Founder of White Cube, the home of the YBAs, now with galleries in London and Hong Kong
Jopling’s White Cube has made a concerted effort to shake its reputation as a bastion of the YBAs. Early steps to update itself didn’t quite hit the mark (Eddie Peake’s one-dimensional cheekiness has the hallmarks of an earlier era). But as late-1990s mainstays such as Marc Quinn and Jake and Dinos Chapman left the gallery, a more critically rigorous gallery programme was implemented this year (as befitting White Cube’s museum-scale South London gallery, in Bermondsey, which operates alongside the Central London space and the gallery in Hong Kong), featuring the likes of Ibrahim Mahama, Park Seo-Bo, Wayne Thiebaud and Theaster Gates. The recent Dreamers Awake, curated by Susanna Greeves, provided an expansive and well-researched group show on the influence of the Surrealists, featuring over 50 women artists. Nor has Jopling entirely abandoned his legacy: Gilbert & George are to take over all four galleries of the Bermondsey space, to mark the 50th anniversary since the duo began making art together.