The latest step in Marlborough Chelsea‘s quest to move from stodgy to hip? Appointing a young new director whose name rings familiar to New York art audiences. Pascal Spengemann has been named director of the New York gallery’s Chelsea branch, a representative from Marlborough confirmed to BLOUIN ARTINFO. The news was first reported on Twitter.
Most recently, Spengemann ran the Chelsea gallery Taxter & Spengemann with fellow Bard Center for Curatorial Studies graduate Kelly Taxter and Carolyn Ramo. The gallery, which represented artists including Andrew Kuo, Matt Johnson, and Frank Benson, shuttered in December. Though many of the stable’s artists have yet to find new homes, it was announced last week that Benson would move to Andrew Kreps Gallery. Whether any of Taxter & Spengemann’s other artists will find a home at Marlborough Chelsea remains an open question.
Under the leadership of Eric Gleason and Marlborough patriarch Pierre Levai‘s son Max, Marlborough Chelsea has worked to rebrand itself over the past year as a younger, edgier offshoot of the more staid international gallery, which represents commercial heavyweights like Fernando Botero and Dale Chihuly. The duo held a much-buzzed about two-week performance by art-world satirist William Powhida, a solo show of the recently-signed Rashaad Newsome, and a group show curated by artist Jonah Freeman and L&M‘s Vera Neykov, on view now.
To further cement the downtown space’s new identity, Marlborough Chelsea will have its own booth at the Armory Show, separate from that of Marlborough uptown.
— Julia Halperin