What’s on in Mayfair: Visual Arts

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mayfair might be well-known for its high-end retailers and luxury hotels, but it is also home to some of London’s best art galleries. We’ve rounded up some of the top art exhibitions in the area this spring… so there’s no excuse for not sampling some of the exciting visual culture that Mayfair has on offer!

  • Last Chance to See

  • Medardo Rosso: Sight Unseen at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
    Ends 10 February 2018
    Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) is one of the founders of modern sculpture and an artist wildly admired by Rodin. This exhibition comprises over ten sculptures from major museums, re-introducing British audiences to his work in a contemporary light.
  • Monika Sosnowska at Hauser & Wirth London, North Gallery
    Ends 10 February 2018
    Monika Sosnowska presents all new work for her inaugural exhibition in the gallery’s London space, and the first major project she has staged in the city since ‘reconfigured’ at The Serpentine Gallery in 2004. Sosnowska conjoins architecture and sculpture to explore the poetics and politics of space.
  • Recently Opened

  • Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014-2017, David Zwirner Gallery
    Until 10 March 2018
    In this new, critically-acclaimed exhibition, iconic British artist Bridget Riley, known for her abstract geometric compositions, exhibits work from the last four years of her career.
  • Charles I: King and Collector, Royal Academy of Arts
    Until 15 April 2018
    Discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition brings together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.
  • Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris, Sprüth Magers London
    19 January – March 2018
    Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris is Sprüth Magers’ second curated exhibition of Craig Kauffman’s work, and his debut exhibition with the gallery in London. The show presents six Kauffman works from 1966—1971 alongside key works from Judd and Morris. The three person show will explore how the personal and working relationships between these artists informed their practices. The exhibition presents the three artists together for the first time in Europe.
  • Tara Donovan: Compositions, Pace London
    24 January – 3 March 2018
    This exhibition featuring Tara Donovan’s most-recent series, Compositions, is her first show at Pace London.
  • From Life, Royal Academy of Arts
    Until 11 March
    The exhibition looks at the role of life drawing as a training method for artists, tracing the practice from its invention during the Renaissance to the influence of life drawing in the work of contemporary artists. Read our full review
  • Opening Soon

  • Sturtevant: Vice Versa, Thaddaeus Ropac
    22 February – 31 March 2018
    This solo exhibition of the ground-breaking and enigmatic work by Sturtevant (1924-2014) will contain iconic paintings, photographs, installation, videos and wallpaper by the American artist. Sturtevant has been acknowledged as one of the most important artists of the 21st century, having foreshadowed the endlessly repeating, unattributed imagery that characterises the digital world of today. ‘All reality is now virtual reality’, said Sturtevant.
  • Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing, Levy Gorvy London
    23 February – 21 April 2018
    This exhibition emerges from a fascination with Sigmar Polke, Roy Lichtenstein, and Gerald Laing’s use of the Ben-Day dot in their paintings from the 1960s. Featuring exceptional works by the legendary trio of artists, this is the first exhibition to connect them on the basis of their manipulation of the dot, transforming imagery from the commercial sphere into fine art.

    Image: Roy Lichtenstein, Bread and Jam (1963)