“We have always responded to our artists before anything else, it’s a focus that has set Sprüth Magers apart for so many years.” –Monika Sprüth
Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to announce the inauguration of Sprüth Magers, New York, located at 22 East 80th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Open by appointment beginning June 30, the space is the new home of the gallery’s New York office, serving as an important tie not only to East Coast institutions and collections, but also to the artists of the gallery located in the New York region.
As Monika Sprüth explains, “Opening a space in New York has developed naturally from conversations with the gallery’s artists, who look forward to having an outpost closer to home. We did the same with our Los Angeles gallery, when John Baldessari and Barbara Kruger, who we’ve worked with closely since the 1980s, urged us to open in LA. We have always responded to our artists before anything else, it’s a focus that has set Sprüth Magers apart for so many years.”
“Our team has long-standing relationships with curators and collectors in the New York area, but nothing can replace connecting and exhibiting work in person as the last two pandemic years have made so clear.” –Philomene Magers
“Our team has long-standing relationships with curators and collectors in the New York area,” Philomene Magers notes. “But nothing can replace connecting and exhibiting work in person as the last two pandemic years have made so clear. We look forward to the opportunities that a permanent New York presence will offer the gallery and its artists.”
The opening in New York reflects an extension of Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers’ ethos of artistic commitment and development.
Sprüth Magers’ opening in New York reflects an extension of Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers’ ethos of artistic commitment and development, and of engaging and animating the discourse around contemporary art, advancing a unique model for galleries of its size and stature. The move is also timely, coinciding with important institutional exhibitions in New York this summer for mainstays of Sprüth Magers whom the gallery also represents worldwide, including Bernd & Hilla Becher at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Barbara Kruger at the Museum of Modern Art, both opening in mid-July.
Overseeing the New York space will be two recent hires, Senior Director Sam Tsao and Director Ryan Muller, both of whom come to Sprüth Magers with long-standing and strong connections to the gallery’s artists from their previous positions at Friedrich Petzel Gallery—where Tsao was Partner—and Metro Pictures, respectively. Tsao explains, “To work for Monika and Philomene is a great privilege, theirs is a storied and rigorous program unlike any other. I am thrilled that the gallery will now have a presence in New York, and that I will be a part of it.” And as Muller notes, “While the gallery has grown over the years, Sprüth Magers’ focus has always remained on the art, which is easier said than done. I’m particularly excited to continue working with a number of the gallery’s artists with whom I already have close relationships.”
The new space joins other Sprüth Magers galleries in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, as well as offices in Cologne, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei and Beijing.