Inaugural Mayfair Sculpture Trail 1 – 31 October
Launched by Mayfair Art Weekend in Partnership with Art in Mayfair
The Mayfair Sculpture Trail will be taking place for the first time this year as new initiative for the seventh edition of Mayfair Art Weekend in partnership with Art in Mayfair. Renowned galleries within Mayfair will present outstanding artworks in iconic locations, from Bond Street, Cork Street, Burlington Arcade and to the tree-lined grandeur of Grosvenor Square from 1 – 31 October.
From Regent Street to Park Lane, and Oxford Street to Piccadilly, sculptures in the public realm, both permanent and temporary, are always free to explore in one of the world’s most prestigious and vibrant art neighbourhoods. Year-round, you’ll find Bruce Mclean’s Handbag Heads at One Hanover Street and the Allies by Lawrence Holofcener on New Bond Street. Look up and you’ll discover Antony Gormley’s Cinch perched on the north façade of Burlington Arcade, or Henry Moore’s Time-Life Screen above Hermès – what was Time Life Building – also on New Bond Street.
This October visitors will be able to explore new outdoor installations, which promise to interrupt familiar paths through Mayfair. Here are some of the not-to-be-missed highlights:
Pablo Reinoso, Simple Talk (Left), 2017
Next to Elisabeth Frink’s Horse and Rider on New Bond Street, the tendrils of Pablo Reinoso’s sculptural seat, Simple Talk (Left), will invite you to sit on the artwork. Presented by Waddington Custot, Pablo Reinoso’s iconic Spaghetti Bench series propelled the artist to international renown.
Image: Pablo Reinoso, Simple Talk (Left), 2017, painted steel, 127 x 590 x 183 cm. Image courtesy Waddington Custot and Rodrigo Reinoso.
Atelier van Lieshout, Dokwerker (Docker)
Amongst the celebrated perfumers and luxury boutiques of Burlington Arcade, Dokwerker (Docker) by Atelier van Lieshout stands tall. For three decades AvL has produced work that straddles art, design, and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death, and the human individual amidst the greater whole. Carpenters Workshop Gallery is delighted to present this new bronze edition by the artist.
Image: Atelier van Lieshout, Dockwerker (Docker). Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
Kalliopi Lemos, Bag of Aspirations, 2019
Positioned in front of luxury department store Fenwick, Kalliopi Lemos resumes the female fighter’s allegory of her ‘Tools of Endearment’ series by equipping her giantess’ armour with an object linked with woman’s appearance – a handbag. Presented by Gazelli Art House, the artist has chosen an iconic model as point of reference. Bag of Aspirations elaborates on her discourse around the construction and de-construction of the contemporary woman’s myth by emphasising the impact of high fashion.
Image: Artwork © Kalliopi Lemos. Courtesy Gazelli Art House.
Laurent Grasso, Zechariah’s Vision, 2017
Directly inspired by the 18th century painting The Vision of Zechariah by Ambroise Crozat, this rock-shaped sculpture features seven single eyes. Carved in marble, they seem to scrutinise the viewer like the hundred eyes of Argus Panoptes. Presented by Olivier Malingue, the black marble compliments the radiating stonework in Burlington Arcade.
Image: Courtesy of Olivier Malingue Ltd. Photo by David Bertolaso.
Seo Young-Deok, Meditation 1554, 2019
One of three sculptures presented by Opera Gallery, Young-Deok’s meticulous manipulation of the iron chains exposes their monotonous and repetitive nature. Each iron piece is welded together to become a part of the dynamic system of organic connectivity exhibited through his human forms. Situated in Grosvenor Square, hile the material may be physically strong, its structural completeness is what exudes strength of the human spirit.
Image: Seo Young-Deok, Meditation 1554, 2019. Courtesy of Opera Gallery.
Patrick O’Reilly, Bear With Fire Bucket
Installed on Cork Street directly in front of the entrance to The Mayor Gallery, Patrick O’Reilly’s Bear with Fire Bucket comes to life on this celebrated street of galleries. O’Reilly is a highly acclaimed Irish artist who studied at the Belfast School of Art. He produces bronze work and installation works that are monumental in scale and extremely ambitious. His most recent body of work centres around the animal kingdom, in a series of his signature stylistic bears for which he is best known.
Image: © Patrick O’Reilly. Courtesy of The Mayor Gallery and Gormley’s Fine.
Mayfair Art Weekend and Art in Mayfair will be offering a series of self-guided trails through a printed programme and the SMARTIFY app. Make sure you download the app and scan the artworks to access the audio guide!
Mayfair Sculpture Trail 1 – 31 October, 2020
Mayfair Art Weekend Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October, 2020
Dates and Opening:
Gallery HOP!, Friday 2 October 6-8pm;
May Fair Showreel, Sunday 4 October 12-5pm;
Mayfair Gallery Publication Award, Saturday 31 October.
About Mayfair Sculpture Trail
The inaugural Mayfair Sculpture Trail is a partnership with Art in Mayfair and Inside Out, in collaboration with Burlington Arcade, Cork Street Galleries, Art of London, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, and Mayfair galleries.
About Art in Mayfair
Art In Mayfair, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, is a month-long celebration of art, fashion, and culture established by New West End Company. Centered on Bond Street, the event sees world-leading fashion and jewellery brands collaborate with artists and galleries to transform Bond Street into a living gallery, unveiling an array of art inspired windows, installations, showcases, and a calendar of pop-up events including the Mayfair Sculpture Trail in partnership with Mayfair Art Weekend.
About Mayfair Art Weekend
Mayfair Art Weekend celebrates the diverse offering of this internationally renowned, vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship; where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury sit side by side. Each year, Mayfair Art Weekend partners with a host of art galleries in the area to offer an extensive programme of FREE exhibitions, walking trails, events, performances, talks and tours across Mayfair.
The full list of galleries participating in Mayfair Art Weekend 2020 include:
Annely Juda Fine Art
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Cris Contini Contemporary
Gagosian Grosvenor Hill
Gagosian Davies Street
Galerie Max Hetzler
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma
Gazelli Art House
Hauser & Wirth
Holtermann Fine Art
JD Malat Gallery
John Martin Gallery
Luxembourg & Co.
Richard Saltoun Gallery
Robilant + Voena
Simon Lee Gallery
The Mayor Gallery
48 Brook Street
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