Franz Kline, Wanamaker Block, 1955. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935. © 2018 The Franz Kline Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Institute
The global mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth announced Tuesday that it has founded a nonprofit institute, wholly independent from the gallery, that will spearhead its efforts in art historical scholarship, the completion of catalogues raisonnés, archiving materials within artists’ estates, and funding fellowships for students. It will be run by Jennifer Gross, who was the chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and overseen by a board of directors comprising gallery partners Iwan Wirth and Marc Payot, as well as the Grey Art Gallery’s Lynn Gumpert, the attorney David Shevlin, and Gross. An independent advisory board includes the artists Charles Gaines, Joan Jonas, and Zoe Leonard.
The first projects that will be undertaken include an online catalogue raisonné of Franz Kline paintings produced between 1950–1962 in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, the digitization of the estate of the artist Jason Rhoades, and a symposium, in spring 2019, that will allow artists, scholars, archivists, collectors, the managers of artists’ estates, and the public to engage on a number of topics.
In a statement, Wirth said that:
The work of Hauser & Wirth Institute is a natural extension of our gallery’s support of living artists and the noteworthy estates and foundations we have represented for over 25 years. The art world has accelerated and globalized its exhibition and publishing activities so dramatically. In creating the Institute, we hope to make resources available to support similar growth in the areas of art historical research and the sharing of essential knowledge that fuel a richer understanding of art, artists, and the creative processes central to the history of culture for future generations. We are honored to have the opportunity to create an organization to do this work, and so grateful to our Advisors for joining in the effort.
The launch of the nonprofit is Hauser & Wirth’s second major move in as many weeks. The gallery announced last week that it had hired Koji Inoue away from Christie’s.
Jennifer Gross, Executive Director, Hauser & Wirth Institute. Photo by Axel Dupeux, courtesy Hauser & Wirth Institut