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  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

Pace has been a force in the art world for decades. It operates galleries on three continents, including one in Beijing, and has a formidable stable of artists that includes the modern masters Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Bridget Riley, and David Hockney. It also represents the estates of Donald Judd, Barbara Hepworth, and Mark Rothko.

Despite its status, Pace has shown no inclination to coast. Its recent triumphs include Calder at the Castle, which was the first outdoor exhibition in England of monumental Alexander Calder works. It was held at Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, from June through October. James Turrell, another renowned artist represented by Pace, enjoyed a unique hat trick last summer when three major institutions—the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York—concurrently devoted shows to his work.

Pace’s gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood was made available for the July shoot of Jay Z’s Picasso Baby, a playful, electrifying six-hour show in which the performer rapped to an audience that included the artist Marina Abramović, the New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, the rapper Fab Five Freddy, and the art historian Diana Widmaier Picasso. In September, Pace Gallery’s chairman and founder, Arne Glimcher, was appointed as an officer in the French Legion of Honor. The accolade’s short list of American recipients includes John Singer Sargent, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell. 

Pace Gallery, www.pacegallery.com