Sotheby’s gallery S/2- wonderful exhibits for this season

by leslierankowfinearts

SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK GALLERY SPACE, A PERFECT VENUE FOR PRIVATE SALES AND STELLAR CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS, OPENED JUST A YEAR AGO IN SEPTEMBER 2011.  THE SPACE ITSELF, DESIGNED BY THE BRILLIANT RICHARD GLUCKMAN, RECEIVED INEVITABLE KUDOS AND THE SELLING EXHIBITIONS OFFER DIVERSE AND INNOVATIVE CURATORIAL EXPOSURE TO A WIDE SPECTRUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART.  THE INITIAL EXHIBITION HONORED THE WORK OF SECOND-GENERATION ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST SAM FRANCIS, AND THEN WE LEAPED AHEAD SEVERAL DECADES TO VIEW AN EDGY CONTEMPORARY SHOW CURATED BY  VITO SCHNABEL.  A FAVORITE EXHIBITION, CURATED BY KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN,  RESONATED IN THE MINIMAL ELEGANCE OF THE SPACE, AN EXHIBIT OF CALIFORNIA MINIMALIST ARTISTS THAT INCLUDED SEMINAL WORKS BY JAMES TURRELL,  LARRY BELL, AND ROBERT IRWIN.

ANNA McKNIGHT, WHO SUPERVISES S/2 ALONG WITH HER MANY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A SPECIALIST IN THE CONTEMPORARY DEPARTMENT AT SOTHEBY’S HAS KINDLY FOUND TIME TO SPEAK WITH US ABOUT THE GALLERY SPACE AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS.

ANNA, THANK YOU. WHAT EXHIBITIONS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON? WHO DECIDES WHAT THE EXHIBIION PROGRAM SHOULD BE?

This September  the  fabulous  S|2 Gallery will  be  filled with works by  some  of  the most  important  artists  to  have  practiced  in Los Angeles  during  the  last  half  century, such as Paul McCarthy,  Ed  Ruscha,  Bruce Nauman, Chris  Burden  and Mike Kelly. They’re part of Not Californian, a selling exhibition organized by guest curator Josh Baer, which will kick off our fall season.

Not Californian aims to illustrate that the work of eight seminal artists – Chris Burden, Ed Ruscha, Raymond Pettibon, John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, Charles Ray and Bruce Nauman – can and should be viewed, praised and appreciated on a global stage. The exhibition will stand in contrast to the monumental and thorough 2011 Getty exhibition “Pacific Standard Time” which, while excellent, gave the impression that much of the work in California in the 1970’s and 80’s was local only.

Looking towards the rest of the fall season, S|2 has a number of innovative projects in the pipeline. October will bring two exciting exhibitions. In New York, S|2 will be hosting an exhibition curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld that examines contemporary abstraction and its roots; titled Hue and Cry, the show will highlight the transformation of Abstract Expressionism as a historical movement since 1945 and, more broadly, the relationships between color, kinetics and emotion.

The Boundaries of Seeing, a selling exhibition curated by and in collaboration with KCM, Lauri Firstenberg and LAXART will also take place in October but will be staged in our Los Angeles offices. A new venture for S|2 in terms of location, the exhibition will focus on the work of a select few contemporary artists who have been influenced by the luminaries of Modernism, Formalism, Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera and Minimalism among other influential movements. The show emphasizes that limiting one’s gaze to the masters of Contemporary Art does not allow the mind to acknowledge the innovative practice of artists such as Lisa Williamson, Dashiell Manley, Hugh Scott Douglas, Oscar Tuazon, Ryan Sullivan and Carol Bove, to name a few. This group of artists stands out among their generation because of their ability to pilfer from the past and make it their own.

And finally, in November the acclaimed art advisor Nicolai Frahm will present a curated selection of contemporary masterpieces which will illustrate a trip around the world in contemporary art and the increasingly global nature of the art world.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THESE EXHIBITS. IN OUR NEXT BLOG, I HAVE ASKED ANNA McKNIGHT, CONTEMPORARY SPECIALIST AND A DIRECTOR OF S/2, TO ADDRESS THE MORE COMMERCIAL ASPECTS OF THE ROLE OF THE GALLERY AND ITS SELLING EXHIBITIONS WITHIN THE AUCTION VENUE.  I LOOK FORWARD TO HER EXPERT INPUT AND WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

UNTIL THEN, THANKS FOR READING!