25 Years of David Zwirner Gallery and The Artists Who Shaped It
On the occasion of the venue’s 25th anniversary, David Zwirner Gallery will present a special exhibition rich with content that will celebrate all the artists who shaped its last quarter century.
David Zwirner: 25 Years will offer the public an opportunity to observe and analyze the venue’s rich history.
The show will feature all the key artworks as the highlights of the gallery’s program since its founding in 1993 and it will emphasize just how important long-term dedication really is in the world of art.
#TBT In honor of the upcoming anniversary exhibition #DZ25Years, we’ve asked our staff to take a look back at some of the shows and events that have inspired them. Senior Director of Operations, Exhibitions, and Registration Kelly Reynolds, who has been with the gallery for almost fourteen years, reminisces about a 2014 trip with gallery staffers to Marfa, Texas. · “It was pretty funny seeing all of these New Yorkers descend on the small town of Marfa. We all looked like a band of misfit toys walking around town. We were all wearing black. It was 1,000 degrees. · “We rented pick up trucks to go out to all of Donald Judd’s ranches, which is a really rare opportunity. At Judd’s home in Marfa, called The Block, there’s this perfect, rectangular pool no one ever gets to go in, at least you never see it when you’re a visitor. I grew up in a small town outside of Dallas. All the times I went growing up, I’d always fantasized about how amazing it would be to get in that pool. And they invited us to go swimming! Apart from being in your swimsuit with other co-workers, we were all like ‘Hell yeah, we’re going to get in that pool!’ That was a special, goofy moment.” · “David Zwirner: 25 Years” will be on view from January 13 to February 17, 2018, across all of the gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York. Opening reception: January 13, 6-8 PM. #DonaldJudd #Marfa @juddfoundation
A Long Time of Excellence
Since officially opening its doors at 43 Greene Street in 1993, David Zwirner Gallery tirelessly and patiently established a reputation of holding ambitious exhibitions guided by an artist-centric ethos. Now, Zwirner’s galleries are considered to be a true elite of the art world and it’s very interesting to see the way they progressed over the years.
In 2002, the gallery relocated from SoHo to West 19th Street before the decision to expand to Europe was made in 2012 – the result was a venue in London’s Mayfair district where a gallery was placed in an eighteenth-century Georgian townhouse at 24 Grafton Street. In February 2013, their New York location was expanded when the gallery space received a new five-story exhibition space at 537 West 20th Street.
In September 2017, a new space was opened at 34 East 69th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a location that was intended for special projects and focused historical exhibitions.
Furthermore, in January 2018, David Zwirner will inaugurate its first gallery in Asia when a new studio will be opened in the H Queen’s building in Central Hong Kong.
#DZ25Years In honor of the upcoming anniversary exhibition “David Zwirner: 25 Years,” opening across all of the gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York on January 13, we’ve asked our staff members to take a look back at some of the shows and events that have inspired them. Senior Preparator Justin Davis Anderson, who has worked with the gallery for eleven years, tells the story behind a Super 8 film he shot at the 2012 opening of David Zwirner’s London gallery: “A number of our artists came to London to celebrate. Everybody was there for this one cocktail night. · “I often use Super 8 film as a medium for my artwork. Usually, I paint on the film and work with musicians. This one was spontaneous, in the moment. I thought, ‘This is too important not to shoot.’ I never painted on it because it was already what it should have been. It’s not really an artwork as much as it is a document, in my opinion. · “There are little quirky moments with each artist. You can see glimpses where @marceldzama is waving at the camera. He was really thrilled; he told me that he hadn’t been on Super 8 in many years. He pulled me aside and talked to the camera, knowing that Super 8 is silent! There are some really cute moments with Lisa Yuskavage making funny faces. And you can see David’s wife, Monica, and their kids, Lucas and Marlene. Luc Tuymans is actually a huge fan of the film. He saw it and was like ‘I want a copy.’ So I mailed him one.” #TBT #justindavisanderson
David Zwirner: 25 Years
David Zwirner: 25 Years will be a show that will take place simultaneously at all of gallery’s Chelsea spaces in The Big Apple (519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street and 537 West 20th Street). The exhibition will feature artworks by the gallery’s most crucial artists that directly shaped the reputation David Zwirner’s galleries enjoy today.
David Zwirner: 25 Years will present significant historical works that influenced the gallery’s history, but will also feature new and never-before-seen pieces commissioned specially for this occasion.
The exhibition is envisioned to be the evidence of how a contemporary gallery can enjoy a significant and prolonged commercial success by staying true to the same formula up-and-coming galleries turn to when trying to make a name for themselves – staying true to their extraordinary artists.
Displaying this long-term commitment to artists and their ideas will be the central block of the David Zwirner: 25 Years show.
#TBT In honor of the upcoming anniversary exhibition #DZ25Years, we’ve asked our staff members to take a look back at some of the shows and events that have inspired them. Louise Sørensen (@louises_insta) has been with the gallery for almost eight years, most recently as Associate Director of Research & Exhibitions, and since December, as a freelance consultant. She recalls working with @wolfgang_tillmans on his 2015 exhibition “PCR”: · “[Wolfgang] and I spoke for hours about the show. He’s very generous with his time and insights. Witnessing him start with a blank slate and put up an incredible installation in very limited time was amazing. · “I did my PhD on the history of photography and I have to say that it takes talking to an artist—in this case, one of the best artists of his generation—to really understand what it is you’ve been trying to study for years. It’s like theory being lived in the moment. · “Tillmans took this great shot of the art handlers kneeling down, cleaning the floor in his exhibition, with a revealing photograph in the background. It’s a simple yet wonderful picture that couples so much of Tillmans’s practice in a single image. He gave a copy to the team who worked with him on the show and I’ll always cherish this memory.” · “David Zwirner: 25 Years” will be on view from January 13 to February 17, 2018, across all of the gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York. Opening reception: January 13, 6-8 PM. #WolfgangTillmans
Celebrating Two and a Half Decades of David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner: 25 Years will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that will take the readers for a journey of revisiting nearly 400 exhibitions that were presented by the gallery since 1993. This publication was made with contributions by celebrated art historian Richard Shiff, renowned curator and academic Robert Storr, as well as David Zwirner himself.
The David Zwirner: 25 Years show will be taking place from the 13th of January to the 17th of February 2018 at all of the David Zwirner Gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York City.
Featured image: David Zwirner, 43 Greene Street, New York, 2001 (during the exhibition Diana Thater: The sky is unfolding under you). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London/Hong Kong.