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Jo Stella-Sawicka. Photo: Kuba Ryniewicz.

Jo Stella-Sawicka to Lead London’s Goodman Gallery, New York’s Rachel Uffner Gallery Grows, and More

Jo Stella-Sawicka is departing Frieze to head Goodman Gallery in London. She will be responsible for overseeing the global roster and programming at the gallery’s 26 Cork Street location. The gallery also operates branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.

“While being firmly rooted in London, Jo brings vast knowledge and experience of the international art scene and shares the gallery’s vision in addressing broader social issues facing society, as evidenced in the initiatives she has championed in recent years, bringing attention to globally overlooked artists and particularly to women,” said gallery owner Liza Essers.

During her tenure as artistic director of Frieze Fairs, Stella-Sawicka launched Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Debate, an ongoing collaboration with BBC; established prizes and acquisition funds; and helped organize special curated sections such as Social Work at Frieze London’s 2018 edition and Sex Work at the 2017 fair. She will take up her new post in the fall.

Artist David Datuna has opened an arts space in Long Island City, New York. Billed as a space that will push “the boundaries of conceptual art,” the venue will present up to six shows per year in addition to a program of community-focused events. Located at 43-05 Vernon Boulevard and housed in a former taxi-cab garage, the exhibition space will focus on promoting diverse global perspectives.

“Long Island City has a long history of creating alternative spaces that foster non-traditional creativity,” Datuna said. “I’m humbled to be in the same neighborhood that was once the home of spaces like 5 Pointz, and I’m looking to continuing a tradition of producing and showcasing art that delivers powerful messages about the human experience.”

London’s Timothy Taylor Gallery is moving to a new larger location in the city’s Mayfair district. Following fifteen years in its current space, the gallery will open its new global headquarters at 15 Bolton Street, a five-story townhouse, this September. An exhibition featuring the work of Simon Hantaï, Pierre Soulages, and Antoni Tàpies will inaugurate the space.

New York’s Rachel Uffner Gallery has also announced expansion plans. Its 170 Suffolk Street space is currently closed and will reopen this fall after it pushes into an adjacent storefront, growing its exhibition space and adding art storage and a private viewing room. According to an announcement, the bigger facility will “give [their] artists more freedom to evolve their practices, and will create new exhibition and programming opportunities.”

Swiss artist Nicolas Party has joined Hauser & Wirth. Born in Lausanne in 1980, the figurative painter is also represented by Xavier Hufkens in Brussels, Kaufmann Repetto in Milan, the Modern Institute in Glasgow, Galerie Gregor Staiger in Zurich, and Karma in New York. The gallery’s first project with the artist will be a solo exhibition that will open in Los Angeles in 2020.

Los Angeles’s Night Gallery now represents Han Bing, Robert Nava, and Brie Ruais. Nava, who is known for his paintings of fantastical creatures, will be the first artist to have an exhibition at the gallery following the announcement. A solo show of his work will open on July 20. Details of Bing’s and Ruais’s exhibitions have not yet been confirmed. “The gallery is thrilled to continue to support emerging artists,” senior director Brian Faucette told Artnews. “As we head into our tenth season in 2020, we feel that these three artists, each with their own distinctive practices, will reflect that mission.”

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