Mitchell-Innes & Nash became a Chelsea powerhouse because of the twin skills of the gallery’s two married founders: David Nash is the former global head of the
Impressionist and modern department at Sotheby’s worldwide, and Lucy Mitchell-Innes is the former global head of the post-war and contemporary department at Sotheby’s.
This deep understanding of two fields allows the gallery to operate on the primary market, representing the risk-taking black artist Pope.L, and on the secondary market, by staging at the gallery surveys of work by Tom Wesselmann and Joseph Beuys—and bringing a $25 million Jackson Pollock painting to the Art Basel fair in Basel, Switzerland. To forge connections with artists of the next generation, the gallery relies on a young staff led by the 30-year-old Josie Nash. She’s been the driving force behind several recent additions to the gallery’s roster, including Jacolby Satterwhite, who signed with the gallery in July, a month after a VR project at the Morán Morán booth at Art Basel wowed fairgoers.
Which artist’s market do you think is undervalued?
Jessica Stockholder. I traveled to Texas last week for the opening of her wonderful exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, entitled “Relational Aesthetics.” She’s exhibited at prestigious museums all over the world and influenced a whole generation of artists.