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
‘From the Vapor of Gasoline’ at the White Cube Mason’s Yard captures a resonant moment in American history, in which post-war optimism gave way to a sense of disillusion and political awakening. Bringing together artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer, the show grapples with racial tensions, economic disparity, sexual oppression and violence, but also suggests that the end of the American dream as we know it may lead to a renewed sense of citizenship. The 1,110 sq m gallery is itself an architectural attraction – designed in 2006 by Rundell Associates, its clean lines stand in contrast to the historic brick structures in its vicinity, and its double-height basement gallery offers space for larger installations.
Until 21 October; 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1Y 6BU; www.whitecube.com