The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is leaving Gagosian Gallery, which has represented the late artist’s work since a little after his death in 2008. The New York Times reports that the foundation will now be overseen by three galleries, spread out across the world: Pace (New York, London, Hong Kong, and Beijing), which represented Rauschenberg near the end of his life, Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris and Salzburg), and Luisa Strina, in the ever-expanding art capital of São Paulo.
Rauschenberg is the subject of a major retrospective that opens in 2016 and will appear at the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York before traveling to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Gagosian, for anyone keeping count, currently operates 15 locations–six in New York if you include the Gagosian Shop, which we will just for the sake of a nice round number, as well as galleries in Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong. (Ah, those heady days when Gagosian only had 11 galleries! Ah, youth!) In the last few years, several high-profile artists have exited the gallery, including Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama. Christy MacLear, the executive director of the Rauschenberg Foundation, told The Times, “The foundation is looking forward to working directly with a more distributed leadership that is very strong in their local geographies.”