Gallerist Andrea Rosen surprised the New York art world with an announcement on Tuesday that she will be closing her eponymous gallery in Chelsea after 27 years.
“I have come to realize that in order for me to be fearlessly open and responsive to our times and the future, [it] requires mobility, flexibility and the willingness to change, and consequently, I have decided to shift my life, and the focus of the gallery, in a significant way,” Rosen wrote.
Rosen will continue to represent the estate of conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres whose work inaugurated her gallery in 1990. However, she will do so in partnership with mega-dealer David Zwirner. “I approached David to co-represent Felix, as Zwirner Gallery is the obvious choice, as I very much respect the rigor of David’s program and his gallery’s focus on the holistic representation of artists.”
Other contemporary artists, including Wolfgang Tillmans, Yoko Ono, Lynda Benglis, John Currin, David Altmejd, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, have also been represented by Rosen, along with the 20th-century work of László Moholy-Nagy and others.
Said Rosen, “While the gallery will continue to exist, with selective activities, like the representation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, I will no longer have a typical permanent public space and therefore no longer represent living artists. This transition will transpire over the next few months.”
The decision to close doors seemed to occur after the November election of President Trump, notes W Magazine. Rosen explained, “I have always felt that being open to the public and supporting artists was the perfect conduit for everything I care about. Yet I realized that the only way to be truly available and in order to set an example for my daughter of what it means to try to be an active, kind and connected citizen, or to try and live without ethical compromise requires time and the simplification of my life.”