Alison Jacques Gallery
Alison Jacques Gallery is one of London's leading contemporary art galleries. The gallery, established in 2004 by Alison Jacques in a small townhouse off Bond Street, London W1, relocated in 2007 to an ambitious 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) space at 16-18 Berners Street opposite the Sanderson Hotel in Fitzrovia. The new location, previously a furniture show room, was rebuilt and designed by Mike Rundell and Associates. The resulting space for the Alison Jacques Gallery while modest in size, is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful commercial galleries for contemporary art in London with over 5 metres ceiling height and a New York Chelsea feel to the facade and interior of the space.
Alison Jacques, formerly News Editor of Flash Art Magazine in Milan and Curator of the British School at Rome, trained as an art dealer with Leslie Waddington in Cork Street. Since opening her own gallery in 2004, Alison Jacques has developed a unique exhibition program of both young and established artists, championing the Estates of artists such as Lygia Clark, Hannah Wilke and Ana Mendieta who had not been shown in the UK previously.
In 1999, Alison Jacques became the first young dealer to work with the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, and continues to be the sole representative of his Estate in the UK. Jacques's curatorial approach and seemingly uncommercial focus on unknown bodies of work by Mapplethorpe such as his early Polaroids from the 70s or his Unique works and Sculptures which were little known and previously not exhibited, has resulted in the building of a strong commercial market for Mapplethorpe as an artist rather than as a photographer per se. The gallery also represents Catherine Yass a key figure in British photography and film who was nominated for the Turner Prize and recently realised a major Art Angel commission in Glasgow and London. Ryan McGinley also had his first solo show in London at the Alison Jacques Gallery and continues to work with the gallery in the UK.
The gallery represents the following artists, as of 10 December 2010.
• Haluk Akakçe • Lygia Clark • Tomory Dodge • Dan Fischer • Saul Fletcher • Matt Johnson • Ian Kiaer • Klara Kristalova • Graham Little • Robert Mapplethorpe • Ryan McGinley • Ana Mendieta • Paul Morrison • Ryan Mosley • Helio Oiticica • Bernd Ribbeck • Michael van Ofen • Mathew Weir • Hannah Wilke • Catherine Yass • Thomas Zipp
The gallery also publishes books in collaboration with public spaces, including monographs, on Lygia Clark, Ian Kiaer, Ryan McGinley, Paul Morrison, Catherine Yass.