The gallerist was more prepared than most for lockdown, having established Platform, his ‘seventh gallery space’ – online viewings rooms – in 2017. With a dedicated sales director for digital, and with his physical properties in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong closed, Zwirner was still able to mount 30 cybershows. He also loaned that digital real estate to smaller galleries who don’t have the same resources, mounting a series of showcases of ‘friends and neighbours’ that deftly placed him at the centre of a nexus of galleries. Of course, he did not come out totally unscathed from the economic slowdown. The gallerist laid off 20 percent of his workforce and did not draw a personal salary. He did however announce a new space in New York, directed, with a degree of autonomy, by Ebony L. Haynes, which will be staffed by Black employees staging shows by Black artists. Nor did the gallery roster shrink: new additions include Dana Schutz, Shio Kusaka, Andra Ursuta and the estate of Juan Muñoz.
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