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Mayfair & St James's throws open its doors for a free weekend of art & events
Bob and Roberta Smith. Photo: Benedict Johnson.

LONDON.- Mayfair Art Weekend (29 June - 1 July 2018), in partnership with the​ ​Royal Academy of Arts, will present an extensive programme of exhibitions, events, talks and tours across Mayfair & St James’s. Mayfair Art Weekend celebrates the diverse offering of this historic cultural district, internationally renowned as a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship, where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

Over 40 galleries, including David Zwirner, Gagosian, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Hauser + Wirth, will participate in this year’s Mayfair Art Weekend. New galleries for 2018 include ​Cardi Gallery, Christie’s, kamel mennour, Mall Galleries, Mimosa House, Olivier Malingue, Peter Harrington Rare Books, Richard Saltoun and Senesi Contemporanea.

The ​Gallery HOP! will launch the weekend with 24 galleries hosting special evening viewings and events from 6-8pm on Friday 29 June with drinks sponsor Sipsmith Gin. ​Lévy Gorvy gallery have invited London based DJ Cedric Bardawil to perform for their ​Gallery HOP! event, where he will play music in response to their exhibition featuring the works of artists Yves Klein and James Turrell.

Exhibitions on view over the weekend include works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Richard Prince at Skarstedt Gallery - showing early ‘Joke Paintings’ previously unseen in the UK; ​Howard Hodgkin at Gagosian - an exhibition of the artist's last paintings​; Christo & Jeanne-Claude at Stern Pissarro Gallery - presenting preparatory works for some of their most important and iconic public works.

This year’s programme has a strong showing of British artists, with over a third of the exhibitions on view including British names, which range from street artist Ben Eine to Victorian artist Sir Walter Sickert. Many participating galleries will shine a spotlight on female artists, with American installation artist Carol Bove at David Zwirner, contemporary video artist Tejal Shah at Mimosa House, and groups shows such as ​Land of Lads, Land of Lashes at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - showcasing sculptural works by three outstanding pioneers of Minimal and Post-Minimal Art - and ​Hypnagogia at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery - an ​exhibition of female artists whose paintings offer a distilled interpretation of reality.

Within the Royal Academy, UAL student curators - using the RA’s Collection as a starting point - will takeover the RA’s newly relaunched Burlington Gardens spaces to programme ​Dissections -– a student-led festival of art, film, music and performance on view from 30 June - 1 July. From the examination of the body through anatomical drawings, to the scientific techniques of 19​th​ century colour mixing or architectural casts, the process of dissection reveals much about the processes of creating art while exposing the human form.

The RA’s Annenberg Courtyard​ ​will serve as a central hub across the weekend providing visitors with a place to eat, drink and relax while engaging in a free arts festival, including artists talks, creative workshops and artist-led tours of participating galleries. There will be a mouth-watering selection of food, including decadent vegan street food by ​FFS! Feral Food Stall. To quench the thirst, there will be a fantastic selection of craft beers from ​Deviant Dandy and a variety of cocktails and cold draught lagers by ​Midsummer Nightcap. Fortnum and Mason will also be on-site offering an ice-cream cart.

On Sunday afternoon Burlington Gardens will be temporarily pedestrianised to accommodate ​The Long Artists’ Lunch - ​an afternoon of delicious food, art and lively conversation. Hosted by British artist, and Royal Academician, Bob and Roberta Smith, the lunch will be served on a 15 metre long surrealist art themed tablescape designed by artist duo Philip and Charlotte Colbert. Visitors can sit on lobster chairs and amongst eccentric table settings for an afternoon of artist-led discussions, performances and interventions. Guests can drop in, bring or buy a delicious meal from an Italian tapas stall by Company of Cooks, and join in artist led discussions.

In addition, there will be over 40 special events across the weekend within the galleries and auctions and fashion houses, ranging from bookbinding workshops, pop-up bookstores and artist led tours. Visitors can join art market specialists and journalists Georgina Adam and Stephanie Dieckvoss for a discussion on ​Is Faking on the Rise; a talk with photographer​ ​Angela Williams looking back at her career in the studio of celebrity photographer Norman Parkinson; an exhibition tour of Carol Bove’s show at David Zwirner with director James Green and JJ Charlesworth, Senior Editor, ArtReview; or a ​print workshop with the artist Dan Baldwin at Maddox Gallery.

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