After parting ways with New York art dealer Gavin Brown earlier this year, Avery Singer, a New York-based artist, will now represented by Hauser & Wirth. Among the top artists that the art world is watching, Singer is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after artists today. Prior to today’s announcement, it was rumoured that David Zwirner, Gagosian, and Hauser & Wirth were among the main competitors to represent Singer. In Berlin, Singer will continue to be represented by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler.
At 32, Singer is the youngest artist to be represented by the mega-gallery. In February of next year, her first major solo presentation with the gallery will be held at Frieze LA and will include a series of new works.
Singer’s inventive works straddle the line between traditional mediums and new, exploring how painting and technology can merge. Her choice to combine old with new doesn’t stop at choice of medium, either. Through her own artistic vocabulary, Singer takes on artistic tropes, like the muse, while grappling with current attitudes towards the art world. Singer’s black and white gridded works made her name, which she has continued to develop through her use of 3D computer modelling processes, adapting archival documentation techniques and iconography. Her works widen the gap between physical interaction with the canvas and the subjective experience of the work.
In her relatively short career, Singer has already made an impressive entrance into the art market, too. Her works have been present at auctions more than a dozen times and some speculate that her works have easily topped $1 million in private sales. In May of last year, her 2013 work FELLOW TRAVELERS, FLAMING CREATURES sold for $735,000, more than six times its pre-sale estimate.
Singer, whose parents were both artists, references when she would go to work with her father and how his appreciation for the art around them influenced her own work and her choice to work with Hauser & Wirth. ‘For me,’ said Singer in a statement, ‘Hauser & Wirth offers the unparalleled context of an established, artist-driven, and historically-focused gallery. I immediately felt a deep sense of integrity and dedication to artists and their vision, upon meeting Marc, Manuela, and Iwan. As an artist, I need a gallery collaboration that is deeply committed to supporting a long trajectory of experimentation and innovation that I will pursue over the course of my career and my life.’
‘The dynamism, inventiveness, and intellectual rigor of her practice invites us to imagine the future of painting as a medium,’ said Marc Payot, partner and vice president of Hauser & Wirth in a statement. ‘Avery is a fearless innovator. But at the same time, she reveres historical trajectories and works from a deep knowledge of art history.’