New York stalwart Cheim & Learn will shut its doorways subsequent month after 26 years in enterprise, the gallery stated in an e mail announcement on Tuesday night time. Its present exhibition devoted to artist Kathe Burkhart, which opened on November 9, would be the gallery’s ultimate public exhibition, closing on December 23.
In its e mail, the gallery stated, “Cheim & Learn has had the privilege of working with an distinctive group of artists, mounting necessary exhibitions, and producing scholarly catalogues over the previous twenty six years.”
The gallery was based in 1997 by John Cheim and Howard Learn, who had beforehand been administrators on the iconic Robert Miller Gallery. The duo rapidly turned identified for mounting main exhibitions by artists like Louise Bourgeois, Lynda Benglis, Diane Arbus, Ron Gorchov, and Joan Mitchell, whose basis departed the gallery in 2018 for David Zwirner.
Later identical 12 months, Cheim & Learn introduced that it could go away its longtime house of Chelsea for the Higher East Facet and transition to “non-public observe, concentrating on the secondary market, sculpture commissions and particular initiatives,” in accordance with an e mail announcement it despatched out. The brand new location could be helmed by Maria Bueno, a accomplice on the gallery. The Higher East Facet house opened in September 2019 with a present devoted to Gorchov.
However then in Might 2021, Cheim & Learn returned to its Chelsea house, with an exhibition of Matthew Wong, whose property it had begun representing. Earlier this 12 months, the gallery mounted a solo present of the self-taught artist who makes use of the moniker Cumwizard69420, whose “work displays the chaotic topography of the web, with subject material that leans closely on the scatalogical, the sexual, and the pop cultural,” as ARTnews reported.
Cheim & Learn continued to mount reveals in each Chelsea and the Higher East Facet, although the latter house quietly closed on the finish of a bunch present in July. Throughout this month’s New York auctions, John Cheim additionally consigned a number of works from his private assortment, together with Mitchell’s Sunflowers (1990–91), which bought for $27.9 million (with charges); the entire worth of works bought achieved $34.7 million (with charges).
Bueno will quickly open a brand new high-quality artwork dealership, Bueno & Co., that may “deal with non-public gross sales of works by historic and up to date masters” in accordance with Tuesday’s e mail and exhibit work by Bourgeois, Benglis, Gorchov, Mitchell, and Wong, in addition to Basquiat, Warhol, William Eggleston, Louise Fishman, Alice Neel, Pat Steir, and Sean Scully.