Founder of White Cube, the home of the YBAs, now with galleries in London and Hong Kong
To many, Jopling and his gallery White Cube will always be intimately linked to the Young British Artist phenomenon. While White Cube always operated on a much broader terrain than that, the past 12 months have seen the gallery’s cosmopolitanism come to the fore. White Cube’s relationship with YBA-ers Marc Quinn and Marcus Harvey ended (the Chapman brothers, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst remain) and an exhibition programme across White Cube’s two vast London spaces strike a decidedly eclectic tone, with shows by the likes of Jac Leirner (her second at the gallery), Park Seo-Bo (his first in the UK) and Dóra Maurer (which, like the Park exhibition, was curated by independent adviser Katharine Kostyál). And while some of White Cube’s Brits – Emin and Darren Almond – had shows at White Cube’s Hong Kong space, what’s now White Cube’s signature eclecticism kicked in with a summer show of work by Danh Vo.