Galerie Templon debut NYC show features Senegal-born Omar Ba

Right on 10th Ave.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 17, 2022

It is a known fact that the fall season in New York brings with it several exciting art happenings, from gallery exhibitions to museum shows to various pop-ups. This fall, the famed French gallery, Galerie Templon, is opening its New York space and a debut show by Senegal-born, Geneva-based artist Omar Ba.


The new space is in none other than the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, home to several other leading galleries. The two-level exhibition space, which was formally home to the Kasmin Gallery, has been tastefully renovated with a stark charcoal painted exterior. The renovations were undertaken by architect Markus Dochantschi’s studio MDA, totaling 6,500-square-feet. It is almost the same size as Templon’s largest Paris location. The idea behind the renovations was to have a whole different feel from the other gallery outposts, to portray the real Chelsea with hardwood floors that contribute to the new location’s charm.


The 10th Avenue location was chosen in January, after less than a year of planning the New York expansion. The gallery’s founder, Mathieu Templon, Daniel Templon’s son, relocated to New York in July to supervise the construction of the new location and manage the gallery’s new outpost. Prior to taking over the Brussels space, Mathieu Templon was previously based in New York, working for Sean Kelly.


According to Templon, the main reason for opening in New York was to be able to exhibit their artists’ work there since many of them lacked New York representation. The second motivation was to be able to be more in contact with the gallery’s U.S. based collectors and clients more frequently, rather than only seeing them at an art fair once or twice a year.


Mathieu Templon wanted to open the New York space with a show by Omar Ba as a way to create a link between the New York and Brussels branch. Ba is especially significant for the history of Templon because he was one of the first artists that the gallery added to its roster about 7 years ago.


Omar Ba is currently having a moment in the art world, and he’s been exploring a new body of work in the past 6 months which are exhibited in the inaugural exhibition.


The show, titled Political Animals, opened on September 7 and is on view till October 29, 2022.


For other cool things happening in the city lately, David LaChapelle has an exhibition too.


Photo via Galerie Templon