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Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld

23

David Zwirner

Gallerist - The head of an expanding New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong gallery empire

23 in 2021

  • 202123
  • 202030
  • 20195
  • 20181
  • 20175
  • 20164
  • 20153
  • 20142
  • 20132
  • 20125
  • 20119
  • 20104
  • 200912
  • 20087
  • 200710
  • 200616
  • 200510
  • 200434
  • 200332
David Zwirner. Photo: Jason Schmidt

While Zwirner saw the (presumably) painful departure of Jeff Koons and the Donald Judd estate from his artist list, he has been actively directing the gallery’s evolution in other directions. During the pandemic the dealer offered online sales space to smaller operations, and what started as an emergency response has formalised into a permanent, independent enterprise: Platform, backed by Zwirner and fronted by his children Lucas and Marlene. At his bricks-and-mortar galleries in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong, Zwirner has been pursuing a socially conscious agenda: More Life, a series of solo shows relating to the aids epidemic, and an exhibition by Kandis Williams, inaugurating 52 Walker, Zwirner’s new ‘kunsthalle-style’ offshoot space run by Ebony L. Haynes, which operates a separate website from that of Zwirner’s mainline brand. In November the gallery announced the launch of Utopia Editions, focused on original prints and collectors aiming to climb the ladder by starting at a lower price range.

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