The Art of Wishes 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Royal Horticultural Halls, London
Founded by philanthropist and Make‐A‐Wish UK patron Batia Ofer, the third annual Art of Wishes will feature a benefit auction to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. In advance of the charity event, a preview of the artworks will be open to the public from September 19 to 20 at Phillips London in Berkeley Square. More than twenty artworks by leading international artists such as Virgil Abloh, Michael Craig‐Martin, Takashi Murakami, Richard Wright, and others will be included.
Richard Wright, Untitled, 2002 © Richard Wright
Gagosian at Selfridges Corner Shop
Through March 30, 2019
Selfridges has invited the Gagosian Shop to showcase a curated selection of items at the department store’s Corner Shop in anticipation of the unveiling of London’s new Elizabeth railway line in 2020. The pop-up features apparel by Douglas Gordon and prints by Richard Wright—both artists who will have new public installations in the Tottenham Court Road station, located close to Selfridges—and much more.
To celebrate the closing of the collaboration, Gagosian and Selfridges will host a reception at the Corner Shop in Selfridges on Thursday, March 28, from 6pm to 8pm. To attend the event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Lucy Dawkins
Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright
Through March 28, 2019
Ahead of the unveiling of London’s new Elizabeth railway line in 2020, Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright were commissioned to create artworks for the windows of Selfridges as part of the department store’s recently launched State of the Arts project.
Selfridges Oxford Street shop windows featuring work by Richard Wright, London, 2019
Elizabeth Line, London
Richard Wright’s no title (2018) has been installed on the ceiling of the Tottenham Court Road station’s eastern ticket hall as part of the Transport for London (TfL) Elizabeth Line, which opened for service on May 25, 2022. To make this work, Wright and his team painstakingly applied gold leaf to the raw concrete ceiling in an intricate geometric pattern whose reflectivity fluctuates depending on the ambient light. At seven stations on the Elizabeth Line, the Crossrail Art Programme commissioned public artworks that have been designed to interact both physically and conceptually with their sites.
Richard Wright’s no title (2018) installed on the ceiling of the Tottenham Court Road station’s eastern ticket hall, London, 2022. Artwork © Richard Wright. Photo: GG Archard, 2022
Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line
March 13–May 6, 2018
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line showcases nine internationally renowned artists and their plans to create major public artworks for London’s newest railway, the Elizabeth line. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work of art sympathetic to the locality, history, or function of one of the stations. The exhibition brings together sketches, maquettes, and prototypes to reveal the artists’ ideas transformed into deliverable public art. Work by Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright is included.
Douglas Gordon, Revue, 2018 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Balazs Studinger