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The artist/gallerist relationship at Cheim & Read with director Maria Bueno

CHEIM & READ
23 East 67th Street

CHEIM & READ GALLERY HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRESCIENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE ART MARKET. IN 2018, AT A PANEL AT ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, CO-FOUNDER HOWARD READ,  AT “THE FUTURE OF THE ARTIST AND GALLERIST RELATIONSHIP” DISCUSSION, ANNOUNCED THE GALLERY’S PLANS TO OPEN ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE, AND LEADING THE WAY TOWARDS A NEW MODEL OF GALLERIES THAT IS MORE PROGRESSIVE. WHILE CONTINUING TO DEAL ON THE PRIMARY MARKET, WORKING DIRECTLY WITH ARTISTS IN RELATIONSHIPS THAT CHEIM & READ HAS LOVINGLY CULTIVATED OVER THE YEARS, THE GALLERY WILL CREATE  A MORE FLEXIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE, FOCUSING ON THE SECONDARY MARKET, COMMISSIONS, AND TARGETED ART FAIRS.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Conversations 2018
Howard Read

http://www.artnews.com/2018/12/07/dealer-howard-read-announces-new-art-commissions-farewell-castelli-model-business/

MARIA BUENO, DIRECTOR AT CHEIM & READ, CELEBRATES HER 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE GALLERY AND SHARES WITH THE LRFA BLOG THE GALLERY’S ENORMOUS RESPECT FOR ITS ARTISTS, AND SENSITIVITY TO THE ARTIST/GALLERIST RELATIONSHIP.

MARIA, WELCOME BACK AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG.

WHAT WERE THE SUBSEQUENT STEPS THAT LED YOU TO CHEIM AND READ?

I graduated college, moved to Europe for a year (and worked for a gallery in Barcelona), and then came back and worked for Phillips in their contemporary art department. I started there as an administrator, then a junior specialist, and although I enjoyed the educational component of learning about new artists as well as the evening sales adrenaline rush, I missed the connection to working directly with artists. I kept in touch with Cheim & Read and when the timing was finally right, joined them in 2010.

Al Held
The Yellow X

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE GALLERY AND WHAT IS ITS BUSINESS STRUCTURE?

Next year will be my 10th year anniversary with Cheim & Read. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with John Cheim and Howard Read. They encouraged me to find my own identity and style as a dealer, supported projects or initiatives I thought would be beneficial to the gallery, and entrusted me to form my own relationships with the artists they so carefully cultivated over their careers.

For over two decades, Cheim & Read represented over twenty artists and estates and most of our focus was building and supporting these artists on the primary market. We also had a strong presence in the secondary market with artists with whom we had an interest or particular expertise. In June of 2018, we announced that we would be relocating from Chelsea to a more intimate gallery on the Upper East Side and shifting our business model to one that is more nimble, flexible, and in line with John Cheim and Howard Read’s interest in pursuing projects and working with artists they are truly passionate about.

Serge Poliakoff
Bleu Rouge
1951

DO YOU HAVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH SPECIFIC ARTISTS OR IS YOUR FOCUS PRIMARILY IN THE SALE OF WORKS FOR ALL THE ARTISTS THE GALLERY REPRESENTS?

We have a very organic approach to working with artists – there is no such thing as an “artist’s liaison” at Cheim & Read. John and Howard have their longstanding relationships with our artists and I support their efforts by developing my own relationships so that we can best service the needs of the artists on an individual basis. It has a family-like quality that I think is rare for galleries in the present day and has served us well throughout the gallery’s history.

Milton Resnick
Board Painting
courtesy of Cheim & Read

WHAT ARE THE WAYS IN WHICH A GALLERY BEST REPRESENTS AN ESTATE? IS THE EMPHASIS ON PLACING WORKS IN COLLECTIONS OR MUSEUMS OR IN ARRANGING MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS ON AN INTERNATIONAL BASIS?

Our strategy is to first mount exhibitions of important but perhaps overlooked periods in an artist’s career. The goal here is to expose curators, collectors, and the general public to a body of work that perhaps has not been seen in many years or has not been explored in further depth.

Notable examples of this are Al Held’s Alphabet Paintings (2013), Hans Hartung’s late paintings (2010), the work of Serge Poliakoff (2016), and the Board paintings of Milton Resnick (2018). These exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly publications with writing from curators or critics that helps to reframe this work a contemporary context. These efforts usually begin important conversations with museums to acquire works for their collection and/or mount their own presentation of the artist. We also establish more in depth strategies with each estate to feature works at art fair presentations or other exhibition or project opportunities, undertake outreach efforts to institutions and foundations to feature and/or acquire works, create and/or help organize an estate’s archive, and much more.

Hans Hartung
The Last Paintings 1989
Cheim & Read exhibition

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG WITH MARIA BUENO, DIRECTOR OF CHEIM & READ, WE WILL EXPLORE JUST A LITTLE OF THE GALLERY’S VERY RICH HISTORY.

