Georgina Adam follows up the news of pioneering dealer Leslie Waddington’s death with some of the details on the future of his gallery:
He set up Waddington Galleries in 1966 and promoted the work of British sculptors and painters as well as bringing postwar American artists to Britain. In 2010 it became Waddington Custot Galleries when French art dealer Stéphane Custot bought the shares of “sleeping” partner Lord Bernstein after his death. This summer, with the agreement of the Waddington family, Custot acquired the remaining 50 per cent of the business and is now sole owner of the gallery.
“I had huge admiration and respect for Leslie, who I knew for 25 years — he was a legend,” says Custot, and indeed he is retaining the same name, Waddington Custot.
[…] Custot intends to give some of the British artists — such as Patrick Heron — a more international profile, as well as introducing French artists to Britain, notably sculptor Bernar Venet. Meanwhile Custot is also busy preparing his first show in Dubai, where his second gallery is scheduled to open in January.