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Gary Hume creates new works for Sprüth Magers London reopening

German dealers to relaunch in expanded gallery in September after 18-month refurbishment


The German art dealers Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are to reopen in their newly expanded home on Grafton Street in London’s Mayfair at the end of September, just in time for Frieze art fair. 

The pair are relaunching with an exhibition over three floors of new works by Gary Hume, opening 29 September (until 23 December). It is the former YBA’s first solo show in the UK since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2013, which ran in tandem with a survey of works by the painter Patrick Caulfield. 

Known for his shiny gloss paintings on aluminium panels, Hume’s new works mark a departure from his previous practice, which involved scraping back the painted surface and reworking the image. Created on paper, the works recall scenes and photographs from Hume’s childhood.

Sprüth Magers, which had its last show in the ground floor gallery in April 2016, had been due to move to a townhouse at 29 Sackville Street, just metres from Savile Row, but the dealers were given the opportunity to take the lease for the entire 18th-century building on Grafton Street. 

“This is the perfect scenario for us,” Magers previously told The Art Newspaper. “We can now remain where we have been for the past decade in London and the extra space will provide our artists with different opportunities to exhibit their work.”

At the end of 2015, Hume parted ways with the London gallery White Cube, maintaining representation in New York with Matthew Marks and in London, Berlin and Los Angeles with Sprüth Magers.