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Cheim & Read looks to the future with gallery partner, Maria Bueno

Howard Read and John Cheim, partners Cheim & Read

 

ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES OF THE DIGITAL AGE IS THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL ONE CAN VIEW, FROM GALLERIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, WITHOUT LEAVING HOME, PARTICULARLY WITH THE ADVENT OF GALLERIES LAUNCHING ONLINE VIEWING ROOMS. WITH THE ONLINE VIEWING ROOM, THE AUDIENCE FURTHER EXPANDS INTO ONE NOT LIMITED BY GEOGRAPHY. THE VIEWING ROOM IS AN ONLINE EXHIBITION SPACE WHERE VISITORS AND EXPLORE AND COLLECT WORKS FROM CURATED, ONLINE-ONLY EXHIBITIONS BY GALLERY ARTISTS AND SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS.

MANY OF THE LEADING GALLERIES HAVE INITIATED FOCUSED PROGRAMS THAT ARE BEAUTIFULLY CONCEIVED AND PRESENTED, OFTEN SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT OF WORKS BEING SHOWN AT THE GALLERY OR IN A BOOTH AT AN ART FAIR  IN THE CONTINUING EFFORT TO REACH A BROADER, INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE. SOMETIMES ONE CAN SEE THE WORKS IN THE FAIR BOOTH IN PERSON BUT ALSO ONE IS INTRODUCED TO WORKS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY SELECTED SOLELY FOR THE VIEWING ROOM.  THE VIEWING ROOM HAS TAKEN ON A SIGNIFICANT MARKET PRESENCE OF ITS OWN.

https://hypebeast.com/2019/9/sterling-ruby-gagosian-online-viewing-room-frieze-london

IN LA, DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HIS GALLERY WILL LAUNCH ITS INAUGURAL ONLINE VIEWING ROOM IN NOVEMBER. IN THIS INSTANCE, THE SALES IT GENERATES WILL GO TO A CAUSE GREATER THAN JUST THE BOTTOM LINE, DONATED TO ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVELY ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE THUS ADDING SOCIAL IMPACT TO THE ONLINE VIEWING VEHICLE.

https://news.artnet.com/market/david-kordansky-online-viewing-room-1683550

Ron Gorchov
Current exhibition at Cheim & Read
23 East 67th Street, New York, NY

IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT CHEIM & READ HAS CREATED ITS FIRST ONLINE VIEWING ROOM IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITS INAUGURAL EXHIBITION IN ITS NEW SPACE – ANOTHER SIGN OF CHANGE, EXPANSION AND AN ADVANTAGEOUS USE OF TECHNOLOGY.

Cheim & Read is pleased to present our first online viewing room in conjunction with our inaugural exhibition, ron gorchov: at the cusp of the 80s, paintings 1979–1983. This online presentation offers an overview of Gorchov’s work, which can be classified into two types: saddles and stacks.

The first are the shield or saddle-like shaped paintings. Gorchov developed his signature format, in the late 1960s, by dipping wire forms in liquid that would eventually harden and become rigid (see below, GOSSIP, 1976). In the mid-1970s, the artist re-emerged after a hiatus from exhibiting his work publicly, and presented these early efforts stretching linen across a wooden saddle-shaped stretcher. Some paintings featured two keyhole-like figures side by side on a monochromatic ground, a motif the artist would return to over and over for the rest of his life. One example from this decade is COMET, 1974, in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other series of works, such as the group of paintings on view at Cheim & Read, explore more pictorial methods of painting, with gestural brushstrokes and imagistic space. Over the intervening fifty years, Gorchov has continued to make paintings using this distinctive shaped canvas.

Lynda Benglis
Current, 1979

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK MARIA BUENO, DIRECTOR AND GALLERY PARTNER, TO TAKE ABOUT THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF CHEIM AND READ IN ITS BEAUTIFUL NEW UPTOWN LOCATION.

MARIA, WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR THE GALLERY AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GOALS AND IDEAS THAT THE GALLERY WOULD LIKE TO REALIZE IN THE MORE DISTANT FUTURE?

The immediate plan was to be up and running in our space! We were all very excited for the September 26th opening of the paintings of Ron Gorchov.  We are working to confirm our exhibition program for 2021 as well as sourcing fresh and significant material from the secondary market.

WHAT IS THE NEW ADDRESS?

23 East 67th Street, between 5th and Madison Avenue.

https://www.cheimread.com/

Sean Scully
Night and Day
Cheim & Read

THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK!  WHAT ARTISTS WILL YOU CONTINUE TO REPRESENT IN A MORE TRADITIONAL WAY?

Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Ron Gorchov, Bill Jensen, Jonathan Lasker, Serge Poliakoff, and Sean Scully. 

WHAT ARTISTS WILL YOU SHARE WITH OTHER GALLERIES REPRESENTING PERHAPS THE EARLIER WORKS OR THE MORE RECENT ONES?

We are not interested in the traditional model of exclusive representation but instead will maintain our direct relationships with a number of artists and continue to work on their behalf.

Jonathon Lasker

THE GALLERY HAS A SPECIAL REPUTATION FOR ITS DEDICATION TO AND ASTUTE HANDLING  OF ARTISTS’ ESTATES. HOW WILL YOU LOOK TOWARDS THE SECONDARY MARKET RESALE FOR EITHER ARTISTS’ WHOSE ESTATES WITH WHOM YOU HAVE HAD A DEEP INVOLVEMENT OR FOR OTHER OTHERS THAT YOU DON’T REPRESENT.

Our strength in the secondary market comes from our depth of knowledge developed by decades of connoisseurship with a particular group of artists as well as our extensive archive over a twenty plus year period. It will be exciting to comb through our records to identify potential opportunities on the secondary market as well as begin new conversations with collectors who trust us to successfully deaccession their works by artists outside our program. 

Bill Jensen

WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES THAT CHEIM AND READ HAD OFFERED TO ITS LARGE ROSTER OF COLLECTORS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE YOU IN THE NEW SETTING?

We will continue to offer a particular artistic vision with an emphasis on painting or works related to painting installed in a beautiful environment. We will continue to share our knowledge and expertise about art to the public and strive to give our clients a professional and satisfying experience when working with us. We will be able to provide a level of individualized attention and sense of privacy that collectors do not get from larger galleries. We are confident this more intimate approach will be successful and look forward to the future.

Serge Poliakoff

 

MARIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPEAKING WITH THE LRFA BLOG AT THE TIME OF YOUR LAUNCH OF YOUR NEW GALLERY SPACE. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE PUBLICATION OF A BEAUTIFUL MONOGRAPH ON THE HISTORY OF CHEIM & READ’S FIRST TWENTY-FIRST YEARS PUBLISHED BY DAMIANI IN ITALY.

https://www.damianieditore.com/

HERE’S TO 21 MORE!

A profound commitment to the interests of the artist with gallery director, Maria Bueno, of Cheim & Read

Art Basel 2019
Cheim & Read

IN HIS RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK, BOOM, A FASCINATING AND COMPREHENSIVE COMMENTARY ON HOW THE CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD AND MARKET HAS EVOLVED, MICHAEL SHNAYERSON WRITES:

TRADITIONALLY, DEALERS LARGE AND SMALL HAD TRAVELED TO A HANDFUL OF FAIRS: FIAC IN PARIS, NEW YORK’S ARMORY SHOW, AND THE MOST ESTABLISHED FAIR, ART BASEL SWITZERLAND. WHEN ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH JOINED THE PACK IN 2002, AND FRIEZE LONDON IN 2003, THE PACE REMAINED, FOR A WHILE, MANAGEABLE. YET EACH YEAR, MORE NEW ART FAIRS SPROUTED, IN ONE COUNTRY AFTER ANOTHER…CLARE McANDREW, THE CONSULTING ART-MARKET ECONOMIST WHO NOW WORKS FOR ART BASEL, COUNTED 260 MAJOR FAIRS. WITH MORE AND MORE ART TO BE SEEN AND SOLD, DEALERS FELT THAT THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BE A PRESENCE IN AT LEAST A FEW OF THE PROLIFERATING SHOWS. IT WAS A COSTLY DECISION. 

Michael Shnayerson, BOOM, Public Affairs, New York, pp. 362-363.

Michael Shnayerson
Boom
Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

A FEW GALLERIES ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE OF THE MARKET SHARE. MANY COLLECTORS ARE VISITING ART FAIRS AS THEIR PRIMARY SOURCE WHEN BUILDING AND ADDING TO THEIR COLLECTIONS AND FREQUENT THE GALLERIES LESS AND LESS. AT THE SAME TIME, JENNIFER FLAY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FIAC, IN AN INTERVIEW IN THIS WEEK’S FINANCIAL TIMES,  POINTS OUT THAT ART WORLD INDIVIDUALS MAY SOON NEED TO RE-EVALUATE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY BRING THE FOCUS OF THE MARKET BACK TO REGIONAL AND LOCAL SITUATIONS.

