Blum & Poe, a blue-chip gallery based in Los Angeles, officially has a new name and a fresh New York space after its founders split up earlier this year, following more than 30 years together.
The gallery, now titled Blum, will relocated from the Upper East Side to Tribeca, a thrumming gallery district that has in recent years made a strong bid to become the main one in Manhattan, with dozens of enterprises setting up shop there.
As galleries like Almine Rech, Venus Over Manhattan, Timothy Taylor, and Marian Goodman Gallery have revealed plans to open in Tribeca, other, smaller galleries in the neighborhood have shuttered. Over the summer, JTT announced that it was closing less than two years after moving to Tribeca. Its shuttering was followed by the closures of Queer Thoughts and Denny Gallery.
Blum, now run by Tim Blum without Jeff Poe as a co-owner, will be located at 9 White Street, where Ortuzar Projects is currently based. (That gallery is planning to move next door, where it has plans to triple in size.) Blum will occupy 6,200 square feet of space and two floors.
Up first at the new gallery is a survey of Japanese art that will open in the spring of 2024. Tim Blum and Mika Yoshitake are set to curate the exhibition.
When Poe split from the gallery this summer, it said it would not change its name. Now, however, it has. The gallery will continue to maintain its roster and its locations in Los Angeles and Tokyo.
In a statement, Tim Blum said, “This coming chapter will unveil new relationships with artists, new initiatives in publishing, and a beautiful new space in Tribeca which will enable us to build upon the legacy of ambitious shows that we have been staging in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New York for years. I feel emboldened by the amazing global team we have built, and the outstanding group of artists, some of whom we have worked with for 30 years.”