Blain Southern

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Blain|Southern was a contemporary art gallery with branches in London, Berlin and New York. It was started in September 2010 by Harry Blain and Graham Southern, who had sold their previous gallery, Haunch of Venison, to Christie's.[1] The gallery was originally at 21 Dering Street, but moved to 4 Hanover Square, London W1, in October 2012.[citation needed]

The London gallery opened on 13 October 2010 with an exhibition by Mat Collishaw.[citation needed] In 2011 the gallery opened a branch in the former print room of Der Tagesspiegel in the Potsdamer Straße in Berlin.[2]

The first show was of work by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, with the participation of David Adjaye.[3] Subsequent exhibitions have included drawings by Lucian Freud in 2012;[4] a collaboration between Damien Hirst and Félix González-Torres in 2013;[5] sculpture by Lynn Chadwick in 2014;[6] work by Andreas Schmitten, Gereon Lepper [de] and Mathias Lanfer, curated by Tony Cragg, in 2015;[7] and Bill Viola’s Moving Stillness later that year.[8] In May 2019, the gallery presented The Mariners Meadow by Cuban/American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya.[9]

In 2019 the gallery opened a space in New York with an inaugural exhibition by Abdoulaye Konaté.[10]

The gallery permanently closed all three locations in 2020, saying that it was "unable to secure the gallery’s future long term".[11]


  1. ^ Prendergast, Lara (3 October 2017). "London's independent art galleries: ten of the best" – via
  2. ^ Bogart, A (3 May 2011). "Go See – Berlin: Tim Noble and Sue Webster "Turning the Seventh Corner" at Blain|Southern through July 16th, 2011". Art Observed. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Intimate Tricks: Tim Noble and Sue Webster". Interview Magazine. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (29 January 2012). "Unseen masterpieces by Lucian Freud unveiled for the first time" – via
  5. ^ "Why is Damien Hirst sweet on Gonzalez-Torres? - Art - Agenda". Phaidon.
  6. ^ Sooke, Alastair (12 May 2014). "Lynn Chadwick at Blain Southern, Osborne Samuel and the RA, review: 'like monsters from a nightmare'" – via
  7. ^ Cañete, Rodrigo (24 July 2015). "Tony Cragg's Industrial Post-Nazi Eroticism on Show at Blain Southern".
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  9. ^ "Enrique Martinez Celaya at Blain Southern". Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art.
  10. ^ "Editors' Picks: 10 Great Art and Design Events This Week". Galerie Magazine. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Blain|Southern to Close All Galleries". Retrieved 14 February 2020.