Gander & White Los Angeles Completing Storage Facility Improvements

Our newest location, in Los Angeles, California, is completing upgrades to its fine art storage facility. We have recently ordered a range of improvements at the site, opened in 2016, to maintain our position at the forefront of the arts and culture industry in LA.

Improvements are tripling the area of temperature and humidity-controlled storage space in the state-of-the-art facility. Within 19,000 sq. ft of existing storage space, a total area of 10,500 sq. ft will be completely environmentally

controlled with an advanced thermostatic system, increased from 3,500 sq. ft before work commenced. Included in this expanded climatic space are three private vaults, designed with complete discretion for clients in mind. The renewed space is fully racked and accessible and will cater for increased demand for storage services from museums, galleries and private collectors.

The additions and enhancements to the facility have been designed to be above seismic safety codes. The tilt-walled concrete construction also makes it fire retardant, insulative, and durable to damage.

The site in Vernon, five miles south of downtown Los Angeles and with easy access to LAX airport, is well-situated for us to service the West Coast art scene. George Lacovara, our Branch Director in Los Angeles says: “we’re excited to be significantly upgrading our facility here. Recent business we’ve had indicates that the West Coast art scene is experiencing a great period of development, strengthened by the arrival of Frieze Los Angeles in February, and we’re looking forward to working with existing and new clients in the region going forward.”

We have also added another box truck to our fleet of vehicles based in LA. The new vehicle is equipped with environmental controls meaning Box Truckthat goods can remain under climate control from the moment they leave storage up to the point they reach their final destination.

Our Los Angeles facility works closely with our sister West Coast facility in San Francisco to transport, install and store for galleries, museums, interior designers, auction houses and private collectors in California and beyond. The addition of more specialized storage space and another vehicle will greatly aid our operations in the region.

Case Study: The Wiseman Group, San Francisco, USA

Each of our facilities around the world has a dedicated Interior Design division working with designers to facilitate their projects. From storage, to transport, to installation, we offer a premier white-glove service to our interior design clients.

The Wiseman Group (TWG) is one of the most iconic interior design firms in the San Francisco Bay area, priding itself on its commitment to creating beautiful, sophisticated, and innovative rooms that reflect each client’s needs. It was our pleasure to conduct shipping and installation for TWG at the 2019 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This month-long event provides a selected group of designers to showcase their styles all under one roof.

The Showcase was this year held in one of San Francisco’s most notable homes, Le Petit Trianon, in Presidio Heights. With Gander & White’s support, TWG transformed the dining room of the mansion into a “Haute Bohemian Hideaway”. The room was inspired by the passions of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent to travel and collect, so was designed to be a treasure trove of fascinating and beautiful objects from across the globe, still arrayed in a distinctly West Coast style.

Our operation for TWG began with collating the objects that would be going into the room at our San Francisco fine art facility. The eclectic group varied in size, weight and complexity, and we ensured that each was carefully packed at the warehouse to ensure the often delicate items arrived at the location safely.

Once delivered onsite in two Gander & White vehicles, we undertook the installation of the room over the course of one morning. Our team of six art technicians were coordinated by Business Development Director, Alexander Bradford, and Senior Client Liaison Manager, Mattie Stafford, who liaised closely with TWG’s Design Director James Hunter, Designer Shannon Weller, and Assistant Designer Emily Goodyear to organise the logistics involved in executing this elegant room design.

With the empty canvas ready, we began. First the area rug was laid, before a large banquette in several parts was installed. Once this was in place, we unpacked, assembled, and installed a five-section gold screen by Fromental, inspired by Gustav Klimt. With the more architectural parts of the installation complete, we proceeded to install the other parts of the room – smaller pieces of furniture, artworks, and objets d’art.

TWG produced one of the most stunning rooms of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2019 and we were thrilled to be a part of the project to make it happen. We value our partnership with TWG and always enjoy working with them.

First image credit: Douglas Friedman, all others Gander & White Shipping

Gander & White Shipping prepares for Brexit

As one of the world’s leading full-service art shipping companies, whatever the outcome of these prolonged, seemingly endless Brexit negotiations, we intend to be Brexit future-proof. Our time in the EU has been extended until 31 October in order for the UK government and EU to come to an agreement on the future relationship of the two parties.

As a member of the EU, the UK benefits from free movement of goods between EU member states. As such, when importing goods in free EU circulation to the UK from elsewhere in the EU, there is no customs clearance and artworks are not subject to any UK import duties and taxes. Depending on the deal agreed between the UK government and the EU between now and 31 October, Brexit may lead to changes to the sector. It is important to note, however, that breaking from the EU could also yield opportunities.

“All our warehouses are approved customs bonded warehouses, giving us an advantage over other operators in the sector,” says Victor Khureya, Operations Director at Gander & White London. “This means that you can import artworks into our bonded warehouses without paying any import VAT upfront as technically they will not have entered the UK from a tax point of view. Whatever the outcome of Brexit, it will still be possible to import your works of art onto bond, store them in our facilities without a collector or gallery having to pay import VAT upfront. It is possible to transfer works from bond to temporary import and install them in our viewing rooms for viewing purposes. Viewing rooms which are set up as galleries are located within all our facilities”, he adds.

