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Pace Turns 50, Plans Art-Studded Anniversary

Pace Gallery is turning fifty, and instead of a midlife crisis, the gallery is whooping it up with a retrospective show at Pace’s four Manhattan locations. 50 Years at Pace unites some of the major works that Glimcher and Co. have handled, including loans from MoMA and Washington’s National Gallery. Each show examines a different piece of Pace’s history. The 57th Street location will recreate elements of important past exhibitions, including Pablo Picasso: The Avignon Paintings, The Sculpture of Picasso, and De Kooning/Dubuffet: The Women. The show includes loans from public and private collections. MoMA’s Woman II by de Kooning and Mondrian’s Large Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow (borrowed from a private collection) will be shown alongside vintage gallery announcements, posters and photos of the original exhibition installations. The 534 West 25th Street space will feature Pop art and Abstract Expressionism. Works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein will be on view, as well as Jasper Johns’ 1958 Three Flags. When Pace sold the work to the Whitney Museum in 1980 for $1 million, the painting set a record for the priciest artwork ever sold by a living artist. Minimalist and Post-Modernist movements will dominate the 22nd Street gallery. Chuck Close’s Fanny/Fingerprinting will be on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The inaugural exhibit at Pace’s newest digs on West 25th Street (formerly home to the Bortolami Gallery, which we blogged about here) will feature the gallery’s current roster including Chuck Close, Fred Wilson, Zhang Xiaogang, Tara Donovan and others. Arne Glimcher founded Pace Gallery on Boston’s Newbury Street in 1960, and moved three years later to its current space in Midtown. Over the past fifty years the gallery has produced almost 700 exhibitions and published nearly 350 exhibition catalogs. In addition to four galleries in New York, the empire grew with a 22,000 square foot gallery space in Beijing in 2008. Other branches of the business include Pace/MacGill, a photography gallery, Pace Prints, specializing in limited edition works on paper, and Pace Primitive, which showcases tribal art. 50 Years at Pace will be on view at 32 East 57th Street, 534 West 25th Street, and 545 West 22nd Street from September 17-October 23. Pace Gallery’s new location at 510 West 25th Street will display the show through October 16. Opening receptions at each venue will be 5:30-9 PM on Thursday, September 16.
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