Join us for a short afternoon of wanderings around Mayfair galleries. On the programme are two exhibitions, but we might stop at other spaces along the way if something catches our interest.
Stop 1: Sotheby's Bear Witness, an exhibition of work from their upcoming contemporary art sale. They describe this as an extraordinary collection of contemporary art and curious artefacts. Open to all and with estimates ranging from £20 to £2 million, Bear Witness will enthrall everyone from established collectors to the culturally curious.
Stop 2 is PACE Gallery behing the Royal Academy, where we get to see works from the collection of celebrated art dealer Robert Fraser in the show entitled A Strong Smell of Incense. The exhibition will present “a personal portrait” of Robert Fraser told in artworks and curated by artist Brian Clarke. Clarke was a close friend of Fraser and is also one of several Pace artists who were once represented by the Robert Fraser Gallery – including Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet. Rather than adopting an academic approach, Clarke’s selection of work will seek to capture the spirit and energy of his friend while also providing a historic context for Fraser’s flamboyance, dynamism and avant-garde gallery programme. Includes artists from Basquiat to Bacon, Haring to Mapplethorpe and Richter to Ruscha.