VISIT CHEIM & READ’S NEW UPTOWN SPACE, AT 23 EAST 67TH STREET, AND ITS EXUBERANT INAUGURAL EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE WORK OF RON GORCHOV.

https://www.cheimread.com/

 

A contemporary sculpture park transforms Switzerland’s Verbier ski resort thanks to Madeleine Paternot, co-founder

3-D Sculpture Park
Verbier, Switzerland

IF THERE WAS AN AWARD FOR MUSEUMS WITH A VIEW, THIS ONE WOULD TAKE THE TOP SPOT EVERY TIME. THE VERBIER 3D SCULPTURE PARK IS AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM WHOSE EXHIBITS – PIECES OF MODERN ART CREATED DURING THE COURSE OF AN ARTISTS’ RESIDENCY – ARE SCATTERED ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS AT 2,300M ALTITUDE ABOVE THE ALPINE RESORT OF VERBIER. YOU CAN VISIT THEM ON THE COURSE OF A STROLL BETWEEN THE LA CHAUX AND RUINETTES CHAIR LIFTS, EVEN IN WINTER WHEN THE AREA IS FULL OF SKIERS. IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO EXPLAIN THE SOMETIMES OBSCURE INSTALLATIONS AND SCULPTURES, FREE GUIDED TOURS ARE AVAILABLE.

TIMEOUT January 2015

https://www.timeout.com/switzerland/art/verbier-3d-sculpture-park

Education, Culture, Environmentalism
Olaf Breuning at the
3-D Sculpture Park

The 3-D Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating contemporary art to promote environmentalism, education, and culture to local and international audiences. Founded in 2010 by New York-based artist Madeleine Paternot and Verbier-based artist Kiki Thompson, the foundation created an educational and cultural Artist Residency and Sculpture Park inspired by the stunning Alpine environment of Verbier, Switzerland at an altitude of 2,300 meters between La Chaux and Ruinettes. More than one million visitors to Verbier can access the park for free year round.

In 2016, the Verbier 3-D Foundation launched a 5-year initiative uniting artists, locals and scientists to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment. Their insights are captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and education programs for audiences of all ages.

Utilizing the lens of art, the Verbier 3-D Foundation aims to create a dialogue around the themes of glacial warming and societal behaviors on a local that extends outwards. The exhibitions will feature new work by visual artists who, in their individual approaches, are interested in these conversations.

 

Education, Culture, Environmentalism at
the 3-D Sculpture Park

 

IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG POST, WE JOIN MADELEINE PATERNOT ON HER FORMATION OF THE VERBIER 3-D FOUNDATION, A CONTEMPORARY OUTDOOR MUSEUM WITH A FOCUS ON GLACIAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND A PLATFORM FOR CREATIVITY AND THE SUPPORT OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

MADDY, WHAT INSPIRED YOU AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

We invite artists from all over the globe to Verbier and challenge them to use the mountainous environment of the Alps as inspiration. The residency challenges the artist to be out of their comfort zone due to the reclusiveness and limitation of the alpine environment.  It’s fascinating to watch how this impacts their work.  For the past four years, our curators Paul Goodwin and Alexa Kusber have focused on climate change as its effect is pronounced by our rapidly disappearing glaciers in Switzerland.       

Additionally, we create events for our artists-in-residence to interact with the local community in Verbier to encourage dialogue around their work and our premise which is focused on the environment. Our educational programs for children and adults are equally important and apart of our platform.

http://www.3-dfoundation.com/

Chloe Dewe Mathews
In Search of Frankenstein
Artist Resident, Verbier

Shot in the alpine landscape that inspired Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Chloe Dewe Mathews’ photographic series ‘In Search of Frankenstein’ juxtaposes snow-covered mountains with a network of eerie subterranean bunkers, built in the 1960s to shelter the entire population of Switzerland in the event of a nuclear disaster. 

The project was conceived during a residency at the Verbier 3-D Foundation in 2016, when the artist discovered that Shelley’s manuscript was started during an unusual holiday on the shores of Lake Geneva. The ominously wet weather conditions of 1816 – the ‘Year without Summer’ – forced Shelley and her companions to stay indoors day after day, dreaming up ghost stories, from which Frankenstein’s monster emerged. 

Dewe Mathews photographed the region that had inspired the eighteen-year-old author, exploring miles of underground corridors and vast melting glaciers that seemed to offer parallels between Shelley’s prophetic socio-environmental concerns and the anxieties of our time. ‘In Search of Frankenstein’ presents a contemporary sublime, which affords this monumental piece of literature fresh resonance, two hundred years after it was first published.

We have initiated similar programming at PRVT VW.  This fall we will host our first Time + Space residency with our past Verbier 3-D artist-in-residence, Chloe Dewe Mathews in New York at PRVT VW. This is a new collaboration between Verbier 3-D and PRVT VW.  As we are set in the heart of Soho artist district in an old school loft, the invitation only, in-house residency is geared towards providing international artists and curators “time + space” to further develop their practices in New York’s dynamic urban setting. The aim is to develop a dialogue between the diverse residency locations of New York and Verbier that challenge and expand participating artists’ practices in relation to place.  With a focus on deepening research and strengthening art world affiliations, this residency is an extension of the secluded and experimental environment that reflects the Verbier 3-D Sculpture park.  This past spring Verbier 3-D helped launch a book and exhibition at the British Library with Chloe that was created during her residency in Verbier entitled, In Search of Frankenstein.  Equally exciting, Chloe is launching an exhibition and book with Aperture during their gala this year and we will host her and produce an artist talk with Aperture during her stay. 

