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.
White Cube Related News
Art Auction for Teenage Cancer Trust hosted by Jake Chapman
On Wednesday 15 May 2013, Teenage Cancer Trust Events and Jake Chapman will be hosting their annual Contemporary Art Auction at the Groucho Club.
Jake Chapman who is a long standing supporter of the trust will curate the evening and Jake & Dinos Chapman will be among the contemporary artists whose works will be available at the auction. Groove Armada and DJ Antz will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.
Jac Leirner in conversation with Jochen Volz at the ICA, London
Jac Leirner will be in conversation with Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes at Serpentine Gallery at the ICA in London as part of the ICA's 'Culture Now' series.
Jac Leirner's multifaceted work is formulated through a process of collecting and ordering; tapping into what the artist has described as the 'infinity of materials'. Since the mid-1980s, Leirner has amassed the ephemeral and incidental products of consumer culture and re-appropriated them into visually compelling sculptures and installations that demand to be both seen and read. Her work references both the history of Brazilian Constructivisim as well as the legacy of Arte Povera and Minimalism.
Georg Baselitz at Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen
The summer exhibition at Galerie Stihl will be a solo show by Georg Baselitz. Titled 'Romantiker Kaputt', the exhibition presents around 120 works from the GAG private collection and includes both drawings and paintings from the 1960's to the present day.
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Stiftung Moritzburg, Art Museum of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.
Robin Rhode at the National Gallery, Victoria
'The Call of Walls' is an exhibition of new works by Robin Rhode that take inspiration from the streets and politics of his hometown Johannesburg. Rhode's witty, engaging and poetic works make reference to hip-hop and graffiti art, the histories of modernism and to the act of creative expression itself.
The exhibition is supported by the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.