Michael Werner Gallery

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Michael Werner Gallery is an art gallery founded by Michael Werner in New York City during the year 1990. It is the U.S. extension of the German Galerie Michael Werner founded in 1963 in Berlin. A London branch opened in 2012.


A high school dropout from a working-class family,[1] Michael Werner started his career in the art world as assistant at Berlin-based Rudolf Springer Gallery in 1962.[2] In 1963, he opened his first gallery, Werner & Katz, in Berlin, Germany with the first solo exhibition of Georg Baselitz. Galerie Michael Werner was later established in Cologne in 1969. Since then, Galerie Michael Werner has worked with represented many of the most important artists of the 20th century (see artists list).

In the 1980s, Werner lived in New York and married fellow art dealer Mary Boone.[3] Michael Werner Gallery opened its doors in New York in 1990 under the direction of Gordon VeneKlasen, who eventually became a partner in the gallery. The gallery currently occupies the historic East 77 Street townhouse where legendary dealer Leo Castelli once kept his gallery and was redesigned by Annabelle Selldorf.[4] Michael Werner Gallery presents modern and contemporary European and American art. Recent major exhibitions include Jörg Immendorff: LIDL Works and Performances from the 60s and Richard Oelze: 1900-1980 in New York and Georg Baselitz: 1977-1992 and Sigmar Polke: Pour Paintings on Paper in London.

From 2007 to 2010, Michael Werner Gallery rented a Robert Adam house on Mansfield Street in London. Then, in 2010, the gallery mounted a pop-up show of work by the American artist Aaron Curry at a space in Hoxton Square, before opening a permanent space in an eighteenth-century townhouse in Mayfair in 2012 with an exhibition of new paintings by Peter Doig.[5]



  1. ^ Christopher Bagley (January 2013), The Artist Whisperer W.
  2. ^ Christopher Bagley (January 2013), The Artist Whisperer W.
  3. ^ Christopher Bagley (January 2013), The Artist Whisperer W.
  4. ^ Christopher Bagley (January 2013), The Artist Whisperer W.
  5. ^ Cristina Ruiz (October 11, 2012), Capital gains, The Art Newspaper.


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