Tim Blum & Jeff Poe

LA-based gallerists with New York and Tokyo branches

Last November Blum & Poe LA acted as a polling station for the US presidential election. When Trump triumphed, the gallery hung an upside-down American flag – a signal of distress – on the gallery's exterior in solidarity with the J20 Art Strike, and in an act of non-compliance. Overt politics aside, in July the gallery teamed with Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery in San Francisco and presented a survey of Mono-ha and Dansaekhwa, the Japanese and Korean postwar movements Blum and Poe have long championed. Brazilian artist Solange Pessoa got her first exhibition in the US, also in LA. Meanwhile Tokyo-based Kazumi Nakamura showed in Blum & Poe’s New York space (which also hosted a survey of work by French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda, in March); and Juergen Teller had his first solo presentation (curated by Francesco Bonami) in Japan in 25 years, at Blum & Poe’s Tokyo gallery.