The Gallery Press Release
July 3—August 8, 2008
David Zwirner is pleased to celebrate fifteen years with an anniversary exhibition, titled The Gallery. Highlighting the evolution of David Zwirner, the exhibition presents early and recent work by all of the artists represented and is the first to span the entire gallery, uniting 519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street.
David Zwirner opened its doors in February 1993 on the ground floor of 43 Greene Street in SoHo. Marked by pioneering exhibitions with Stan Douglas, Jason Rhoades, Toba Khedoori, Rachel Khedoori, and Diana Thater, the early years established David Zwirner as a home for innovative, emerging artists working across media. Over the years, the gallery has helped foster the careers of some of the most influential artists working today, including Luc Tuymans and Neo Rauch, who both had their U.S. debut exhibitions at David Zwirner in 1994 and 2000 respectively. During its time in SoHo, the following artists joined the gallery: Michaël Borremans, Raoul De Keyser, Marcel Dzama, On Kawara, The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, John McCracken, Jockum Nordström, Raymond Pettibon, Daniel Richter, Thomas Ruff, Katy Schimert, Yutaka Sone, and Christopher Williams.
Much like its artists, David Zwirner has experienced extraordinary growth. In 2002, the gallery moved to Chelsea. Four years later, it expanded from 10,000 to 30,000 square feet, allowing the gallery to mount three independent, full-scale exhibitions simultaneously. Many new artists have joined the gallery since its move to Chelsea including: Adel Abdessemed, Tomma Abts, Francis Alÿs, Mamma Andersson, R. Crumb, PhilipLorca diCorcia, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Chris Ofili, Michael Riedel, James Welling, Sue Williams, Yan Pei-Ming, and Lisa Yuskavage.
Only eight artists comprised the fifth anniversary exhibition in 1999, in contrast The Gallery celebrates the thirty-four artists now represented. It also includes work by Fred Sandback and Al Taylor, whose estates are represented by Zwirner & Wirth, located at 32 East 69th Street.