Gavin Brown

British-born gallerist now hopping between Harlem and Rome

There’s not many dealers who can get away with holding their Art Basel dinner at the local McDonald’s, but that kind of hipster irony fits the New York-based gallerist to a T. Brown’s been hoovering up cool for two decades now: this year he was the first of several city galleries to announce plans to open in Harlem (complementing his Lower East Side gallery), the space inaugurated with a solo show by Ed Atkins. He also steers the fledgling careers of the likes of Rachel Rose, Avery Singer and Ella Kruglyanskaya, while representing critical big beasts such as Jannis Kounellis (who showed in Brown’s year-old Rome gallery, a deconsecrated ninth-century church), Thomas Bayrle, Joan Jonas and Sturtevant (who all also had solo shows in one of the three spaces in 2016). In addition to all that, Brown maintains time and energy for offbeat projects: Rirkrit Tiravanija’s ongoing summertime restaurant/art project Unclebrother in Delaware County, New York, for example. No Big Macs there, we’re thinking.