David Zwirner Gallery
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David Zwirner Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in New York City and London owned by David Zwirner that is active in both the primary and secondary markets. From about 2000 to 2012, it was known as Zwirner & Wirth Gallery.
The gallery opened in 1993 on the ground floor of 43 Greene Street in SoHo. In 2002, the gallery moved to 525 West 19th Street in Chelsea. In 2006, it expanded from 10,000 square feet (930 m2) to 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2), adding spaces at 519 and 533 West 19th Street. This allows the gallery to mount three independent, full-scale exhibitions simultaneously. In October 2012 it opened a new gallery in Mayfair in London. In February 2013, the gallery also opened an additional 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.
In 1993, Zwirner opened his eponymous gallery in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, with the intention of showcasing an international mix of contemporary artists. In its first year, the gallery sold out its Jason Rhoades exhibition. In 1994 the gallery presented the U.S. debut exhibition of Belgian painter Luc Tuymans. Zwirner’s roster during this decade also included Raoul De Keyser, Stan Douglas, Marcel Dzama, On Kawara, Toba Khedoori, The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, John McCracken, Raymond Pettibon, Katy Schimert, Yutaka Sone, Diana Thater, Franz West, and Christopher Williams.
The Leipzig painter Neo Rauch had his U.S. debut exhibition at the gallery in 2000. In 2002, Zwirner moved his gallery from SoHo to Chelsea, and in 2006 expanded into its current three main gallery spaces, which allowed multiple simultaneous exhibitions.
Other artists who joined the gallery in this decade included Adel Abdessemed, Tomma Abts, Francis Alÿs, Mamma Andersson, Michaël Borremans, R. Crumb, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marlene Dumas, Suzan Frecon, Isa Genzken, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Daniel Richter, Michael Riedel, Thomas Ruff, James Welling, Yan Pei-Ming, and Lisa Yuskavage.
2010s and Current Activity
In October 2010, the gallery announced its exclusive representation of Judd Foundation. The gallery presented its ﬁrst exhibition of Donald Judd’s work from May 6 to June 25, 2011. In October 2011, the gallery announced its representation of Carol Bove in partnership with Maccarone, New York and in January 2012, Doug Wheeler (known as a Light and Space artist) joined the gallery. Yayoi Kusama, Oscar Murillo, Jordan Wolfson, and the Estate of Ad Reinhardt joined the gallery in 2013. In June 2014, Kerry James Marshall joined the roster in the gallery's London location.
In March 2012, the gallery announced its expansion into Europe with a location in London's Mayfair neighborhood. It opened in October 2012 with an exhibition by Luc Tuymans. In February 2013, the gallery also opened an additional 30,000 square foot space on West 20th Street in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The five-story building was designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf and will become the first commercial art gallery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The gallery maintains a publishing program, collaborating with Steidl, Rizzoli, Radius Books, Aperture and others to produce exhibition catalogues, monographs, and artists’ books. In July 2015, the gallery announced that Zwirner’s son Lucas will join the inhouse publishing house, David Zwirner Books, as an editor.
In October 2010, David Zwirner announced its exclusive representation of Judd Foundation, thereby strengthening the gallery’s specialty in minimalist work, an area on which it has focused in recent years. In October 2011, the gallery announced its representation of Carol Bove in partnership with Maccarone, New York, and in 2012, Doug Wheeler (known as a Light and Space artist) joined the gallery. Yayoi Kusama, Oscar Murillo, Jordan Wolfson, and the Estate of Ad Reinhardt joined the gallery in 2013. In June 2014, Kerry James Marshall joined the London location.
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