Are commercial galleries moving with the times?

While Australia’s commercial gallery landscape matures, with several major anniversaries this year, it is witnessing a change from the traditional guard to more fluid models.

2022 has been a red-letter year for several commercial galleries, including some Sydney stalwarts.

The Commercial mounted a group exhibition in honour of a decade of operations; Dominik Mersch Gallery celebrated 15 years with a survey exhibition of Belgium-born, Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs; Darren Knight Gallery marked 30 years since first opening in its original location in Melbourne; and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presented new paintings by Gareth Sansom in a solo exhibition marking its 40th anniversary (Sansom was the inaugural exhibition when the Gallery first opened in March 1982).

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Chloé Wolifson is an independent arts writer, researcher and curator based in Sydney, Australia.