“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.

 

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John Baldessari, National City Paintings from 1967 and 1996, installation view, Sprüth Magers, May 23–July 31, 1997

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Barbara Kruger, installation view, Sprüth Magers, March 23–April 26, 1990

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Rosemarie Trockel, installation view, Sprüth Magers, November 13, 1992–January 30, 1993

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Louise Lawler, Taking Place, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 22–November 7, 2009

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Jenny Holzer, OH, installation view, Sprüth Magers, March 14–May 4, 2002

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Hanne Darboven, Schreibzeit: Weltansichten, 1982, installation view, Sprüth Magers, April 26–July 31, 1991

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Bernd & Hilla Becher, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 3–October 4, 2014

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Cindy Sherman, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 21–November 3, 1990

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John Baldessari, National City Paintings from 1967 and 1996, installation view, Sprüth Magers, May 23–July 31, 1997

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Barbara Kruger, installation view, Sprüth Magers, March 23–April 26, 1990

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Rosemarie Trockel, installation view, Sprüth Magers, November 13, 1992–January 30, 1993

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Louise Lawler, Taking Place, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 22–November 7, 2009

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Jenny Holzer, OH, installation view, Sprüth Magers, March 14–May 4, 2002

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Hanne Darboven, Schreibzeit: Weltansichten, 1982, installation view, Sprüth Magers, April 26–July 31, 1991

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Bernd & Hilla Becher, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 3–October 4, 2014

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Cindy Sherman, installation view, Sprüth Magers, September 21–November 3, 1990

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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 new location is situated in close proximity to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and several other galleries, in a neo-Renaissance style row house designed by Charles Graham & Sons and built in 1889. In addition to an office and a viewing room, the space will periodically present special exhibitions offering insight into the gallery’s long history with its artists and estates. An exhibition of John Baldessari’s rarely seen preparatory maquettes will open in September, followed by a project with Louise Lawler in November—two artists whose work is represented globally by Sprüth Magers.

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Philomene Magers and John Baldessari, 2012

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Philomene Magers and John Baldessari, 2012

The new location is situated in close proximity to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and several other galleries, in a neo-Renaissance style row house designed by Charles Graham & Sons and built in 1889. In addition to an office and a viewing room, the space will periodically present special exhibitions offering insight into the gallery’s long history with its artists and estates. An exhibition of John Baldessari’s rarely seen preparatory maquettes will open in September, followed by a project with Louise Lawler in November—two artists whose work is represented globally by Sprüth Magers.

The opening in New York reflects an extension of Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers’ ethos of artistic commitment and development.

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Monika Sprüth and George Condo, 1984

With a history spanning forty years, Sprüth Magers has worked with some of the best known contemporary artists since early on in their careers, including several who are based in and around New York. Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman, together with Barbara Kruger, were part of the groundbreaking exhibition and publication project Eau de Cologne, organized by Monika Sprüth beginning in the mid-1980s, at a moment when the artists had little to no visibility in Europe. George Condo, another New Yorker, had one of his first solo exhibitions at Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne in 1984. Gallery artists of later generations, including Karen Kilimnik and Lucy Dodd, also make their home in the greater New York area.

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Monika Sprüth and George Condo, 1984

With a history spanning forty years, Sprüth Magers has worked with some of the best known contemporary artists since early on in their careers, including several who are based in and around New York. Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman, together with Barbara Kruger, were part of the groundbreaking exhibition and publication project Eau de Cologne, organized by Monika Sprüth beginning in the mid-1980s, at a moment when the artists had little to no visibility in Europe. George Condo, another New Yorker, had one of his first solo exhibitions at Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne in 1984. Gallery artists of later generations, including Karen Kilimnik and Lucy Dodd, also make their home in the greater New York area.

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.

 

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Installation views of:
Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017 © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Martin Seck
Rosemarie Trockel, A Cosmos, New Museum, New York, 2013
Peter Fischli  David Weiss, How To Work Better, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016
Lucy Dodd, Open Plan: Lucy Dodd, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2016
Kaari Upson, Good Thing You Are Not Alone, New Museum, New York, 2017