Jonathan Anderson has curated an art exhibition inspired by London
By Barry Pierce | Art | 31 August 2023

Just when it felt like Jonathan Anderson was already the busiest man in fashion, he’s adding another venture to his belt — art curation. Opening this autumn at Offer Waterman, On Foot, curated by Anderson, will bring contemporary artists into dialogue with iconic works of modern British art. Incorporating Anderson’s own designs for both Loewe and JW Anderson, the exhibition will display works from legends such as Lucien Freud, David Hockney, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, welcoming a dialogue about London and the “stark contrasts and unlikely juxtapositions that even a short journey through the city offers up.”

From the streets of Mayfair where the gallery is located, to the alleys of Soho where the JW Anderson store has its home, the exhibition’s galleries will each act like a pause at one of the social spaces the journey has to offer. Celebrating all aspects of the city from the pub to the park, the gallery’s corridors and staircases will become pavements and traffic-clogged streets with skaters lingering, while ceramics and sculptures will represent crowded scenes. JW Anderson’s pigeons will take over a storeroom and a garden square bench will allow visitors to take in the surprising abundance of flora and fauna the city has to offer. Rounding off the journey by ducking into a pub, a diverse cast of characters will each tell a story of the city they live in.

It all sounds incredibly Jonathan Anderson.

On Foot will be open to the public at Offer Waterman Gallery, 17 St George St, London, from 18 September to 28 October 2023.


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