The gallerist Jack Tilton died yesterday from complications related to cancer, according to a statement from his gallery. Founded in 1983, Tilton Gallery has exhibited many contemporary artists, and often at the early stages of their career, including David Hammons, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, Douglas Gordon, Nicole Eisenman, and Francis Alÿs.
Tilton got his start working at Betty Parsons Gallery from 1976 to 1982, and, in 1983, he opened his own gallery in Parsons’s old space on West Fifty-Seventh Street in Manhattan. In the 1990s, he relocated to Greene Street in SoHo and opened a Los Angeles gallery with Bennett and Julie Roberts called Roberts & Tilton, which is still located in Culver City. He also ran a residency for artists in Tong Zhoa, China, called China Project. In 2005, Tilton Gallery moved to its current location, a townhouse at 8 Seventy-Sixth Street on the Upper East Side. The gallery will continue to operate under Connie Rogers Tilton. A public celebration of Jack Tilton’s life will be announced later this year.