When Hauser & Wirth opened their Savile Row gallery in Autumn 2010, it was a statement of bravado and intent; becoming the largest commercial gallery space in London, right in the middle of an economic downturn. How have they fared? In comparison to most other commercial galleries, Hauser & Wirth have had a consistently successful recession, and in fact were only able to move into the space because it suddenly came onto the market. The gallery take a canny and sophisticated approach to display and sales of contemporary art, this is to some degree evident in their current exhibition programme. Tomorrow, Because's Culture section will look at the show of work by Dutch-born, London-based fine artist Michael Raedecker which is currently on display in their North gallery, and today, the exhibition of work in their South gallery: Visions, Waves and Roads by Mary Heillmann.
This certainly hasn't been the most well-reviewed show in London at the moment, but your Culture section has to admit to being a big fan of the American post-pop painter, and while this show doesn't reach the heights of her best work it is certainly manages to engage, strike and comfort an audience. Constructed, misshapen canvasses, painted in vibrant, largely primary colours adorn an abstracted, minimalist personal space. Heilmann fabricates angled coffee tables, tea sets, chairs and dinner plates and wall-based ornaments.
What Heilmann prepares are a series of twentieth century concepts made manifest for a modern-day audience. Blocky, geometric and bordering on the fashionable; the show mightn't be the most original that you'll see all year, but it has the ability to dig deep into your desires about where the intersection of art, design and function may meet. It's a fun-filled West Coast sensibility that will take you places.
Mary Heilmann: Visions, Waves and Roads is at Hauser & Wirth until 05 April.