Dealer Steve Lazarides, who has been credited with advancing the career of street artist Banksy, is opening a flagship gallery and contemporary arts business in the Mayfair district of London. Lazinc will be a partnership with businessman and collector Wissam Al Mana. The joint venture will incorporate Lazarides’s existing businesses, the Lazinc Banksy Print Gallery on London’s Southbank and an e-commerce print sales business based in Greenwich.
Located at 29 Sackville Street, the two-story, 4,000-square-foot space will inaugurate the space with an exhibition by French artist and photographer JR, “GIANTS - Body of Work.” Lazarides told the Art Newspaper that he “wrestled” with opening a gallery in Mayfair. “I am going to get a tidal wave of shite saying I’ve sold out. But it’s not about me. The artists I show are really shifting through the gears, they deserve to be here, kicking it with the biggest and best.”