AI and Datasets: Feeding Consciousness

Halcyon Gallery was founded in 1982, specialising in modern and contemporary art. The space is one of the oldest and most significant of the period, preceding the openings of major commercial galleries such as The Saatchi Gallery in 1985 and White Cube in 1993. It boasts an impressive array of works, spanning the likes of renowned and contemporary masters Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali, alongside David Hockney, Santiago Montoya and Wang Tingxin. Its previous exhibitions include Unseen in 2021, with a rare collection of Andy Warhol silkscreen graphics and The Art of Printmaking in 2023, in a retrospective on Pablo Picasso’s printmaking.

In May, the gallery moved into its new flagship site at 148 New Bond Street, Mayfair. The space, previously occupied by The Fine Art Society from 1978 to 2018, has a rich and established history. Its entrance façade was designed in 1881 by Edward William Godwin, who envisioned an Art Nouveau arch that crested over two stories. This was followed by a redesign by George Faulkner Armitage in 1887, using panelled mahogany to “create a domestic environment in which society’s upper-class clients would have been completely at ease,” according to curator Hilarie Faberman.

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