I’m very excited about our upcoming plans, after nearly ten years in New York City, it all seems to be coming together. 

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG POST,  WE WILL EXPLORE SOME OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS AND ART PROGRAMS TAKING PLACE IN VERBIER. IF YOU TIME IT RIGHT, MADDY HERSELF WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND SHARE THE PARK WITH YOU.

STAY TUNED!

Artist, writer, co-founder of New York’s Private View, the innovative Madeleine Paternot

 

Madeleine Paternot
Founder, 3D Sculpture Park, Switzerland, co-founder, Private View NY

Anthropology comes from the Greek, literally “the study of the human.” As such, it overlaps with history, sociology, psychology, political science, literature, documentary studies, and other fields. What distinguishes anthropology is less what anthropologists study than how they do it, and in particular the investigative techniques of participant-observation.

Coursework in anthropology gives students powerful tools for making sense of society and culture, and an appreciation of both different cultures and of hierarchies and inequality in the 21st century world.

Cultural Anthropology Course Description, Stanford University

Madeleine Paternot
Blue Club Chairs
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2012

MADELEINE PATERNOT MAJORED IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY AT VASSAR COLLEGE, NOT THE MOST TYPICAL COURSE OF STUDY FOR AN ARTIST BUT ONE SHE HAS PUT TO GREAT USE. HER APPRECIATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF CULTURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD IMPACT ON THE SUBJECT MATTER AND TECHNIQUE IN HER PAINTINGS WHICH EMBRACE  IMAGES AND SENSIBILITY OF THE HOME AND ITS MEANING. HER STUDIES OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY HAVE ALSO STRONGLY IMPACTED ON THE MISSION OF HER FOUNDATION, THE 3-D SCULPTURE PARK IN VERBIER AND ON HER NEW ARTISTIC PLATFORM, PRIVATE VIEW NEW YORK, A BY APPOINTMENT GALLERY AND GATHERING PLACE FOR ARTISTIC DIALOGUE IN SOHO.

https://theknockturnal.com/private-view-new-york-launches-during-the-frieze-art-fair/

WE HAVE A LOT OF TERRITORY TO COVER SO LET’S REJOIN MADDY NOW.

MADDY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR WORK AND YOUR ART VENTURES WITH THE LRFA BLOG.

Madeline Paternot
Mint Wallpaper

WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD? WAS YOUR FAMILY INTERESTED IN ART. DID THEY COLLECT?


I was named after the French children’s book, Madeleine, who was known for her adventures. I spoke primarily French until the age of ten. I love exploring and it’s no wonder that as an adult, I have lived an extremely nomadic existence. Travel was always encouraged and after my parents separated, I visited my father in Switzerland frequently.  My extended family lives in every corner of the world.  Through my early influences, I realized that travel and culture have always been an inspiration for me artistically.


Madeline Paternot
Tall Pink Chair

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT YOUR EARLY EXPERIENCES IN BOTH AMERICA AND EUROPE HAVE INFLUENCED BOTH YOUR OWN ARTISTIC OUTPUT AND THE PLATFORM OF THE GALLERY?

My work is highly influenced by my cultural sensibilities.  Retrospectively, my nomadic existence informs my work and the ideas around my gallery. A part of my practice focuses on creating “home” environments and being a catalyst for social change. I love this quote from Coco Chanel “an interior is the natural projection of the soul”. I really live by this. The old school loft style gallery that we created allows our visitors to experience art in an intimate and personal setting. It is no surprise that I would mix my enthusiasm for global outreach into my artist practice and business structure. 

Madeline Paternot
Chandelier (wheat pasted)

WHERE WERE YOU EDUCATED?


I was educated in America, Switzerland and the UK. After receiving degrees in cultural anthropology and French literature from Vassar College NY, I moved to Vevey, Switzerland to study product design at the Art Center School of Design. I received a Higher National Certificate in Fine Arts, at the Kensington and Chelsea College in London. I have always found the beauty in learning about cultures from all over the world. The gallery is a platform for international artists, galleries and institutions that do not have a platform in the United States or more specifically New York.  We wanted to create a space that could fill that gap and provide more opportunities for artists that are prolific yet under the radar.  I aspire for our programming to be a catalyst for social change.  

PRVT VW Soho is reflective of the mission of Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park and Residency in Switzerland that I co-founded with my longtime friend, Kiki Thompson in 2011. 

IN OUR NEXT LRFA POST, WE WILL TRAVEL TO SWITERZERLAND WITH MADELEINE PATERNOT TO LEARN ABOUT THE EXCEPTIONAL SCULPTURE PARK AND RESIDENCY PROGRAM SHE HAS ESTABLISH IN ONE OF HER HOMETOWNS, VERBIER.

PLEASE JOIN US!