Pace/MacGill Gallery was founded in 1983 by Peter MacGill, in collaboration with partners Arne Glimcher of The Pace Gallery and Richard Solomon of Pace Prints and Pace Primitive. Since its inception, the gallery has established itself as one of the premier venues dealing in modern and contemporary photography, presenting over 200 exhibitions and publishing numerous exhibition catalogues.
Pace/MacGill Gallery strives to disseminate the work of its artists to museums, private collectors, and corporate collections around the world. The gallery has had the privilege of representing such masters of photography as Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, John Szarkowksi, Richard Avedon, William Christenberry, Emmet Gowin, Josef Koudelka, Richard Misrach, Nicholas Nixon, David Goldblatt, Jim Goldberg, Judith Joy Ross, Fazal Sheikh, Frederick Sommer, JoAnn Verburg, and Henry Wessel. The gallery's affiliation with The Pace Gallery has also created close working relationships with, and representation of, Chuck Close, Paul Graham, Hai Bo, Richard Learoyd, Michal Rovner, Lucas Samaras, and Kiki Smith. The gallery has contributed to photography's growth by mounting exhibitions featuring the most distinguished practitioners of the medium, and has also assisted in the development of many new artists' careers.
In addition to its museum-quality exhibitions, Pace/MacGill Gallery has become the leading organizer of transactions to place prominent collections and archives in public institutions across the country. In 2000, the gallery assisted with the placement of Thomas Walther's collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Manfred Heiting's collection at The Museum Fine Arts, Houston in 2002, and the Paul Strand Archive at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through various individual gifts and purchases in 2006 and 2010. The gallery has also placed, or helped place, the archives of many of its artists, including Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Duane Michals, Irving Penn, and Frederick Sommer.
William Christenberry at Pace/MacGill Gallery, 11 East 57th Street, 1985
Through its consistent ability to secure the finest vintage photographs, Pace/MacGill Gallery has established many price records over the years for individual works by Diane Arbus, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Paul Outerbridge, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand. These records testify to the growing recognition of photography as a significant art form.
Pace/MacGill Gallery is proud to be a part of The Pace Gallery family, which includes The Pace Gallery, one of New York City's premier modern and contemporary art spaces; Pace Prints & Pace Master Prints, focusing on limited edition works on paper from the 15th to 21st centuries; and Pace Primitive, dedicated to African, Himalayan, Oceanic, and Native American tribal art. The synergism between Pace/MacGill's partners has allowed access to the most important private and institutional collectors around the world, as well as the opportunity to exhibit photography in the context of The Pace Gallery and its related venues.
The gallery employs an experienced staff that is compassionate to both the artists' and clients' needs, and knowledgeable within the medium of photography and beyond.
Peter MacGill has been active in the field of photography for nearly forty years and maintains close, personal relationships with virtually all of the medium's museum curators and directors around the world. MacGill states, "We seek to do our job as a gallery as well as our artists do theirs. They set the standard at the highest level possible and we try to follow suit."