The Apart London Summer Show 2011

UPDATE: Show now extended to September 30th.

Only a few weeks left of this, been meaning to spread the word since I accidentally stumbled on it a few months ago. Whether or not you’re normally in to contemporary art, this is really good. I know we’re touching on something that’s a matter of opinion, but part of the appeal is the diversity of the show without exclusion or pretension. Just impressive works of contemporary art from around the world, done with subtlety and talent.

Having run since May, the Apart Summer Show is now down to it’s last few weeks and will be closing on the 20th of August. The pop-up gallery found a brilliant space on Great Marlboro Street in Soho (parallel to Oxford Street en route to Phonica) and after much TLC made incredible use of the space. The layout flows perfectly and includes several side rooms for the works that needed their own areas, including a room dedicated to Moroccan designer Hassan Hajjaj, as below.

As part of our Summer Exhibition this year, we have dedicated a large part of the gallery to Hassan Hajjaj, with whom we have enjoyed a long relationship, having been fortunate enough to give him his first solo show in our Notting Hill gallery, in a joint collaboration with Mourad Mahzouz and Joseph in September 2001.

This year’s exhibition sees Hassan convert one of our gallery spaces into one of his infamous salons, and in doing so takes the viewer on a journey to an unspecified destination, somewhere between Morocco and London, but quite where, is hard to say…


Started in 1999 by Adrian Palengat, Apart has made it’s curator one of visual arts stand-out figures, though with a desire to work with artists as opposed to clients his role has become closer to that of a clan chief than a dealer. Since it went mobile Apart has popped up in LA, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Vegas and Berlin to name a few, working with good suits like LVMH, Paul Smith, and The Prodigy among others. In his own words, “I just go where I feel we’d do well – next stop planned Sao Paolo.”

The Summer Show is exhibiting about 3/4 of the Apart artists and is, in my opinion, the best contemporary show I’ve seen in recent memory. Some of the stand out pieces come in the forms of screen printed works from Sunil Pawer, impressive pieces from Beka Smith and of course the large Joe Black murals. Although these three have all contributed wall art, the exhibition showcases 30+ artists from around the world – photography, mixed-media, installation, graffiti/street-art, pop and painting.

Get down and check it out, it really is something special.
Details below.

Event Date:
4 July, 2011
End Date:
20 August, 2011
Mon-Fri 11.00am – 6.30pm
Sat & Sun 12 Noon – 5.00pm