Now, she added, “new things are happening in London.” The biggest challenge was keeping Condo London “small and intimate” at a time when the city’s re-energized gallery scene is growing, she said. “Scale is important. There are too many large, exhausting events,” she added, pointing out that Condo was small enough for many visitors to see all of it.
“I feel this is a distinctly new phase, a reset” said Phillida Reid, one of two Condo participants from the new cluster of galleries in the Bloomsbury district near the British Museum, a neighborhood not previously associated with serious contemporary art. Reid opened her 2,500-square-foot gallery there in 2022; four more dealers opened nearby last year.
During Condo, Reid is mounting “Labour of Love,” a solo exhibition of canvases by the New Zealand-based artist Claudia Kogachi that affectionately depict the painter and her girlfriend. The gallery is also hosting paintings by the Brazilian artist and transgender rights activist Lia D Castro, presented by Galeria Jaqueline Martins of São Paulo and Brussels. Reid said several of Castro’s paintings had sold, priced at about 6,000 euros, roughly $6,500, each.
Just a few hundred yards away, the newly opened London branch of the Athens gallery Hot Wheels was hosting a joint show for Condo with Maxwell Graham gallery from New York.