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April Marten, You Can Live For Ever, 2018

Smithsonian Acquires Archives of Dealer Andrea Rosen, Monica King Opens New Gallery in TriBeCa, and More

Dealer Andrea Rosen has donated her eponymous gallery’s papers to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art (AAA). The files, comprising 250 linear feet of documents, will join the archives of more than two hundred other galleries whose histories are being safeguarded by the institution. Rosen opened her gallery in SoHo in 1990, and over the course of twenty-seven years, she championed the work of David Altmejd, John Currin, and Andrea Zittel, among others. In February 2017, Rosen announced that she was closing her space but that it would continue operating in a limited capacity—the gallery still represents the Cuban-born, American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, along with David Zwirner. 

“Rosen was a meticulous record keeper,” Kate Haw, the director of the Archives of American Art, told Artnews. “The photo documentation is incredibly deep, and the correspondence with collectors and artists is really, really rich.” The organization’s staff is aiming to make an index for Rosen’s papers available by the end of the year.

John Connelly will become the next director of the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Connelly, an independent curator and arts consultant who has been based in Santa Barbara since 2017, previously led the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation in New York City; operated his own gallery, John Connelly Presents, in Manhattan for ten years; and was the director of Andrea Rosen Gallery from 1994 through 2002. He was also a founding member of the New Art Dealers Alliance and a cofounder of High Desert Test Sites, an experimental exhibition platform based in Joshua Tree, California.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the SBCC community in a role that celebrates the unique vision of artists in an academic setting,” Connelly said. “I look forward to fostering a diverse and dynamic schedule of exhibitions and programs that will equally inspire our local, regional, and international audiences. The Atkinson is a beautiful exhibition space and an essential venue in the arts landscape of the Central Coast and for Southern California. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to its continued impact.”

Monica King announced that her new gallery at 39 Lispenard Street in TriBeCa will be inaugurated with an exhibition dedicated to multimedia and performance artist April Marten. Featuring still images, sculptural installations, and a video work of the artist’s performances, “Frances Wasn’t a Saint” will run from September 6 through October 12.

“It’s long been my intention to open a gallery space that encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity,” King said in a statement. “My vision celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls.”

A gallery dedicated to contemporary female artists will open in Melbourne, Australia, next week. Founded by art consultant Lisa Fehily, Finkelstein Gallery will represent a roster of ten artists: Cigdem Aydemir, Kate Baker, Monika Behrens, Coady, Deborah Kelly, Louise Paramor, and Lisa Roet and Kate Rohde—all from Australia—as well as Sonal Kantaria from the UK and Kim Lieberman from South Africa.

“Having worked with artists for many years—artists, collectors, and institutions—I’ve been witness to female artists being often overlooked, not put forward for important exhibitions, institutions predominantly considering male artists for collections,” Fehily told The Guardian.

She added that she sees the venture as a continuation of the work of institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, which followed in the footsteps of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, by launching the social media campaign #knowmyname, in order to promote the work of women artists.

Simon Preston has been named a senior director at Pace. Preston will be responsible for managing artist representation and for spearheading new initiatives across all the gallery’s locations. He will be based at the gallery’s new global headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, which will open to the public next month.

Prior to joining Pace, Preston was the founder and owner of his own eponymous Lower East Side gallery, which he ran from 2008 to 2019. The arts space presented work by a mix of established and emerging artists, including John Gerrard, Amie Siegel, and Josh Tonsfeldt. He also held positions at Thomas Dane Gallery in London and was a partner at the Project, a gallery in Harlem.

“From his time spent at the Project to running his own gallery, he has built steadfast relationships with both important collectors and many of the most important artists of our time,” said Pace cofounder Marc Glimcher. “Pace is thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

The Karel Appel Estate is now represented by Almine Rech. It will also continue to be represented by Blum and Poe in New York and Los Angeles, Max Hetzler in Berlin, Jahn & Jahn in Munich, Galerie Lelong in Paris, and Galerie Ulysses in Vienna. Almine Rech will hold its first monographic exhibition dedicated to Karel Appel (1921–2006) and curated by Franz W. Kaiser in the gallery’s Paris space from October 12 to November 16.

JTT Gallery in New York has announced that it now represents Sam McKinniss, Elaine Cameron-Weir, and Issy Wood, who will present exhibitions at the gallery in the coming months. The first show, “Strings that Show the Wind,” will display the work of Cameron-Weir and will open on September 8. “We are beyond excited by this growth of our family and can’t wait to have you by to see these upcoming exhibitions,” the gallery wrote on Instagram.www.instagram.com/p/B1WeRoelSR2/

Cuban artist Carlos Quintana has joined Marc Straus. The Havana- and Miami-based painter graduated from the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts and the Superior Institute of Industrial Design, both in Havana, and has staged solo exhibitions at the National Arts Club in New York, Juan Ruiz Gallery in Miami, and Atelierhaus in Berlin. He will mount his first show at the gallery on October 24.

Carlos Quintana, Untitled, 2019.

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