Dedication: gallery support of artists with Kristen Backer of Marianne Boesky
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS IN THE PROFESSIONAL LIFE OF AN ARTIST IS HIS OR HER GALLERY AFFILIATION. THE COMMITMENT AND EXPERIENCE OF A GALLERY IN ITS REPRESENTATION OF AN ARTIST’S BEST INTERESTS IS AS CRUCIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS THE QUALITY OF THE WORK ITSELF AS THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ARTIST’S WORLD AND RECOGNITION HAVE DISSOLVED THANKS TO THE GLOBAL ART MARKET, TECHNOLOGY, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS AND THE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OF THE NUMBER OF WORLDWIDE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MUSEUMS.
THE TEFAF ART MARKET REPORT, COMPILED BY DR. CLARE McANDREW OF ARTS ECONOMICS, IS CONSIDERED THE MOST VALUABLE SOURCE FOR COMPREHENSIVE DATA TRACKING WORLDWIDE AUCTION SALES, TRANSACTIONS AT ART FAIRS AND SHIFTS IN REGIONAL MARKETS AND ONLINE SALES. IN 2014, TEFAF DOCUMENTED THAT THE GLOBAL ART MARKET REACHED A TOTAL OF OVER 51 BILLION EUROS, A 7 PERCENT INCREASE OVER 2013, POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART BEING THE LARGEST SECTOR IN THE FINE ART MARKET REPRESENTING 48 PER CENT OF ALL FINE ART SALES BY VALUE.
THE ARTIST/GALLERY RELATIONSHIP IS ONE OF MUTUAL LOYALTY AND TRUST AND, IN THIS COMPETITIVE PLAYING FIELD, THE ARTIST’S ACUMEN AND SUPPORT OF THE GALLERY’S EFFORTS IS AS INTEGRAL AN ELEMENT AS THE DEDICATION AND EXPERIENCE OF THE DEALER’S REPRESENTATION.
MARIANNE BOESKY OPENED HER FIRST GALLERY IN 1996 WHEN SOHO WAS THE DESTINATION FOR CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS AND CURATORS. THE GALLERY IS HIGHLY RESPECTED FOR IDENTIFYING EMERGING ARTISTS WHO BECOME LUMINARIES SUCH AS LISA YUSKAVAGE AND TAKASHI MURAKAMI. RECOGNIZING POTENTIAL TALENT AND THEN CREATING A SUPPORT SYSTEM AND NURTURING IT IS AN ART FORM IN ITSELF.
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY HAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THREE VENUES, CHELSEA, UPTOWN AND THE LOWER EAST SIDE AND TO REPRESENT AND SUPPORT NOT ONLY EMERGING BUT ALSO MID-CAREER AND ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WORKING IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF MEDIUMS: PAINTING, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION, VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY. http://www.marianneboeskygallery.com/
IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG, GALLERY DIRECTOR KRISTEN BECKER PROVIDES A PERSPECTIVE ON THE GALLERY’S GROWTH AND EXPANSION, BOTH GEOGRAPHICALLY AND EXPONENTIALLY.
KRISTEN, WELCOME BACK! THE GALLERY RECENTLY OPENED A SPACE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, AN ACTIVE VENUE FOR NEW YORK GALLERIES TO EXPAND THEIR EXHIBITION SPACES AND INSTALLATION HORIZONS. BOESKY EAST HAS DEDICATED THIS NEW VENUE TO INSTALLATIONS AND CUTTING-EDGE PROJECTS. WHAT WAS THE EXHIBITION PROGRAM DURING ITS INITIAL YEAR AND WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE IT WILL BE IN 2016?
Our space on Clinton Street serves as an equal but refreshing counterpoint to Chelsea and the Upper East Side spaces, thus far the programming has focused on gallery artists. Our inaugural show was new work by Adam Helms, followed by Melissa Gordon, Serge Alain Nitegeka, a collaboration between Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Anthony Pearson, and then solo exhibitions by Robert Elfgen, Thiago Rocha Pitta, and Dean Levin. Each artist approaches the new space with a different energy than I have seen in Chelsea. There is a palpable feeling of exploration and experimentation that allows for a more receptive viewing experience. In the fall we opened with an amazing new film and photographs by Sue de Beer, followed by our first show with Bjorn Braun, a wonderful artist based out of Berlin. Our January 2016 show is new films and paintings by Jacco Olivier.
IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ENRICH COLLECTOR OR MUSEUM CURATOR’S KNOWLEDGE OF AN ARTIST’S WORK WITH A DEEPER SENSE OF THE ARTIST’S REFERENCES AND INSPIRATION. FOR EXAMPLE, DIANA AL-HADID WAS INTRODUCED TO THE 19th CENTURY SCULPTOR MEDARDO ROSSO WHEN EXHIBITING AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER IN DALLAS. YOUR GALLERY PROVIDED A VENUE FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBIT IN YOUR 64th STREET SPACE IN WHICH THE PLASTER AND WAX WORKS BY ROSSO WERE EXHIBITED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AL-HADID’S CONTEMPORARY ONES.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CURATED EXHIBITIONS THAT THE TOWNHOUSE GALLERY HAS ORGANIZED? WHAT INSPIRED DEDICATING THIS SPACE TO THAT UNIQUE PURPOSE?
We focused the uptown space on curatorial projects that promote and enrich a larger dialogue. This also happens at the other locations as well, but Marianne saw the need for expansive programming and leased the space for five years to allow for wider experimentation. We enjoyed that environment so much that we extended our time on 64th Street, but the owners have decided to sell the building so our current show of Donald Moffett and Pino Pascali will be our last.
This dedicated environment was incredibly conducive to taking one’s time and really enjoying the connections, parallels, and contradictions being presented. We tapped some amazing curatorial voices from Anthony Huberman to Michelle Grabner to Todd Levin. Last fall Debra Singer curated an amazing group exhibition uptown. She used Barbara Kasten’s photographs as a touchstone to discuss recent developments in photography and its surrounding processes. The exhibition included works by Amy Granat, Leslie Hewitt, John Houck, Chris Wiley, and a much longer roster of artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium. It was at once a timely and historical show. Our most recent exhibition featured works on paper by Thornton Dial, a new addition to our roster but a well-known artist to many in the museum community.
THE GALLERY HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND INTERNATIONALLY, NOT ONLY PARTICIPATING IN SEVERAL ART FAIRS BUT ALSO ADDING ARTISTS OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION TO THE ROSTER. AT WHAT ART FAIRS DO YOU EXHIBIT AND, WITH SO MANY OPTIONS, WHY DID YOU SELECT THESE?
The gallery feels the same pressure as its peers to be visible, but we try our best to be thoughtful and strategic about our presence. While we are lucky to have a staff of 20, we run three spaces and spend a good deal of time traveling to see our artists so we can support their practice and projects. It’s also incredibly important to set aside time to take stock of new and important voices outside of New York. As of now our upcoming year of fairs includes the Moving Image fair in Istanbul, EXPO Chicago, Frieze London, Art Basel Miami Beach, the ADAA Art Show, the Armory Show, Frieze New York, and Art Basel. If there is another association that makes sense we are always happy to consider and discuss how best to participate.
THE GALLERY BEGAN YOUR REPRESENTATION OF FRANK STELLA, CURRENTLY IN A RETROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, IN 2014 AND HAVE REINTRODUCED HIS WORK TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLECTORS WITH ENORMOUS SUCCESS.
IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG, KRISTEN, GALLERY DIRECTOR WITH A FOCUS ON MUSEUM MANAGEMENT, WILL CONCENTRATE ON THE GALLERY’S INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED ARTISTS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HER CONTRIBUTION.