Lisson Gallery: 52 - 54 Bell Street


Lisson Gallery was founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail.

It was one of a small number of pioneering galleries in the UK, Europe and the United States to champion a generation of artists who were transforming the way art was made and presented, focusing on the idea or concept behind an artwork over expressive or descriptive aims.

These young artists – including Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Art & Language, John Latham, Peter Joseph, Lee Ufan, Giulio Paolini, Daniel Buren - represented not a style but an attitude, an ethos concerning art's place in a wider intellectual, cultural and social context.

Over the past 40 years Lisson Gallery has built on this foundation, identifying and supporting succeeding generations of artists, each with a radical and distinctive approach to the artistic possibilities of their times. The New British Sculptors who came to maturity in the early 1980s – Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Richard Wentworth and Bill Woodrow – engaged imaginatively with the sculptural object within a conceptual framework. In the 1990s, a more diverse group demonstrated a poetic conceptualism of image and language – Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Ceal Floyer, Jonathan Monk, Christine Borland, Tatsuo Miyajima and Francis Alÿs – while other artists including Tony Oursler and Jane & Louise Wilson used the media of video and sound to create heightened visions of the social constructs of their age. A new generation has emerged in the first decade of 20th century – Gerard Byrne, Santiago Sierra, Allora & Calzadilla, Fernando Ortega, Sean Snyder, Tim Lee, Christian Jankowski – who explore the structures of representation and cultural value from global perspectives.

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Lisson Gallery: 52 - 54 Bell Street

29 Bell Street
+44 20 7724 2739
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4.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Lisson Gallery: 52 - 54 Bell Street

5.0 out of 5 7 May 2014
by Therese L.

This an excellent gallery for those interested in global contemporary art. Ai Wei Wei, Richard Long, Marina Ambramovic are amongst the figures they represent and exhibit.

Ring the bell to be let inside and enjoy the two floors of gallery space without interruption. There is a small space upstairs where corresponding literature will be sold and you may ask speak to someone about the...more

4.0 out of 5 19 July 2013
by lokotoravata78

I'm not the traditional art expert but I like visiting places like this every once and a while. There's always something interesting to see and a bit educational, too.more

4.0 out of 5 17 October 2012
by J. T.

Coinciding with London's Frieze Art Week, Lisson Gallery has opened a major exhibition of new work by UK artist, Anish Kapoor. This new show entitled "In The Shadow of the Tree and the Knot of The Earth," features entirely new bodies of work including sculptures modelling micro and macro-landscapes, wall and floor sculptures evoking the natural forms of rock and coral, and works on canvas...more

5.0 out of 5 21 March 2010
by Ed W.

Great, minimal display space.

Currently (03/2010) showing an exhibition of superb works by Tony Cragg.more

3.0 out of 5 11 April 2008
by suedebaby

Went to visit this gallery space one Saturday afternoon, after learning that one of my fave London artists, Julian Opie had pieces on display there. The gallery's website is detailed and makes one think it's a large space crammed full of edgy pieces and even cooler gallery-goers.

When I went there, I felt as if I was intruding into somebody's home - there was nobody in there and you could hear...more

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