Welcome to Lisson New York with gallery director Claus Robenhagen
LISSON GALLERY, FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1967 BY NICHOLAS LOGSDAIL, IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND RESPECTED INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES SPECIALIZING IN CONTEMPORARY ART. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, LISSON HAS SUPPORTED AND DEVELOPED THE CAREERS OF ARTISTS WHO HAVE TRULY TRANSFORMED OUR AESTHETIC AND INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF ART. IN ANTICIPATION OF FRIEZE NEW YORK, AND THE NEW YORK AUCTION SEASON, LISSON GALLERY NEW YORK IN CHELSEA OPENS TO THE PUBLIC NEXT MONDAY, MAY 2ND, WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY THE LEGENDARY CARMEN HERRERA, SOON TO BE HONORED WITH A RETROSPECTIVE AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM.
THE BEAUTIFUL NEW CHELSEA SPACE LOCATED AT 504 WEST 24th STREET , FLOODED WITH NATURAL LIGHT AND DESIGNED BY STUDIO MDA AND STUDIO CHRISTIAN WASSMAN, IS HOUSED IN A NEW BUILDING LOCATED UNDER THE HIGH LINE THAT CONNECTS 24th TO 23rd STREET. ITS ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN HONOR THE FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE HIGH LINE AND THE EXISTING PARK STRUCTURE.
IN ANTICIPATION OF LISSON NEW YORK, THE LRFA BLOG HAS GREAT PLEASURE IN INTRODUCING MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CLAUS ROBENHAGEN. CLAUS PROVIDES A RICH PERSPECTIVE ON THE LONDON ART MARKET AND A DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THE VITAL ARTISTS THE GALLERY REPRESENTS.
CLAUS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG. I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND UNFLAGGING KINDNESS AND PERSEVERANCE.
HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN PURSUING A CAREER IN THE ARTS?
While I was growing up parents took me to galleries and museums – I always thought these were important places for education and reflection.
WHAT WERE YOUR ACADEMIC PURSUITS? WHERE THEY IN THE AREA OF ART OR OTHER FIELDS?
I studied art history at the University of Copenhagen.
YOU WORKED FOR OVER A DECADE AT GALLERI NICOLAI WALLNER IN COPENHAGEN. IS THIS WHERE YOU GREW UP AND WENT TO SCHOOL?
My family is from the Northern part of Denmark – Aalborg, while the city is mostly known for industry, it does have a beautiful art museum designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in the 1960s.
WHAT WAS THE SCOPE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A DIRECTOR AT NICOLAI WALLNER AND HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THE ROSTER OF ARTISTS THE GALLERY REPRESENTED?
The gallery opened in 1993 and at the core of the program was this wonderful group of Danish artists who true to their time work in a quite activist, engaging manner.
This could take the form of art with a societal agenda like in the works of Jakob Kolding or a more personal approach found in the videos of Peter Land. Obviously the program expanded since then and has also come to include older, international artists like Dan Graham, Richard Tuttle.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE DANISH ART SCENE AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN COPENHAGEN?
There are a number of great art institutions in Denmark with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art as the most famous. Copenhagen is small and the art scene reflects that – however I do feel things are changing. There is now a wonderful Nordic art fair CHART happening in August that brings in a number of international visitors. http://chartartfair.com/
CLAUS ROBENHAGEN, OF LISSON GALLERY, IS AN EXTREMELY WELL-INFORMED AND PERCEPTIVE GALLERIST. PLEASE DO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS PRESENCE ON THE LRFA BLOG AND DIRECT ANY QUESTIONS TO US ABOUT THE LONDON GALLERY SCENE AND THE INTERNATIONAL ART MARKET.
THANK YOU ALL FOR FOLLOWING THE LRFA BLOG!