Marlborough, London. Photo: Marlborough.

Marlborough Consolidates Programming, Announces New Flagship Space

Marlborough has announced plans to streamline its programming, close its gallery in midtown Manhattan, and open a new flagship space as part of a major restructuring. The company currently owns Marlborough Contemporary, located in New York and London; Marlborough Gallery, the Fifty-Seventh Street space that will shutter in December; and Marlborough Fine Art, which was founded by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer in London in 1946—all of which currently operate independently. Following the rebranding, the galleries’ program will be united under the leadership of Max Levai, who will assume the position of president.

As part of the overhaul, Marlborough has acquired a 6,500-square-foot space at 547 West Twenty-Fifth Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, which is currently occupied by Blain Southern and is adjacent to Marlborough Contemporary. The gallery will merge the two buildings to create its new flagship space, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020. Marlborough Contemporary in London will remain in its current location on Albemarle Street in Mayfair. The new operating model will begin in July, and a new company website will go live that same month. In addition, Pascal Spengemann, who has led Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea since 2012, has been promoted to vice president and Max Levai’s father, Pierre Levai, who is director of the Fifty-Seventh Street gallery, will serve as chairman.

“Consolidating Marlborough as a single, unified operation will only enhance the gallery’s position as a leader in the primary market, and it is particularly resonant to begin that process in its London birthplace,” said Max Levai. “In today’s globalized market, the geographically-specific programming of the individual galleries no longer seems viable. Aligning our programs will allow us to proceed with a unified identity, put forth the most diverse and interesting program, and build upon the Marlborough legacy of successful partnership with the world’s leading artists in a more efficient manner.”