After 15 years as a partner at the Chelsea gallery Cheim & Read, Adam Sheffer has joined the mega-gallery Pace as a vice president, Pace president Marc Glimcher announced on Monday. The news comes less than two weeks after his former gallery’s founders, John Cheim & Howard Read, announced they would shutter their Chelsea white cube in January and effectively cease gallery operations after more that two decades; Cheim & Read will become a “private practice” with an office on the Upper East Side. Sheffer, a highly respected figure in the art world who served as the president of the national trade organization the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), was not mentioned in the release that announced the new iteration of Cheim & Read.
“Adam is an extraordinary talent in our world,” Glimcher said in a statement. “He brings an inclusive, collegial spirit and innovative leadership style to his work with artists, curators, collectors, and peers—forging lasting relationships based on trust and grounded in a passion for supporting artists’ work and legacies.”
The new role will offer Sheffer an expanded sphere of influence: Pace is one of the world’s most well-known and respected galleries with 10 locations on three continents and represents some of the contemporary art world’s premiere artists. From the time Sheffer joined Cheim & Read in 2003, it maintained only its single gallery at 547 W. 25th Street.
“Pace stands alone in our field for the sophistication and rigor of its program, its unparalleled dedication to artists, and its lasting impact on the appreciation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art,” Sheffer said in the statement.