Alex Zachary Peter Currie

By
Photography Gregory Harris

Published November 30, 2012

ABOVE: PETER CURRIE (LEFT) AND ALEX ZACHARY IN NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2012. STYLING BY VANESSA CHOW.

OWNERS: Peter Currie, 27, and Alex Zachary, 29.

LOCATION: Relocating to Harlem in early 2013.

FOUNDED: Alex opened the gallery in January 2010. Peter joined in May 2011.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BECOMING ART DEALERS? Zachary: I worked for Gavin Brown.
Currie:
I worked for Paula Cooper in New York as a gallery assistant and then for Andrée Sfeir-Semler’s gallery in Beirut as director.

WHAT WAS MISSING IN THE NEW YORK GALLERY SCENE THAT YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD OFFER? The moment we opened was more or less the nadir of the recession. Not much new was being attempted and I think we benefited from drastically lowered expectations.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD YOUNG GALLERY? Good artists. And our favorite young galleries are ones that don’t do shows that look like what someone would imagine shows at young galleries look like today-like art about the internet, etc.

WHO DO YOU REPRESENT? Lutz Bacher, Rainer Ganahl, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Ken Okiishi, Lily van der Stokker, Taocheng Wang, Amelie von Wulffen, and Mark van Yetter.

WHAT’S THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT YOU’VE EXECUTED IN THE GALLERY? Lutz Bacher’s The Book of Sand [2010-12] was a piece that required us to fill our gallery with 25 tons of sand.

DOES YOUR GALLERY HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE? Someone described all the work we show as haunted. That’s not intentional, but it sounds accurate.

WHAT IS YOUR 10-YEAR PLAN? A gallery on Mars.

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