HORTON GALLERY ANNOUNCES NEW JOINT VENTURE WITH ZIEHERSMITH
Scott Zieher, Andrea Smith Zieher, and C. Sean Horton are pleased to announce their new joint venture, Zieher Smith & Horton. This collaboration will present the critically acclaimed intergenerational mix of artists already associated with ZieherSmith and Horton Gallery, as well as new presentations ranging from a retrospective of French artist Philippe Weisbecker to the New York solo debuts of Boston-based Jesse Littlefield and Chicago-based Elijah Burgher. As more and more emerging and mid-career Chelsea-based galleries either shutter or move elsewhere, Zieher Smith & Horton looks to reinvigorate the presence of new contemporary art in the world’s premiere art district.
Andrea Zieher states “We wanted to expand our program in a major way and are thrilled that this collaboration gives us the opportunity to do so immediately. We have long respected Sean Horton as a colleague and a friend and, time and again, found our interests were remarkably similar. Whether we were comparing notes on prospective artists, such as Paul Housley who has had solo shows at both our galleries, or sending collectors to one another, there was always a sense of working together instead of competing. Together we can bring a renewed energy and creativity to presenting exceptional contemporary art both in the gallery and through special projects around the world.”
About the Chelsea arts district and the return of Sean Horton and his program, Scott Zieher says “We have always been committed to creating an open and convivial environment, and we value that Chelsea is a place where seasoned collectors and first-time visitors alike can navigate a wide swath of exhibitions with relative ease. We put a lot of thought and energy into producing compelling shows and always hope to reach as large an audience as possible. Sean Horton has one of the liveliest emerging programs in New York, and we are delighted to have lured him back to Chelsea. We cannot wait to collaborate on exposing new and important views to the art world at large.”
“Growth for the gallery has never been about a competitive, linear expansion, but rather in finding interesting opportunities and contexts to showcase what I find to be some of the most interesting art being made today,” says Sean Horton. “As some are now declaring an endgame in Chelsea, I see an opening to position emerging art alongside the museum-quality exhibitions that remain a draw to the neighborhood. My first art purchase was from ZieherSmith in 2004, and I am continuously challenged and encouraged by both their idiosyncratic program and genuine approach to dealing art. The opportunity to collaborate with Scott and Andrea brings me full-circle to the young galleries like Clementine, John Connelly, D’Amelio Terras, LFL, Daniel Reich, and Taxter & Spengemann that inspired me to open a gallery when I first moved to New York.”
ZieherSmith was established in 2003 by Andrea Smith Zieher and Scott Zieher in a storefront space on West 25th Street, where it presented the first New York solo shows by Chuck Webster, Eddie Martinez, Wes Lang, and Corin Sworn, among others. In September 2009, the gallery expanded to a 3500 sq. ft. space on West 20th Street, where the program developed to include celebrated artists such as Allison Schulnik and Christoph Ruckhäberle, while continuing to debut emerging artists like Lauren Silva and Paul Anthony Smith. The gallery has also presented unique shows of historical material such as 2011’s Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces, 1965-75, which traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas in 2012-13, and a trio of critically acclaimed vernacular photography exhibitions: Photo Brut (2013), Other Bodies (2012), and Band of Bikers (2010). ZieherSmith was among the earliest members of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in 2003, and Andrea Zieher served as NADA’s President from 2006- 2010. ZieherSmith has forged ties in Nashville, Tennessee, where it has produced several art events and pop-up exhibitions since 2011 featuring over 50 renowned artists including Christian Jankowski, Harmony Korine, Sam Moyer, David Ostrowski, Rachel Owens, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Between 2006-2010, Sean Horton operated SUNDAY L.E.S. in a small storefront on Eldridge Street. The gallery quickly became an integral part of the emerging group of galleries on the Lower East Side offering the first New York solo shows to a diverse group of artists like Leidy Churchman, Keltie Ferris, and Kirk Hayes alongside legendary outsiders like Joel Gibb (of The Hidden Cameras), G.B. Jones, Miroslav Tichý, and Royal Robertson. Horton Gallery was founded in 2010 and occupied the parlor floor of a federal-style house on West 22nd Street in Chelsea for two years. During this time, the gallery also operated a project space in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin, Germany. In September of 2012 Horton returned to the Lower East Side to a 2200 square-foot gallery at 55-59 Chrystie Street and continued to expand his program with artists such as Trudy Benson, Michael Cline, Dennis Congdon, and James Hyde.