Your Favorite Artist May Have Recently Swapped Galleries—Here’s a Rundown of the Season’s Musical Chairs

Jacolby Satterwhite, Charles Gaines, Anthea Hamilton, and others do the gallery hop.

From left: Amy Sherald, Jacolby Satterwhite, Fernanda Gomes, Danh Vo, Maren Hassinger, and Anthea Hamilton.

As the seasons turn, so too do artists and their galleries. Since it’s not always easy to keep up with the revolving rosters of gallery representation, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable artist swaps—and sometimes coups—in recent months. 

  • Light and space painter Mary Corse has been snagged up by behemoth Pace Gallery for representation in Asia, though she’ll stay with her LA gallerist Kayne Griffin Corcoran, as well as Lehmann Maupin in New York and Lisson Gallery in London.
  • Charles Gaines decamped from Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Paula Cooper in New York to join mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth, where he’ll have his debut show in 2019. Gaines will still show with Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin. 
  • Painter Amy Sherald, who immortalized former first lady Michelle Obama for her official portrait, also joined forces with Hauser & Wirth this past spring after beginning her career with Chicago’s Monique Meloche.
  • Following his Guggenheim show earlier this spring, Danh Vo has joined White Cube, which operates spaces in Hong Kong and London.
  • Marina Abramović’s longtime former collaborator Ulay has joined the roster at Richard Saltoun Gallery. 
  • Peter Fetterman Gallery of Santa Monica, California, has added photographer Noell Oszvald to its artist list. 
  • British artist Mary Webb joined Hales Gallery, where her first solo exhibition with the space, titled “Reverie,” will open on September 13. 
  • Joan Mitchell‘s estate is now exclusively represented by David Zwirner, after decades of working with Cheim & Read, which is now closing its Chelsea gallery. But it is having one last exhibition of Mitchell’s work, spanning 1953–1962, through November 3.
  • David Zwirner also now represents the estate of Roy DeCarava, whose black and white photography documented life in New York City from the 1940s until his death in 2009, at the age of 89. This fall, David Zwirner Books will re-issue the 1955 collaborative work The Sweet Flypaper of Life, that juxtaposed DeCarava’s images with text by Langston Hughes.
  • Susan Inglett Gallery has added artist Maren Hassinger to its roster, following her show “Maren Hassinger: As One” held at the gallery in June. Hassinger is known for her sculpture and public works, often using everyday materials to create otherworldly installations.
  • Turner Prize-nominated artist Anthea Hamilton, known for her playful sculptures, will now show with Thomas Dane Gallery.
  • Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis has joined Blum & Poe, which has galleries in New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. He will continue to show with Shane Campbell Gallery and Massimo De Carlo. Lewis’s work “Anthology” is on view now at the Hirshhorn Museum.
  • Matthew Ritchie has joined James Cohan in New York. He was formerly represented by Andrea Rosen, who closed her gallery last year.
  • Photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya is having his first European solo exhibition at Foam Museum in Amsterdam, he is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in NY, Document in Chicago, and joined José Freire’s Team gallery in LA.
  • Cuban artist Ricardo Brey joined Alexander Gray Associates. His first solo show in the New York gallery will open in 2019.
  • Jacolby Satterwhite is now represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash. His video Avenue B debuted at the gallery’s summer film series in July, and his first solo presentation there will open in 2019.
  • Wentrup Gallery now represents Thomas Grünfeld, a German artist best known for his series of hybridized taxidermied animals.
  • Peter Freeman Inc. now represents the Brazilian artist Fernanda Gomes in New York. She is represented in Brazil by Galeria Luisa Strina and by Alison Jacques Gallery in London. She currently has a show on view at Museo Jumex in Mexico City. 
  • Almine Rech Gallery will now represent the estate of Vivian Springford.
  • Huma Bhabha joined David Kordanksy’s rapidly expanding program, along with Lauren Halsey. 
  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who continues her meteoric rise, is now represented by David Zwirner Gallery in New York, and will retain representation by Victoria Miro in the UK.
  • Mega-gallery Pace has launched a ‘partnership’ with Christo.
  • Kader Attia joined up with Regen Projects, based in Los Angeles.
  • The abstract artist Jennifer Bartlett is now represented dually by Marianne Boesky and Paula Cooper Galleries.
  • Ruby Neri has signed on with Salon 94 for East Coast representation; David Kordansky Gallery will continue to rep the ceramicist in the West Coast.
  • Gonzalo Lebrija, the Mexican-based artist joined up with Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
  • Andrew Edlin Gallery has added Duke Riley to their roster, with a large-scale work coming to Art Basel in Miami Beach this December.
  • Theaster Gates has signed on with Gagosian Gallery in New York, and will continue to work with Regen Projects in Los Angeles and White Cube in London. Gates is working on think tank for black artists that will debut at the Park Avenue Armory next year, in addition to his forthcoming show at the gallery.


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