We will continue to use the Calais to Dover route to transport works from mainland Europe to the UK and vice versa but should there be major congestion at Dover, we will also use the Harwich to Rotterdam route.

Although the October ‘flextension’ decreases the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, it remains likely there will be an administrative cost. Victor says that “the increased paperwork will be time consuming but given that we are authorized to arrange customs clearances at our warehouses, any time increase will be spent at our warehouses, rather than queuing at the ports.”

We will be closely monitoring the negotiations taking place through the final quarter of 2019, and will paying particular attention to discussion regarding Temporary Admission (TA) rules. At present, temporary import facilities are required for artworks imported from outside the EU that are being imported for art fairs such as Frieze or Masterpiece for viewing and possible sale. Being within the customs union, EU exhibitors do not have to pay anything to bring works that are in free EU circulation temporarily into the UK. With Brexit, the UK would sit outside this zone, meaning “artworks coming into the UK will have to come in as temporary imports with a guarantee being lodged on the VAT due.  In the event of a hard or no deal Brexit, if arrangements are not put in place to mitigate this issue, less art may be shown in the UK,” says Alexander Bradford, our Business Development Manager.

Just as all companies with UK operations are doing, we look forward to the conclusion of these protracted parliamentary debates and negotiations between the UK government and the EU. We nevertheless look forward to continuing to offer a comprehensive art logistics service to dealers, collectors, interior designers, galleries and museums worldwide, no matter how the Brexit deadlock is broken.


The Fine Art Group X Gander & White Shipping = The Logistics of Art Finance

A young entrepreneurial collector working with The Fine Art Group’s advisory team to develop his contemporary art collection, was seeking a 2-year loan of $4 million against his collection. His long-term ambition is to found a private museum and display his collection to the public. However, with much of his capital invested in his expanding tech business, he was seeking to lever the capital reserved for his art acquisitions.

The Fine Art Group identified six contemporary artworks that were suitable collateral. Not only was the collateral spread across the collector’s international residences but it also included a delicate work on paper and a monumental sculpture. The Fine Art Group utilized the services of fine art shipper Gander & White to undertake collection, transport and storage of all artworks needed as collateral for funding of loan monies. Gander & White has a worldwide presence, with facilities in the UK, France and USA which enabled swift collection of collateral from the individual’s global residences. These works were packed and transported in bespoke crates crafted by Gander & White.

The pieces chosen as collateral varied in size, media, and complexity to transport. The large sculptural piece required a gantry to move. This work was successfully de-installed by Gander & White and ultimately stored in one of the company’s state-of-the-art fine art facilities. These facilities contain environmentally-controlled private rooms ideal for storing such high-value works. The collateral also included a group of works on paper that required delicate and precise handling from beginning to end. These were transported to storage using a climate-controlled vehicle, where they were then placed in a secure and controlled environment. Both the collector and The Fine Art Group were confident that the artworks were in safe hands.

Oliver Howell, European Managing Director at Gander & White, said of this project: “We were pleased to support The Fine Art Group in this international operation. The Fine Art Group offers an important service to art collectors and investors alike and it was a pleasure to once again work with a company who share our commitment to offering the best service to our respective clients”.

The collector also wished to show his works in multiple international museums and The Fine Art Group was pleased to facilitate this request, with the support of Gander & White, who work extensively with institutions. The Fine Art Group’s in-house legal team put in place all the necessary legal framework with the museums and the collectors, including establishing complex security structures, negotiating loan documentation, liaising with the museums, and organising insurance and logistics on the collector’s behalf. Gander & White worked with other agents belonging to the international fine art shipping network ICEFAT to carry out the shipping and installation of works in museums in Australia, Singapore and the UK.

This enabled the collector to realize his personal ambition of having his works exhibited for the public in major retrospective exhibitions globally. He continues to build his collection with the Fine Art Group’s advisory team purchasing emerging artists on the primary market, as well as some established blue-chip artists.

Freya Stewart, CEO of Art Lending at The Fine Art Group says: “It is important to me that our partnered service providers uphold the high-quality client service that we offer our clients. Gander & White enabled The Fine Art Group to facilitate every one of our clients’ needs as efficiently and professionally as possible.”

Gander & White’s warrant renewed for a further five years

We are delighted to announce that our Royal Warrant for Fine Art Services to HM The Queen has been renewed for a further five years. The continued possession of this badge of honor acknowledges our ongoing art logistical services provided to the Royal Household and the Royal Collection. Gander & White is one of fewer than 700 companies that currently hold a Royal Warrant for services provided to HM The Queen.

The Royal Household Warrants Committee initially granted the warrant on behalf of HM The Queen in 2017 for a period of three years. Having gone through the reapplication process in Spring and Summer of 2018 the warrant has now been awarded to us for the maximum of five years, until March 2025. Our non-executive director Francelle White, the named ‘Grantee’ of the Warrant, says “for over 85 years we have endeavored to offer the highest quality service. We are thrilled to be honored in this way for our work provided to the Royal Household”.

