The information that Tempo has acquired Kayne Griffin gallery in Los Angeles, creating the brand new Tempo Los Angeles efficient in April, took many without warning however has a sure logic to it. Tempo has an enormous roster of artists—113 eventually depend—and no area within the metropolis. Kayne Griffin has a a lot smaller artist checklist and a good looking area right here, full with a Skyspace by James Turrell, one of many artists the galleries share. And Tempo’s pledge to maintain the Kayne Griffin employees intact, with veteran sellers Invoice Griffin and Maggie Kayne concerned to some extent as managing companions, sounds encouraging.
However not everyone seems to be celebrating. Los Angeles’s most essential homegrown galleries, together with David Kordansky, Vielmetter and Blum & Poe, are actually within the tough place of attempting to keep up their market share for artists additionally represented by Tempo, now with 9 places from New York to Seoul. And native galleries will face the identical problem at any time when David Zwirner strikes to its new area in Hollywood. (No opening date was obtainable as we went to press.)
For instance, Tempo exhibits David Hockney in lots of places, however LA Louver has had a protracted and profitable relationship with him in Los Angeles, staging practically two dozen solo exhibits since 1978. Tempo additionally shares a number of artists with Blum & Poe: Lynda Benglis, Sonia Gomes, Lee Ufan and Yoshitomo Nara. And Tempo exhibits one among Kordansky’s greatest artists, Sam Gilliam. In the meantime, Zwirner exhibits Blum & Poe artist Shio Kusaka, 1301PE artists Diana Thater and Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Regen Initiatives artists Toba Khedoori, James Welling, Raymond Pettibon and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Having these mega-galleries in Los Angeles might check artists’ loyalties. The query that had folks speaking pre-Frieze, in between gallery openings and off the report: will Tempo and Zwirner attempt to poach artists from native galleries the way in which that Hauser & Wirth, which opened its advanced right here in 2016, has in recent times? Tempo’s press launch asserting its Kayne Griffin merger tried to assuage issues. “Along with artists which can be represented by each galleries, Tempo may also proceed to nurture collaborations with Los Angeles galleries with whom it shares artist representations, together with Blum & Poe, David Kordansky Gallery, LA Louver, Night time Gallery and Vielmetter Los Angeles,” it mentioned.
However the historical past of mega-galleries increasing right here suggests in any other case, with Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles location serving to it to determine “worldwide illustration of”—primarily a monopoly over the work of—artists reminiscent of Charles Gaines, whose profession was supported for years by Vielmetter. (The gallery suffered one other loss this month to Hauser & Wirth: Angel Otero).
One seasoned Los Angeles artwork seller raises one other concern. “I feel loads of artists are very loyal to their galleries,” she says. “Collectors, not a lot. The larger subject than poaching is the truth that Tempo and Zwirner will be capable to get in entrance of collectors with works by all of their artists,” together with, she notes, stock from artists already represented by a gallery that’s simply throughout city. And to get to Tempo’s new Los Angeles gallery from David Kordansky, a collector wants solely to stroll throughout the road.