6pm: Stuart Shave Modern Art: sophisticated, chic & beautiful. My favourite gallery owner in London. 23/25 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DF. The new show is called Damned Women by Lara Schnitger. It takes a Yinka Shonibare twist on figurative work combining fabric and stencilled Fiona Rae plaid sofas, painted candleabras and naughty licking horses. She works in LA. Lucky girl.
7pm: East End Promise at the RED GALLERY. Our History and Paul Sakoilsky have taken it upon themselves to big up the cultural migrants to Shoreditch from 1985 to current day. On arrival, the picture above taken in the 1990s by my fiance, Alexander Snelling shows the occasion when a partygoer named Mole fell from the 3rd floor roof of The Bricklayers’ Arms. The car saved his life. The exhibition is a collage of faces and scenestarters. There’s a particularly beautiful painting by Mark Jones I’d recommend…
8pm: Black Rat Press: Run by Mike Snelle and Sarah Morgan, these free radicals are injecting a contemporary patina to street arts by selecting the most successful artists. This week they sold one Banksy for megabucks, but there are sketches for a few hundred quid. It’s a cool space, round the back of Cargo on Rivington Street, and they’ve installed a shop selling their books. Tonight was a launch for Street Studio – The Place of Street Art in Melbourne, published by Thames and Hudson.
TOMORROW (FRIDAY 9th) the ultimate gallery to land in, beyond these, will be the The Outside World on Redchurch Street as owner, Cate Halpin tells me they’re hosting a Mario SCHWAB sale from 12-9pm…TASTY!