Marian Goodman To Close London Gallery – Is This The Tip Of The Iceberg?

Marian Goodman is to close her London gallery. A statement released today explained, “Dramatic changes” in the art world propelled the decision. Brexit and the worsening virus cases in London “have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” she said, adding that the decision, made together with her executive team, reflects a “more nimble approach in London.” Plus, Paris continues to serve as “the hub for our European activity for more than 25 years.”  

Brexit and the worsening virus cases in London “have introduced even more uncertainty into the market – MG

This is yet another serious blow for culture in London. Many seem to be mindlessly ignoring the warning signs that we could be in for a long cold Winter without a Spring thaw. Anyone that remembers the crashes of 1991 and the meltdown of 2008, can see the London art scene is a precarious balancing act that could see further closures of big name galleries.

Without fairs, institutional acquisitions and wealthy collectors to pay for extensive London overheads, pop-up spaces could be the future. New spaces like Cromwell Place may just come into their own in this climate. Marian Goodman is looking at “a more flexible exhibition strategy in the city” starting in the new year. She plans to maintain a New York and Paris gallery. Her new London business will be called, “Marian Goodman Projects,” which will organise artist projects that “respond to the nature of the artist’s practice and reflect the scale and intent of artworks on view.” Philipp Kaiser will oversee the platform with support from the gallery’s team. A skeleton staff will remain in place in London. Executive director Aebhric Coleman will work with the gallery’s current crop of artists.

Marian Goodman Gallery, is a highly regarded contemporary art gallery that opened in Manhattan, New York in 1977. Goodman herself is one of the most respected and influential gallerists in the world. She is known for introducing European artists like Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, and Marcel Broodthaers to the United States and has represented a number of important artists including Steve McQueen, Thomas Struth, Pierre Huyghe, Thomas Schütte, Lothar Baumgarten, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Chantal Akerman, Niele Toroni, Gabriel Orozco, Maurizio Cattelan, Giuseppe Penone, Giovanni Anselmo, Jeff Wall, Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin and William Kentridge. Goodman gained prominence in the art world in the 1970s and 1980s, a time when few women worked in this sector.

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