立木画廊由乐睿昕（Rachel Lehmann）和慕德伟（David Maupin）于1996年携手创办，一直致力提携风格迥异的国际知名艺术家，其合作伙伴包括崭露头角的艺坛新贵，也有声名显赫的重量级艺术家，作品类型变化多端，创作媒体更不拘一格。立木在全球共设有三间艺廊──两间在纽约，一间在香港──展出来自美国、欧洲、亚洲、南美洲、非洲及中东地区的艺术家作品。艺廊对支持突破性的艺术创作不遗余力，特别是那些挑战视觉感官的艺术作品，展出大量概念性的个人探索、自我表述作品，涉及议题包括：性别、阶级、宗教、历史、政治及全球化等。
立木画廊与亚洲艺术家、策展人和收藏家的合作关系长达十年之久。于2000年，立木画廊为韩国装置艺术家徐道获（Do Ho Suh）在美国举办首次展览。
此后， 立木画廊分别为 Ashley Bickerton 和韩国艺术家李昢（Lee Bul）举办个人展览，其后亦将日本现代艺术家 Mr. 和中国艺术家王淑铃的作品介绍给纽约的观众。画廊在2012年6月宣布代表中国艺术家刘韡，并在2013年2月于纽约立木画廊举办其首个美国个展。
Since its establishment nearly two decades ago Lehmann Maupin has identified and cultivated the careers of an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists. The gallery has garnered a reputation for supporting artists working across disciplines and with new and challenging forms of creative expression; artists whose work has had a lasting impact on contemporary art and culture. Working closely with curators and leading intellectuals in the field, Lehmann Maupin is committed to presenting its artists’ work on an international scale and to firmly establishing their contributions to art history in the 21st century and beyond.
Lehmann Maupin has given some of contemporary art’s most highly respected artists their first one-person exhibitions in New York, including Tracey Emin, Anya Gallaccio, Shirazeh Houshiary, Klara Kristalova, Liu Wei, Do Ho Suh, Juergen Teller, and Adriana Varejão. In addition, the gallery has highlighted emerging talents, such as Mickalene Thomas, Hernan Bas, Angel Otero, and the Japanese artist Mr. by organizing important solo exhibitions around the world and presenting their work at prominent international art fairs. Lehmann Maupin’s program also includes Ashley Bickerton, Billy Childish, Mary Corse, Teresita Fernández, Gilbert & George, Lee Bul, Tony Oursler, Robin Rhode, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Jennifer Steinkamp, Nari Ward, and Erwin Wurm.
Founded by partners Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin, Lehmann Maupin first opened in SoHo in October 1996, and in September 2002, moved to Chelsea. A second New York gallery space opened in late 2007 in Manhattan’s new cultural hub, the Lower East Side. The gallery established its first international exhibition space in Hong Kong in March 2013, and relocated to a new Chelsea space in 2015.