Steps away from Old Bond Street, the must-see shop offers prints and editions, Gagosian publications, rare finds, and exhibition posters along with artist-designed objects and apparel
Launched at the refined Burlington Arcade on April 4, the new London’s Gagosian Boutiqueis a destination worth a visit in itself. Situated in the heart of Mayfair in near proximity of the historic Royal Academy of Art and minutes away from Old Bond Street — the place for luxury retail and fine art since the 18th century — the space was entirely designed by Caruso St Johns Architects.
The very Stirling Prize-winning architecture firm that previously graced the aesthetics of Gagosian’s London-based Grosvenor Hill and Britannia Street galleries, as well as the institution’s gallery locations in Rome and Paris, the company ensured that Gagosian’s inimitable style would permeate the volumes of their latest venture too. The British sister to Gagosian’s iconic retail location on Madison Avenue in New York, the newly-opened boutique comprises two different floors.
On the occasion of the opening, the ground floor was the place for pleasant, unexpected discoveries: featuring a variety of offerings, including prints and editions, Gagosian publications, rare books, and exhibition posters, as well as artist-designed jewellery, sculpture, decorative items and apparel, this level of the shop is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts wanting to collect a piece of this world. Upstairs, on the first floor, visitors were invited to experience a rotation of small exhibitions, artist talks, and more.
To celebrate the launch of the Burlington Arcade retail space, Gagosian also highlighted the work of American abstract artist Cy Twombly and the fifth anniversary of the gallery’s celebrated print and online magazine, Gagosian Quarterly. Items relating to artists including Alexander Calder, Chris Burden, and Jasper Johns — only a few of the names featured in the Quarterly’s fifth-anniversary issue — were on view on the ground floor along with the rich array of items on sale.
“We are delighted to extend our presence in London to the historic Burlington Arcade,”Millicent Wilner, a director of Gagosian since 2001, shared in a statement. “The jewellike shop offers an exciting opportunity to engage with existing and new collectors outside of our galleries and to present a creative and dynamic group of artworks and objects alongside books from our expansive publishing program.