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 2012, 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 Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
17-22 November 2015
Video works and performances by Christian Marclay will be part of PerformanceProcess, an interdisciplinary event devoted entirely to performance art to mark the 30th anniversary of the Centre Culturel Suisse. Taking the hybrid form of an exhibition-cum-festival, the event presents the work of 65 artists exploring performance art in Switzerland from 1960 to 2015. The Centre Culturel Suisse will present a short video by Christian Marclay Record Players (1984) as well as the video installation Gestures (1999). This display will be accompanied by performances of Ephemera (2009) and Shuffle (2007) on 17 November and Simultaneous Duo Version (2014) on 18 November.
Jake & Dinos Chapman curate music festival in North Wales
27–29 November 2015
ake & Dinos Chapman have, for the second time, been invited to curate All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP)'s 'Nightmare Before Christmas' music festival, this year to take place at Pontins Holiday Park in Prestatyn, North Wales. The two-day line-up includes Courtney Barnett, Lightning Bolt and Micachu and the Shapes, as well as a performance by Dinos Chapman. The artists have also made promotional artwork for the festival.
Eddie Peake at Palais de Tokyo, Paris
26 November 2015, 7pm
Eddie Peake continues his work with the nude body in Duro (2015), a football game played by ten naked players, in the Palais de Tokyo's Grande Rotonde on 26 November.
Peake’s solo exhibition ‘The Forever Loop’ by is also currently on view at the Curve, Barbican Centre, London.