The Maturing Program
The inaugural exhibition in each space sets the tone for the next decade; always artist-centric, the gallery's program developed and matured across the different locations.
The West 20th Street gallery is focused on artists' estates, staging museum-quality exhibitions of work by American minimalists like Dan Flavin and Fred Sandback and twentieth-century masters such as Josef Albers and Giorgio Morandi.
Exhibitions at West 19th Street, New York, and 24 Grafton Street, London, balance the program's historical component with presentations of recent painting, photography, sculpture, and video, among other mediums, by boundary-pushing contemporary artists like Kerry James Marshall, Oscar Murillo, Diana Thater, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Jordan Wolfson.
While the initial decade in Chelsea included a number of important firsts for the gallery—including acclaimed solo exhibitions by Francis Alÿs, Michaël Borremans, Isa Genzken, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Al Taylor, and Lisa Yuskavage—David Zwirner continued to gain momentum in its next decade. In a 2013 profile, T: The New York Times Style Magazine noted that David Zwirner "was making news with staccato regularity, lining up new shows by heavyweight artists—Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Yayoi Kusama. This recent burst of empire building has seemed to presage a reordering of the New York art-world firmament."
In 2012, the gallery held its first showcase of art created by the ever-expanding David Zwirner staff of art handlers, sales assistants, registrars, and photographers. People Who Work Here became a recurring opportunity to celebrate the dedicated team that supports the gallery's artists and programming.
Veronique Ansorge, Director, and Thomas Ruff at the opening of Thomas Ruff: press++, 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2016
Thomas Ruff, r.phg.s.04, 2013
Neo Rauch and David Zwirner during the installation of Rosa Loy: 9 Wege, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 2006
Front and back of showcard for Chris Ofili: Devil’s Pie, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2007
Front of showcard for Francis Alÿs: SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POETIC CAN BECOME POLITICAL AND SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POLITICAL CAN BECOME POETIC, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2007
Francis Alÿs, Untitled, 2011-2012
James Welling and David Zwirner during the installation of the artist's second gallery solo show, James Welling, 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2007
Marcel Dzama incognito at the book signing for the catalogue published on the occasion of his gallery solo show Marcel Dzama: Even the Ghost of the Past, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2008. TimeOut's reporter recalled, "[Spike] Jonze assured me that a real live bear, borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, would be joining us for the book signing."
Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Raymond Pettibon at the joint opening of Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Hustlers, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, and Raymond Pettibon: To Wit, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2013
Suzan Frecon and Bellatrix Hubert laying out the artist's 2017 solo exhibition Suzan Frecon: recent oil paintings at her studio in upstate New York, 2017
Gallery staff in Doug Wheeler's SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 (2012), on view in Doug Wheeler, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2012
Press preview with Robert Storr of Ad Reinhardt, 537 West 20th Street, New York, November 9, 2013
Sales Director Justine Durrett and Jockum Nordström at the opening of For the insects and the hounds, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2015
Press preview with Antoon Melissen and David Leiber of Jan Schoonhoven, 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2015
David Zwirner visits Oscar Murillo's studio, 2013
Michaël Borremans, The Loan, 2011
Thomas Ruff at the opening of his solo exhibition Thomas Ruff: New Works, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2016
Installation view, Marlene Dumas: Selected Works, Zwirner & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, New York, 2005
Al Taylor, Untitled, 1990
Neo Rauch, Der Blaue Fisch, 2014. Now in the collection of National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
David Zwirner toasting Chris Ofili at the opening of the artist's first gallery solo show, Chris Ofili: Devil’s Pie, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2007. They are standing in front of works by Raymond Pettibon, concurrently on view in Raymond Pettibon: Here’s Your Irony Back (The Big Picture), 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2007.
Francis Alÿs during the installation of his first gallery solo show, Francis Alÿs: SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POETIC CAN BECOME POLITICAL AND SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POLITICAL CAN BECOME POETIC, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2007
James Welling, 0806, 2006. An edition is now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Installation view, Suzan Frecon: recent painting, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 2010. composition in four colors 2, 2010 is now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Visitors lining up for Doug Wheeler, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2012. Constructed within the gallery's architecture, SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 (2012) was the first "infinity environment" ever shown by the artist in New York. The work is now in the Pinault Collection – Palazzo Grassi, Venice.
Front of showcard for Ad Reinhardt, 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2013. Organized by Robert Storr to celebrate the centenary of Ad Reinhardt’s birth, this exhibition marked the gallery’s first presentation of the artist’s work. It was awarded Best Show in a Commercial Space in New York by the International Association of Art Critics/USA.
De Wain Valentine and Kristine Bell at the press preview for De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2015
Jan Schoonhoven, R69-36, 1969
Installation view, Oscar Murillo: binary function, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2015
Wolfgang Tillmans, Frank Ocean, 2015. This work was included in Wolfgang Tillmans: PCR, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2015.
Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1947
Lisa Yuskavage, Bonfire, 2013-2015. Now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Palermo, Wooster Street, 1975
Standardpose [Standard Pose]
1,0 Zwerg-Brabanter, silber, Düsseldorf 2013 (Vera Spix, Elsdorf)
Ring number: EE-D13 13-901, green
Studio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf
November 21, 2013, 2014
Installation view, Concrete Cuba, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2015
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1971
Installation view, Dan Flavin: Series and Progressions, 525 West 19th Street, New York, 2009. untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection) (1974) is now in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Installation view, Josef Albers: Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders, 537 West 20th Street, New York, 2016
Richard Serra's Equal (2015) being installed in 537 West 20th Street, New York, for Richard Serra: Equal, 2015. As Vulture noted, "The artist's latest work, Equal, a series of paired 40-ton stacked steel cubes now on display at David Zwirner's West 20th Street gallery, required master riggers, hydraulic gantries, and a custom runway just to be installed in a building itself expressly designed to accommodate artists' big ideas."
Carol Bove and Johanna Burton at the press preview for Carol Bove: Polka Dots, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2016
Sigmar Polke, Mondlandschaft mit Schilf (Moonlit Landscape with Reeds), 1969
Artists during the installation of People Who Work Here, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2012. This exhibition devoted to artists on staff was curated by Rawson Projects, whose then co-directors James Morrill and Chris Rawson also work at David Zwirner (in the Accounts and Archive departments, respectively).
People Who Work Here, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2016
People Who Work Here, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 2012
Installation view, Carol Bove: The Plastic Unit, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2015
Installation view, Lucas Arruda, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2017
Lucas Arruda and Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal installing Lucas Arruda, 24 Grafton Street, London, 2017
Artists in People Who Work Here, 533 West 19th Street, New York, 2016. This exhibition, the second in the series of showcasing artists who work at David Zwirner, was organized by Marina Gluckman and Jaime Schwartz, both in the gallery's Research and Exhibitions department.