At 45 Park Lane the menu includes Damien Hirst's Diamond Dust
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Friday 12 July 2013
A literally dazzling exhibition of neon installations by the talented British duo Chris Bracey and Christian Furr is upstairs. Downstairs is an array of paintings by Damien Hirst. That might all be expected at an art gallery. But the neon exhibition and Hirst paintings are at a London Hotel, 45 Park Lane, the sister establishment to the Dorchester just opposite.
The newish 45 Park Lane, which opened in 2011, has put art in its guest rooms, hallways and restaurant. The restaurant is where all 16 of Damien Hirst's limited edition Diamond Dust “Psalms” series (pictured) hang together for the first time. Other leading British artists including Sir Peter Blake, Joe Tilson, Tom Phillips and Brendan Neiland are also represented – with photographs of London by Bill Wyman on the staircase.
The hotel, which also offers special Frieze Art Fair packages for residents and visits to artists' studios – recently Lucian Freud's daughter Jane McAdam Freud gave a private guided tour of both her studio and a tour of her father's portraits at the National Portrait Gallery – is breaking interesting ground in being a showcase for British art. Mind you, when it states that “the inclusion of Hirst's artwork reflects the hotel's ethos to provide an environment akin to that of guests' homes” you sense that their guests are not short of a pound or two.
Staying Alive, Bar 45, London W1 (www.45parklane.com/bar-45) to 30 August
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