In 2002 the three gallerists Gavin Brown (New York), Franco Noero (Turin) and Toby Webster (The Modern Institute, Glasgow) opened a gallery in Rome. It was a common dream, which lasted for a few years. In 2015, Brown went back to Rome and opened a second gallery at Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, a deconsecrated eighth-century church at Via dei Vascellari 69 in the Trastevere neighborhood.
Invitation cards/posters by Sprüth Magers.
The gallery emerged amid an extraordinary outburst in contemporary art that took place in Cologne in the early 1980s. Its first iteration as Monika Sprüth Gallery opened in 1983 with an exhibition of paintings by Andreas Schulze and was soon followed by exhibitions of Rosemarie Trockel and Peter Fischli David Weiss. Over the next few years, George Condo, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman all showed at the gallery and have continued to do so for the last thirty years. In 1991, a second gallery opened in Cologne under the name of Philomene Magers. Early exhibitions included Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings, Robert Morris’s felt pieces and John Baldessari’s photographs and text paintings from the 1960s. The two galleries merged into a single entity in 1998, and in 2000, a Munich space opened with Ed Ruscha’s exhibition Gunpowder and Stains.
In 2003, Sprüth Magers Lee opened in London with an exhibition of works by Donald Judd. In 2007, Sprüth Magers relocated to Grafton Street, Mayfair, inaugurating the space with a show of new photographs by Andreas Gursky. In 2008, the gallery established its flagship space in a former dancehall in Berlin Mitte, not far from the city’s Museum Island, debuting with Thomas Scheibitz and George Condo. The latest chapter in the gallery’s history was the launch of the Los Angeles space in 2016, presenting new works by John Baldessari. Located on Wilshire Boulevard, just across the road from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it is housed in a two-story building designed in the late 1960s by renowned West Coast architects William L. Pereira & Associates.” Source
Invitation card by Zurich gallery Karma International for the show by Ida Ekblad and Tobias Madison in 2009.
Anonymous user comment: “The ‘non-book’ shape of the fold is intriguing and the graphic layout causes it to open in a dramatic way: first displaying a bold pattern, then revealing a name, finally opening up to a wholly unexpected image – in this case a geographic-dancegraphic hybrid.”
Ich Vermute, dass diese Karte zu einer Gruppenausstellung im Helmhaus von A.C. Kupper gestaltet worden ist. Ich finde sie sehr schön… aber der Lack lässt mich zweifeln…