Good, man! SA art hits London, and it’s got a corker venue
Goodman Gallery owner believes international arts discourse needs African voices and perspectives
The Goodman Gallery has announced that it will open a gallery in London. It will be located in Mayfair’s Cork Street gallery redevelopment, a new art strip that has re-envisioned one of London’s most historically important art districts. Artists such as Francis Bacon and Joan Miró were first showed in London on the historic street, which was recently overhauled by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Rogers is Richard Rogers, who designed the Centre Pompidou in Paris with Renzo Piano). The firm transformed the street into a mixed-use scheme with flats, shops and 1,248m2 of gallery space.
The Goodman Gallery will be the first permanent gallery to move into the new development. Liza Essers, owner and director of the gallery for the past 11 years, says: “It is a thrilling responsibility to be expanding on, and challenging, the history of Cork Street by bringing new perspectives from Africa and beyond.
“It is time for a gallery from the African continent to play more of a front-line role in shaping the international arts discourse. In this global moment of heightened nationalist sentiment propelled by populist politics, it is more important than ever to reach across borders.”..