27-Year-Old Painter Anna Weyant Makes History At Gagosian Gallery
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27-Year-Old Painter Anna Weyant Makes History At Gagosian Gallery

May 7, 2022 Share

Meet millennial artist Anna Weyant, who recently joined hands with mega-empire Gagosian, having sold pieces valued at over $500, 000.

This week the streets of New York are bustling with life as the city welcomes its vast array of illuminating art galleries and enthusiasts for its yearly art week. We should all know by now that the city that never sleeps is one of the busiest urban centres in the world. 

Every newcomer who has ever arrived with a cultural suitcase has contributed to the sounds, tastes and textures of New York. Not only does NYC promote visibility, but it creates a space where people can safely come and see themselves reflected in the artwork. It also shows people that there is more to life than they see.

Anna Weyant in her New York apartment. PHOTO: CHARLES CAESAR

Over the decades, many New Yorkers made it big, and much of the fabulous wealth was reinvested into collecting some of the most significant artworks on the planet. So you can imagine how many art galleries there are. They are everywhere in New York City, from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan’s Upper and Lower East Sides. 

However, in particular, one gallery had made history when they recently announced that they had officially invited the youngest artist to join in on all their modern and contemporary glory. Gagosian is a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Larry Gagosian. 

© ANNA WEYANT. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK / TOKYO.
© ANNA WEYANT. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK / TOKYO.

The gallery exhibits some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. There are 16 gallery spaces: five in New York City; three in London; two in Paris; one in Basel, Beverly Hills, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong.

The painter Anna Weyant has joined Gagosian, the mega-gallery empire with 19 locations worldwide. At 27, she is the youngest artist currently on the roster of Gagosian, where she will have a solo show in New York this fall.

Weyant was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1995. After earning a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, she relocated to New York and studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Moving back to New York, she worked as a studio assistant while pursuing her practice.

Anna Weyant at her Upper West Side apartment. Photo courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe.

The art market has closely watched her paintings of women in muted tones. Tinged with an obscure kind of darkness, these surreal images hint at tortured psychological states, tinged with a mysterious type of darkness. 

Her jump to Gagosian is unusual for an artist of her age. In the early stages of a career, most artists will begin at a smaller gallery before graduating to a midsize one and then, finally, if they’re lucky, end up at a blue-chip mega. But Anna Weyant has effectively short-circuited that trajectory, joining one of the world’s most prominent galleries after being pushed up the ladder by Blum & Poe and 56 Henry.

Later this month, whether her work will continue to dominate at auction will be tested in the New York marquee auctions. Weyant paintings will feature in sales at both Phillips and Sotheby’s, where they are estimated to bring in at least $100,000.

Falling Woman (2020) by Anna Weyant. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK AND TOKYO
Cloud Hill (2020) by Anna Weyant.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK AND TOKYO