Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery Photographed By Hélène Binet


These new pictures by Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet provide a detailed appear at the spaces of Damien Hirst’s new south London gallery, which opened to the public earlier this month .

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

Made by London architecture company Caruso St John, Newport Street Gallery is a space for the artist to exhibit pieces from his personal personalized collection, which includes operates by Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso.

The gallery is housed inside 3 renovated red-brick warehouses – originally built in 1913 for theatre carpentry and scenery manufacturing – and two new structures constructed from black engineering bricks. It stretches along an total street in Vauxhall.

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

Newport Street Gallery opened to the public on 8 October 2015, with an inaugural exhibition devoted to the operate of Sheffield-born abstract painter John Hoyland.

The building has given that had mixed testimonials from critics, with remarks ranging from “unremarkable” and “significant”, to “finely crafted” and “immaculate”.

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

The Telegraph’s art critic Mark Hudson wrote: “The area itself is unremarkable: a tasteful warehouse conversion that seems just like any other white-walled gallery.”

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But the paper’s architecture critic Ellis Woodman disagreed, suggesting that there is far more to the developing than its robust brick facade. “The extreme exterior conceals moments of surprising exuberance,” he mentioned.

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

Financial Times critic Edwin Heathcote echoed Woodman’s sentiment, claiming the gallery “reveals itself to be extremely finely crafted only on a closer search.”

He also praised the building’s interiors, specifically the white brick staircases that spiral between the floors. Heathcote described these as “probably the very best the city has witnessed for decades, a return to a type of Edwardian civic architectural grandeur”.

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

In the Guardian, architecture and style critic Oliver Wainwright also lauded the creating as a display of craftsmanship, but questioned regardless of whether the all round effect was also understated.

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“It seems to be a bit like a block of luxury docklands apartments – a couple of outdated brick warehouses with a polite in-retaining brick extension,” he mentioned. Wainwright then went on to describe it as “a model of careful craft by a single of the best architects practising in the Uk right now”.

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John for Damien Hirst

The new photographs of the building show the substantial-contrast type favoured by Hélène Binet, who still shoots exclusively in analogue rather than making use of digital. In an interview with Dezeen earlier this 12 months she said she finds digital photography “slick” and “really disturbing”.

Binet also not too long ago photographed another Caruso St John-designed London gallery – the lately completed Gagosian Grosvenor Hill. The two tasks are among several new exhibition spaces in the capital, the place the artwork and style scene is experiencing a “new power”, according to gallerists and collectors.



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