After another recent closure of a London gallery, Vilma Gold Gallery has announced that it will close as well, reports Alex Greenberger of Artnews. Abandoning the traditional gallery model, dealers Rachel Williams and Vilma Gold will start “a new model of collaboration” with its artists. Williams originally opened the space with Steve Pippett in 2000.
The gallery works with artists such as Charles Atlas, Trisha Baga, Rochelle Feinstein, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Josef Strau, Jennifer West, and Luther Price. The gallery will continue to oversee the estates of KP Brehmer and Stephen Dwoskin.
Williams’s letter elaborating on the decision is as follows:
The nature of the art world has changed significantly in recent years. Where a gallery was once centred around a physical space where artists, collectors and curators could engage directly with the exhibition programme, the focus has now shifted towards an endlessly accelerating global cycle of fairs which has impacted on the relevance of this traditional model.
I feel the time has come for me to step off this path, spend time with my family, and begin working towards a new model of collaboration with both living artists and estates. In the meantime, the office will continue to work on behalf of the gallery artists and the estates of KP Bremer and Stephen Dworkin for the foreseeable future.
Although this new direction is to some extent a walk into the unknown, I am also very excited about the possibilities presented by this new chapter, and I hope that I will continue to collaborate with the many friends and colleagues I have had the pleasure of working alongside for the past 18 years.