Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Closes Its Lower Manhattan Space, South Africa’s Goodman Gallery Expands to London, and More

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise has closed its gallery in downtown Manhattan. Located on the third floor of 291 Grand Street, the gallery occupied the same building as 47 Canal, Nathalie Karg, and James Cohan, and presented exhibitions of work by artists such as Alex Katz, Danny Lyon, Bjarne Melgaard & Bjørg, Steven Pippin, and Jacolby Satterwhite. It also participated in the inaugural edition of the alternative art fair Condo New York, opening its space to Labor gallery from Mexico City in 2017.

“We will miss the space and our neighbors,” the gallery said in an email announcing the closure. The last show to be staged in the space was a Brian Belott exhibition that ended in January. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise also operates galleries on West 127th Street in Harlem and in Rome, as well as Unclebrother, a restaurant/gallery that Gavin Brown opened with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija in Hancock, New York.

South Africa’s Goodman Gallery, which has locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will open a London outpost this fall. The satellite was the first gallery to be approved for the Cork Street redevelopment project in the city’s Mayfair district. Spearheaded by the Pollen Estate, the initiative aims to revitalize the street where artists such as Francis Bacon and Max Ernst were showing work in the early twentieth century.

“It is time for a gallery from the African continent to play more of a front-line role in shaping international arts discourse,” Liza Essers, owner and director of Goodman Gallery, said in a statement. “In this global moment of heightened nationalist sentiment propelled by populist politics, it is more important than ever to reach across borders.”

The gallery’s roster includes Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Alfredo Jaar, Grada Kilomba, William Kentridge, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tabita Rezaire, and Mikhael Subotzky.

Paula Cooper Gallery announced its representation of the Dallas-born artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia M. Gary, and Aki Sasamoto has joined the roster of Bortolami Gallery in New York. Through documentary film and experimental video art, Gary charts the ways structures of power shape our perceptions around representation, race, gender, sexuality, and violence. Gary’s work will be featured in a solo show at the gallery in 2020. Sasamoto’s first solo exhibition at Bortolami Gallery, “Past in a future tense,” opened at the space in March.

Van Doren Waxter in New York now represents sculptor Daisy Youngblood and will present work by the artist at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. Meanwhile, Simone Leigh has headed to David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Leigh’s work is currently installed in the final section of New York’s elevated park, the High Line, which was inaugurated this week. Her sculpture will be on view at the Plinth, which will feature a rotating display of contemporary artworks, on the Spur, located at Thirtieth Street and Tenth Avenue. 

In addition, Almine Rech has announced it will represent Allen Jones in France, Belgium, and China—Marlborough Gallery, which recently revealed its plans to rebrand and expand its space in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, represents the artist in New York. Nahmad Contemporary in New York and Perrotin, which has galleries in New York, Paris, and Seoul, among other cities, now represent the estate of Georges Mathieu, and Carolyn Lazard will head to New York’s Essex Street Gallery.