Dan Gunn Leaves Capitain Petzel to Open New Gallery


A changing of the guard at the Berlin gallery Capitain Petzel will see director Dan Gunn depart at year’s end to open his own space in the city. Michael Wiesehöfer was named his successor. Wieshöfer has told A.i.A. that he will close his own Cologne gallery, founded in 2000, at the end of December.

Founded jointly by dealers Friedrich Petzel and Gisela Capitain, who have galleries in New York and Cologne, respectively, Capitain Petzel opened in October of 2008 with Gunn as director. Previously, Gunn had served as director at Maureen Paley in London for two years. Capitain Petzel’s inaugural exhibition, “Kunst im Heim,” featured work by artists from the stables of both dealers. Recent shows have introduced artists from outside either roster.

Wieshöfer says it is too soon to tell if Capitain Petzel will be taking on any of the artists he currently represents, among them Julien Berthier, Michael Light and Peter Piller.

Paintings and sculptures by Blake Rayne are on view through Oct. 17 at Capitain Petzel, and an exhibition featuring painter Amy Sillman will close out the year. The first show to open under Wiesehöfer will be by photographer Sam Samore.