Julia Joern Leaves David Zwirner Gallery

Julia Joern, a partner at David Zwirner since 2014, has resigned after a decade of working at the gallery, due to health reasons. “[T]o a large extent, the way the gallery is perceived, both nationally and internationally, is a result of Julia’s immense talent and hard work,” David Zwirner wrote in an email that was sent to staff. “In a field where a great deal of business is still conducted in a very old-fashioned way, Julia has been a relentless innovator and pioneer, and in the process has created the very blueprint for all the marketing efforts that are now necessary to effectively run and grow a large-scale, international art gallery.”

Joern began working as a consultant for the gallery in 2004 after working on architecture and design publications at Rizzoli, Monacelli Press, Phaidon, and the office of Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. Zwirner was one of Joern’s first clients after she left Mau and started her own PR firm, which mainly focused on architects and photographers. She joined Zwirner in 2008 to helm marketing and publicity for the gallery and to work on their publications. Joern’s tenure there—overseeing marketing, publications, photography, research and archives, websites, media relations and social media, public outreach, and special events—was concurrent with the gallery’s expansion from a single venue in New York to multiple locations in the city, along with a space in London and plans for one in Hong Kong.

Before Joern announced her decision to leave, she and the gallery hired two additional staff to be a part of her department, both of whom will begin work next month. Susan Cernek, who previously worked at Elle magazine and Paddle 8, will become director of marketing, while Ashley Tickle, who most recently worked on communications for Hauser & Wirth and the High Line, will serve as the new director of communications.