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London artists start New York-style gallery hopping

Mark Wallinger joins Hauser & Wirth, while Dexter Dalwood moves to Simon Lee gallery

Mark Wallinger with a model for his Ebbsfleet stallion

The leading UK artist Mark Wallinger has left his London gallery Anthony Reynolds after 29 years, and is now represented by Hauser & Wirth. A spokeswoman for Hauser & Wirth, which has galleries in London, Zurich and New York, says: “Wallinger will continue working with Carlier Gebauer in Germany and Galerie Krinzinger in Austria, but is represented by Hauser & Wirth elsewhere.”

Wallinger was awarded the first commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, in 1999 (the work, Ecce Homo, was a life-size marble statue of Christ). He won a competition in February 2009 to design a 50m-high stallion, to be sited near Ebbsfleet International train station in Kent, but the project has stalled.

The Turner Prize winner unveiled another equine sculpture in the Mall in London early last year. The representation of a thoroughbred racehorse, made of marble and resin, was due to stand outside the British Council’s headquarters for two years before “becoming available for international display”, according to a press statement. But the piece was recently removed for conservation purposes (it is scheduled to go back on public view 7 March). The artist is now backing plans to create a £3m sculpture trail set in the industrial landscape of East London.

In another gallery switch, the British artist Dexter Dalwood has left Gagosian Gallery and joined Simon Lee Gallery, suggesting that the London market is now experiencing the gallery-hopping more familiar in New York’s contemporary art scene. Lee has spaces in London and Hong Kong; Dalwood was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. "Gagosian Gallery has been proud to represent Dexter Dalwood since 2000 and we wish him every success for the future," says a spokeswoman for the gallery.

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