Marc Straus


January 12, 2017 Back To News

Ken Tan named Partner at MARC STRAUS

I am proud to announce that Ken Tan is now a partner in the gallery.

I first met Ken and Jennifer Tan two years ago in Singapore while participating in an art fair. This young couple were collectors scrutinizing work in our booth with the kind of deliberation and perception that is rare. At the time Ken ran his own highly regarded media and marketing company and had previously been Creative Director at a leading international advertising company.

We quickly became friends and soon shared ideas about art and new artists on an almost daily basis. His knowledge of international contemporary art was extraordinary and his insights keen and refreshing.

He accepted my offer to join my partner Tim Hawkinson and I as a Director of the gallery. He quickly established himself as an important advocate for new artists from Southeast Asia and then Europe and elsewhere.

In New York, he has rapidly become a highly regarded resource for collectors from several continents, as well as for the artists we work with.

This past fall Ken curated a two person show with minimal artist Jong Oh and kinetic sculptor Han Jinsu which received wide critical acclaim.

In starting this gallery on Grand Street six years ago, I have been fortunate to work with artists of enormous talent from 13 countries. With Ken and Tim I have two partners with passion and understanding to speak for the work we believe in.

Marc Straus
January 2017

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