St James’s Art and Design Walk 2017
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
Drawing inspiration from 17th-century European portraiture, American photographer Catherine Opie has created a series of studio portraits of fellow artists and friends, including David Hockney, Gillian Wearing, Duro Olowu and Isaac Julien. Her theatrically-lit sitters are rendered in seductive detail to evoke their inner worlds, and viewers are encouraged to stop and stare. The portraits are punctuated with a new landscape, Untitled #15, which reduces the White Cliffs of Dover to abstract form, alluding to change at the frontier of the UK and the European mainland. The gallery’s design, by David Kohn Architects, involved stripping back layers of interior linings in the Grade II-listed building to reveal idiosyncratic ceiling structures.
Until 18 November; 3 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN; www.thomasdanegallery.com