Art Cologne 2013 | The Contemporary Contingent

16th April 2013
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Robert Westacott
Fred Jahn Art Cologne 2013 | The Contemporary ContingentFred Jahn, Art Cologne Prize 2013.  © Galerie Fred Jahn

The 47th annual Art Cologne art fair, running from 19th – 22nd April, is set to host over 200 international galleries from 25 different countries this year. Art Cologne 2013 will showcase work representing a plethora of contemporary art, post-war and modern masters in a variety of formats.

Anna Oppermann Einzelleinwand 3 Küchenleinwand 1986 Koloriete Fotoleinwandcolored photo canvas 150 x 130 cm Courtesy Nachlass Anna Oppermann und Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin 300x284 Art Cologne 2013 | The Contemporary Contingent

Anna Oppermann, Einzelleinwand 3, (Küchenleinwand), 1986. Courtesy Nachlass Anna Oppermann and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin

Fred Jahn, the hugely inspirational German gallery owner and publisher, will be exhibiting with his gallery at Art Cologne as the winner of the Art Cologne Prize 2013, which honours attempts to communicate modern and contemporary creative arts in a sustainable and exemplary manner.

Throughout his career of over 40 years, which began under the tutelage of legendary Munich gallery owner Heiner Friedrich, Jahn has worked with a number of influential artists as well as having helped new artists gain valuable exposure.

The Maurice Lacroix Art Award for New Contemporaries is revered for discovering emerging talent and unearthing innovative artistic trends. This year, the award will be spotlighting 38 young international galleries selected by an advisory board. Among those competing are the Ancient & Modern, and Rokeby galleries, both of London.

Dylan Bailey Untitled 2013 enamel paint on paper mounted to linen 42 x 78 inches 106.7 x 198.1 cm Galerie David Nolan New York 1024x550 Art Cologne 2013 | The Contemporary Contingent

Dylan Bailey, Untitled, 2013. © Galerie David Nolan, New York

The Audi Art Award for New Positions, a sponsorship programme for young artists, provides them with free exhibition space next to the galleries which are representing them. Twenty-two candidates have been selected this year, including unorthodox watercolour specialist Jonas Lipps (Ben Brown Fine Arts, London/Hong Kong), and the imaginative sculpture and installation specialist Laurence Kavanagh (Marlborough Contemporary, London/New York). The winner will be rewarded with a solo show at the Cologne artothek and the publication of a catalogue.

Other special exhibitons at this year’s Art Cologne include: work from Julia Stoschek’s private collection entitled ‘Das Bildermuseum brennt’ (‘The Picture Gallery is on Fire’), Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse’s large scale sculpture, and a special music installation from German electronic music label KOMPAKT to celebrate their 20th anniversary. These features promise to add even more flair and variety to Art Cologne’s already spectacular line-up.