(more London things that have closed down)
I was looking at old entries
and noticed a broken image link to Haunch of Venison gallery. I really liked the original namesake gallery in Haunch of Venison Yard
with its beautiful once-domestic stair with a grand sweeping handrail between rooms with stripped floorboards. I remember seeing Thomas Joshua Cooper Point of No Return
there ten years ago, and the idea and execution of that series often comes back to me. I might be misremembering bits of it but he went to the extremities of continents (furthest west point in europe etc) and these beautiful big slow photos of rocks and waves carry a sort of solemn significance and particularity.
I thought it was doing well, it moved into the old Museum of Mankind space behind the RA, where I saw a few things, and then... it disappeared. I thought it was just that the RA were taking over that whole block (which they have) but - What happened to Haunch of Venison?
- well Christie's took it over in 2007 and then closed it down last year. And then the "OH!" moment for me was reading that the original owners, after they left in 2010, set up BlainSouthern
- that strange corporate-esque space on the side of Hanover Square, that I not-infrequently walk around the corner of and notice the rather slick dark brick and white revealed windows and the snazzy gloss patterned front, and yes I'd noticed there was art in there and thought it might be the kind of pet gallery that a big firm has in its foyer (because doesn't BlainSouthern sound like something with a large annual turnover and international headquarters?) until last week when I saw the list of artists for the current show in the window and was like "Hang on a minute
- Donald Judd, Rachel Whiteread, James Turrell, Gordon Matta-Clark? This sounds like something I gotta see..." (and also does not sound like the roll-call of any corporate pet gallery).
so - sad that Haunch of Venison is gone. but - a little excited about this new place.