IN THIS CLIMATE OF ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, THE RESPONSIVE ART MARKET IS UNDERGOING A TRANSFORMATION IN ITS WAY OF DOING BUSINESS.

TODAY, WE WELCOME BACK MARIA BUENO, PARTNER AT CHEIM & READ, WHO HAS OPTED TO OPEN AN UPTOWN GALLERY FOCUSED ON CONNOISSEURSHIP, THE SECONDARY MARKET AND AN UNFLAGGING COMMITMENT TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE ARTIST.

https://www.cheimread.com

Frieze, New York, 2018
photo taken by Brian Buckley courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York

MARIA, WHAT ART FAIRS DOES CHEIM & READ PARTICIPATE IN, AND WHY?

Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. The outstanding quality of the material on view brings in people who are important to us, from curators to collectors to museum patrons. We take these fairs very seriously and our presentations reflect that effort.

WE ARE IN A CHANGING AND VOLATILE ECONOMIC CLIMATE. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL IMPACT ON THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET?

It is hard to predict but collectors will always find the resources to acquire a work of the highest quality no matter the circumstances. We strive to source and show work of this quality level so that collectors feel comfortable and confident in what we are showing and offering them. We have worked hard to establish a loyal client base which we hope will follow us into the next chapter of the gallery’s history.

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK IT WILL HAVE ON THE GALLERY SYSTEM?  WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN REPRESENTATING ARTISTS NOW AND EVEN A FEW YEARS AGO SINCE SOME DEALERS HAVE NUMEROUS GLOBAL LOCATIONS?

Dealers will need to find innovative ways to continue doing business and make sure artists have the freedom and flexibility to make their work. Today it seems like everyone is vying for “worldwide exclusive representation” – these representation wars are tiring and not necessarily in the best interest of the artists. Why not have several dealers with whom you like and respect working for you? 

Ron Gorchov
Opening exhibit September 2019
Cheim & Read
23 East 67th St, New York

WHAT ARE THE GALLERY’S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Our new gallery opened on September 26th with an exhibition of historical, never before exhibited paintings by Ron Gorchov. We plan to mount 3-4 exhibitions per year, most of which will have a historical focus and examine key periods in artists’ oeuvres. Catalogues and other publications will add to our commitment to original scholarship. We also plan to participate in select art fairs. We will continue to work directly with a number of artists whom we have had long relationships with and will continue to pursue meaningful projects on their behalf. We will also concentrate on private sales in the secondary market. This work is informed by our depth of knowledge developed by decades of connoisseurship and our extensive archive.

 

Lynda Benglis
Catalina
Museum of Cycladic Art Athens, November 2019

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE IMPACT OF OUR SOPHISTICATED AND EVER DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY ON ARTISTS’ WORK?  WHICH ARTISTS EMBRACE THESE INNOVATIONS MOST SUCCESSFULLY?

While Cheim & Read has always had a particular interest in the traditional medium of painting, technology has been helpful in executing a sculptor’s concept in more ambitious scales. Lynda Benglis for example continues to push the boundaries of this medium and uses new technology with her foundries to create incredibly intricate and detailed works on monumental scales. It’s exciting for all of us to see come to life.

Lynda Benglis at The Cycladic Museum, November 22, 2019

“Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses” opens at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. The exhibition curated by Dr. David Anfam is the first solo exhibitions for Benglis in Greece, a country that has great significance for Benglis aesthetically and culturally. 

THERE ARE CERTAINLY TRENDS IN COLLECTING, MORE THAN EVER, SINCE IMAGES AND ARTWORKS ARE ACCESSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS, AND THE GLOBAL MARKET.  HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE WHAT IS A TREND THAT WILL RECEDE ALONG WITH THE MONETARY VALUE  FROM AN ARTIST THAT WILL CONTINUALLY COMMAND A PLACE IN THE MARKET WITH ONLY SLIGHT EBBS AND FLOWS ?

In most instances, you can only know these things with time. For us, we continue to show and support artists we believe in, no matter the trends. It is this steadfast commitment to a particular vision that I think differentiates us from other dealers. 

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, MARIA WILL SHARE HER PERSPECTIVE ON TRENDS IN THE ART MARKET AND THE CONTINUED FOCUS AND FUTURE OF CHEIM & READ.

PLEASE JOIN US!

