Since its founding in 1996, Lehmann Maupin has cultivated the careers of a diverse group of internationally recognized artists. The gallery has gained a reputation for supporting both emerging and established artists working in all media and across disciplines. Many create new and challenging forms of visual expression and are interested in related fields, including architecture and the built environment, fashion and technology. The gallery’s artists tend to frame personal investigations and individual narratives through conceptual approaches that often address such issues as gender, class, religion, history, politics and globalism.
Lehmann Maupin is recognized for its international position in the art world and its strong relationships with prominent museums, curators and collectors in vibrant artistic centers, particularly in Asia. The gallery represents artists from Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East in addition to those from the United States—each of whose work has been featured in major exhibitions and commissions around the world.
The gallery has maintained long relationships with many of its artists, while also introducing new talent to the field. Lehmann Maupin is known for successfully supporting young talent and has given a number of artists their first gallery shows in New York, including Tracey Emin, Anya Gallaccio, Shirazeh Houshiary, Liu Wei, Klara Kristalova, MR., Angel Otero, Do Ho Suh, Juergen Teller, Mickalene Thomas, and Adriana Varejão.
Lehmann Maupin has stewarded artists at various points in their careers, including emerging talent such as Hernan Bas, Robin Rhode and Mickalene Thomas; mid-career artists Lee Bul, Billy Childish, Teresita Fernández, Tony Oursler, Jennifer Steinkamp and Nari Ward; and prominent figures such as Ashley Bickerton, Mary Corse, Gilbert & George, and Tim Rollins and K.O.S. Lehmann Maupin works closely with curators and scholars at the forefront of the contemporary art world to firmly establish each artist’s unique contribution to art history.
Founded by partners Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin who first met in 1991, the gallery has three locations—two in New York (Chelsea in 2002 and the Lower East Side in 2007), and one in Hong Kong (2013). Since its inception, Lehmann Maupin has worked closely with world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas/OMA on the singular design of their galleries, including the original SoHo space (1996-2002), as well as the current Chelsea and Hong Kong spaces.
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