Sharis Alexandrian. Photo: Benjamin Eagle/Lévy Gorvy.

Lévy Gorvy Names Sharis Alexandrian Senior Director, Anna Laudel Expands to Düsseldorf, and More

Lévy Gorvy has welcomed Sharis Alexandrian as its new senior director. Alexandrian comes to the gallery from White Cube, where she has served as director since October 2012. During her tenure at the gallery, she expanded its market into Europe and spearheaded its successful participation in Paris’s Foire Internationale d’art Contemporain (FIAC). Alexandrian is also a member of the TEFAF Modern and Contemporary Selection Committee.

“Brett and I are delighted Sharis has chosen Lévy Gorvy as her new professional home,” Dominique Lévy said in a statement. “Her commitment to the arts and loyalty to her clients is impressive and echoes the core values of the gallery. Her international perspective and enthusiasm for the increasingly global nature of our business will make her a wonderful addition to our team.” Alexandrian will be based in London, where she will support Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition program and manage its participation in art fairs worldwide. 

Istanbul’s Anna Laudel gallery has opened a second location in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its new four-story building, located at Mühlenstrasse 1, has served as a gathering place for intellectuals such as Joseph Beuys, Carl Barth, Gabriele Henkel, Blinky Palermo, Alfred Schmela, and Alex Vömel since the 1960s.

“The new gallery space in Düsseldorf will help us extend our outreach and provide our artists a stronger link with the international art scene,” owner Anna Laudel said in a statement. “I would like the gallery in Düsseldorf to support art production, showcase interdisciplinary art exhibitions, and host public programming where artists and art lovers could meet and exchange ideas.”

Its inaugural exhibition, “Housewarming II,” which will run until June 29, showcases works by Belkıs Balpınar, Ruth Biller, Flóra Borsi, Tuğçe Diri, Ekin Su Koç, Serkan Küçüközcü, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Gazi Sansoy, Daniele Sigalot, Brigitte Spiegeler, and Sarp Kerem Yavuz, among others.

Marianne Boesky appoints Bradford Waywell as senior director of sales and acquisitions. Waywell returns to the gallery, where he worked as a sales director from 2011 to 2012, from Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. In his new role, Waywell will lead the expansion of the gallery’s secondary market business. He also previously held leadership positions at New York’s Skarskedt, Di Donna Galleries, and Blain Di Donna Gallery.

“Brad brings with him great knowledge of Impressionist, post-war, and contemporary artists and art movements,” said Marianne Boesky. “His keen eye and wide-ranging relationships with collectors, curators, and artists are incredible assets. With my vision to grow equally the gallery’s primary and secondary market business, I know Brad’s experience will prove invaluable. I very much look forward to welcoming him again to the team.” He will take up his new post in September.

Equator Production founder Petra Singh has transformed her Harlem home into a new exhibition space. Petra Singh Salon aims to be the equivalent of what James Mellow said of the salon of Gertrude Stein: “A mecca for the modern-minded.” Open by appointment only, the space will feature the work of Flint, Michigan–born painter, performance artist, and author Will Porter in its inaugural exhibition, which will be on view until July 12.

Singh is best known for her work with contemporary international artists such as Heimo Zobernig, Joseph Kosuth, Liam Gillick, Ken Lum, Alan Belcher, Julião Sarmento, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, and Jonathan Monk, with whom she partnered to produce limited-edition carpets through Equator Production, a company she started in Brussels with her late husband, Ranbir Singh, and the dealer Reiner Opoku in 1985.