A history of rich, scholarly and history-making exhibitions at Cheim and Read with Director Maria Bueno

Al Held
Black & White Paintings
Cheim & Read

CURATING AN EXHIBITION IS AN ART FORM IN AND OF ITSELF. THE CONCERNS ARE BOTH AESTHETIC AND PRACTICAL. A CURATOR HAS AN IDEA FOR AN EXHIBITION AND THEN STARTS TO EXPLORE THE ARTWORKS THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST CHOICES TO BEST ILLUSTRATE THE THEME. FROM A PRACTICAL POINT OF VIEW, IT IS LABOR-INTENSIVE IN TERMS OF CONVINCING THE LENDERS, BORROWING THE WORKS, EXECUTING THE LOAN AGREEMENTS, CHECKING THE CONDITION OF THE WORKS, TRANSPORTING THEM, THE INSURANCE, AND SO ON. FROM AN AESTHETIC PERSPECTIVE, THERE ARE WORKS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL CENTERPIECES OF THE EXHIBITION AND CURATORS MUST PLAN, A LONG TIME IN ADVANCE, TO ACQUIRE THEM FOR EXHIBITION.

Serpentine Pavilion

ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MUSEUM CURATORS IS SUPERSTAR HANS ULRICH OBRIST, CURATOR OF THE UNIQUE SERPENTINE GALLERY IN LONDON,  WHO CONTRIBUTED THIS ARTICLE ON THE ART OF CURATION TO THE GUARDIAN IN MARCH 2014.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/23/hans-ulrich-obrist-art-curator

IT’S WORTH THINKING ABOUT THE ETYMOLOGY OF CURATING. IT COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD CURARE, MEANING TO TAKE CARE. IN ROMAN TIMES, IT MEANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE BATH HOUSES. IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, IT DESIGNATED THE PRIEST WHO CARED FOR SOULS. LATER, IN THE 18TH CENTURY, IT MEANT LOOKING AFTER COLLECTIONS OF ART AND ARTIFACTS.

THERE’S A HANGOVER OF ALL THOSE THINGS IN MODERN CURATING. WHEN I CURATED MY FIRST EXHIBITION – WHICH FOLLOWED DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ARTISTS PETER FISCHLI AND DAVID WEISS,  RICHARD WENTWORTH, CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI AND HANS PETER FELDMANN,  IN THE KITCHEN OF MY APARTMENT IN ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND – I HAD A PRODUCTIVE MISUNDERSTANDING WITH MY PARENTS. THEY THOUGHT I WAS GOING INTO MEDICINE BECAUSE CURATING MEANS CARING. I DON’T THINK THEY THOUGHT IT WAS TO DO WITH ART.

TODAY, CURATING AS A PROFESSION MEANS AT LEAST FOUR THINGS. IT MEANS TO PRESERVE, IN THE SENSE OF SAFEGUARDING THE HERITAGE OF ART. IT MEANS TO BE THE SELECTOR OF NEW WORK. IT MEANS TO CONNECT TO ART HISTORY. AND IT MEANS DISPLAYING OR ARRANGING THE WORK. BUT IT’S MORE THAN THAT. BEFORE 1800, FEW PEOPLE WENT TO EXHIBITIONS. NOW HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VISIT THEM EVERY YEAR. IT’S A MASS MEDIUM AND A RITUAL. 

IN THE GALLERY WORLD, CHEIM & READ IS KNOWN FOR ITS EXCEPTIONAL GALLERY EXHIBITIONS.

https://www.cheimread.com/

IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG, GALLERY DIRECTOR MARIA BUENO, WILL SHARE A VERY SMALL SLICE OF THE GALLERY’S VERY RICH AND EXTENSIVE EXHIBITION HISTORY.

MARIA, WELCOME BACK!

Jack Pierson
Installation View
Cheim & Read

 

MANY OF THE ARTISTS THE GALLERY REPRESENTS HAVE BEEN WITH THE GALLERY SINCE ITS INAUGURATION IN 1997.  WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT FALL IN THAT CATEGORY?

Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Adam Fuss, Bill Jensen, Jonathan Lasker, Jack Pierson, and Juan Usle.

Lynda Benglis
Installation View
Cheim & Read

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERING AN ARTIST’S REPRESENTATION? ARE THEIR SPECIFIC STEPS, AS IN TESTING THE WATERS WITH GROUP EXPOSURE, OR DOES IT DIFFER IN EACH INSTANCE?

