Public projects, art fairs, and future plans: Lisson Gallery, London/Milan/New York
THIS YEAR, THE WORLD’S LEADING FAIR, ART BASEL, OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 16th, BRINGING TOGETHER AN INTERNATIONAL ROSTER OF 280 OF THE WORLD’S LEADING GALLERIES WITH WORKS FROM MODERN MASTERS TO CURRENT EMERGING STARS. ART BASEL’S EXHIBITION SECTORS, GALLERIES, FEATURE, STATEMENTS, EDITION, UNLIMITED AND PARCOURS, ARE INTELLIGENTLY CONCEIVED TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SPECTRUM OF PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY, TO INFORM AND ENGAGE THE PUBLIC, COLLECTORS, CURATORS, AND DEALERS WHO DESCEND ON BASEL EVERY JUNE.
UNLIMITED IS A PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE SECTOR, ORGANIZED BY NEW YORK-BASED CURATOR, GIANNI JETZER, AND OFFERS A PIONEERING PLATFORM FOR PROJECTS THAT TRANSCEND THE TRADITIONAL GALLERY BOOTH. UNLIMITED INCLUDES MASSIVE SCULPTURE, VIDEO, INSTALLATIONS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES. MUCH TO ITS CREDIT, FOUR LISSON GALLERY ARTISTS, ANISH KAPOOR, DAN GRAHAM, TONY OURSLER AND JONATHON MONK, ARE SELECTED THIS SEASON IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS AND CUTTING-EDGE SECTOR.
TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ITS ARTISTS, LISSON PRESENTS OFFERS AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAM OF OFF-SITE EXHIBITIONS THAT EXTEND ITS CURATORIAL ARM BEYOND ITS GALLERY SPACES IN LONDON, MILAN AND NEW YORK. THE GALLERY SUPPORTS INITIATIVES AROUND THE WORLD FOR ITS ARTISTS, SHOWING AN IMPORTANT ARRAY OF PROJECTS BY SUCH ARTISTS AS MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, AI WEIWEI, GERARD BYRNE, AND LIU XIAODONG AS WELL AS A ROSTER OF YOUNGER ARTISTS THAT INCLUDE ALLORA & CALZADILLA, RYAN GANDER AND HAROON MIRZA.
THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK GALLERY DIRECTOR, CLAUS ROBENHAGEN.
CLAUS, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE NEW, BEAUTIFUL NEW YORK GALLERY ON 24th STREET IN CHELSEA. I AM FAMILIAR WITH YOUR BY APPOINTMENT SPACE ON ELDRIDGE STREET ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE.
Since the very start of the gallery there has been this powerful link between Lisson and New York. We have functioned as a sort of bridgehead for US artists being introduced to a European audience. This movement has obviously gone the other way with American collectors and institutions discovering especially UK artists through us. We have for many years now had a space on Lower Eastside – originally acquired when that area of Manhattan was very different from now. In May, we opened a built up gallery in Chelsea. We are tremendously excited about this project that will enable our artists without New York representation a possibility to exhibit.
LISSON HAS A VERY STRONG PRESENCE AT INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS. HOW DO YOU VIEW THE ROLE OF THE ART FAIR IN TODAY’S ART MARKET?
I think art fairs are great opportunities for people to meet and also view art. At the same time I do think that the gallery exhibition or the studio visit is a better place for an in depth discussion which any art experience would be poor without.
Art collecting has gone from being a niche concern to becoming a global interest and the art fairs has played a huge part in developing this. They have become the real market place of art much more than the individual gallery. However coupled with changes in our society I think we are going to see new developments and ultimately I think the art world 10 years from now will look very different.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF THE ART MARKET AS SOME EMERGING MARKETS THAT HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE ARTS ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE?
One of the great gifts of bigger international audience is that the art market has become more diversified and therefore more robust. The strength of individual economies is less important as the market has become global.
CLAUS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION. WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW GALLERY ON WEST 24th AS WELL AS FRIEZE NEW YORK, I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND CONTRIBUTION.
THE NEXT LRFA BLOG IS HONORED TO INTRODUCE ART HISTORIAN AND CURATOR, AVIS BERMAN. AN EXPERT IN AMERICAN ART AND MODERN ART. AVIS BERMAN HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MUSEUM HISTORY AND IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT FOR THE ROY LICHTENSTEIN FOUNDATION.