Gagosian Gallery Lures Eminent Sculptor Carol Bove Away From Rival Mega-Gallery David Zwirner

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Mega-gallery Gagosian announced today that it will now represent Carol Bove internationally, marking the American sculptor’s departure from David Zwirner after 12 years.

Whether an intimate assemblage of found objects or a large-scale metal structure, Bove’s sculptures rarely fail to make a statement. She is perhaps best known for her series of brightly colored outdoor sculptures in which painted strips of steel bend, contort and crumple, occasionally juxtaposed with smooth, perfectly circular discs.

Her work has been shown at Documenta 13 in 2012, the High Line in 2013, the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 (representing Switzerland, where she was born), and on the façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2021. That year, she was the subject of a major retrospective at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Carol Bove, The séances aren’t helping II (2021). Photo: Jason Schmidt, courtesy the artist and Gagosian.

“I’ve been following her work for years,” said Larry Gagosian in a press statement, going on to praise her “acute sense of architecture as a framework for sculpture” and “unique capacity for illusion in her use of materials and color.” The gallery plans to start presenting Bove’s work at its Park + 75 location in New York this fall, as well as at the fair Paris+ par Art Basel.

Last year, a solo presentation of new works by Bove opened at David Zwirner’s Paris gallery just in time for Paris+ and reportedly sold out. Artnet News’s senior market reporter Katya Kazakina noted in her column, that despite the fact that Bove is a highly respected artist with considerable institutional backing, her secondary market has a flailed in recent years. “In our experience, collectors try to acquire, rather than sell, Carol’s work,” said Branwen Jones, a partner at Zwirner.

 

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