Gagosian, the worldwide gallery identified for bold exhibitions, has added a 32-year-old director and curator, Antwaun Sargent, whose first present will study what he calls “notions of Black area.”
Sargent, who shall be based mostly in New York Metropolis, is becoming a member of the gallery after a decade as a author and a critic whose work has been revealed by The New Yorker, The New York Occasions and different shops.
Sargent has lectured and took part in public conversations with artists on the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Brooklyn Museum, in addition to at Harvard and Yale universities. He wrote the guide “The New Black Vanguard: Pictures Between Artwork and Trend,” and edited the guide “Younger, Gifted and Black: A New Era of Artists.”
“It’s a beautiful platform,” Sargent stated on Wednesday of Gagosian, the place he shall be one among about 30 administrators worldwide. “It’s a spot the place you come and think about artwork, nevertheless it’s additionally a spot the place dialogue occurs.”
At Gagosian, which has greater than a dozen areas in the USA and different international locations, Sargent will create exhibitions; contribute to the gallery’s publication, Gagosian Quarterly; and set up panels and symposiums. He stated he plans to work with artists who’re enthusiastic about modern points round id, want and illustration and who’re rethinking pictures, portray and creative practices.
Sargent desires to make it possible for artists of coloration are represented inside the gallery, he stated, and to advertise discussions of artwork that embrace acknowledgment of works created by members of teams which have usually been neglected or under-represented within the broader artwork world.
“I’ve at all times been within the methods wherein we will reframe the dialog round a number of the voices which have been disregarded,” he stated. “I’m additionally keen on notions of group and the way artists work inside communities and the way works are knowledgeable by their hyperlinks to group.”
Sargent shall be amongst these engaged on a Black Historical past Month initiative at Gagosian that may have a look at Black historical past via artwork, programming and discussions. His first exhibition is deliberate for the gallery’s West twenty fourth Road location in Manhattan later this 12 months.
That present is anticipated to incorporate a number of artists who will discover the thought of Black area on “an institutional degree, a group degree and a psychological degree,” Sargent stated.
“It actually thinks about this query of area,” he stated. “Which is one other strategy to say energy.”