04 Writer Randy Kennedy is leaving the New York Times to join Hauser & Wirth.
Hauser & Wirth announced this week that Randy Kennedy, who has written for the New York Times since 1992, will join the gallery as Director of Special Projects. Kennedy will oversee “a number of new editorial, writing, and documentary initiatives,” a role that includes relaunching and serving as editor-in-chief for the gallery’s print publication Volume, which temporarily shuttered after publishing its Winter 2015 edition. The move by Hauser & Wirth is another indication that blue-chip galleries are devoting greater focus toward editorial and published content; in 2014, Gagosian brought on journalist Derek Blasberg to develop its print properties, the same year that David Zwirner rolled out its standalone publishing house. Hauser & Wirth Vice President Marc Payot welcomed Kennedy in a statement, praising his “curiosity, talent, depth of knowledge, and uncanny sensitivity toward the visions and intentions of artists.”