Hauser & Wirth has added yet another estate to its large roster. The gallery, which has multiple locations worldwide, now represents The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow, in collaboration with Piotr Stanislawski, the artist’s son, and Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris. In New York, the estate had previously worked with Andrea Rosen, who also collaborated on it with Galerie Loevenbruck. Rosen closed her gallery last year.
Born in Poland, Szapocznikow died in 1973 at age 47. She is perhaps most famous for resin casts of her body, which she sometimes embellished with electric lightbulbs, turning them into lamps. Szapocznikow created art after surviving three concentration camps. Her work, which was the subject of a survey at the Museum of Modern Art in 2012, was most recently on view in last year’s Documenta, in Kassel, Germany.
Speaking with ARTnews, Marc Payot, a director at Hauser & Wirth, emphasized Szapocznikow’s work’s relationship with that of artists like Louise Bourgeois and Geta Brătescu, who are also part of the gallery’s stable. “It makes sense in that same strong vocabulary,” Payot said.
Payot added that Hauser & Wirth will have a large piece by Szapocznikow in its booth at Art Basel in Switzerland in June, and an exhibition is being planned for spring of 2019, at the gallery’s uptown New York branch, on 69th Street.