Inside days of the unofficial finish of summer time, marked within the US by Labor Day and within the UK by the passing of the August financial institution vacation, three intently watched artists affiliated with main galleries in these nations introduced that they had been switching allegiances. In the USA, conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady revealed that she can be leaving her longtime New York gallery, Alexander Grey Associates, for Chicago’s Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, whereas sculptor Carol Bove departed David Zwirner for Gagosian. Throughout the pond, Golden Lion winner Sonia Boyce, who earlier severed ties with London’s Simon Lee Gallery, signed on with Hauser & Wirth.
Whether or not the introduced adjustments in illustration, coming so shut collectively, are indicative of a broader pattern stays to be seen. O’Grady, who solely just lately started reaching the popularity she deserves due to a retrospective that opened on the Brooklyn Museum in 2021, had been with Alexander Grey for fifteen years. Artnews notes that she shall be by far the highest-profile artist on Mariane Ibrahim’s roster, and the oldest by a span of some many years. In snapping up Bove, who had been with Zwirner for twelve years, Gagosian appears to be persevering with its efforts to develop and diversify its already very starry secure: The gallery earlier this 12 months picked up visible and efficiency artist Derrick Adams and photographer Nan Goldin, luring the latter over from Marian Goodman Gallery. Boyce joined Simon Lee in 2021, a 12 months earlier than she received the Golden Lion on the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale; although she and Lee had recognized one another since early of their careers, their familiarity was apparently not sufficient to maintain the skilled relationship, and he or she exited in early 2023. Months later, the gallery went into receivership.