New York gallery Lehmann Maupin has beefed up its office in London with the appointment of Amira Gad as its artistic director. Gad was previously exhibitions curator at the Serpentine Galleries for five years. “The institutional and commercial worlds are less divided than they were. Museums now have to find entrepreneurial strategies while galleries are bringing more content and curatorial value to their programmes,” Gad says. She knows Lehmann Maupin well, she says, chiefly through her work with the gallery’s artist Kader Attia, both at the Serpentine and at Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, where Gad previously worked.
David Maupin, co-founder of the gallery, says there are no exhibitions planned in London in the near future but remains committed to its office and viewing rooms in the city’s Cromwell Place arts hub. “Brexit or no Brexit, there is still more opportunity than risk in London,” Maupin says. Gad joins forces with Isabella Kairis Icoz who was named a senior director for Lehmann Maupin in London earlier this year.
Cromwell Place is due to open on May 5 2020. Other galleries that now plan to use the hub to launch in London are Brazil’s Galeria Nara Roesler and Dubai’s The Third Line.