London's new art galleries

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From modest spaces in the East End to giant halls in the west, the capital's galleries are on the move. On the eve of the Frieze Art Fair, Time Out talks to the dealers and museum directors reshaping the London artworld

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    Galleries on the move (click on the image to enlarge)

    This week sees the London art scene going into overdrive; every museum and gallery is pulling out the stops to mount spectacular exhibitions aimed at attracting the thousands of curators, critics, collectors, artists and museum directors arriving from all over the world to visit the Frieze Art Fair. The big autumn draw used to be the Turner Prize, but the art market is booming, money talks, and although only in its fourth year, Frieze has already eclipsed the Prize as the key event in the international calendar of contemporary art.

    The fair’s success has had a dramatic knock-on effect; London’s ranking as a major art player is being confirmed in the form of bricks and mortar, glass and steel. Jay Jopling has expanded his White Cube empire with a majestic new building in St James’s Victoria Miro has built a spectacular penthouse for use as a viewing space and foreign dealers like Gagosian (LA and New York) and Hauser & Wirth (Zurich), which set up shop a few years ago, are opening second and even third spaces in the capital.

    The commercial sector is not the only growth area. Tate Modern was the catalyst – when it opened six years ago, it created the climate for Frieze to flourish – but its presence also effected a sea change in attitudes. We used to be famous for our hostility to contemporary art, but in a recent poll by YouGov on cool cultural icons, Tate Modern came top in leisure and entertainment – ahead of Glastonbury, ‘The Simpsons’ and the London Eye. Internationally, Tate Modern is the world’s favourite contemporary art museum, attracting 4.1 million visitors last year compared with 2.67m to New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

    Success means expansion and as the number of commercial galleries mushrooms, we focus on the museums and big commercial players that, by increasing the scale and ambition of their operations, are transforming the London art scene.

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8 comments
amrinder singh
amrinder singh

sujest some ideas that we can implement for the art exhibition how we can put up art exhibition in your art gallary?

emma shiel
emma shiel

I may have missed it, but i can't see a key for the Art Map...?

rachel
rachel

auto-italia has now relocated to 1 Glengall Road, SE15 6NJ. See the website www.autoitaliasoutheast.org for details on recent projects and how the space is now run, along with details of how to get involved if you would like to collabrate with us to carry out a project.

Cameron Brian
Cameron Brian

London is one big venue... This is because free speach and open minds exist there? I like this site but I suspect that I am looking at another commercial. What's new?

jenny evans
jenny evans

Sounds like a great idea would love to exhibit there and get involved.

johnny bonkers
johnny bonkers

Its Pure realistic Magic that radiates from the LTBF.org in W11 congratulation for bringing that New light and Energy which is well truely EARTHED for the creative children of today and tomorrow,thak you.

Coxsoft Art
Coxsoft Art

Good to see major arts coverage. Shame your map of galleries didn't have the names at the bottom of the graphic.

Jane Goodsir
Jane Goodsir

Temporary art installations in London are often brilliant- check out the Detour exhibition in Stanfords and Waterstones Piccadilly - London's artists and writers do miniatures in Moleskines with amazing results. And you can read other peoples Notebooks wearing rubber gloves. Yes, really!