The RA's 250th Summer Ex. is about to open and there is a Kapoor in the courtyard, so that came first and a piece by Lynn Chadwick was encountered unexpectedly on the way.
Stopping for a coffee on the way to St James Square, we found an exhibition of Emily Young heads in the "garden" and that occupies Page 2.
There was another pair at Sculpture in the Square. Quote from Wallpaper.com
For the first time in over three centuries of trading, London store Fortnum & Mason is hosting a museum-worthy exhibition, a showcase of modern and contemporary British art, mined from the collection of ebullient collector Frank Cohen.
Sometimes dubbed the ‘Saatchi of the north’ or the ‘Manchester Medici’, Cohen’s colourful press cuttings have sometimes obscured the fact that his is one of the pre-eminent collections of British art. For over 30 years he has worked with Robert Upstone, a former senior curator at the Tate, to select key works by a range of artists from Howard Hodgkin to Tracey Emin. Now the pair have made a selection of his works to scatter around the store: in the basement dining area sits a piece by the Chapman Brothers, in the fifth floor corridor and entrance is a Paula Rego and an Edward Burra. How did they settle on such an unpredictable format for the exhibition?
‘As a curator, it’s a fascinating challenge. It’s a working space with so much going on. There’s a great synergy between the artworks, the objects for sale and the environment,’ says Upstone. ‘This is probably the first time that a major art exhibition has been staged within such a special, opulent, stylish environment that is still, nevertheless, a shop.’
It’s certainly unusual for a retailer to put this amount of room aside for a project that reaps no immediate profit, and speaks volumes about the unconventional approach to retail under the watch of Ewan Venters. The store’s CEO of four years, he guided Fortnum’s to its first double-digit growth in centuries: his strategy has been to reposition the store as an institution for London residents, rather than just a tourist attraction. wallpaper.com
The last Kapoor I saw at close range was a moving (in the sense of not stationary), large (and I mean very large) lump of opaque jelly of a similar colour to the "satellite dish" in this piece. That small glacier of red jelly moving at a (relatively) glacial pace, traversed between two rooms of the RA, while gallery workers periodically shot pellets of jelly the size of catering baked bean cans at a wall. That was in 2009 and called Svayambh. It was fun and certainly belonged in the 'interesting' category.
For this piece, Kapoor seems to have fly-tipped a small load from a giant's junkyard.
An alternative view might be posted later - at the time of writing all the articles found online have dealt with the summer exhibition as a whole rather than Kapoor in the courtyard.