Independent Collectors


The exclusive center, the elegant West, the hip East, or the up-and-coming South: in London contemporary art has developed its own urban coordinates around which you can plan your art walks. In the West, long distances must be traversed between institutions, such as the Serpentine Galleries, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), and the Saatchi Gallery. But in Mayfair—within the vicinity of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA)—the most prominent auction houses and galleries, such as Pace, Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, and Sprüth Magers, are huddled between designer boutiques and grand hotels offering high tea. Super-dealer Larry Gagosian maintains his exhibition hall near King’s Cross Station, in addition to his two galleries in Mayfair. From there it’s just a stone’s throw away to Golden Square, where Marianne Goodman has set up shop next to the Frith Street Gallery. North of Oxford Street, around Eastcastle Street, you can find another hotspot for contemporaries including the Alison Jacques and Carroll/Fletcher. The East End of London is not solely a hipster and media hub: from the Old Street Roundabout, near where Victoria Miro and Modern Art are located, additional galleries and scores of artists’ studios stretch from Shoreditch to Hackney Wick. Any visit to the East should include the Whitechapel Gallery, whose exhibitions are always well worth seeing. Located off the beaten path, in the Southeast, are Jay Jopling’s gallery White Cube, on Bermondsey Street, as well as Damien Hirst’s exhibition hall: Newport Street Gallery. Also situated south of the Thames, next to the perennially crowd-pleasing Tate Modern, are the art schools Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths, which present graduate shows once a year. The non-commercial South London Gallery can also be found here. Following a visit you can round off a fine summer evening at Frank’s Bar, surrounded by art students, on the roof terrace of a parking garage in Peckham, overlooking the annual sculpture exhibition Bold Tendencies—and the London skyline.

London (18)

Roberts Institute of Art

A living organism to underpin research and debate

Newport Street Gallery

The Newport Street Gallery is not easy to find, but then hard to miss: it takes over almost a whole street.

Franks-Suss Collection

Initially focused on China, collectors Simon Franks and Robert Suss soon widened their purview

Anita Zabludowicz

An interview with the London-based collector who places young positions at the centre of her collection

The Needle and the Larynx

We are proud to present “The Needle and the Larynx” (2016) by Marianna Simnett, as our 13th selection for AT HOME WITH IC.

When I’ll Die, I Want To Turn Into Marble

We are pleased to welcome Marine Tanguy to IC, as an ambitious, philanthropic art world woman, creating her own systems to get business done.

Mark Hicks Collection

The collection grown from a curiosity of editions from the streets.

Known Unknowns

A peek inside the exhibition that looks at the status of an artist in the mainstream art world.

Irmina Nazar & Artur Trawinski

The Polish collectors raising awareness on Eastern European Art.

Niloufar Bakhtiar Bakhtiari

In collaboration with Marina Ribera Iñigo, director and consultant at IñigoArt, we present the new video series "Collectors at Home".

You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred

London’s Zabludowicz Collection showcases their recent presentation of the collection featuring works by Sara Cwynar, Elad Lassry, Natalie Czech, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman.

Hot With Excess

With a dynamic and experimental season of live events, “Hot With Excess” explores the collision of contemporary art and opera.

Luigi Mazzoleni

Interview about how it was to grow up with collector parents.

Feminist Spirituality With Shana Moulton

The Zabludowicz Collection presents the immersive and off-kilter solo exhibition by American artist Shana Moulton.

The David Bowie Collection

After the auction house Sotheby’s unveiled Bowie’s art collection to the public the title “art collector” is another one long overdue.

The Radical Eye

Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection.

Emotional Supply Chains

The construction of identity in the digital age.

Zabludowicz – 20 Years of Collecting

Anita Zabludowicz first began collecting in 1994. The collection initially featured artists such as Michael Landy, Keith Tyson, Gillian Wearing as well as others from the 1990s YBA generation when they were still at the beginning of their careers.