British Vogue - 11.2019

(Nancy Kaufman) #1
Jo Stella-Sawicka
wears dress,
£995, Roksanda,
at Selfridges.
Shoes, £495,
Manolo Blahnik.
Earrings, price on
request, Belmacz.
Hair: Ryuta
Saiga. Make-up:
Lucy Pearson


useums here are finally responding to the fact
that their audiences are far more diverse than
the collections that hang in them,” says Jo Stella-
Sawicka, freshly appointed director (alongside
Emma Menell) of Goodman Gallery: South Africa’s renowned
contemporary arts space, making its grand London entrance
this month, right in the middle of W1’s prime art real estate.
Stella-Sawicka, who left her coveted role as the artistic
director of Frieze Art Fair to helm the new outpost, is showing
me around the temporary Goodman HQ (a beautiful,
sprawling pit stop before the permanent space opens), where
works by the gallery’s most eminent artists – Yinka Shonibare,
David Goldblatt and William Kentridge among them –

proudly hang on the walls. “London has always been an
interesting place for galleries to open internationally,” she
says. “But this is a totally different story.”
For 53 years, Goodman Gallery has been at the cutting
edge, both in terms of its politics and the work it presents.
Founded by Linda Givon in 1966 in Johannesburg (it now
has a space in Cape Town, too), it was the first of its kind
to exhibit black artists during apartheid.
Opening in a new art-centric development on Mayfair’s
historic Cork Street couldn’t be more apt. The road is famous
for bringing the revolutionary to the heart of the establishment

  • whether it’s hosting Francis Bacon’s London debut or
    DIGITAL ARTWORK: INK RETOUCH. RING (2017), WILLIAM KENTRIDGE/GOODMAN GALLERY being the location of Peggy Guggenheim’s first gallery. >



A new London gallery is set to bring
a fresh, global perspective to the
capital’s art scene. Louis Wise meets
the women in charge. Photographs by
Ana Cuba. Styling by Flo Arnold



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