When you mention the world’s greatest art galleries and museums names like the Prado, the Louvre and the Vatican come to mind. However, there is a new breed of thought that contemporary art needs to be displayed in contemporary buildings.
Some of the newer art is now exhibited in little more than small rooms, the idea is that nothing distracts from the art itself. In this blog we look at some of the contemporary galleries and museums around the world.
The Gagosian Gallery is not in fact one gallery, it is a brand that can be found in Paris, New York, London, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong. Founded in 1980 this brand of galleries was the brainchild of the dealer Leo Castelli. It produces exhibitions and art shows that are truly museum class. The 16 world locations were all designed by excellent architects including, Richard Meier, Caruso St. John and Jean Nouvel. Gagosian presents contemporary exhibitions, and has a strong publishing arm for catalogues and a quarterly magazine.
Hauser & Wirth
Another multi based gallery, in New York, Gstaad, Los Angeles, Zurich and Somerset. Hauser & Wirth represents many contemporary artists including Jenny Holzer, Martin Creed, Pipilotti Rist and Martin Creed. The gallery was founded in 1992 and pushed the boundaries of what a show or exhibition should actually be. Some of the shows are little more than happenings or events. The gallery is also keen at developing art education and has set up the Arthaus program for teenagers to develop their artistic natures.
David Zwirner is based in London and New York, and the gallery is renowned for displaying and showing contemporary art. It was originally founded in SoHo in New York and has launched some of today’s top artists including, Neo Rauch and Luc Tuymans. This is very much a high-end gallery with prices well above the norm, the gallery is also well known for its philanthropic work including the I Love NY Art Benefit, which was especially founded to aid Haiti.
With three prestigious locations in Paris, London and New York, Marian Goodman’s galleries have represented artists like: Dan Graham, John Baldessari, Giuseppe Penone, Lawrence Weiner and Adrian Villar Rojas. Before the gallery, Marian formed Multiples which published prints and books by artists from the USA, including Andy Warhol and Dan Graham. The two locations of Europe and North America highlight art from both worlds.
This New York based gallery was founded in 2003 on the Upper East Side in the home of founder Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Today it represents fashionable artists like, Rick Owens, Marilyn Minter, Tom Sachs, David Sherry and Wangechi Mutu. The gallery was so successful it expanded into two locations, then in March of 2017, it moved and announced itself as Salon 94 Design, in collaboration with Johnson Trading Company, which expanded the gallery’s artistic coverage and actually beyond art itself.
These galleries are the new way to promote, expand and develop modern art and artists around the world today. Some are little more than private dwellings and others are large corporate affairs. Whatever they happen to be they are a long way from the old typical and rather staid museums of the past.