St James’s Art and Design Walk 2017 Preview
The neighbourhood of St James’s – defined as the area between St James’s Palace, The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square – has undergone a creative renaissance in the past decade, attracting contemporary galleries of high calibre to compliment more historic institutions such as the ICA. Aesthetic thrills can be found from the expansive double-height spaces of the White Cube Mason’s Yard, to the compact yet comprehensive ground floor galleries at Sims Reed, to the treasure chest of collectible design that is David Gill Gallery. Join Wallpaper* on one of three self-guided walks to discover their visual offerings, commencing at the RA’s Academicians’ Room and concluding at the new ICA bar. The St James’s Art & Design Walk runs on 19 and 21 October, free registration is required
Known for his line drawings of ordinary objects, artist Michael Craig-Martin has brought his distinctive style into paintings, prints and even sculpture (a red wheelbarrow became a crowd favourite at this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park). His solo presentation, ‘Quotidian’ occupies both levels of Alan Cristea Gallery. The Design and Architecture screen-print series juxtapose the furniture designs of Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe with their iconic works of architecture, while Then and Now superimposes drawings of older technologies with their contemporary equivalents (e.g. the cassette and Spotify). Don’t miss his new tape drawings, depicting items including a Macbook Air, a Yeezy Boost trainer and a basketball. Hoping to ‘paper the world in original art’, Alan Cristea opened his eponymous gallery in 1995 and is a leading publisher of original contemporary prints and editions. In October 2016 the gallery moved into its current space, designed by Stephen Marshall Architects.
Until 17 November; 43 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG; www.alancristea.com