Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little bit, but I’ve been following Moniker’s progress for a while now and it looks like they are going to put on quite a show.
The Moniker International Art Fair is, I suppose, the first UK art fair for street/low-brow/urban art (and probably the first major fair of its kind in the world, though that could be debated). The fair is going to take place in London during Frieze week this October, so it will be a competitor/satellite fair in the same vein as SCOPE or (in previous years) Zoo. In fact, Moniker will be taking place at Village Underground, just blocks from last year’s Zoo Fair and the location of the show I put together last November.
The galleries involved in Moniker are practically a best-of of international “urban art galleries:” Patricia Armocida (Ericailcane, Jim Houser, Os Gêmeos…), New Image Art (Date Farmers, Shepard Fairey, Judith Supine…), Circle Culture (Pho, Dtango, Stefan Strumbel…), Carmichael Gallery (Dan Witz, Aakash Nihalani, Mark Jenkins…), Campbarbossa (Herakut, Case, Faith47…) and Black Rat Projects (Swoon, Matt Small, D*Face…). In addition to gallery booths, Moniker will also feature artist project spaces from Herakut and Steve Powers aka ESPO. Another little side note, Babelgum will be hosting a pop-up cinema at the fair, so expect to see a few videos from RJ’s Street Art London.
I’m sure that I’ll be writing a lot more about Moniker in the coming months, but put it on your calendars now: Moniker runs October 14th-17th.