At 83, Arne Glimcher has had an unusual lifespan as a leading art dealer, with more than six decades in the business. But he is still expanding his reach.
Glimcher, founder and president of Pace . Galleryplans to establish a new space in TriBeCa, which will open in September, called Gallery 125 Newbury, named after the Boston address where he started Pace in 1960.
“I will return to my roots,” Glimcher said of the new location, which will be under Pace’s umbrella but will be a sandbox for him. “It’s a project space for me to do thematic programs that I want to do.”
The first will be an exhibition on “futurism,” he said, not the early 20th century movement but the works of contemporary artists across cultures who look to the future. future. He is not yet ready to name the artists.
Glimcher said in an interview: “I have always been a dedicated manager, I have always been. “I always wanted to be the director of MoMA. So this is my little modern art museum.”
His son, Marc Glimcher, Pace’s president and chief executive officer, described the progressive woman’s no-retirement plan this way: “No matter how around, no golf game for my father”.
The show at 125 Newbury, which will have five shows a year, is likely to feature veteran artists the old man Glimcher has taken on, such as Richard Tuttle, Sam Gilliam, Lucas Samaras and Robert Irwin, as well as other artists. artists he has worked with for decades, such as Louise Nevelson, Chuck Close and Agnes Martin. Emerging artists are promised, and as a project space, it will also feature artists that Pace does not officially represent.
The TriBeCa location, on the corner of Broadway and Walker Street, is probably the city the most vibrant exhibition street3,900 square feet and will be renovated by the company Bonetti / KozerskiPace’s eight-story flagship design agency in Chelsea, completed in 2019. Glimcher plans to split his time between the two galleries – as well as his designated team, Kathleen McDonnell, Talia Rosen and Oliver Shultz – and more people will be hired to fill the new vacancies.
The family has turned Pace into a global operation, with nine outposts from Seoul to Geneva. A large roster of artists means that the founder’s ideas can’t always be immediately implemented.
“Sometimes it has to be pushed to the schedule – I can execute my idea in two years,” Glimcher said, adding, laughing, “I’m too old to do that.”
When Glimcher told his son about 125 Newbury, the initial reaction was, “What are you talking about?” Marc Glimcher said.
“But then I wasn’t too surprised,” he continued. “He said he wanted space for his creativity and we didn’t want to stifle his voice.” Glimcher added that it was hard to tell his father that there was no room for his brainstorming.
During the long career of eldest brother Glimcher, he has acted in feature films, directed “The Mambo Kings” and produced “Gorillas in the Mist.”
More recently, in 2020 Pace cooperate along with two other powerful galleries, Acquavella and Gagosian, to privately sell the artworks of investor Donald B. Marron, who passed away in 2019, bypassing auction houses for a team filled with Stars include works by Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.
But few dealers can tell the stories artists themselves like Glimcher can. A case in point is that in the mid-1980s, he and Louise Nevelson were driving in a torrential downpour to visit de Kooning in the East End. The two get into an accident that injures their car, but she insists on hiring a car service and tries to make an appointment with the great painter.
“We were soaking wet, so Bill gave us clothes to wear while we dried,” Glimcher said. “Imagine we’re sitting there in de Kooning’s clothes.”
He seems energetic about moving forward with his new project, adding, “I’m doing this because I’m so concerned with the present and loving my life in the moment, rather than look at everything retrospectively.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/arts/design/arne-glimcher-tribeca-gallery-pace.html At the age of 83, Arne Glimcher enjoys her in-house curator