Damien Hirst’s much-anticipated Newport Street Gallery is now open. Taking over a row of Victorian scenery painting workshops in Vauxhall, south London, the space was re-designed by in-demand architects Caruso St John and has been under construction for three years to the tune of £25m. Housed inside is Hirst’s personal art collection of over 3,000 works spread across six rooms. Curated displays include single and group shows ranging from established artists such as Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach and Gavin Turk to fresh and upcoming talent.
“Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m lucky enough to actually own work by some of the artists who first inspired me and made me want to become an artist like Picasso or Francis Bacon,” says Hirst. “But my favourite works by far are those by my contemporaries and I definitely feel a responsibility to share them as much as I can.”
The opening show Power Stations features paintings by John Hoyland (1934-2011), one of the greatest British abstract artists of his generation. Retrospectives of his work have previously been showcased at the Serpentine Gallery and the Royal Academy of the Arts, but this is the first major exhibition of his works since 2006.
Power Stations is on display until 3 April 2016.