10 Mayfair art shows to visit this summer

Published 19 July 2016

Over 130 art galleries can be found in Mayfair and St James, along with world-famous auction houses and the Royal Academy of Arts.

  • Visiting each and every one may take some time, but if you’ve a day to spare this summer, try out this winding route from Bond Street to Piccadilly Circus. To mark the launch of the Mayfair & St James’s Gallery Map, we’ve plotted out a course that leads you through vintage photography, international abstract painting and contemporary sculpture. Just remember to leave time for a good deal of window shopping on the way…

  • David Hockney: The Yosemite Suite

    Annely Juda – 28 June –19 August

    Halfway between Oxford Circus and Bond Street stations lies Dering Street, home to three galleries including Annely Juda. It’s currently showing David Hockney RA’s Yosemite Suite; 29 drawings completed on iPad. Originally presented at the Royal Academy’s 2012 A Bigger Picture exhibition, this gives Hockney devotees another chance to appreciate the artist’s versatility.

  • David Hockney, 'The Yosemite Suite’, Annely Juda Fine Art

    David Hockney , 'The Yosemite Suite’, Annely Juda Fine Art .

    Courtesy The Artist and Annely Juda Fine Art.

  • Terence Donovan: Speed of Light

    Photographers’ Gallery, 15 July – 25 September

    A slight detour that’s well worth it, the Photographers’ Gallery sits tucked away on Ramillies St, just north of Soho. It charges a minimal £3 entry fee after 12pm, but is free to enter in the mornings. Its current exhibition is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan, the photographer famed for shots capturing the swinging sixties in London.

  • Terence Donovan, Twiggy, Woman's Mirror

    Terence Donovan, Twiggy, Woman's Mirror, 27 August 1966.

    © Terence Donovan Archive Courtesy of the Terence Donovan Archive.

  • Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul paintings

    Victoria Miro Mayfair, 25 May – 30 July

    Wandering back along Great Marlborough Street and onto Maddox Street, you’ll find Victoria Miro Mayfair on the corner of St George Street. While the northeast London Miro space has been taken over by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s immersive mirrored rooms, here it’s her colourful, abstract paintings that take centre stage.

  • Yayoi Kusama, Shedding Tears to the Season

    Yayoi Kusama , Shedding Tears to the Season , 2015 .

    Acrylic on Canvas. 194 x 194 x 7cm. Courtesy KUSAMA Enterprise, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama.

  • Mark Grotjahn: Pink Cosco

    Gagosian, 24 June – 17 September

    Continuing on to Grosvenor Street then taking a left will lead you to one of the two Gagosian galleries in Mayfair. This summer, the Grosvenor Hill space will be filled with the American abstract artist Mark Grotjahn’s painted bronze sculptures.

  • Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Pink Cosco I Mask M40.a)

    Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Pink Cosco I Mask M40.a), 2015.

    Painted bronze. 151.1 x 84.5 x 92.7 cm. © Mark Grotjahn. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio.

  • Daniel Sinsel

    Sadie Coles HQ, 14 July – 27 August

    Just a few minutes walk away lies another gallery with two Mayfair outlets: Sadie Coles HQ. Established favourite Daniel Sinsel returns for his fifth exhibition at the gallery, presenting a series of paintings and sculptures.

  • Guillermo Kuitca

    Hauser + Wirth, 27 May – 30 July

    Crossing Berkeley Square and wandering across town towards Soho puts you in the path of Hauser & Wirth on Savile Row. One of Europe’s leading international galleries, for the summer it has joined with its Milan and New York venue to host a three-part Felix Gonzalez-Torres exhibition.

  • Guillermo Kuitca, Sin Título

    Guillermo Kuitca , Sin Título , 1998 .

    Óleo y lápiz sobre tela. 180.3 x 174.3 cm.

  • Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez projects

    David Zwirner, 11 June – 5 August

    Heading southeast will leads you to the cluster of galleries on Piccadilly’s north side, including David Zwirner, currently hosting a solo exhibition from Frances Alÿs. The show brings together works created in and around the Mexican border city of Juárez between 2010-2015; a turbulent period in which the city was named ‘murder capital of the world’ before successfully halving crime rates in just two years.

  • Francis Alÿs (in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales, and Félix Blume), Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dreamCiudad Juárez, México

    Francis Alÿs (in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales, and Félix Blume), Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dreamCiudad Juárez, México, 2013.

    Detail of video still. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

  • A Summer Exhibition

    Marlborough Fine Art, 20 July – 27 August

    Cut through Stafford Street and you’ll emerge on Old Bond Street, another historic row littered with galleries. The Marlborough Fine Art and Contemporary galleries sit side by side - in the former’s A Summer Exhibition, look out for new works by Bill Jacklin RA.

  • Bill Jacklin RA, Harbour with Sun and Clouds

    Bill Jacklin RA , Harbour with Sun and Clouds , 2016 .

    Oil on canvas. 78 x 72 in. Marlborough Fine Art Gallery.

  • Cool Britannia

    Sims Reed, 1 July - 26 August

    Heading due south across Piccadilly, you’ll once again be surrounded by exquisitely curated small galleries. Take time to look around Sims Reed - the renowned print gallery’s summer showing, Cool Brittania, celebrates the very best of British printmaking, featuring works from Allen Jones RA, Peter Doig and Howard Hodgkin.

    The world is yours, as well as ours

    White Cube, 15 July – 17 September

    Sequestered in Mason’s Yard, this cutting-edge gallery made its reputation in the 1990s, when it hosted the first solo shows of Young British Artists such as Tracey Emin RA. This summer, the gallery explores the history of the abstract in Chinese art, with a group exhibition drawing together paintings from nine very different Chinese artists.

  • 'The world is yours, as well as ours', installation view

    'The world is yours, as well as ours', installation view

    White Cube Mason’s Yard, London.

    © Liang Quan and Qian Jiahua and Zhou Li and Su Xiaobai and Jiang Zhi and Liu Wentao and Qin Yifeng and Tang Guo and Yu Youhan Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)

    • Mayfair & St James's Gallery Map

      To explore more routes around London’s richest arts quarter, explore the new interactive Mayfair & St James’s Gallery Map, produced by the Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with GalleriesNow.net. It features 136 commercial galleries and four auction houses, as well as the Royal Academy and The Photographers’ Gallery.

      Mayfair & St James's Gallery Map preview