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Jutta Koether, Starry Night II, 1988. Photo: Jutta Koether. Courtesy: Lévy Gorvy and Galerie Buchholtz.

MoMA Organizes Exhibition on Just Above Midtown Gallery, Lévy Gorvy to Represent Jutta Koether, and More

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it is planning an exhibition on the pioneering New York gallery Just Above Midtown (JAM), which championed African American art and artists such as David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, and Howardena Pindell. The historic space was led by Linda Goode Bryant, who founded the gallery when she was just twenty-three years old, from 1974 until it closed its doors in 1986.

Titled “Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present,” the exhibition will present works previously shown at JAM alongside archival material and will open in the fall of 2022. Performances, screenings, and other public programs will accompany the show. For MoMA curator Thomas J. Lax, the “ambitious project not only historicizes JAM’s importance, but also brings its relevance to the present.”

A special section of this year’s Frieze New York, curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami director Franklin Sirmans, is also honoring the gallery’s legacy. Goode Bryant is participating in the event through her charity Project EATS and is offering items grown from a garden on Randall’s Island. The eighth edition of the fair, which opened Wednesday, will be held until May 5.

Yayoi Shionoiri joins Chris Burden’s estate as its first executive director. She will also manage the studio of his wife, sculptor Nancy Rubins. Previously, Shionoiri helped Artsy, the online platform for collecting art, expand into Asia and served as associate general counsel for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. As a practicing art lawyer since 2008, she has also worked as in-house council for artists such as Takashi Murakami.

Berlin Gallery Weekend director Maike Cruse responds to criticisms of its fifteenth edition, which ran from April 26 to April 28. The event, in which forty-five galleries participated, came under fire for the lack of work by female artists on view. In the days leading up to the weekend, an anonymous group of activists had plastered posters and stickers across the city that drew attention to the gender disparity.

According to artist Candice Breitz, one of the organizers behind the campaign, 75 percent of the artists represented were white men. In an interview with the Art Newspaper earlier this week, Cruse said that she had already taken part in several internal discussions about the issue and claimed that it may be addressed at the upcoming edition of Art Berlin, of which she is also director.

Lévy Gorvy now represents German artist Jutta Koether in the United States. The gallery will present her work at its booth at Art Basel in June and will stage its first exhibition with the artist at its 909 Madison Avenue location in the fall of 2020. In addition, David Kordansky Gallery announced its representation of Linda Stark, and Blum & Poe Gallery now represents the Harvey Quaytman Trust along with Van Doren Waxter.

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