Date: 30 September 2010
New gallery from Haunch of Venison founders opens next month
BlainSouthern, the new venture headed up by Haunch of Venison founders Harry Blain and Graham Southern, opens in October with an exhibition of works by Mat Collishaw—one of several artists to have resigned from the Christie’s-owned Haunch of Venison gallery.
Collishaw said he has always “enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with Harry Blain in the past”, and is “optimistic that his new venture will live up to its promise”. The inaugural show, which will feature new works including gothic altarpieces and surveillance mirrors, opens at 21 Dering Street on 12 October.
Bill Viola and Rachel Howard have also resigned, while Anton Henning’s website lists BlainSouthern as its London gallery. Jeroen Verhoeven, who worked with Haunch in the past, is also said to have joined BlainSouthern. The Art Newspaper understands that several other artists are also in negotiation.
Blain confirmed that Collishaw will open the new space at Dering Street, but would not provide further comment.
Haunch of Venison director, Matt Watkins, said that the gallery parted company with outgoing artists “on very amicable terms”, and wished them “the very best with their future plans”.
BlainSouthern will also open a second townhouse space near Bond Street later this year. However, both sites are temporary—the gallery will move to a major new Mayfair space in 2012, which is currently under construction, according to a trade source.
“We’re going to work in both the primary and secondary market, as we have always done,” Harry Blain told The Art Newspaper in July—and his new gallery looks set to open an uptown space in New York for secondary market sales, said a source.
Blain and Southern founded Haunch of Venison in 2002, and sold it to Christie’s in 2007—a move regarded with cynicism by many in the trade. The duo announced their resignation at the end of May.
Of its future plans, Bomi Odufunade, head of press said that: “Haunch of Venison will continue to support and present the work of over 30 artists that it represents and we are actively engaged in dialogue with a number of new artists.”
Christie’s has kept the Haunch of Venison brand name, which it is using to focus on the primary market. Secondary market deals have been moved back into the auction house proper. It also keeps the building at Haunch of Venison Yard in London. The gallery remains under the directorship of New York-based Emilio Steinberger and Barrett White, while Matthew Carey-Williams has returned to the gallery as the London director.
Source: The Art Newspaper