This spring, different art galleries in London have decided that white walls are so last year, for example at NOW London for Sara Shakeel, at Hauser & Wirth for Keith Tyson and, now, at Waddington Custot for their exhibition on grafitti art. Is this the start of a revolution, where modern gallery designers and curators are rediscovering colour, including grey and black, in the same way that interior designers are rediscovering the importance of colour in interiors to support wellness, creativity and productivity? Are artists taking more control…..?
Hello to grey, concrete and black as the Waddington Custot gallery shuts itself off from the Mayfair streets outside and creates an urban cocoon in which to show its fascinating exhibition of graffiti art by Brassai, Canairis, Debuffet, Millares, Tapies and Twombly. Your arrival is announced by an immense work by Antoni Tapies and then, by dividing up the gallery space, they have created a series of different, but interconnected rooms, in different shades of grey (and black) to show a fascinating series of works by these great artists which is well worth exploring.