The Easel

Death of a wannabe “mega” gallery—was the closure of Blain Southern an outlier or the canary in the mine?

Regarded by some as “one of London’s best”, Blain Southern gallery has closed, midway through its expansion into New York. Further evidence that smaller galleries cannot survive? Not necessarily – Blain Southern was hardly small. Any lessons are likely prosaic. First, look after your big-name artists. Secondly, if you have an ambitious expansion in mind, have deep pockets.