Inaugurated in 2004, Alison Jacques is one of London’s leading contemporary art galleries. Located at 16-18 Berners Street in Fitzrovia and designed by Mike Rundell and Associates, it is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful commercial galleries for contemporary art in London, spanning 330m2 with over 5 metres of ceiling height.
Alison Jacques, formerly News Editor of Flash Art Magazine in Milan and Curator of the British School at Rome, trained as an art dealer with Leslie Waddington in Cork Street. Since opening her own gallery in 2004, Alison Jacques has developed an exhibition program of both unknown and established artists, championing the Estates of artists including Maria Bartuszova, Lygia Clark, Roy Oxlade, Dorothea Tanning and Hannah Wilke who had not previously had representation in the UK. In 1999, Alison Jacques became the first young dealer to work with the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, and continues to be the sole representative of his Estate in the UK. Jacques’s curatorial approach and seemingly uncommercial focus on unknown bodies of work by Mapplethorpe such as his early Polaroids from the 70s or his Unique works and Sculptures which were little known and previously not exhibited, has resulted in the building of a strong commercial market for Mapplethorpe as an artist rather than as a photographer per se.
In 2018, the gallery represents Maria Bartuszová, Irma Blank, Lygia Clark, Dan Fischer, Fernanda Gomes, Sheila Hicks, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ian Kiaer, Takuro Kuwata, Graham Little, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Ryan Mosley, Roy Oxlade, Betty Parsons, Alessandro Raho, Dorothea Tanning, Lenore Tawney, Juergen Teller, Erika Verzutti, Hannah Wilke, Catherine Yass and Thomas Zipp.
The gallery often holds events and talks in conjunction with exhibitions, with well-known curators and critics.
The gallery has published books including Lygia Clark, Sheila Hicks, Dorothea Tanning and Hannah Wilke as well as supporting museum monographs on the gallery artists.