Gavin Brown's Enterprise

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Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is an art gallery in New York City owned by Gavin Brown.

Gallery history[edit]

Broome Street[edit]

The gallery was established by Gavin Brown in 1994 on Broome Street, in the west SoHo neighborhood of New York City.[1] In 1993, prior to opening the Broome Street location, Brown installed an exhibition of Elizabeth Peyton drawings in a room at the Hotel Chelsea - considered one of the first shows to fall under the umbrella of “Gavin Brown’s enterprise.” [2]

The inaugural show at the Broome street location was an exhibition by the British artist Steven Pippin. Pippin transformed the gallery space into a camera obscura, and in doing so quickly established the unconventional meter that has since become a defining characteristic of the gallery’s approach. Other early shows at GBE include a show of paintings by Peter Doig, Catherine Opie photographs, and a two-person show of works by Andy Warhol and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Relocation to Meatpacking District[edit]

In 1997, Gavin Brown’s enterprise moved to the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. A few years later in 1999, Brown also opened a bar, Passerby, on West 15th Street next door to the gallery. Notably, the bar featured a fully operated disco floor, Untitled (Dance Floor), created by one of Gavin's represented artists, Piotr Uklański that was first created in 1996 at Gavin Brown's Broome Street Gallery. .[3][4] Exhibitions at the second gallery space included early works by the British painter Chris Ofili, installations by Martin Creed, the first show of work by Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, and in 2000, the first of artist Rob Pruitt’s famed “flea markets.”

Relocation to West Village[edit]

In 2003, Brown moved the gallery to Greenwich Street in the West Village. The gallery continued to present atypical shows like “Drunk vs. Stoned” (an irreverent two-part exhibition that explored different states of intoxication and induced convivial openings). In 2007, the Swiss artist Urs Fischer produced his show “You” by digging a massive crater in the gallery’s floor.[5] In that same year, Rob Pruitt staged a second “flea market” at the Frieze Art Fair in London in the GBE booth. In 2008, at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Gavin Brown and Urs Fischer co-curated “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns” – a large group-show installed over a wall reproduction of Shafrazi’s “Four Friends” exhibition.[6] In November 2008, Jonathan Horowitz installed his exhibition “Obama ‘08” that closely focused on the pivotal presidential elections.[7]

In 2008, the Passerby location was closed. Gavin Brown’s enterprise is currently located at 620 Greenwich Street in New York City. Since May 2010, the gallery also occupies the space that its neighbor, famed Manhattan meat purveyors, LaFreida meats, once occupied. The inaugural exhibition at the expanded site was an exhibition of new work by artist Jonathan Horowitz entitled, “Go Vegan!”

Artists[edit]

Artists represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise include:

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Coordinates: 40°43′52″N 74°00′29″W / 40.731°N 74.008°W / 40.731; -74.008