Mayfair Art Weekend is an annual celebration of London’s internationally renowned gallery district, bringing together Mayfair’s leading galleries for a weekend showcasing the best in contemporary art. Thirty of the UK’s leading galleries will present modern and contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, installation, performance, talks and events, all completely free, across one weekend in June.
From Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June 2022, visitors can expect to see a diverse range of artists and exhibitions staged by regular favourites including the Hauser & Wirth, BASTIAN, Royal Academy of Arts and Richard Saltoun Gallery, with galleries participating for the first time in 2022 to include Pace, No. 9 Cork Street | Frieze, Carl Kostyál and Sapling.
The weekend will kick off with the popular Friday night Gallery HOP! on 24th June from 6-8 pm, with a special late-night viewing of all participating galleries. Following which Saturday and Sunday will be packed with free talks, tours, performances and family activities.
Mayfair Art Weekend’s extended programme also includes the popular Mayfair Sculpture Trail, a Mayfair Art Weekend collaboration with Art in Mayfair running from 20th June – 31at July. The free Mayfair Sculpture Trail features an interactive outdoor exhibition of temporary sculptures presented by galleries participating in Mayfair Art Weekend, alongside permanent sculptures and public art situated on the iconic streets of Mayfair. Now in its third year, the Mayfair Sculpture Trail will include works by Kojo Marfo (presented by JD Malat Gallery), David Breuer Weil (presented by E&R Cyzer), Andy Denzler and Lee Gil Rae(presented by Opera Gallery), Alex Chinneck (presented by Iluminate Productions), Michael Speller (presented by Clarendon Fine Art), and Maurice Blik (presented by Bowman Sculpture). Spotlighted are favourite permanent installations around Mayfair from Banksy, Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, Anthony Gormley, and a new installation of sculpture by Gill Berelowitz at 45 Park Lane. The full list of participating artists and a trail map for the 2022 Mayfair Sculpture Trail will be revealed in early June.
Ewan Venters, Chief Executive Officer at Hauser & Wirth said: “Mayfair Art Weekend is a celebration of the diversity and resilience of the exceptional galleries in the district.”
- Emil Nolde: Anatomy of Light and Water at BASTIAN, showcasing around 15 seascapes on paper that have never been exhibited in London.
- Wolf Vostell: Destruction is Life at Cardi Gallery, which examines the many facets underpinning Vostell’s oeuvre with a selection of videos, paintings, sculptures and installations from 1967-1998.
- John Swannell: Forty Years On at Clarendon Fine Art, displays a selection of photographs of notable figures previously published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar by the photographer who has been at the forefront of British photography for four decades.
- Marinella Senatore: Afterglow at Mazzoleni is a unique project, conceived on both a personal and social level with the installation of site-specific light sculptures dotted across the city.
- Billy Apple®: Rainbows 1965 at The Mayor Gallery, a re-staging of Apple’s ground-breaking solo exhibition first shown at Bianchini Gallery in New York in 1965, which was credited with being one of the first to treat electric light as a new sculptural medium. Taking the rainbow as its central motif the show proved Apple’s attraction to new products and advancing technologies, plus his fascination for the science of colour and light.
- Browse & Darby celebrates with the exhibition 45 Years on Cork Street, including many of the artists they have dealt with over the years such as Elizabeth Blackadder, Edgar Degas, Lucian Freud, Harold Gilman, Gwen John, William Nicholson, Walter Richard Sickert, Matthew Smith and Euan Uglow amongst others.
- Hauser & Wirth will be hosting two exhibitions, one by Larry Bell, known foremost for his refined surface treatment of glass and explorations of light, reflection and shadow, who presents a selection of brand-new sculptures; plus previously unseen works by Luchita Hurtado that centres on the Venezuelan painter’s pursuit of the otherworldly.
- Waddington Custot is also presenting two exhibitions, firstly Hans Hartung: Painter • Photographer, which illuminates the importance of photography to the development of the artist’s work who is primarily known for his abstract paintings. Approximately 30,000 photographic negatives are held by the Hartung-Bergman Foundation and yet his photographs have never been exhibited in London; it will also be the first time some of them have ever been publicly exhibited.
Other participating galleries include David Zwirner, D Contemporary, E & R Cyzer, Grosvenor Chapel, Holtermann Fine Art, Illuminate Productions, JD Malat Gallery, John Martin Gallery, Opera Gallery, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Robilant+Voena and Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.
Mayfair Art Weekend will coincide with the first week of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2022 (21st June – 21st August) and the RA Schools Summer Show (17th June – 3rd July).
The full programme of live events ranging from talks, tours, workshops, and performances to family-friendly activities, will be announced on the Mayfair Art Weekend website in June, along with the complete list of artworks for Mayfair Sculpture Trail.