theAgency. was established in 1996 as a n independent gallery for ciritcal inquiry with a focus on conceptual art.
theAgency. is renowned for realising first or early shows with artists such as Douglas Gordon, Zoe Leonard, Ken Lum, Thaddeus Strode and Peter Zimmermannand carefully placing works in private and museum collections. The gallery has participated in over 23 international artfairs from 1996 onwards. In 2001 the Agency received the Art Basel Statements Prize for the installation ' The New Republic of St Kilda' by Sottish artist Ross Sinclair.
Since 2009 the prime focusof theAgency. is the producer-led support of innovative artistic practice by emerging artists in a global and a historical context. Works by Mary Beth Edelson (* 1933), Paul McCarthy (* 1945), Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (* 1951-82) and Franco Vaccari (* 1935) are presented in rigorously curated contexts alongside the gallery's contemporary programme. The gallery emphasises analog and digital media, event based performance, sound art and electronic media. The gallery' also engages in collaborative curatorial projects with galleries and institutions globally.
Our artist and project index serves to facilitate and mark both in-house and off-site collaborative projects with artists and cultural practitioners across various disciplines.
Nooshin Farhid ( Iran), Red Leaves No Residue, 2014, digital video, single screen 30 mins
Zoe Leonard, Installation Views, the Agency, 2002
Jukebox, Installation View, Graham Gussin and Douglas Gordon, 1996
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