16 May 2017
The gallery is holding off embarking on more programming of its own while we decide if it is necessary or desired. We made 60 exhibitions and 40 art fairs between 2006 and 2016. The art world is changing in that we see an ever increasing polarisation of gallery activity to the large blue chip galleries in the city, and indeed of the public sector who by and large are principally showing artists from such commercial galleries where real financial support can be expected to flow.
For us it is more interesting, and effective, to promote our artists to the public sector’s smaller spaces across the UK and (for the time being) the rest of Europe where the impact of these organisations’ exhibition-making is greater and more interesting than we could hope to achieve in our own gallery. Organising books with publishers is a great way to augment that. So the gallery has become an agent for its artists, something we are able to do after working for over a decade in the commercial sector, and before that for a similar length of time in public institutions.
After the success of Jane England and Volker Eichelmann’s beautiful publications, We are working with Black Dog to make two more: the first with Des Hughes, whose monograph will come out towards Autumn and then with Tim Braden, whose book will be ready later in the year if not early 2018.
Meanwhile Raphael Hefti will have a solo exhibition opening 24 June at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Markus KarstieS has a number of exhibitions over June and July in the Rhineland and Paul Johnson’s first solo London institution exhibition at the wonderful Camden Arts Centre continues through June. We will soon be seeing more of Eva Berendes in London as she embarks upon a major public commission later in the year.