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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Tracey Emin at Leopold Museum, Vienna
24 April – 14 September 2015
Leopold Museum presents 'Tracey Emin | Egon Schiele: Where I Want to Go' , an exhibition which brings together over 80 Tracey Emin works, alongside a selection of drawings by Egon Schiele which Emin has chosen.
Antony Gormley at Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy
26 April – 27 September 2015
The exhibition HUMAN brings together over one hundred works by Antony Gormley in Florence's 16th century fortress, Forte di Belvedere.
Sculptures are positioned throughout the interior and courtyards to occupy every part of the Forte, positioned to resonate with the building's scale and mass.
Theaster Gates at Tate Modern, London
Monday 27 April 2015, 6.30 – 8pm
Theaster Gates will give a talk entitled 'Learning from Roofers' at Tate Modern ahead of the opening of his exhibition 'Freedom of Assembly' at White Cube Bermondsey 29 April – 5 July 2015.
The talk will be a unique opportunity to hear from the Chicago-based artist, curator, urbanist and winner of the Artes Mundi 6 prize, who will be discussing recent projects whereby he attempts to instigate the creation of cultural centres which act as catalysts for social engagement.
White Cube at Glyndebourne
21 May – 30 August 2015
White Cube are delighted to announce a collaboration with Glyndebourne Festival. White Cube at Glyndebourne is a partnership which will provide the opportunity to present the work of internationally acclaimed artists to new audiences as part of Glyndebourne's world renowned programme. The inaugural project in this series will be an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz, open to ticket holders during the annual Glyndebourne Festival which runs from May to August.