In a brief statement sent to press this afternoon, Hauser & Wirth revealed that Paul Schimmel “will no longer serve as Director, Partner, and Vice President of the gallery.”
Schimmel joined the powerhouse gallery as a name partner at its Los Angeles space, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, in May 2013, after working as chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city since 1990. The move made waves throughout the contemporary art world, being a rare—and huge—example of a museum curator entering the commercial art game.
The gallery did not offer details on the curator’s departure, but said that Marc Payot, another partner and vice president at the gallery, which also has spaces in New York, London, Zurich, and Somerset, England, will now oversee its sprawling L.A. space. That location opened in March 2016 with “Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” curated by Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin.
ARTnews has reached out to Schimmel for comment.