Sean Kelly

British-born Sean Kelly is the owner of Sean Kelly Gallery in the Chelsea gallery district. He got his start in the British museum world by curating special shows by sculptors such as Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley. In 1995, he opened his gallery in SoHo, where he earned a reputation for hands-on work with artists. In 2012, the gallery moved to its current home, a 22,000-square-foot space designed by Toshiko Mori in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood. Among the artists whom he represents or has represented are Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, Julião Sarmento, James Casebere, Callum Innes, Idris Khan, the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, Anthony McCall, Alec Soth, Frank Thiel, and Kehinde Wiley, the estate of Poul Kjærholm, David Claerbout, José Dávila, Candida Höfer, Mariko Mori, and Sun Xun. The gallery’s artists have consistently been included in major international exhibitions and recognized with esteemed awards across the globe. Kelly was instrumental in connecting PEN America to visual artists for the First Edition/Second Thoughts Auction in 2014. He joined the PEN America Board in 2015.