One of the most important international art galleries with a strong focus on sculpture in the world is undoubtedly Pace Gallery. It represents several highly influential artists and has maintained relationships with Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Barbara Hepworth, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, and Mark Rothko.
Pace is over 70 years old. It all began in 1960 - not in New York, where Pace Gallery is headquartered, but in Boston. That's where Arnold (Arne) Glimcher founded his gallery and ran it with his wife Milly and his mother Eva. He was only 22 years old at the time.
In 1963, Glimcher moved to the metropolis of New York. This was made possible by a partnership with Fred Mueller and Ivan Karp, a family friend.
In 1993, Pace Galerie merged with Wildenstein & Company, and the two companies operated under the name PaceWildenstein. The partnership lasted until 2010, at which time the two galleries agreed to continue working together but were once again run independently. In 2014, Wildenstein & Company was sold to the government of Qatar.
Pace Gallery was among the first galleries to set its sights on the Asian market. In 2008, Pace opened a gallery in Beijing with 25,000 square feet.
A new era began for Pace in 2011, when Marc Glimcher (born in 1963) was appointed president and CEO, succeeding his father. Marc Glimcher previously studied at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Biological Anthropology. In 1985, he began his career at his father's gallery as Associate Director. The gallery's tremendous international growth over the past decades is probably due to his influence. He also won important artists such as Michal Rovner, Julian Schnabel, and Loie Hollowell.
The gallery scored a coup in 2021 when Jeff Koons joined Pace. Before that, Koons was represented by the Gagosian and David Zwirner galleries. The first results of Pace's collaboration with Koons are scheduled to be on view at the gallery's Palo Alto space in California in 2022, followed by a prominent New York exhibition in 2023.
Marc Glimcher recently created Superblue, his subcontractor for virtual reality installations. Also new at Pace is the gallery's new collaboration model to help younger and smaller galleries gain a global presence.
Pace has nine locations in New York, London, Hong Kong, Palo Alto, Geneva, Seoul, East Hampton, and Palm Beach. A new location will open soon in Los Angeles. For more information go to www.pacegallery.com.