Apart from the stunning collections held by the national institutions, London is home to a huge number of private art galleries. And most of them are quite welcoming to all guests, even those who clearly aren’t going to be making a purchase! Geoff and I like to wander in, acting like we sort of know what we are doing, and avoid eye contact or any awkward questions.
these private galleries are easy to find, and packed with visitors.
Like when we saw the Steve McCurry exhibition at Beetles & Huxley,
you know, he of the famous Afghan Girl TIME magazine cover. We were
three deep in front of the limited edition print, and there were people
outside trying to take photos of the photo. The remainder of the
exhibition was equally as visually stunning – McCurry has a very strong
eye for colour.
occasions the galleries are still easy to find, but the shows are not as
intensely popular, so we can enjoy the pieces with clear space between
ourselves and the next person. Over the weekend we visited 3 small
galleries, all on various side streets jutting off Regent Street (after eating burritos for lunch).
we saw the Ettore Spalletti ‘Every dawn, is first’ at the Marian
Goodman Gallery. Spalletti combines painting and sculpture to create
large, mostly monotone, canvases that torque off the walls in different
directions. The cavernous exhibition space emphasises the vertiginous
feeling, as even whispers echo around the room. The most visually
arresting work was two canvases, painted a summery sky blue, that came
towards us, and each other, and as they reflected the blue light was
Over the road at
Pace London, we saw another painter/sculptor, Keith Coventry and his
exhibition ‘White Black Gold’, who created beautiful curves slightly
raised from the canvas, either all white or gold, to create beautiful
lines and subtle shadows. The curves are apparently the famous golden
arches, but not obviously so, even when the canvas is cast in gold.
at the Stephen Friedman Gallery we saw a quirky exhibition, ‘Horizon
That Appears Out of The Sleepy Woods’ was a collaboration of 4 artists;
my favourite of which was a series of Scandi/folk art influenced art
works where the woodland creatures came out of the artwork, and onto the