JTT Gallery


After over a decade of championing experimental, boundary-pushing art, the renowned JTT Gallery in New York City will be closing its doors for good on August 11, 2023. Founded in 2011 by Jasmin T. Tsou, the gallery made a name for itself by taking risks and providing a platform for up-and-coming artists who were pushing the limits of contemporary art.

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During its tenure, JTT helped launch the careers of several now-acclaimed artists, including Issy Wood, Sable Elyse Smith, Jamian Juliano-Villani, and King Cobra (Doreen Lynette Garner). By championing their visionary work, the gallery established itself as a trailblazer in the New York art scene, known for its commitment to discovering and nurturing the next generation of artistic talent.

A Commitment to the Unconventional

What set JTT apart was its willingness to exhibit work that challenged the status quo. Tsou and her team were not afraid to take chances on artists whose practices defied convention, whether it was through the use of unconventional materials, the exploration of taboo subject matter, or the sheer audacity of their conceptual approach.

This curatorial vision attracted a loyal following of art enthusiasts who appreciated the gallery’s dedication to the unconventional. Over the years, JTT became a hub for those seeking to engage with the most cutting-edge and thought-provoking art being produced today.

The Broader Context of the Closure

The closure of JTT Gallery comes amid a broader downturn in the art market, with other mid-size galleries like Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp and Simon Lee Gallery in London also recently shutting down. While Tsou did not provide specific reasons for the decision to close, the challenging economic climate facing the art world is likely a contributing factor.

A Legacy of Discovery and Innovation

Despite the sadness of its closure, the legacy of JTT Gallery will live on through the artists it championed and the indelible mark it left on the New York art scene. By consistently prioritizing innovation and risk-taking, the gallery played a vital role in shaping the contemporary art landscape, and its impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

As the curtain falls on this chapter, we can look back with gratitude on the decade of discovery and excitement that JTT Gallery brought to the art world. Its closure is a loss, but the gallery’s enduring influence and the continued success of the artists it supported serve as a testament to its lasting impact.

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