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Pace Gallery Chairman Arne Glimcher Appointed Officer in the French Legion of Honor

Pace is pleased to announce Chairman Arne Glimcher has been appointed Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the French Republic. Established by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802, the Order is the highest distinction awarded by France to both fellow citizen and foreigner. Named Chevalier (Knight) in 2003, Mr. Glimcher was recently promoted in his ranking to Officier (Officer) for his “exemplary commitment to the vitality of art worldwide,” and “generous contributions to French artistic institutions.” Americans awarded throughout history include: Thomas A. Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Simon Newcomb, and John Singer Sargent. Since 1985, Mr. Glimcher has also been recognized as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture. 

Since the gallery’s founding in Boston in 1960, Pace has grown to seven locations worldwide (including four in New York, two in London, and one 25,000 sq. ft. gallery in Beijing). The gallery represents more than 70 of the most significant artists and estates of the 20th and 21st centuries and has produced more than 700 exhibitions over the past 50 years. Throughout the course of the gallery’s history, Mr. Glimcher has remained an active proponent of French culture. Among the exhibitions by French artists presented at the gallery or which have traveled to significant institutions throughout France spearheaded by Mr. Glimcher are: Pablo Picasso: The Avignon Paintings (1980-1981); Pablo Picasso: Je suis le cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso (1986); De Kooning/Dubuffet: The Women (1991); Bonnard/Rothko: Color and Light (1997); Picasso: 200 Masterworks from 1989 to 1972 at Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2001-2002); Robert Rauschenberg at Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol (2002); Jean Dubuffet: The Last Two Years (2012); and Loris Gréaud: The Unplayed Notes (2012).

Most recently, Mr. Glimcher organized an exhibition of late drawings by French artist Jean Dubuffet, commonly noted as one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. On view at the Gallery’s 32 East 57th Street location through October 26, 2013, Excursions en no man’s space features 44 works on paper made late in the artist’s career ranging from black and white to the primaries: red, yellow, and blue, and in form from figurative to abstract. The accompanying catalogue documenting the gallery’s sixteenth solo exhibition of the artist includes a written essay by Glimcher, providing additional insight into the artist who coined the term, “Art Brut.” Pace has represented Jean Dubuffet since 1968.

In 2001, Arne Glimcher and his wife Milly were instrumental in organizing loans and contributing works from their own personal collection to the Centre Pompidou’s retrospective, Jean Dubuffet: L’exposition du Centenaire. Today, various works from the couple’s collection including a portrait, Arne (1999-2000) by celebrated American artist Chuck Close reside in the Pompidou’s collection. 

Pace artists who have been the subject of significant exhibitions in Paris and major locations throughout France include: Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Adolph Gottlieb, Loris Gréaud, Robert Irwin, Lee Ufan, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg and Coosie van Bruggen, Bridget Riley, Mark Rothko, Michal Rovner, Robert Ryman, Lucas Samaras, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Saul Steinberg, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Antoni Tàpies, James Turrell, and Zhang Huan. 

Arne Glimcher (b. 1938, Minnesota, USA) founded the Pace Gallery in Boston in 1960. Three years later, the gallery relocated to New York, setting up its headquarters in midtown Manhattan. By the early 1980s, Pace was fully established as one of the city’s premier modern and contemporary art venues for painting, sculpture, video, and installation art. Over the years, Pace’s stable has grown to include many of the most important international artists and estates of the 20th and 21st centuries. Today, with his son Marc, Mr. Glimcher presides over seven galleries worldwide: four locations in New York; a 25,000 square foot gallery space in the historic 798 District of Beijing; and two galleries in London, including a Mayfair flagship at 6 Burlington Gardens, adjacent to the Royal Academy, which opened in the fall of 2012 with an exhibition pairing Mark Rothko’s dark paintings and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascape photographs.

In addition to curating dozens of major exhibitions, Mr. Glimcher is the author of numerous publications, including most recently, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, published by Phaidon in 2012.  Other publications include Agnes Martin: Paintings and Writings in 2000; Je Suis le Cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso, in 1986; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision with Paul C. Vitz in 1984; and Louise Nevelson, in 1972.  On the occasion of the gallery’s 40th anniversary, Mr. Glimcher and his wife, Milly Glimcher, an author and art historian, wrote Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, which was published in 2001 by Leonardo International.  In 2010, Pace celebrated its 50th anniversary with a four venue exhibition devoted to the hundreds of masterpieces that have been exhibited at the gallery over the past five decades. 

In addition, Mr. Glimcher is a producer and director of several motion pictures. His current production, White Gold, is a documentary on the ivory trade and will premiere in New York this October. Mr. Glimcher has also recently directed and co-produced with Martin Scorsese, Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies, which was released in theaters nationwide in 2010. His other credits include Just Cause (Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne) for Warner Brothers in 1995; The Mambo Kings (Antonio Banderas) for Warner Brothers in 1992, for which he received an Academy Award nomination as lyricist for "Best Song"; The Good Mother (Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson) for Touchstone in 1988; as well as Gorillas in the Mist (Sigourney Weaver) for Warner Brothers/Universal Pictures; and Legal Eagles (Robert Redford, Debra Winger) for Universal Pictures in 1986. Mr. Glimcher is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the African Environmental Film Foundation, a non-profit organization, which since its launch in 1998 has produced over 20 educational films about environmental issues in Africa including White Gold.

Mr. Glimcher was Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) from 2000-2003, and a board member for three terms.  He served on the Board of Directors for American Friends of the Israel Museum, New York from 1974 until 2000. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.  


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