Artist Matthew Day Jackson is altering mega-galleries. After greater than a decade at Hauser & Wirth, he’s to be offered globally by Tempo Gallery, which is able to characterize him alongside Grimm Gallery, Tempo introduced Tuesday.
It is uncommon, although not fully remarkable, for artists to leap between mega-galleries. Jeff Koons left David Zwirner and Gagosian for Tempo final yr. In the meantime, earlier this yr, Harold Ancart left Zwirner for Gagosian.
“I am excited to start out a brand new chapter in my profession with individuals I have been buddies with for a very long time,” Jackson stated in an announcement. “I am excited to share my work in an important context and historical past of a few of the world’s best artists.”
The the reason why artists go away mega-galleries range considerably, and it was not instantly clear what prompted Jackson to go away Hauser & Wirth, which has represented him since 2010 and offered a few of his most generally seen exhibitions.
Marc Payot, president of Hauser & Wirth, stated in an e-mail to ARTnews, “Tempo will probably be proper for Matthew. We want him all the most effective within the subsequent chapter of his profession.”
Tempo plans to point out Jackson’s work on the inaugural version of Frieze Seoul in September. A solo exhibition for Jackson will observe at Tempo Gallery in New York in 2023.
Jackson’s work has taken the type of a collection of grand work, sculptures, installations and extra that evoke an ungainly combination of awe and disgust. Their focus is commonly the pure world, the elegant, and what it means to be actually alive. His works ranged from sculptures of flayed skins in store home windows to images during which he imagines himself as if he have been lifeless.
His artwork drew sturdy reactions from critics. In 2013, New York Journal Critic Jerry Saltz wrote of a Hauser & Wirth present: “This horribly atrocious present seems to be like a relic from 2004, when Damien Hirst was within the remaining levels of shifting from truculence to disturbing bathos.” Saltz argued that the artist fell prey to the “greater is best” ethos of mega-galleries.
Regardless of this, many within the higher echelons of the artwork market took to his artwork. In 2010, New York Occasions reported that Laurence Graff, who occupies the seat ARTnews The Prime 200 Collectors record paid greater than $928,000 at public sale for a Jackson portray, eclipsing the work’s excessive estimate by greater than 15 instances. Collector François Pinault was additionally reported to have bought Jackson’s work.
Marc Glimcher, president and CEO of Tempo Gallery, stated in an announcement: “I’ve all the time been impressed by his engagement with historic, philosophical and pop cultural matters—Matt can take an enormous thought and provides it new emotional and private resonance . Via his multidisciplinary follow, Matt has confirmed himself to be some of the versatile and virtuoso artists of his technology.”