Sukanya Rajaratnam, a New York supplier identified for mounting traditionally important exhibitions of underrepresented artists, will be part of White Dice as world director of strategic market initiatives in September.
Earlier this 12 months, Rajaratnam introduced that she would go away her position as accomplice at Mnuchin Gallery after 15 years. Throughout her tenure there, she was identified for staging groundbreaking exhibitions of artists who had lengthy been missed by the mainstream artwork world, together with Sam Gilliam, Ed Clark, Alma Thomas, Betty Blayton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, and David Hammons, whose five-decade retrospective in 2016 remains to be on one of the vital complete exhibitions of the elusive artist ever mounted. Within the course of, she additionally helped to construct up markets for these artists.
In a press release, White Dice founder Jay Jopling mentioned, “I’ve carefully adopted Sukanya’s exhibition programming over the previous years and think about her to be one of the vital excellent market-makers within the artwork world. I’m delighted that she has chosen to affix White Dice and I look ahead very a lot to working along with her.”
Primarily based in New York, Rajaratnam’s new position, in line with a launch, “will concentrate on market-making and exhibition-making” throughout White Dice’s varied places, which presently contains everlasting ones in London, Hong Kong, and Paris, as effectively a seasonal West Palm Seashore house.
In a press release, Rajaratnam mentioned, “I like the curatorial integrity that White Dice brings to its artists and estates and am excited to have the ability to contribute to that throughout a worldwide platform. We could also be at an inflection level available in the market and I consider it’s crucial for galleries so as to add worth via exhibition programming and content material.”
White Dice will even open its first New York location later this 12 months and employed Courtney Willis Blair, a former accomplice at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, to steer the house final November. Situated at 1002 Madison Avenue in New York’s Higher East Aspect, the house’s inaugural exhibition, organized by Willis Blair, might be titled “Chopped & Screwed.” Exploring “the concept of distortion as each a proper and conceptual instrument used to look at and subvert well-established narratives or programs,” per a launch, the present will embrace work by artists like Theaster Gates, David Hammons, Christian Marclay, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Julie Mehretu, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn.
Along with information of Rajaratnam’s hiring, White Dice additionally introduced that it’ll increase to Seoul, which was first reported by the Monetary Occasions. Citing the success of the inaugural version of Frieze Seoul final September, the brand new ground-floor, 3,230 square-foot house will include exhibition areas, a viewing room, and workplaces. Situated within the capital metropolis’s Gangnam-gu district, will probably be in the identical constructing because the non-public museum Horim Artwork Centre, which focuses on Korean antiquities and trendy artwork.
Up to now two years, quite a few Western galleries have expanded to Seoul, together with Gladstone, Esther Schipper, Perrotin, and Thaddaeus Ropac, which lately introduced that it’ll add one other flooring to its Seoul location. Two galleries, Tempo and Lehmann Maupin, that had established presences within the metropolis barely earlier additionally lately grew their footprint. And in March, the Centre Pompidou confirmed rumors that it might open a department in Seoul, tentatively scheduled to open in 2025.