With over thirty participating galleries and three days of events, Mayfair Art Weekend kicks off on Friday 28 June with Gallery HOP!, an evening of previews with galleries hosting late viewings and special events from 6–8pm.
In the lead-up to Gallery HOP!, ArtReview is publishing a specially themed tour guide each week, to help you decide what to see and where to start in Mayfair’s busy art neighbourhood.
The body might be the oldest subject in the history of Western art, but it’s also the most inexhaustible. Arguments over the body – from reproductive rights to gender fluidity, from body image anxiety to pornography, to digital incarnation – shape the present moment. So it's no surprise that in the expanded field of contemporary art, as in the wider world, the body is battleground, a playground and a portal to enlightenment. They’re all here, on the ‘embodied beings tour’…… read now
Ferenc Lantos, Large Tulip, 1969, Enamel, 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of The Mayor Gallery, London
From the 1920s to the 1960s, abstract art was a vibrant, global phenomenon, erupting in Europe and making waves (and squares and circles) everywhere from the US to Latin America and Asia; The Abstract to Pop Tour takes you from an early pioneer of geometric, socially-minded abstraction, through to the introspective abstract painting of Paris in the 1950s, which set the stage for new turn in art – towards the society of the postwar era, one in which art would take on consumerism as well as politics. So, if you want a concentrated dose of art history, start here…