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Berlin’s Arratia Beer Gallery Closes After 12 Years

Installation view of “A brune figure in winter evening resists identity,” 2018, at Arratia Beer, Berlin.

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In an email newsletter sent out today, the Berlin-based Arratia Beer gallery announced that it has closed.

Founded by Euridice Arratia and Elizabeth Beer in 2006, the gallery, which was located in the city’s Tiergarten neighborhood, had assembled a roster that included Patty Chang, Omer Fast, Ed Fornieles, Jennie C. Jones, Mary Reid Kelley, and Javier Téllez, among others. The gallery had been a mainstay at such fairs as Art Basel, Frieze New York, and Zona Maco.

“My appreciation goes . . . to the museum colleagues and committed collectors, who have followed and supported the program throughout the years,” Arratia said in the letter. “And to the unknown visitor, who, after coming into the gallery repeated times to see the same exhibition, walked into the office simply saying ‘Thank you for doing this’ and walking away. Thank you to all our visitors and to Berlin.” The gallery did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The closure of Arratia Beer comes as a number of other medium-size galleries around the world have been shuttering. Among the notable Berlin spaces to have closed in the past few years are Silberkuppe and Micky Schubert, whose founder briefly set up an incubator called Grand Army Collective in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Other major gallery closures in the last year have included Broadway 1602 in New York, Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles, and David Risley in Copenhagen.

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