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Gavin Brown will close his eponymous gallery and join Gladstone Gallery as a partner.

Justin Kamp
Jul 21, 2020 5:03PM, via Gladstone Gallery

Gavin Brown. Photo by Angela Pham/ © BFA 2020.

Art dealer Gavin Brown will close his eponymous gallery after more than 25 years of operation and join Gladstone Gallery as a partner. As part of the merger, Brown will bring a number of artists from his gallery’s roster to Gladstone, including Ed Atkins, Kerstin Brätsch, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Mark Leckey, Rachel Rose, Frances Stark, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. He will also permanently close Gavin Brown Enterprise’s Harlem space, but will continue to operate Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, the Roman gallery he opened in 2015.

Brown said in a statement:

The past 26 years were an extraordinary ride and to have worked with the people I met along the way was the privilege of a lifetime. I feel very fortunate to be able to start this new chapter with Barbara [Gladstone] and [gallery partner] Max [Falkenstein].

The move comes amidst sustained struggle for galleries large and small as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the shutdown of gallery spaces and fairs across the world. The merger also brings Gladstone Gallery closer to the realm of mega-galleries with multiple international locations and expansive blue-chip rosters such as David Zwirner, Gagosian, and Pace.

Barbara Gladstone said in a statement:

I think that this moment in history is an important time to think of new possibilities in the art world. This new alliance with Gavin feels natural, evolutionary, and auspicious. I have long admired Gavin for his originality and individual presence, and these are extremely valuable qualities to me, which should be encouraged in all of us.
Justin Kamp
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