Rosie Wylie has taken over Bond Street.
Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, Wylie has created a series of flags which are displayed along our luxury shopping street. The eye-catching designs are suspended above shoppers to celebrate the 250th year of art at the Royal Academy. See them in full force, take a stroll down Bond Street now.
Wylie decided to use details from her most recent body of work, Lolita’s House, which was exhibited at David Zwirner last month.
The title ‘Lolita’s House’ is only tangentially a reference to Nabokov’s famous novel. The inspiration for their collection has been derived from Wylie’s memories of a property opposite Wylie’s Kent home, outside which the neighbour’s teenage daughter would wash their car back in the 1970s.
The artworks here – made in Wylie’s deceptively simple and very witty style – rely on the artist’s memories of the period, mixing together fact and fiction.
This concept continues her ongoing fascination with the shifting nature of memory and the multi-layered external associations that become attached to it over time.
In celebration of 250 Years of Art, The Royal Academy of Arts and London’s West End have commissioned four celebrated artists to design street flags in each of their characteristic styles. Grayson Perry and Rose Wylie are joined by Joe Tilson and Cornelia Parker to inject some colour and creativity into London’s busy streets
The installation is made up of 200 flags and will be on view throughout Bond Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Regent Street St James’s.