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
Coinciding with the Royal Academy exhibition ‘Matisse in the Studio’, Bernard Jacobson Gallery has organised an exhibition of the French artist’s paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints. Significant pieces include L’Artiste et le modèle nu, a rare self-portrait which shows Matisse painting one of his most important models, Antoinette Arnoud; Nu aux jambes croisées, a sensual painting of Matisse’s assistant Lydia Delektorskaya; and Tête du Marguerite, an enigmatic portrait bust of the artist’s daughter. Designed by Nick Gowing Architects, the gallery occupies the lower levels of the mid-century French Railway House, at the intersection of Piccadilly and Duke Street St James’s.
Until 28 October; 28 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6AG; www.jacobsongallery.com