The London art scene is incredibly exciting right now. From innovative furniture designers to emerging artists there is an exciting line-up on display. When I’m in London, I always make a point to see what’s happening at these six galleries:
CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP GALLERY
2 Michael Road
By Appointment Only
This Mayfair design gallery features the latest work by a global group of innovative designers including the Campana Brothers, Maarten Baas and Marc Quinn. Some of my favorites include Wendall Castle’s unique and whimsical furniture, and the simple, beautiful, and sleek lines of Ingrid Donat’s sculpted furniture.
17-19 Davies Street
6-24 Britannia Street
Larry Gagosian boasts a roster of the art world’s biggest names, from Richard Prince to Damien Hirst. Gagosian has an amazing eye for spotting talent and commands some of the art world’s highest prices. Gagosian’s six international galleries include two in London. This past September, the Brittania Street Gallery featured two Cy Twombly exhibits. A survey of Twombly’s photographs, including botanicals and landscapes, were showcased along with the legendary artist’s final eight paintings.
HAUSER & WIRTH
23 Savile Row
44 207 287 2300
Hauser & Wirth’s impressive line up of artists includes two of my favorites, sculptor Louise Bourgeois and colorist Mary Heilmann. I love how both women use their own lives to inspire their work. When I visited London this fall, I was excited about the gallery’s Thomas Houseago exhibit. Houseago is a contemporary artist who does monumental relief sculptures that bring the past into a contemporary realm. I love how he pairs old and new, referencing everything from Renaissance art to comic book superheros.
30 Bury Street
Limited edition prints offer a wonderful opportunity to buy a great work of art at a lower price point than the original. Sims Reed sells iconic prints from amazing artists such as Howard Hodgekins, Ed Ruscha, and Kiki Smith.
STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY
25-28 Old Burlington Street
This London gallery features some of the most exciting contemporary artists including Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes who produces lively, confident, and colorful work that I love.
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
48 Hoxton Square
25 – 26 Mason’s Yard
I like galleries that combine work by well-known artists, with artists that are just making a name for themselves. White Cube has a great mix of established artists like Chuck Close, Gary Hume, and Sarah Morris, and emerging artists like sculptor/artist Julia Dault.