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Vaughn Spann. Photo by Levi Mandel.
Vaughn Spann. Photo by Levi Mandel.

Marlborough Appoints Jay Gorney Senior Director, Vaughn Spann Joins Almine Rech, and More

Marlborough has named Jay Gorney its new senior director. Gorney comes to Marlborough from Paula Cooper Gallery, where he has served as a director since 2017. Over the course of his more than thirty years in the art world, he has worked as a dealer, an art adviser, and an independent curator. He also founded his own gallery in 1985—the space became Gorney Bravin + Lee in 1999, when Gorney joined forces with John Lee and Karin Bravin, and eventually shuttered in 2005.

Last month, Marlborough announced that it is consolidating the operations of its three brands: Marlborough Contemporary (New York and London), Marlborough Fine Art (London), and Marlborough Gallery (New York). As part of the major reorganization, it is closing its Fifty-Seventh Street location in Manhattan and will open a new flagship space in Chelsea. Max Levai has since taken on the role of president and is overseeing the new unified program.

Following vice chair Warren B. Kanders’s departure from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s board, Spinello Projects in Miami, Florida, has reopened its exhibition “Within Time.” Featuring Whitney Biennial participants Eddie Arroyo and Agustina Woodgate, the show was closed in solidarity with the artists who decided to pull their works from the Whitney in protest of Kanders and his ties to tear gas. To read more about Kanders’s resignation, check out Artforum’s coverage of the news, and the letter authored by the artists who withdrew from the biennial.

Pace/MacGill Gallery is relocating. The arts space will leave its current home on Fifty-Seventh Street to move into Pace’s new headquarters. “Thirty-six years after Pace/MacGill’s founding, we are finally under one roof,” said Marc Glimcher, president of Pace Gallery. “We welcome Pace/MacGill and its team to our flagship building, where we will continue to build on our long and successful relationship.”

“Peter Hujar: Master Class” will inaugurate its new 540 West Twenty-Fifth Street space, which will open to the public on September 14. Featuring a selection of Hujar’s black-and-white portraits acquired by Richard Avedon in the 1970s, the exhibition examines the photographer’s approach to portraiture and the influence of Avedon’s acclaimed Master Class, a weekly seminar in which Hujar was enrolled in 1967.

Almine Rech announced its representation of Vaughn Spann in Europe, the United Kingdom, and China. Born in Florida in 1992, Spann earned his master of fine arts degree at Yale University and recently participated in a residency program in New Haven, Connecticut. His works have been featured in exhibitions at the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Currently based in Newark, the artist will have his first solo exhibition with the gallery at its New York location in January 2020.

Gina Beavers joins Marianne Boesky Gallery. Works by the artist, who is known for incorporating images from Instagram, YouTube, image databases, and other online sources into her pieces, are currently featured in the gallery’s summer group exhibition, “Painting/Sculpture,” which is on view through August 9, and MoMA PS1’s current show “Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve,” which is open until September 2. A solo presentation of Beavers’s work is also being planned for spring 2020.

“Gina’s works are incredible in their articulation of critical conversations in both contemporary art practice and in our wider society,” said Marianne Boesky. “She has an innate ability to play with and push the limits of our understanding of artistic hierarchies and disciplines, as well as to reflect to us our own cultural ideals—for better or worse.”

Gina Beavers. Smoky Eye Tutorial, 2014. Courtesy of the artist/MoMA PS1.

Ed Clark is now represented by Hauser & Wirth. Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago, Clark is a pioneer of the New York School who is known for his bold brushstrokes and experimentations with color and abstract forms. He is also credited with being the first painter to have worked on a “shaped canvas.” The gallery will present its first project with the artist at its Twenty-Second Street location in Manhattan on September 10.

Cheim & Read will inaugurate its new gallery at 23 East Sixty-Seventh Street on the Upper East Side with an exhibition of Ron Gorchov’s paintings from 1979 to 1983 this fall. In a statement, John Cheim and Howard Read said that the gallery is planning to mount more exhibitions with a historical focus, concentrate on private sales in the secondary market, develop special projects and commissions for public and private collections, and participate in select art fairs, including Art Basel Miami Beach.

In June 2018, the gallery declared it would close its longtime Chelsea space and transition into a “private practice.” Its final exhibitions included presentations of work by artists Joan Mitchell and Louise Bourgeois. Its new location will be led by Maria Bueno, a partner of the gallery and the director of sales. Cheim & Read will maintain a downtown viewing space on Twenty-Sixth Street in Chelsea that will be open by appointment.

Beijing’s Long March Space will no longer participate in art fairs. According to Artnews, the gallery made the announcement on WeChat. Founded by Lu Jie in 2002, the contemporary arts space is located in the city’s 798 Arts District. The decision is part of a “new phase” for Long March Space, in which it is overhauling its business model, allowing it to “enter a new stage of art market work” and focusing more on long-term research projects, such as its current seven-month exhibition, “Wu Shanzhuan: Today Became a Holiday.” Previously, the gallery participated in many local and international fairs, including Art Basel, Frieze New York, FIAC in Paris, Art Beijing, and Art 021 in Shanghai.

Eddie Arroyo, May 17th, 2019, 2019. Courtesy of Spinello Projects.