The autumn season got off to a flying start this week with collector Anita Zabludowicz launching a new space in Camden, Anthony Wilkinson joining the Vyner Street galleries with a new 6000sq ft space, Sir Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers hosting a party at their house for this year’s Serpentine Summer Pavilion created by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen, and perhaps most spectacular of them all, the opening of a major retrospective for Georg Baselitz at the Royal Academy, another coup for Norman Rosenthal who has been the RA’s exhibitions secretary for thirty years. Not only has he pulled off yet another outstanding show but Rosenthal managed to secure The Kills for the opening night. Dafydd Jones photographed these events for Saatchi Online’s daily magazine.
176 / THE ZABLUDOWICZ COLLECTION
Anita Zabludowicz, co-founder of the Zabludowicz Collection, launched her new space 176 this week with a spectacular dinner attended by many of the artists in her collection. The converted Grade II listed 19th-century Methodist chapel remains in a raw state, for some the perfect backdrop for works by Liz Neal, Francis Upritchard, Sarah Lucas and Susan Collis. Other highlights in the inaugural show include Candice Breitz’s 2003 video installation ‘Becoming’ and Eve Sussman’s feature-length film ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’. 176 will present three exhibitions a year plus events. The space also has a cafe and a shop selling limited editions and books connected with the shows at the gallery. For more information visit www.projectspace176.com.
Nick Serota, Anita Zabludowicz and Tracey Emin
Elizabeth Nielsen, curator of the Zabludowicz Collection, with artist Ruth Claxton
Javier Peres, Sue Webster and Terence Koh
THE SERPENTINE SUMMER PAVILION
The worlds of art, architecture, fashion and film merged last week at Sir Richard and Lady Rogers’ annual party to celebrate the new Serpentine Summer Pavilion. Designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, this year’s pavilion looks like a giant spinning top with Jaw-like teeth, and will be installed in Kensington Gardens until 5 November. For more information visit www.serpentinegallery.org.
White Cube’s Jay Jopling and Hans Ulrich Obrist from the Serpentine
Kjetil Thorsen, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tilmans and Thomas Demand
Richard Rogers and Alain Robbe-Grillet
GEORG BASELITZ AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY
The Royal Academy this week opened the first major retrospective in the UK for German artist Georg Baselitz. The exhibition features over 60 paintings, together with a significant number of sculptures, prints and drawings. In town for the opening night were fellow artists Julian Schnabel and David Hockney, who were joined by ambassadors, Hollywood stars, politicians and royalty, all there to celebrate Rosenthal’s three decades at the RA as much as Baselitz’s exhibition. ‘Georg Baselitz’ is at the Royal Academy in London until 9 December.
Norman Rosenthal and Georg Baselitz
Dustin Hoffmann and Julian Schnabel
WILKINSON, VYNER STREET
Amanda and Anthony Wilkinson have opened their new 6000 sq ft space in Vyner Street, designed by Bobby Desai, Creative Director of Clarke. Located on the site of a former single story factory, the new building provides the gallery with two spaces. Thoralf Knobloch is showing his paintings in the larger gallery while in the project space Wilkinson have teamed up with the New York gallery Orchard to present “On the Collective for Living Cinema”, a show based on a celebrated avant-garde film collective from the late 1970s. For more information visit: www.wilkinsongallery.com
Yinka Shonibare, AK Dolven and Amanda Wilkinson
Alice Rawsthorne, Maureen Paley, Amanda Sharp