Alison Jacques ‘removes all trace’ of late photographer Saul Fletcher—and calls on art world to follow lead
Saul Fletcher murdered the curator Rebeccah Blum before killing himself © the artist
The respected London gallerist Alison Jacques has pledged to “remove all trace” of Saul Fletcher, the late photographer who murdered his former partner, the curator Rebeccah Blum, in Berlin on 22 June.
Jacques, who runs the eponymous Alison Jacques Gallery, represented Fletcher for eight years, between 2008 and 2016, and states she considered Fletcher a personal friend.
Yet she called on the art world “to do the right thing” and follow her lead, which would effectively condemn Fletchers three decade-long artistic career to the history books.
In a strongly-worded statement which the gallery published on its Instagram page, Jacques pledged to act on the words of Blums 22-year-old daughter Emma, who, in the wake of her mothers death, requested the world “remember her name, and nobody elses.”
On Instagram, Jacques wrote: “It is not ok to continue to promote, publicly archive or exhibit the work of a perpetrator of domestic violence and murderer, no matter how big the foundation or museum concerned is and no matter how long a gallery worked with him and thought they knew him.”
Jacques remembered Blum, a 53-year-old American curator and mother of two, as “a talented professional who had so much more to give and achieve, and so many more lives yet to touch.”
“Domestic violence is insidious and traumatising,” Jacques wrote. “For Rebeccah, it brutally stole her life.”
Fletcher, who grew up in Lincolnshire before moving to Berlin in around 2000, committed suicide after killing Blum, his former partner, at his home. Friends have privately stressed he lived with severe mental health issues for much of his adult life.
Jacques wrote: “The person Rebeccah tried to help the most took her life away and despite the gallery representing him for eight years and I personally counting him as a friend for many of those; I cant forgive.”
Artists often see the value of their work posthumously rise. It is not clear whether the same will happen in Fletchers case. Will Fletchers work have any sort of presence in art fairs, or will any gallerist be willing to attempt to sell his work, given the violence he directed towards Blum before taking his own life? It currently seems unlikely amid signs the art world is beginning to hold artists to a new standard of ethics—both in public and in private. Art, it seems, can now no longer be separated from the conduct of the creator themselves.
Jacques, a former news editor of Flash Art magazine inRead More – Source