Galleries - March 2013

EXHIBITION PREVIEWS Art Fairs and Shows to see this month 8. GALLERIES MARCH 13 Spring in the Air? Writing about the year’s first Affordable Art Fair (7 to 10 March, London) in the middle of a snowy, dank February makes for pleasantly optimistic thoughts about Spring. Winter must be over if its ever-breezy organisers say so, and it’s off to Battersea Park we will go where a full complement of 120 galleries awaits. Given the competition provided, just the week before, by the massive inaugural Art13 at Olympia, this is in itself a huge compliment to a formula that never essentially alters – nothing over £4000, nice café for the family and a whole raft of lectures and events to get the collecting habit going – or to encourage it. No wonder the franchise runs from Amsterdam to Singapore, Mexico City to Rome and several other locations. Meanwhile this year’s Emerging Artists Exhibition, run as in the four previous years, by arts specialists Jotta, takes as its theme ‘An Undelivered Postcard from the Edge of the World’, exploring, through a wide range of media, among other things, the points at which the digital and physical worlds intersect and tackling ‘fractured utopian landscapes and romantic idylls drawn from dislocated memories and rich imagination.’ See p31 to see what some of the galleries will be showing. C arlos Cruz-Diez ‘Chromosaturation’ at the Hayward Gallery Edouard Manet ‘The Railway’, 1873, oil on canvas at the Royal Academy of Arts courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington