Gavin Brown

British-born gallerist now hopping between Harlem and Rome

Brown continues to occupy a rare position in New York’s art scene: his gallery boasts big names and presumably a pretty good dollar turnover while maintaining its hipster credentials. Across the Grand Street and Harlem spaces he staged spring shows by critical darlings such as Arthur Jafa, Frances Stark and Avery Singer; the summer group show touched on sex, drugs and the Industrial Revolution (including work by Cosey Fanni Tutti, Amalia Ulman and Nil Yalter); and in the autumn Rob Pruitt (showing new quilt works) and Rirkrit Tiravanija took a floor each uptown. With all this going on, Brown and Tiravanija continued their Unclebrother restaurant-gallery project in the Catskill Mountains, while the gallery’s programming in its Rome space ticked over. One less thing Brown had to worry about though was 356 Mission. The LA nonprofit gallery he cofounded with artist Laura Owens and bookseller Wendy Yao, which was repeatedly targeted by antigentrification protests, closed in May.