LONDON — Over the past 15 years, the British capital has solidified its position in the world of large art fairs, bolstered by the continued success of events like Frieze London, the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair and Masterpiece London. But niche events in the city are proving that success can also come in far smaller venues.

According to figures from the research group Artnet, 31 percent of art dealers’ global sales in 2012 came from art fairs. Frieze London will celebrate its 11th annual edition this October and has become a stalwart of the international contemporary art calendar, with about 175 galleries from 35 territories last year and about 55,000 visitors over five days. Masterpiece London, with a focus on fine art and antiques, will hold its fourth annual event this year, from June 27 to July 3, and is expected to draw more than 28,000 people this year. And the Affordable Art Fair, originally established in Battersea Park 14 years ago and now held in 14 locations across the world, will hold the third edition of its Hampstead fair from June 13 to 16. Read more


JAKARTA — Two schoolboys stood outside the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta one recent day, seemingly enthralled by the artist Heri Dono. While sitting at a covered picnic table for an interview, Mr. Dono gently tried several times, unsuccessfully, to shoo the 10-year-olds away.

“They remind me of me when I was their age,” said Mr. Dono, one of Indonesia’s most internationally recognized contemporary artists. The giggling boys eventually distanced themselves, but they appeared to remain entranced by the artist’s calm presence. Read more


JAKARTA, INDONESIA** — Wiyu Wahono admitted that the first time he came across a contemporary painting while on a student backpacking trip in Venice in the late 1970s, he was “shocked” by how ugly it was. But the jolt soon subsided, and Mr. Wahono developed a passion for contemporary art. He has amassed a collection of video, installation, photography, sound and new-media art — much of it Indonesian. His office in central Jakarta also serves as an art space, where visitors can see video pieces like Yusuf Ismail’s “Eat Like Andy,” where he mimics a video of Andy Warhol consuming a hamburger, and “Ting,” a whimsical video and installation piece by the artistic collective Tromarama from Bandung. Read more


LONDON — Tsherin Sherpa’s works are swirling juxtapositions of colors, history, themes, religion and politics. The painting “Untitled, 2012,” made from gold leaf, acrylic and ink on linen, is aptly unnamed, as there are so many images in the painting that choosing one name to sum it up would be impossible. A Buddhist spirit, dressed in polka-dotted underpants, stands in a “Saturday Night Fever” pose while in the background there are depictions of everything from Spider-Man to the Dalai Lama. Another 2012 piece by Mr. Sherpa, the son of Tibetan refugees who grew up in Nepal and now lives outside San Francisco, is titled “49 Cans.” The painting features seven rows of seven multicolored gasoline cans, each marked with the enraged face of a spirit. It is set up to be reminiscent of colorful Tibetan prayer flags, but the cans suggest a darker meaning, an allusion to the recent spate of self-immolation by Buddhist monks protesting Chinese rule in Tibet. Read more


OSLO, NORWAY–The Oslo neighborhood of Tjuvholmen is a noisy place these days. Construction trucks rumble past large moving vans while sparks fly from welders soldering metal onto several skeletal structures soon to be loft apartments, office buildings and cafes.

Situated on a peninsula that sticks out into the Oslofjord, Tjuvholmen was historically a shipyard, and while there are still parts that are littered with shipping crates and large boats, the area has been transformed by a multimillion-dollar urban renewal investment. Read more