Dealer Tim Blum Renames His Gallery and Expands in New York After the Departure of His Longtime Partner Jeff Poe
Poe split from the company in August.
Tim Blum, co-founder of Blum & Poe gallery, announced today that he would rename the company ahead of a planned relocation of his New York City space.
As it moves to an expanded 6,200-square-foot space at 9 White Street in Tribeca in 2024, the gallery will be renamed Blum.
The news came after founding partner Jeff Poe split from the company, which also has locations in Los Angeles and Tokyo. When Poe announced that he would be stepping back in August, the gallerist said he wanted to work on the “quieter aspects” of the gallery and continue working with artists independently.
At the time, it was revealed that Matt Bangser, a longtime partner who joined the New York gallery in 2009 and oversaw its 2014 expansion, would step into the new role of managing partner with Blum.
“It’s been an extraordinary journey building this gallery with Jeff,” Blum said in a statement to Artforum at the time.
Poe is no longer listed on the company’s list of employees and the website, now changed to blum-gallery.com, indicates that the new name has also been given to the Los Angeles and Tokyo locations.
The company said it will celebrate the relocation of the New York City gallery, which falls on the company’s 30th anniversary, with a survey exhibit of Japanese art from the 1960s to today. The show will be co-organized by Blum and independent curator Mika Yoshitake.
The show “reflects” on Blum’s first trip to Japan 40 years ago, which the company said “catalyzed the gallery’s groundbreaking work with Japanese and international artists.”
“It’s a major moment in the gallery’s history, in my personal history, my family’s, and our collective future,” Blum said in a statement. “This coming chapter will unveil new relationships with artists, new initiatives in publishing, and a beautiful new space in Tribeca which will enable us to build upon the legacy of ambitious shows that we have been staging in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New York for years.”
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