Oliver Howell, our European Managing Director, says: “I’m immensely proud to have had this warrant renewed. I’ve seen Gander & White grow greatly in the 25 years since I started here and the renewal of our appointment is a real testament to the level of service we always strive to provide.”

All our vehicles can continue displaying the royal arms and legend indicating the reason for the appointment. All vehicles in the UK, France and the US can display this crest, making us the only fine art shipper with a Royal Warrant with facilities in France and the US.

Paul Cannon, Managing Director of US operations, says, “we are proud to be the only fine art shipper in the US to hold a Royal Warrant. It’s an instant marker of quality that we know our clients will appreciate.”

The current end of tenure for our Warrant is now 31 March 2025.

Gander & White installs Michael Craig-Martin works in Florida

Gander & White Palm Beach is delighted to have installed works of world-renowned Irish/British contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida. Present Sense features 35 pieces by Craig-Martin – paintings, prints and sculptures – and marks his most comprehensive exhibition to date in the US. The show runs from 29 January – 25 April 2019 and is open to Windsor members and their guests.

Gilles de Greling, our Gander & White Palm Beach director says: ‘The Michael Craig-Martin Present Sense installation was absolutely brilliant. The team worked tirelessly not only to ensure that the paintings and prints were installed to perfection, but the colorful large-scale sculptures were also placed exactly to the artist’s requests in the beautiful grounds of Windsor.’

Jane Smalley, marketing director at Windsor, commended Gander and White for its ‘careful planning and experience.’ The gallery has worked with Gander & White for its past three shows and Present Sense marks Windsor’s first outdoor installation.

The exhibition features a range of familiar, everyday objects.  Indoor wall works include Untitled (Light Bulb Blue), a depiction of a light blue bulb on bright yellow background; Untitled (Wireless), blue and green headphones on a magenta background; and Untitled (Trainer Fragment), shoes with red laces on a lime green background. Craig-Martin has created these pieces in his signature style, with boldly outlined motifs and bright colors.

Outdoors, Craig-Martin’s see-through powder-coated steel sculptures are in dialogue with the landscape, becoming part of the grounds of The Windsor Club.

The large Gate (white) sculpture has been installed on a lawn facing the entrance vista to the Windsor Club, welcoming everyone who visits the club. Two oversized umbrellas – Umbrella (purple) and Umbrella (yellow) – have been installed on the club’s golf course as though flirting with passing showers.

The monumental Garden Fork (magenta) reminds viewers of what it takes to tend the well-manicured grounds.  Further along a huge Wheelbarrow (red) takes shape, with the stables and ponds visible through its interior.

High Heel (pink), a large shoe which alludes to the well-healed residents of the Windsor private community, is another particularly attractive piece.  It is placed in the communal gardens, in front of the elegant homes. From the front the piece reads like a picture instead of a sculpture.

We were proud to be involved with this wide-ranging installation, bringing Michael Craig-Martin’s fantastic works to a new audience.


Michael Craig-Martin, Present Sense at The Gallery at Windsor from Windsor Properties on Vimeo.

The video is Courtesy of Verola Media.

Gander and White opens new 4,500 m² fine art warehouse in Wandsworth, London.

In our 85th year in existence and ten years after opening our first museum-standard storage warehouse, we have opened a state-of-the-art fine art storage facility in Wandsworth, London! Designed by UK Director of Art Operations, Jim Grundy, to offer the very latest in art storage capabilities, the purpose-built warehouse will cater to the full range of our clients, from galleries, to institutions, to interior designers, to private clients.

The facility offers the very latest in security, fire safety and environmental condition control in a location ideally placed for serving clients in London and beyond. From the moment goods arrive in the vast 30m tall secure and climate-controlled loading bays, they will be safe and secure from any damage. Individually heated and humidified storage units will allow all works of art to be looked after effectively and discreetly, ensuring that items leave the facility in exactly the same condition in which they arrived.

The Wandsworth facility joins our three other UK storage facilities, as well as another in mainland Europe and five more in the United States, giving us a truly global reach with the latest technologies.

Official Art Shipper for Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Gander & White are delighted to announce their role as official art shippers for the ninth edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. The fair will take place at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from 25 – 28 January 2018 and will feature top established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.

George Lacovara, Managing Director of Gander & White Los Angeles comments, “We are delighted to be the official art shippers for Art Los Angeles Contemporary, a key event in the contemporary art world, which sees collectors, curators and patrons from the west coast and beyond gather together to celebrate the best in contemporary art. We are excited to bring Gander and White’s renowned expertise in transporting and installing artworks to the fair.”

Meet our new American Workhorses!

Meet our new American Workhorses!
Our most recent addition to our stable of Fine Art vehicles.
Gander & White operates over 25 fine art vehicles both for local and long distance servicing all major US Art markets.
These trucks boast dual sleeper cab, dual art handler/ driving team, air ride, climate control, tracked by GPS and alarmed. 24 feet of cargo space with106” door opening and 109” interior height!

Your Fine Art Transport needs are in good hands

By Royal Appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Gander & White Shipping are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Royal Warrant for fine art services provided to HM Queen Elizabeth II. We would like to thank all our teams and technicians for the hard work and dedication that have contributed to us receiving this honour.

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