Sherman and Salle to Inaugurate New London Spaces for Skarstedt and Almine Rech

Almine Rech is also expanding to New York.

David Salle, Lampwick's Dilemma (1989). Courtesy Skarstedt Gallery, © David Salle.
Jeff Koons, <em>Gazing Ball (Charity)</em>, 2014.

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Charity), 2014.

Both Skarstedt Gallery and Almine Rech Gallery have announced the opening of new London locations in October 2017, just in time for Frieze London.

Skarstedt, which was founded by Per Skarstedt in 1994 and has two New York galleries, expanded to London in 2012, while Almine Rech did so in 2014. Almine Rech’s eponymous gallery, which opened in 1997, also has locations in Paris and Brussels.

For Rech, the London expansion is just one of two new outposts she plans to debut come October, while still retaining her current UK location on Savile Row. The dealer is also crossing the Atlantic, to New York’s Upper East Side, to an East 78th Street space designed by architect David Bucovy.

Alexander Calder, <em>Untitled</em> (circa 1942) and Pablo Picasso, <em>Portrait d'homme barbu Mougins</em> (1964). Courtesy Almine Rech, photographer Tom Powel, © 2016 Calder Foundation, New York/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Art Resource, New York, and photographer Marc Domage, © FABA.

Alexander Calder, Untitled (circa 1942) and Pablo Picasso, Portrait d’homme barbu Mougins (1964). Courtesy Almine Rech, photographer Tom Powel, © 2016 Calder Foundation, New York/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Art Resource, New York, and photographer Marc Domage, © FABA.

Rech’s first US location will open with “Calder and Picasso,” an exploration of the connection between modern masters Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder curated by the artists’ grandsons, Alexander S.C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso.

“The exhibition is not only an exploration of the creative dialogue between these two formidable artists, but an insightful and intimate story shared from the families’ perspectives,” Almine Rech’s New York director Paul de Froment said in a statement.

In London, Rech will kick off programming at her forthcoming 65 Grosvenor Hill home with a show of Jeff Koons’s much-hyped gazing ball works, according to the Financial Times.

David Salle, <em>Lampwick's Dilemma</em> (1989). Courtesy Skarstedt Gallery, © David Salle.

David Salle, Lampwick’s Dilemma (1989). Courtesy Skarstedt Gallery, © David Salle.

For Skarstedt, the new London location is a move, not an expansion, into a larger, 4000-square-foot space at 8 Bennet Street. Formerly occupied by the Portland Gallery and next to the Ritz Hotel, the gallery is being renovated by Thomas Croft Architects.

The space will open with Cindy Sherman’s “History Portraits” (1988–90) and David Salle‘s “Tapestry Paintings” (1989–91), two art historically-inspired bodies of work selected to appeal to Frieze Masters attendees.

Cindy Sherman, <em>Untitled #216</em> (1989). Courtesy Skarskedt Gallery, © Cindy Sherman.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #216 (1989). Courtesy Skarskedt Gallery, © Cindy Sherman.

“The elegant galleries will afford us the ability to present more comprehensive historic exhibitions and will provide an exciting platform for our primary program,” Bona Montagu, director of Skarstedt’s London gallery, told artnet News in an email.

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