London art fair Art15 has just announced three new appointments for its 2015 edition. Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon Gallery, will serve as curatorial advisor of the Emerge section of the fair, which features galleries under seven years old that represent emerging artists. Watkins has been director of Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery since 1999, and was previously curator at the Serpentine Gallery (1995-97) and director of the Chisenhale Gallery (1990-95), both key institutions of the London art scene.
Aaron Cezar, founding director of Delfina Foundation, has been appointed as curatorial advisor of the London First section, focused on galleries of less than five years old that have never participated in a London art fair.
“We are delighted to work with Jonathan Watkins and Aaron Cezar, who bring with them experience of art from every corner of the globe.” Stephanie Dieckvoss, the director of Art15, said on a statment. Both will retain their previous roles alongside these new positions at Art15.
Nour Aslam has also joined the Art15 team on a full time basis. Aslam was formerly at the auction house Bonhams, where she was a specialist in modern and contemporary South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish art. She “will ensure that we develop and maintain key relationships within regions that visitors to the fair would not ordinarily encounter in the capital,” according to Dieckvoss.
In only two editions, Art15 (the name of the fair changes every year) has positioned itself as an energetic contestant in the competitive London art fair game, dominated by the ever-expanding Frieze (“Art14, London’s Latest Fair, Sheds Light on Another Art Market“). The fair recently announced that it would move from February to May (“London’s Art15 Moves to an Already Cluttered May“).
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