Jay Jopling has established himself as a key figure in the art world and has been instrumental in repositioning London as the leading international centre for contemporary art over the past two decades.
Born in 1963, Jopling was brought up in Yorkshire and educated at Eton and Edinburgh University, where he studied English Literature and History of Art. After completing his MA in 1984, he moved to London and began working with the young artists of his generation.
In May 1993 Jopling opened the original White Cube on the first floor of 44 Duke Street, St James, in London’s West End. Located in the most traditional art-dealing street in London, the gallery was surrounded by Old Master galleries, antique dealers and specialist art bookshops. Its exhibition policy was to provide a one-off showcase for both British and international artists. Since then White Cube has presented solo shows of the most challenging British artists over the last two decades including Darren Almond, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Runa Islam, Harland Miller, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gavin Turk and Cerith Wyn Evans.
A second, larger gallery space was set up by Jopling in April 2000. White Cube Hoxton Square was located in London’s East End, in a converted 1920s light industrial building. Its programme of exhibitions expanded to include international artists such as Franz Ackermann, Miroslaw Balka, Ashley Bickerton, Candice Breitz, Chuck Close, Gregory Crewdson, Carroll Dunham, Katharina Fritsch, Damián Ortega, Richard Phillips, Robin Rhode, Doris Salcedo and Fred Tomaselli. The gallery space closed in December 2012.
White Cube Mason's Yard, situated off Duke Street, St James’s - home of the original White Cube - opened in 2006. Previously the site of an electricity sub-station, the gallery was the first free-standing structure to be built in historic St James for more than thirty years. The inaugural exhibition presented Gabriel Orozco, and the programme has gone on to include internationally renowned artists such as Georg Baselitz, Andreas Gursky, Robert Irwin, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Wall.
White Cube Bermondsey, opened in October 2011, and is the largest of the gallery's 4 sites, providing more than 5440 m2 of interior space. The building dates from the 1970s and was primarily used as a warehouse before the current refurbishment. The gallery includes three exhibition spaces, substantial warehousing, an auditorium and a bookshop. The 'South Galleries' provide the principal display area for White Cube's expanding programme, whilst three smaller galleries, known collectively as the 'North Galleries', feature an innovative new programme of exhibitions
White Cube Hong Kong was the first of White Cube’s galleries to be located outside of the UK. In the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district, the gallery opened its programme of exhibitions with a show of Gilbert & George in March 2012.
Jopling’s most recent venture was the opening of White Cube São Paulo in December 2012, with a solo show by Tracey Emin.
Jay Jopling was married to the artist Sam Taylor-Wood until September 2008; they have two daughters.
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Christian Marclay at Hanes Gallery and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Hanes Gallery: 'SoundSeen - Cage / Braxton / Marclay'
6 February – 26 March 2017
SECCA: 'SoundSeen: Remix - Cage / Braxton / Marclay'
16 March – 18 May 2017
Christian Marclay's work features in 'SoundSeen' and 'SoundSeen: Remix', an exhibition in two sequential iterations presenting different works by the same three artists (John Cage, Anthony Braxton and Christian Marclay). The starting point for both exhibitions is the graphic score – musical ideas presented as images rather than standard musical notation.
Miroslaw Balka at HangarBicocca, Milan
16 March–30 July 2017
Public preview: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7pm
Pirelli HangarBicocca hosts the first solo show in Italy by Miroslaw Balka. Titled 'CROSSOVER/S', the exhibition presents a selection of some of the artist's main projects and sculptures to date.
Georg Baselitz at the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome
4 March-18 June 2017
Georg Baselitz' dramatic and paradoxical 'Hero' paintings, created in the 1960s, are presented in a solo exhibition featuring over 70 works.
'The Heroes' features paintings and works on paper, distinguished by their aggressively and defiantly painted monumental figures.
White Cube at Art Basel Hong Kong
23–25 March 2017
Stand location: 1D24
White Cube is among 242 galleries exhibiting at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017.
Highlights of the presentation include works by Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Jac Leirner and Julie Mehretu.