mission to break down traditional barriers of the contemporary art world, New Futures is designed to launch the careers of talented emerging artists through prizing that includes free exhibition space and mentorship. The programme also allows budding collectors and those interested in art to keep a finger on the pulse of emerging talent. All 2021 New Futures winners will be exhibiting at the Global Virtual Edition including Chris Horner, Carmen Mardonez from Los Angeles, Ashley Bradley and Tianna Bracey from Chicago, and Ishmael Lartey and Prachi Gothi from London.
One not to miss is LA New Futures 2021 Winner Chris Horner, a multi-disciplinary artist working in photographic and digital media. Originally trained as a writer, Chris has spent the past ten years blurring the boundary between text and image. Chris’s work explores the information-saturated experience of being extremely online–incorporating screenshots, photographs, marketing slogans, song lyrics, film stills, original texts and more into a net-art phantasmagoria.
Ishmael Lartey’s booth at the London Fair was a sensation. His online version promises to be a cultural mashup between traditional Ghanain shapes and forms and contemporary techniques while guiding the viewer on a journey through his cultural identity and pushing forward conversations on the African diaspora.
Fair Director and Saatchi Art Curator Tours
Informative tours will take place, including a short preview of each room led by each City Fair Director and Saatchi Art curator tours offering an insightful journey through contemporary art and helping you choose the best works to buy now. Special discussions include “Pop Art: Reimagined” with Curator Erin Remington, Featuring artists Emma Loizides, Daniel Marin and Nathan Paddison.
The Other Art Fair 10th Anniversary Booth
In celebration of ten years of The Other Art Fair, the team have selected extra special pieces to display in their own booth. This will be an extraordinary opportunity to see the diversity, creativity, accessibility, and passion that has been at the heart of The Other Art Fair’s mission since it’s conception.
HIGHLIGHT ARTISTS INCLUDE
Anna Marie Tendler
Heading straight from the most recent Los Angeles and Brooklyn fairs, Anna Marie Tendler joins the virtual fair as Guest Artist. A multidisciplinary artist working in photography, textiles, drawing, painting and interior design, Anna brings an exclusive body of work to the fair.
UK-based multimedia artist Aphra Shemza returns to the fair with a new series of digital sculptures. Shemza combines abstraction with traditional sculpting techniques and technology to create her work. As a sculptor her main medium is light, which she manipulates to create works that change over time.
Eunju’s paintings focus on the traditional Korean painting called ‘Minhwa’ – Which translates to ‘Painting for the People’ and in Eunju’s case, specifically for her family. Her work focuses mainly on family happiness and incorporating health and joy into everyday life.
Spanish artist Fares Micue uses her personal experiences as motivation for conceptual self-portraits surrounded by specially curated props. Her works deliver messages of personal growth, self-love, empowerment, and positivity.
Chiara Elisa Ragghianti
Chiara’s bright acrylic paintings take simple scenes from everyday life and revives them using pops of colour and contrasting, solid backgrounds. Based in Italy, Chiara has taken part in multiple editions of The Other Art Fair around the world.