NEW YORK—On March 6 Albion Gallery, London, which shows the works of artists such as Cai Guo-Qiang and Jaume Plensa, announced the launch of an operation in New York. David Ross, who has served as director of both the Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will head the new branch.
Albion director Michael Hue-Williams says that opening a New York office “allows us to look after the best interests of the leading artists we represent.” Hue-Williams further reports that Ross was responsible for bringing Vito Acconci into the gallery stable. Ross also curated the gallery’s current show (through April 25) of works by video artist Peter Campus.
“After 30 years as a curator and a museum director,” Ross told ARTnewsletter, “one of the things I missed the most was the direct connection of working with the artists. Running a gallery will give me the opportunity to do that, with artists of my own generation as well as younger artists, and those from India and China whose work I’ve followed.”
Ross says the plan is to create a space in New York that will house both exhibition areas and the New York offices, to be designed by architect David Adjaye “as soon as possible.” The target date is “a year to 18 months” hence, he says. Initially, Albion’s New York branch will be headquartered in Soho.
Ross will step down from his position as chairman of the Artist Pension Trust, an organization that provides long-term financial security for artists by pooling their works (ANL, 6/21/05). He says, however, that he will remain “deeply involved” with the organization.