Sarah Douglas reveals that Robert Goff will become a director of Haunch of Venison:
Christie’s-owned gallery Haunch of Venison, which saw the departure of its two founders earlier this year, has confirmed that it has hired Chelsea dealer Robert Goff as a director. According to a Haunch of Venison representative, Goff will be joining the blue-chip gallery along with four of his artists: Ahmed Alsoudani, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Susanne Kühn, and Kevin Francis Gray.
“The question became, ‘Can a gallery like mine grow organically?’,” says Goff, who opened his ground-floor 23rd Street gallery five years ago as Goff & Rosenthal, and who split with partner Cassie Rosenthal earlier this year, of keeping the business open under his own name. “I decided that it would be at best incredibly challenging without a major backer.”
The New York Observer‘s Alexandra Peers gives a brief resume for Goff:
In the past dozen or so years, Goff has been an arts writer for Forbes, an executive at E-bay.com, aiding in their purchase (now reversed) of Butterfield’s auction house, then at the Auction Channel and pioneer online art retailer Eyestorm.
Seven years ago, the Goff Gallery opened in Chelsea as the Red Dot Gallery and, in a brief moment of reality-show fame, was featured on the first episode of the then highly rated “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” television program. Renamed Goff & Rosenthal (his former partner Cassie Rosenthal, is a scion of the Rosenthal art banking clan,) the gallery opened on Chelsea five years ago and showed at Art Dubai and the National Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, among others. It opened as Robert Goff Gallery earlier this year.
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