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ANTHONY D'OFFAY TO CLOSE GALLERY

Anthony D'Offay is closing shop. The top London gallerist, who turns sixty-two in January, has just announced that he will retire at the end of this year after more than thirty years in the business. His highly regarded galleries on Dering Street—which have recently hosted shows by Ron Mueck, Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, Francesco Clemente, Sigmar Polke, and Bill Viola—will be closing permanently at the end of the year.

D’Offay has not elaborated on his reasons for the decision, according to a statement issued by the gallery today. “There is never a good time to announce one's retirement,” he says. “But I would rather step down when the gallery is at its height, and I feel that now is the right moment. I am in excellent health and will continue to be involved in the art world, offering a support service to artists.” In light of his successes of the last season, which include the unveiling of Rachel Whiteread's Monument, 2001, at Trafalgar Square, D'Offay adds, “It seems an appropriate moment to call it a day.”

D'Offay also stated that he is currently making arrangements for artists represented by the gallery, a long list that includes Chris Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Ellen Gallagher, Johan Grimonprez, Jeff Koons, and Tatsuo Miyajima. But the gallerist also seems intent on going out in high style. “We will be organizing a party in December to celebrate the work of the gallery and the many people who have contributed to its success over its thirty-six-year existence.”

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