Moniker Art Fair challenges the traditional concept of urban art as new artists and partners are announced. Bringing existing and new collectors the latest trends, guidance, and early access to acclaimed urban and contemporary artists for many years, Moniker Art Fair has predicted the death of traditional urban art. In this vein, the Fair has just announced the first wave of innovating artists operating within their own bespoke studio spaces at The Old Truman Brewery this October.
Marking a milestone in the rise of urban art’s popularity and long-term impact on modern culture, urban art is now being recognised as museum quality. This is reflected in the recent announcement of the Fair’s first official partnership with Urban Nation Museum and Director Yasha Young. This collaboration provides an even wider platform for the artists trying to bring about change with their exhibitions on the 2018 theme: Uncensored.
As the world’s largest urban art fair, Moniker Art Fair has long been at the vanguard of the latest developments in urban and contemporary art. This years line-up reflects the new developments in urban art which sees an increasing fusion with fine art. This movement follows last year’s success of fine artists Kevin Peterson and Audrey Kawasaki working with Thinkspace Projects, whose original works sold out by the end of the fair’s first day in record-breaking sales. Among the eclectic host of
globally-acclaimed names this year are a notably high number of traditional contemporary artists, who belong to this wave of new fine art which has caught the attentions of art lovers and collectors alike.
Bringing this exciting new twist to the walls of the Fair are artists including exciting emerging Kaili Smith from the Netherlands whose series Le Petit Prince consider the bizarre conflicting reality of children growing up in an environment of crime; American artist Erik Jones whose vibrant and colourful work expresses a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark-making and non-representational forms that mimic geometric high-end fashion;
Parisian-born Bom.K who has been part of the urban art and graffiti scene since 1990 and whose new work creates hybrids melding gonzo art with nude bodies, painted onto cinemascope size canvases; and Italian-born VESOD who revisits the idea of the eternal present through influences of Futurism and the Renaissance to challenge our current understanding of mental health.
As the urban art narrative continues to evolve from its wall-writing roots, the fair sees internationally acclaimed South African artist FaithXLVII – traditionally a muralist – work with mixed-media and conceptual art, while former graffiti-writing favourite Ann J Lewis will explore the Syrian Refugee Crisis in an immersive installation. Even as Axel Void continues to paint on street walls, he further diversifies the expected urban path by working in a style that can only be described as fine art portraiture.
Also invited to create original works for the Fair are members of legendary Parisian art collective DMV, Lek and Sowat, emerging British star Dan Rawlings, and Canadian Li-Hill whose work attempts to decipher the complexities of the rapid development in our modern age. Additionally, Spanish-born and Berlin-based Vermibus will create an immersive installation that focuses on our self-image formed through repetitive messages in corporate advertising.
Tina Ziegler, Director of Moniker comments, We’ve come a long way since the boom of Banksy – street art as a term isn’t doing enough. Urban art, contemporary art, is such a broad spread of disciplines, backgrounds and messages, all of which go further than the traditional public interpretations. Fine art in particular is enjoying a real renaissance, and that’s attracting collectors. Artists are learning their crafts on canvas, then heading out to city walls to find their fame on Instagram. It’s an industry-wide shift, and it continues to change what we like, what we buy, and what accumulates value.
MONIKER ART FAIR 2018
Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th October 2018
Tickets Tickets are available here
Location The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, UK
Cover Photo: Art by Erik Jones