London Gallery Weekend, a new initiative celebrating art galleries in the UK capital, has announced details of the 137 leading contemporary art galleries taking part in the inaugural edition, from 4th-6th June 2021.
The event unites galleries from across the city, with participants zoned into three areas. London Gallery Weekend will promote a daily focus on a geographical area, starting with central London on Friday, followed by south London on Saturday and culminating on Sunday with galleries in the East End. All participating galleries will be open across the three days, and until 8pm on their respective focus days.
London Gallery Weekend brings together a rich programme of exhibitions by leading contemporary artists, featuring both established names and emerging talents, alongside a public programme of discussions, studio visits, children’s events, late openings and performances across the city produced by participating galleries.
In Central London, highlights of the gallery programme will include Leilah Babirye’s much anticipated first solo exhibition in the UK, bringing together large-scale ceramic works, wooden sculptures, masks and vibrant paintings on paper at Stephen Friedman Gallery; an historical group exhibition curated by Francesco Bonami at Luxembourg + Co., focusing on the key role played by Italy as a site for international artistic exchange during the 1950s and 1960s, which features a new sculptural work by Maurizio Cattelan; the first UK exhibition in 50 years of the work of American abstract painter Paul Feeley at Waddington Custot; American artist Alicia Henry’s first ever exhibition in the UK at Tiwani Contemporary; an exhibition of Sheila Hicks at Alison Jacques, including a series of new works made in her Paris studio during recent lockdowns and focusing on her relationship to music; an exhibition at Amanda Wilkinson bringing together a significant group of paintings by Derek Jarman; new formal sculptures and installations encompassing various materials including ceramic, metal, gold leaf, embroidery, textile and mirror by this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp winner Kapwani Kawanga at Goodman Gallery; MYTHEMES, an exhibition of new sculptures and reliefs by Clementine Keith-Roach at Ben Hunter; an exhibition of new paintings by Iranian-American artist Tala Madani at Pilar Corrias, spread across two gallery sites including a new space on Savile Row; a solo exhibition by Vinca Petersen at Edel Assanti bringing together a collection of diaristic photographs documenting the artist’s experiences as part of the free party and traveller community; a major exhibition of new works by renowned British artist Bridget Riley at David Zwirner; and new sculptures by Tom Sachs, replicating objects of urban and consumer culture in his bricolage aesthetic and displayed on pedestals referencing Constantin Brancusi at Thaddaeus Ropac.
Highlights from the galleries in South London will include Jasleen Kaur’s first solo exhibition in London at Copperfield; Cabinet Gallery’s first exhibition with Klein, an artist from South London, comprising a series of new video works; French-Arabic artist, poet and writer Tarek Lakhrissi’s first solo show in the UK, featuring a new series of metal sculptures, at Vitrine; Bathers, a new installation by London-based artist Tom Lovelace at Sid Motion Gallery; new works on paper by Jade Montserrat for her first solo exhibition with Bosse & Baum; a group exhibition of recent work by ten contemporary African artists including Adjani Okpu-Egbe, Collin Sekajugo and Fathi Hassan at Sulger-Buel Gallery; an exhibition of new, carpet-based works by British artist Nicholas Pope at The Sunday Painter; and a survey of significant works by the late Greek artist Takis, organised in collaboration with the Takis Foundation at White Cube Bermondsey.
‘The East End, in so many ways, is synonymous with London’s dynamic arts scene. I see London Gallery Weekend as an open invitation to encounter all that our area has to offer creatively as artists and galleries transform their spaces – whether based in former warehouses or purpose-built – into new visual and sensory experiences. Everyone is welcome and the gallery visits are hopefully springboards to also discover the many great local non-profit arts spaces along the way.’Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery
In East London, visitors will be able to view Rana Begum’s first exhibition with Kate MacGarry; American painter Shannon Cartier Lucy’s first solo exhibition in the UK at Soft Opening; an exhibition of Peter Hujar at Maureen Paley, focused on a series of his photographs capturing performers backstage in New York theatres and nightclubs during the 1970s and early 1980s; The house of the spider, an exhibition of new paintings by Sanya Kantarovsky at Modern Art; a major presentation of new works by Yayoi Kusama, featuring a dynamic installation of paintings, bronze pumpkins and painted soft sculptures at Victoria Miro Gallery; a site-specific installation by Japanese artist Soshiro Matsubara at Union Pacific, featuring sculptures, ceramics and paintings; new works by Hana Mileti? from her ongoing Materials series at the approach; a solo exhibition of historic works by Mary Webb at Hales, featuring paintings made by the artist between 1969 and the mid-1970s; and Joseph Yaeger’s first solo exhibition at Project Native Informant, which sees the artist present a new body of paintings.
Details of all participating gallery exhibitions will be available on the London Gallery Weekend website, which is powered by London-based art technology company Artlogic. The website is the key information and navigation tool, providing visitors with the ability to map their gallery visits across the city.
‘I applaud this collective effort of London’s galleries. London Gallery Weekend presents a collegial vision that speaks to our post-pandemic reality. Like music labels, publishers or film producers, galleries play a crucial role in caring about artists and art. Coming together in this way, London’s galleries reinforce their longstanding commitment and contribution to our local culture and suggest a collaborative approach that is more accessible and more sustainable.’Stefan Kalmár, Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Arts.
The full list of participating galleries can be found at londongalleryweekend.art/exhibitors