The head of a New York, London and soon-to-be Hong Kong gallery empire
Having opened his first gallery outside New York (where he currently boasts two spaces) in London in 2012, Zwirner this year announced further expansion, with plans for a new 900sqm gallery to open mid-next year in Hong Kong, designed by Annabelle Selldorf (also responsible for his 2,800sqm New York gallery and the more than 900sqm in London). While all that is in the pipeline, it’s been the usual kind of year for the gallerist (that is a usual kind of year when you have the careers of Isa Genzken, Wolfgang Tillmans, Koons, Yayoi Kusama and Luc Tuymans in your care, ie a good chunk of the artists you’ll find on this year’s list. Nor is Zwirner content with that workload: this year the gallery announced worldwide representation of photographer William Eggleston and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The first show of Josef’s work takes place in November in New York, exploring the Bauhaus painter’s interest in the use of black, white and grey in his geometric abstraction. Earlier in the year, another gallery newbie, Sherrie Levine, whose representation was announced last year, exhibited a series of monochrome paintings on mahogany inspired by the palette of Renoir’s nudes, with every three canvases interspersed with a similarly hued Smeg fridge. Meanwhile Zwirner’s son, Lucas, has been steering the gallery’s publishing house in new directions, including the launch of a series republishing art historical or theoretical texts independent of the gallery’s programming, the first being Proust’’s 1895 essay on Chardin and Rembrandt.