Atmospheres: The Pace Staff Show. Pace Gallery. New York

Installation view of Pace Staff Show (2019), courtesy Pace Gallery
Installation view of Pace Staff Show (2019), courtesy Pace Gallery

New York – This summer Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition spotlighting artwork by the gallery’s staff from around the world. Just as atmospheres are bound together by a center of gravity, this exhibition—titled Atmospheres—looks at Pace’s role as a center of gravity for its community and celebrates the many ways in which art resonates in the lives of those operating within its orbit. Highlighting a diverse range of work produced by the gallery’s global staff, the exhibition presents a group portrait of the creativity and imagination that defines Pace. The group show will be on view July 16 – August 21, 2021 at 510 West 25th Street in New York.

Many members of Pace’s staff, whose professional lives are intrinsically linked to art, are also artists themselves. Atmospheres seeks to showcase the work of those who enable the gallery to run and thrive daily. Featuring over 50 works, the exhibition examines what it means to be an artist while working in the service of art, and the many ways in which art manifests itself beyond the gallery walls. The presentation reflects the innovative culture of the gallery while collectively and collaboratively celebrating togetherness and unity following a year marked by unprecedented challenges.

Continuing a tradition of Pace staff exhibitions, Atmospheres follows the previous group presentation in New York in 2019. Featuring work by colleagues from all global gallery locations—New York, Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul—the works on view span drawing, photography, painting, performance, sculpture, and digital art, showcasing a range of perspectives and the expansive imagination and creativity of the Pace community.

Concurrently on view at 540 West 25th Street is Hiding in Plain Sight, a group presentation curated by Andria Hickey and featuring works by over 20 international artists from within and beyond the gallery’s program, including Sam Gilliam, Walid Raad, Torkwase Dyson, Tony Lewis, Trevor Paglen, Kapwani Kiwanga, Alicja Kwade, Rodney McMillan, Rayyane Tabet, Yto Barrada, Prabha Meppayil, Adrian Villar Rojas, Etel Adnan, Jessica Vaughn, Suki Seokyeuong Kang, Aria Dean, Byron Kim, Hito Steyerl, Sharhyar Nashat, and Simon Denny. The presentation explores the ways in which artists today distill complex subjects into abstract forms that map new and unexpected connections across time and space and is also on view through August 21, 2021.

Pace is a leading international art gallery representing some of the most influential contemporary artists and estates from the past century, holding decades-long relationships with Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Barbara Hepworth, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, and Mark Rothko. Pace enjoys a unique U.S. heritage spanning East and West coasts through its early support of artists central to the Abstract Expressionist and Light and Space movements.

Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished legacy as an artist-first gallery that mounts seminal historical and contemporary exhibitions. Under the current leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace continues to support its artists and share their visionary work with audiences worldwide by remaining at the forefront of innovation. Now in its seventh decade, the gallery advances its mission through a robust global program—comprising exhibitions, artist projects, public installations, institutional collaborations, performances, and interdisciplinary projects. Pace has a legacy in art bookmaking and has published over five hundred titles in close collaboration with artists, with a focus on original scholarship and on introducing new voices to the art historical canon. The gallery has also spearheaded exploration into the intersection of art and technology through new business models, exhibition interpretation tools, and representation of artists engaging with technology.

Today, Pace has nine locations worldwide including London, Geneva, a strong foothold in Palo Alto, and two galleries in New York—its headquarters at 540 West 25th Street, which welcomed almost 120,000 visitors and programmed 20 shows in its first six months, and an adjacent 8,000 sq. ft. exhibition space at 510 West 25th Street. Pace was one of the first international galleries to establish outposts in Asia, where it operates permanent gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Seoul, as well as an office and viewing room in Beijing. In 2020, Pace opened temporary exhibition spaces in East Hampton and Palm Beach, with continued programming on a seasonal basis. In fall 2021, Pace will continue to expand its European presence with the opening of a larger gallery space in London.