GP Gallery, New York: Three centuries of American art
WHEN GERALD PETERS GALLERY, NEW YORK, AND GAVIN SPANIERMAN LTD. MERGED GALLERIES IN THE SPRING OF THIS YEAR, TWO STRONG LEADERS IN THE AMERICAN ART MARKET CONSOLIDATED THEIR FORCES TO UNITE A WEALTH OF INVENTORY, EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE. GERALD PETERS HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE ART BUSINESS FOR OVER FORTY YEARS BOTH AS AN INFLUENTIAL DEALER AND AN IMPASSIONED COLLECTOR OF AMERICAN ART. HE IS AN AUTHORITY ON THE ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST, PARTICULARLY ARTISTS FREDERIC REMINGTON AND CHARLES RUSSELL AS WELL AS GEORGIA O’KEEFFE WHOM HE REPRESENTED IN THE 1970s. GAVIN SPANIERMAN IS HIGHLY RESPECTED FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE IN THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL, SUCH LUMINARIES AS FREDERIC CHURCH, SANFORD GIFFORD, AND ALBERT BIERSTADT, AND IN AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM, ARTISTS THAT INCLUDE WINSLOW HOMER, CHILDE HASSAM, JOHN TWACHTMAN AND JOHN SINGER SARGENT.
TODAY, I AM VERY PLEASED TO HAVE GAVIN EXPAND ON THE SCALE AND SCOPE OF THE MERGER OF THE TWO GALLERIES.
GAVIN, THANK YOU FOR CONTRIBUTING. I ASSUME YOUR GALLERY, GAVIN SPANIERMAN, LTD. AND GERALD PETERS GALLERY WILL MERGE INVENTORIES. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WORKS IN THE GALLERY THAT RESONATE MOST STRONGLY WITH YOU?
Yes, I have moved my office to the townhouse on 78th and we will merge inventories. As you mentioned earlier, Jerry has a deep and varied inventory of Modernism, and one of the works that I am particularly smitten with is a wonderful cubist work from 1911 by Max Weber. It depicts a rather bawdy scene of 2 men and a woman chatting at a table with a cabaret performance in the background that takes place at Joel’s café. A popular watering hole for artists, writers and the bohemian crowd located in Times Square after WWI.
DO YOU AND JERRY ANTICIPATE A DIVISION OF LABOR WITH YOU OVERSEEING NEW YORK AND JERRY MORE INVOLVED WITH THE GALLERY IN SANTE FE? HOW WILL IT WORK?
Our merger is only related to the NY Gallery. Santa Fe will still remain under the full directorship of Jerry.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE ADVANTAGES OF THIS PARTNERSHIP?
The advantages for me are a great inventory of both historic American and post war art, as well as a wonderful history upon which to call upon for exhibitions and future inventory. For Jerry, the advantage is to have feet on the ground in NY that he can rely on to generate those exhibitions and further the brand of Gerald Peters gallery as well as make significant sales.
I KNOW YOU HAVE A STRONG KNOWLEDGE AND INTEREST IN CONTEMPORARY ART AS WELL AS SECONDARY MARKET MORE HISTORICAL WORKS. HOW WILL THAT AFFECT THE GALLERY ROSTER AND EXHIBITION SCHEDULE?
My plan is to continue to deal in significant traditional American works, expand the opportunities to deal in secondary market works, as well as continue to build a roster of contemporary artists.
WHAT CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS DO YOU PLAN TO EXHIBIT AND WHAT HISTORICAL EXHIBITIONS ARE IN THE PLANNING STAGES?
We have an exhibition of Frank Wimberley, and Tracy Harris slated for the fall, two Abstract artists with very different interpretations of the Nature from the East End of Long Island. Next spring we are planning an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, the scope of which has not yet been determined.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FUTURE PLANS THAT YOU HAVE IN TERMS OF THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT?
The Georgia O’Keeffe show is a perfect example of our upcoming collaboration. Jerry was her dealer in Santa Fe for the last 20 years of her life and has handled some of the more important works she produced. We intend to call upon the expansive archive of these works to produce the exhibition.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE GALLERY EXPANDING WITH THE BENEFIT OF TWO VERY EXPERIENCED DEALERS WHOSE EXPERTISE SPANS SO MANY AREAS OF BOTH AMERICA AND EUROPEAN ART?
Jerry and I both bring to the table expertise in different parts of the American art world. I am very well versed in Hudson River and Impressionist art, ant Jerry has extensive knowledge in Western and American Modernism. Between the two of us we are able to serve a wide variety of collectors and museums with our respective knowledge.
IN OUR NEXT BLOG, I AM VERY PLEASED TO DOCUMENT GAVIN’S PROFESSIONAL HISTORY, ONE THAT BRINGS SUCH RICH WEALTH AND KNOWLEDGE TO THIS MERGER AND EXPLORE HIS INTEREST AND AESTHETIC RESPONSE TO CONTEMPORARY ART, AN AREA THAT GP GALLERY PLANS TO EXPAND UPON AND DEVELOP AS WELL.
I WELCOME ANY COMMENTS THAT YOU MAY HAVE – AND OFFER THE EXPERTISE AND ARTICULATE PERSPECTIVE OF GAVIN’S EXPERIENCE AND POINT OF VIEW TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ON THIS RICH PERIOD OF AMERICAN ART.