Mayfair Art Weekend By The Luxury Channel

The Summer Circus © Royal Academy of Arts. Photo Credit: Justine Trickett

The creative and cultural community of Mayfair will be joining together to celebrate one of the world’s most dynamic cultural districts with a weekend of public events, running from Friday 30th June until Sunday 2nd July. Over 60 Mayfair galleries, auction houses, fashion houses and restaurants are staging a rich array of exhibitions, talks, tours, performances and pop-ups which will bring the cultural landscape of Mayfair to life by celebrating the district’s diverse offering as a vibrant hub of talent, creativity and craftsmanship, where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

Elisabeth Caren – Ophelia 2013 © The Artist and Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Over 60 galleries, auction houses, leading fashion brands and restaurants in Mayfair and St. James’s will open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore the capital’s commercial galleries out of hours and engage with the world-class curatorial expertise on offer, through a series of special events.

Ludovica Gioscia – Future Infinite Present 2017 at Max Mara Shapeshifters Exhibition during Maw 2017, courtesy of Ludovica Gioscia

Kate Goodwin, the Royal Academy’s Programme Director for Mayfair Art Weekend, said: “The intention of the weekend is to bring as many people to the centre of London to enjoy a vast range of exhibitions, talk to artists and partake in art practice themselves. We want to try to break down the perceived barriers of this prestigious area and open the doors to art for all.”

Installation shot of The Mayor Gallery during the 2016 show of Francois Morellet, courtesy of
The Mayor Gallery

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The Royal Academy of Arts will be the hub for Mayfair Art Weekend, providing information about the arts offer in the neighbourhood. In the Courtyard, visitors can discover temporary, site-specific artworks by emerging artists and the RA’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow, amongst others will host ‘‘On the Beanbag,’’ a series of informal conversations with artists, gallerists and local Mayfair figures.

Ian Davenport, “Colourcade Buzz” (2015). Courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

From Old Master paintings to cutting-edge contemporary art, Mayfair Art Weekend brings together a broad range of exhibitions showcasing the virtuosity and expertise on offer in the neighbourhood. Contemporary exhibition highlights include Ian Davenport at Alan Cristea Gallery and Nathalie du Pasquier at Pace Gallery, while those with a taste for twentieth-century art will be well-catered for with exhibitions of Pablo Picasso at Gagosian and Milton Avery at Victoria Miro.

Portrait of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) as he poses in a large bull’s head mask and a pair of swimming trunks on a beach in Golfe-Juan, Vallauris, France, 1949. Photo by Gjon Mili/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images and © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso and Gagosian

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Special Events

Begin the weekend early on Friday evening, where twenty-one galleries will participate in the Gallery HOP!, a curated tour of the cultural district’s thriving gallery scene. Over 50 additional events will be hosted by participating galleries over the weekend, ranging from a garden party at Hignell Gallery in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture; and a tour of Hauser & Wirth’s Philip Guston, Lee Lozano and Ida Applebroog exhibitions with Director Tom Hunt, to live painting by Eugenie Vronskaya at John Martin Gallery and a pop-up bookstore at David Zwirner. Guided walking tours of Mayfair will comprise a tour featuring Emily Young’s sculptural installations in Piccadilly by Bill Gerrish, Director of Bowman Sculpture; a “Walk on the Wilde Side” ramble through Mayfair’s Victorian art scene with Colin Sheaf FSA, Chairman of Bonhams UK; and a walk through Burlington Arcade led by the Burlington Beadles.

Ben Russell – Cactus House Alabaster 2017 at Hignell Gallery, courtesy of Tanya Dolver

Fashion & Dining

Fashion brands Max Mara and Globe-Trotter, and art and dining destination, Sketch, will be working with artists including a group exhibition at Sketch in collaboration with Kinetica Museum. Hundreds of paper birds will fill the central atrium of Mayfair’s famous shopping gallery, the Burlington Arcade, created by artist and designer Mathilde Nivet. Curator Maev Doyle and broadcaster Joanne Good will lead a fashion and art ‘‘Dressed and Obsessed’’ tour followed by lunch at HIX Mayfair. One-off dining experiences will include an art-themed all-day menu at HIX Mayfair, inspired by dishes from Damien Hirst’s and Mark Hix’s Pharmacy 2 restaurant, featuring a specially-created ‘‘Less is MAW’’ cocktail created by The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel. Aligning with Mayfair Art Weekend’s ambition to share art with the public, the restaurant will present a selection of new and established artists throughout the weekend, in addition to Mark Hix’s collection of British artworks by Tracey Emin, Matt Collishaw, and other YBAs.

Tom Kemble, Head Chef at Bonhams Restaurant, courtesy of Bonhams

Participating Galleries

Alan Cristea
Almine Rech Gallery
Annely Juda Fine Art
Beaux Arts
Blain Southern
Bonhams
Bowman Sculpture
Browse & Darby
Brun Fine Art
Connaught Brown
Cortesi Gallery
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Daniel Crouch Rare Books
David Zwirner
Fine Art Society
Flowers Gallery
Gagosian Gallery
Galerie Kreo
Gallery of African Art
Gazelli Art House
Gimpel Fils
Halcyon Gallery
Hanina Fine Arts
Hauser & Wirth
Herrick Gallery
Hignell Gallery
John Martin Gallery
John Mitchell Fine Paintings
Lévy Gorvy
Luxembourg & Dayan
Mackinnon Fine Furniture
Marlborough Contemporary
Marlborough Fine Art
Mayor Gallery
Mazzoleni Art
Messum’s
Michael Werner Gallery
Moretti Fine Art
Nahmad Projects
Omer Tiroche Gallery
PACE
Paisnel Gallery
Parafin
Partners & Mucciaccia
Photographers’ Gallery
Robilant + Voena
Thaddaeus Ropac
Thomas Dane Gallery
Redfern Gallery
Royal Academy of Arts
Sadie Coles HQ
Simon Dickinson
Simon Lee Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Sophia Contemporary
Sprovieri
Stair Sainty Gallery
Stern Pissarro Gallery
Stoppenbach & Delestre
Victoria Miro
Waterhouse and Dodd
White Cube
Whitford Fine Art
Workplace Gallery

For further information, visit www.mayfairartweekend.com.