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Inside the World's Top Galleries: Marc Glimcher of Pace

Inside the World's Top Galleries: Marc Glimcher of Pace
Marc Glimcher
(Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, courtesy The Pace Gallery)

New York, U.S.; London, U.K.; Beijing, China
Focus: Contemporary?
Artists: Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Agnes Martin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Turrell

Marc Glimcher, President

What was your biggest show of the past year?

I would have to say it’s a toss-up between our “Rothko/Sugimoto” exhibition, which inaugurated the London gallery in October, and, of course, my mother’s “Happenings” exhibition, which recently won the art critics [AICA] award.

How has the gallery changed since its founding?

Well, over the past 53 years we’ve gone from my mother and my father sitting in a storefront on Newbury Street in Boston—waiting for one of the few contemporary art collectors out there to come?in and see their exhibitions of Warhol or Oldenburg or Chamberlain— to 150 people in 250,000 square feet of gallery space in Beijing, London, and New York, contending with a constantly changing international art world, 30 to 40 exhibitions a year, and the 70 artists whom we are fortunate enough to represent. On the other hand, my mother and father are still there. It’s really the same family it always was—just a bit bigger.

What are your plans for the next five years?

To take up fly-fishing.

What’s your favorite place to eat near the gallery?

Let me see—let’s do it by time zone, starting in London. I have to say Text, which is by our Lexington Street gallery in Soho, where I learned the definition of English comfort food; Time Zone 8, which is around the corner from Pace Beijing, where you can get a great Caesar salad if you’re not too distracted by the bookshop; and getting back home, it’s a toss-up between this great place Obikà, the mozzarella bar in our sculpture garden over in the IBM Building, and the candy department of FAO Schwarz.... I suppose I shouldn’t admit that.

What emerging artist are you excited about?

This year, two of the most exciting emerging artists for me are Adam Pendleton, whom we showed in London, and Adrian Ghenie, who just had a show in New York. They are the kind of young artists who really show us that painting will never die and that one can still be astonished by the sheer power of an artist’s gifts. On the other hand, I would also say that the installation and video work of our Chinese artist Song Dong has really captured the imagination of the world this year.