Barbara Gladstone

American gallerist with spaces in New York and Brussels

Unlike some of her contemporaries, Gladstone seemingly doesn’t need to keep building galleries beyond those she already has, in New York and Brussels. Her unfailingly classy artist list is all she needs, with its several generations of American greats (Sol LeWitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, R. H. Quaytman, Matthew Barney), smartly chosen Europeans (Kai Althoff, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philippe Parreno) and international stars such as Wangechi Mutu and Shirin Neshat. While her artists were expectedly all over institutions this year, and Sharon Lockhart exhibited in the Polish Pavilion in Venice, back in Manhattan the gallery experimented, with summer group show Lyric on a Battlefield a timely consideration of how first-person experience is transmitted in ‘a time of precarity’. A showcase for brilliant Belgian painter Walter Swennen followed soon after; as an artist friend of ours remarked recently, “Gladstone? Now that’s a gallery.”