Since Victoria Miro founded her eponymous gallery in Cork Street, Mayfair, in 1985, the gallery has grown to represent over 40 artists and estates. With a reputation for presenting ground-breaking artworks from around the world, Victoria Miro has exhibition spaces in Mayfair and Wharf Road in London, and a further gallery space in Venice.Read More
Victoria Miro represents a range of contemporary international artists, a number of whom engage with a broader definition of an art experience. Sarah Sze amasses everyday objects to construct her intricate, immersive installations and sculptures, often conducting quasi-scientific experiments about time, space, and light; Doug Aitken offers a stimulating encounter with art through his installations that incorporate video, sculpture, photography, sound, and performance; and Yayoi Kusama, active since her debut in the late 1950s in New York, creates paintings, sculptures, installations and outdoor projects which, featuring motifs such as the polka dot and the pumpkin, allude to microscopic and macroscopic universes. In 2018, some 92,000 visitors attended her solo exhibition at the gallery’s Wharf Road location. Critiques of contemporary society can be glimpsed in the works of gallery artists such as Elmgreen & Dragset, the artist duo known for witty sculptures and installations that examine the structures of social spaces and power relations, and Grayson Perry, whose ceramics, tapestries, prints, and cast iron and bronze sculptures chronicle the complexities that make up the human experience, including gender, religion, and class.
A number of artists on the Victoria Miro roster work primarily with the medium of painting, expanding its boundaries and collapsing the hierarchy between high art and popular culture. Secundino Hernández borrows from art-historical traditions such as Action Painting and popular art forms such as cartoons, using energetic brush strokes, while NS Harsha, with inspiration from Indian painting traditions and comic books, creates not only paintings but also sculptures and site-specific installations that consider the idea of borders in flux.
Victoria Miro offers an international programme of solo and group presentations alongside artist projects. Notable group shows include Protest, a 2016 exhibition that brought together a range of politically charged artwork from selected gallery artists and other prominent international artists, such as Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Kara Walker. In 2019, installation artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, who is represented by the gallery, curated the group show Rock My Soul at its Wharf Road location. The exhibition surveyed artistic responses to figuration, abstraction, and self-representation through new and historical works by gallery artists Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Wangechi Mutu and Howardena Pindell, alongside works by Frida Orupabo, Tschabalala Self, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others.
As one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the world, Victoria Miro is a conspicuous presence at international art fairs such as Art Basel, Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach; Frieze, London, Los Angeles and New York; The Armory Show, New York; FIAC, Paris.