Galleries Shift Shape to Survive in a Changing Art World

The New York Times | Roberta Smith:

Art galleries, like museums, are in a state of flux, determined to find ways to survive and remain relevant in an increasingly hostile environment shaped by rising rents; development; absurd auction prices and a dearth of old-school collectors — ones who think for themselves. The few that can are shape-shifting and scaling up, becoming more like museums, mounting shows with outside curators and even opening their own bookstores. Many galleries stage not only art performances — by now routine — but also panel discussions and conversations with the artists whose work they sell. As might be expected, these can blur the line between public service and promotion… Read more

Image: “Ribbons” (2014) by the video artist Ed Atkins, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in Harlem. Credit Byron Smith for The New York Times