Marc Glimcher, CEO and President of Pace Gallery, today announced that the gallery will begin representing Jeff Koons exclusively worldwide.
Pace has always engaged with artists who, like Koons, possess original vision, from 20th-century greats who comprise the gallery’s foundational program such as Calder, Agnes Martin, and Mark Rothko, to contemporary luminaries Sam Gilliam, David Hockney, Maya Lin, Adam Pendleton, James Turrell, and Yoshitomo Nara, who—similarly to Koons— uses imagery from pop culture to reflect on the individual’s sense of self and place in the broader cultural narrative. Koons’s oeuvre also expands on the legacy of Pace artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, whose playful and colossal sculptures are created from a visual lexicon drawn from everyday life.
Jeff Koons comments:
“Sometimes professionally in life we can find ourselves at a crossroads. Going through the last year or so and having the opportunity to reflect on what I would like to achieve with my life’s work in order to bring it to its fullest potential, I have decided that a change in the environment in which my work is viewed and supported would be a positive thing at this time. I have known Marc for decades and I’ve decided that Pace Gallery feels like an exciting situation for me and my work. The most important thing to me is the production of my work and to see these artworks realized so that they can be exhibited and viewed. I think this new change in my life with Pace Gallery will bring about tremendous opportunities for my work.”
Pace’s first collaboration with Koons will be an exhibition of a single seminal sculpture at the gallery’s Palo Alto space in 2022. In 2023, Pace will stage a major exhibition at its flagship gallery in New York devoted to a new body of work from Koons that has been years in the making.