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.
Venue Details & Map
Lisson Gallery: 52 - 54 Bell Street
29 Bell StreetLondonNW1 5BY
- 0207724 2739
Top 5 reviews of Lisson Gallery: 52 - 54 Bell Street
Great, minimal display space.
Currently (03/2010) showing an exhibition of superb works by Tony Cragg. more
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
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
Simply one of the best galleries in London, Lisson mixes the big names with lesser known artists. I have yet to experience a show I didn't enjoy. The gallery is spread across two buildings on opposite sides of Bell Street, an unassuming side street behind Edware Road. On my last visit, a group show dedicated to drawing - simply entitled "Line" - was staged in one building while the other... more
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