20th to 21st Century Artists: Van Doren Waxter Gallery, present and future
IN THE PAST DECADE, THE LOWER EAST SIDE HAS SEEN A STEADY INFLUX OF ART GALLERIES AND THE OPENING OF THE ENERGIZED AND EXPLOSIVE NEW MUSEUM ON THE BOWERY AND BECOME AN IMPORTANT DESTINATION FOR NEW ART AND NEW IDEAS. IN 2007, JOHN VAN DOREN AND DORSEY WAXTER, OF VAN DOREN WAXTER GALLERY ON EAST 73RD STREET, ANTICIPATED THIS MIGRATION.
DORSEY AND JOHN OPENED ELEVEN RIVINGTON AS A MECCA FOR NEW TALENT AND THE GALLERY HAS NOW EXPANDED ITS DOWNTOWN PRESENCE BY ADDING A FULL ANNEX AT 195 CHRYSTIE STREET BETWEEN RIVINGTON AND STANTON STREETS.
DIRECTED BY ELEVEN RIVINGTON PARTNER AUGUSTO ARBIZO, 11R EXHIBITS EMERGING ARTISTS AS WELL AS A ROSTER OF INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WITH LITTLE PRIOR EXPOSURE TO THE U.S. MUSEUM AND COLLECTOR WORLD. ARBIZO, BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES, STUDIED AT COOPER UNION AND ATTENDED STUDIO ART AND CURATORIAL STUDIES GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. HE BRINGS AN ARTIST’S EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING TO HIS ROLE OF GALLERY DIRECTOR.
AUGUSTO HAS INTRODUCED A NOTEWORTHY INTERNATIONAL LINEUP THAT INCLUDES BRAZIL’S CAETANO DE ALMEIDA, SPAIN’S JERONIMO ELESPE AND BERLIN’S VOLKER HULLER AS WELL AS HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK-BASED ARTISTS SUCH AS MIKA TAJIMA AND MICHAEL DE LUCIA. BOTH THE UPTOWN GALLERY, REPRESENTING ESTABLISHED ARTISTS AND ESTATES AND THE DOWNTOWN VENUES HAVE A COMMON DENOMINATOR: THE QUALITY OF THE WORK.
IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK DORSEY WAXTER, FOUNDER AND PARTNER OF VAN DOREN WAXTER AND ELEVEN RIVINGTON TO TODAY’S LRFA BLOG.
DORSEY, ART FAIRS ARE SUCH A DOMINANT PART OF THE GLOBALIZED CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE. MANY GALLERIES PARTICIPATE IN NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS BECAUSE OF THE SENSE THAT THE FAIR IS NOW THE DOMINANT MARKET PLACE.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE GALLERY IN ITS LOCAL VENUES VERSUS ITS PRESENCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR SCENE?
I am an advocate of both. I think it’s important for collectors to engage with galleries in their cities. The experience of going to see art and get to know dealers at home is about sharpening your eye and building relationships. It’s important to have time to look. It is a mistake to think that only the best art is shown at art fairs.
On the other hand art fairs provide a concentrated group of dealers from many different parts of the world. The big advantage is to be able to see artists and galleries that you might not otherwise. For galleries economically it’s important to be able to have both life at home in the gallery as well as a select number of art fairs.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS AT VAN DOREN WAXTER THIS SEASON? AND WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE GALLERY?
In May and June we had an exhibition of watercolors by Al Held (1928-2005) whose foundation we have just begun to represent exclusively for drawings and watercolors. In September and October we will be doing an exhibition jointly with Eleven Rivington of new paintings by Jackie Saccoccio. We have just announced a new representation of the estate of Hedda Sterne (1910-2011). The future of our gallery will continue to be a mixture of artists’ estates from the second half of the 20th century along with a careful selection of living artists. We want to keep an element of surprise.
DORSEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSIGHT AND SHARING YOUR HISTORY AND THOUGHTS WITH THE LRFA BLOG.
IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, I AM VERY PLEASED TO INTRODUCE ALEXIS JOHNSON, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT THE PRESTIGIOUS PAULA COOPER GALLERY. PAULA COOPER WAS A PIONEER IN THE CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD, OPENING THE FIRST GALLERY IN SOHO AND CONTINUES TO IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE ARTISTS AS WELL AS A STABLE OF INTERNATIONAL LUMINARIES. ALEXIS BRINGS A FRESH EYE AND WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ART SCENE.