Auckland's Jensen Gallery to open in Sydney - Art Collector

Callum Innes, Untitled 12, 2008. Courtesy: the artist and Jensen Gallery, Auckland

15 November 2010 | Andrew Jensen, the director of Jensen Gallery in Auckland, has announced plans to open a second gallery space in Paddington in the new year.

Jensen says the move has been prompted by the gallery’s growing Australian audience. “The gallery program has developed, particularly over the last decade or so, an increasingly strong international aspect. The solo projects we have done with artists like Tony Oursler, Fred Sandback, Callum Innes, Helmut Federle, Imi Knoebel, Gunter Umberg, Winston Roeth, James Casebere and Jacqueline Humphries have all found very considered receptions here in New Zealand but there has also been significant interest from an Australian audience,” he says.

“With projects ahead of us which include solo exhibitions with Eric Fischl, Carolee Schneeman and
Jude Rae and a deepening of the curated projects the gallery presents, I have become increasingly aware that we ought to be engaging a larger audience.”

The new gallery – which Jensen says will be “of a significant scale” – is due to open in February 2011 with a solo project by Callum Innes. This will be followed by a group exhibition called
Naked featuring work by Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Tracey Emin, Carolee Schneeman, Winston Roeth and Australian painter Jude Rae.

Jensen will divide his time between both cities but will effectively be living in Sydney full-time. Matthew Hanson will assist him at the Sydney gallery and Emma Fox, currently head of Fine Art at the New Zealand auction house
Webb’s, has been appointed to manage the Auckland gallery.

Fox, who worked for Jensen Gallery for eight years prior to joining Webb’s, says she decided to rejoin Jensen because “the opportunity arose to take charge of the Auckland space, and while it is still under the guidance of Andrew, to have independence around ideas and decisions”.

She is extremely positive about her four years with Webb’s, calling them “thrilling and exhausting,” and says she is looking forward to “working alongside artists again, and the more thoughtful pace that a gallery allows”.

Jane O'Sullivan

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