It differs in each instance, but the most important component of considering representing an artist is that the artist’s work fits within John Cheim’s curatorial vision and also complements the artists whom we already work with – context is extremely important to us and it is important all of our artists’ work can have a meaningful dialogue when shown together. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat In Word Only Cheim & Read

WITH A TWENTY YEAR HISTORY, THIS BECOMES AN IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION BUT WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER SOME OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING SOLO EXHIBITIONS?

Impossible question, indeed! Some that come to mind are IN WORD ONLY by Jean Michel Basquiat, Joan Mitchell FRÉMICOURT PAINTINGS, Louise Bourgeois SUSPENSION, and Al Held’s BLACK AND WHITE PAINTINGS.

N.B. To coincide with two major retrospective exhibitions of Basquiat’s work at the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museo d’Arte Moderna, in Lugano, Switzerland, in 2005, Cheim & Read presented an exceptional exhibit entitled “In Word Only” that focused on the paintings, drawings and notebooks that celebrated the use of the written word and its significance.  This exhibition was the first to exclusively feature Basquiat’s unique and significant use of language.

The Female Gaze: Women Look At Women
Cheim & Read, 2009

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER SOME OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING GROUP EXHIBITIONS?

The Female Gaze: Women Look At Women and its counterpart , The Female Gaze: Women Look at Men, Soutine and Modern Art: The New Landscape, The New Still Life and I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton In Art.

N.B. THESE ARE JUST A VERY FEW EXAMPLES OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AND INTELLECTUAL RIGOR THAT CHEIM & READ HAS INVESTED IN A TWENTY YEAR PERIOD WHEN CURATING WORKS FOR AN EXHIBITION. THE EXHIBITS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY BEAUTIFULLY CONCEIVED CATALOGUES THAT INCLUDE AN ESSAY ON THE EXHIBITION AND IMAGES OF THE WORKS.

The Female Gaze: Women Look At Women
Cheim & Read 2009

THE FEMALE GAZE: WOMEN LOOK AT MEN

A prescient two part exhibition on the female form as seen through the eyes of women artists and men artists took place in September 2009 at Cheim and Read.

With
 this
 premise, 
the 
show  
sought
 to
 present
 a
 collection 
of 
works
 which
 reclaim
ed the
 traditional
 domination
 of
 the
 “male
 gaze”
 and
 reorient
ed the
 significance 
of
 the 
female
 figure 
to
 allow 
for
 more
 varied
 interpretations. A variety of mediums was included- sculpture, photography, video, painting and installation- and a rich and diverse group of women artists represented including Vanessa Beecroft, Lynda Benglis, Ellen Gallagher, Nan Golden, Roni Horn, and Joan Mitchell, to name a few. 

Wendy
Steiner, 
in 
her
 essay
 “Venus 
in 
Exile:
The
Rejection 
of
 Beauty in
Twentieth-Century
 Art”
 elaborates 
further:

The 
‘self’
 judging
 the 
beauty
 of 
art,
 for 
example,
 is 
a
 perceiver
 and
 hence 
a 
conscious
 subject,
 whereas 
the
‘ Other’ 
is
 merely
 the 
object
 of 
this 
perception. 
If
 the 
Other 
is 
an
artwork, 
it
 is 
inanimate
 by 
definition;
 many 
people 
would
 argue 
that 
the
 perception
 of
 a
 woman 
(or 
man 
or
 child)
 as
 beautiful
 reduces
 her 
to 
the 
status 
of 
a
 thing 
as
 well.
Indeed,
 in 
the
 perennial
 symbolism
 surrounding
 beauty,
 the 
perceiver 
(the
 self)
 is
 active 
and
 ‘hence’
 male,
 and 
the 
artwork
 or
 woman 
(the
Other)
 is
 passive
 ( to-be-seen )
 and 
‘therefore’ 
female.

This
 exhibition 
attempts 
to 
debunk
 the
 notion
 of 
the
 male 
gaze 
by
 providing 
a
 group
 of
 works 
in 
which 
the
 artist 
and
 subject
 do
 not
 relate
  as
“voyeur”
and
“object,”
 but
 as
woman
 and 
woman.
 It
 would 
be 
interesting 
to
 ask 
the 
question
 how
 we
 would 
feel
 about
  the 
works 
in
 the
 exhibition 
if
 we
 were
 told
  they 
were
 made
 by 
a
 man.

Soutine and Modern Art: The New Landscape, The New Still Life
Cheim & Read

DO YOU INVITE GUEST CURATORS OR DOES THE THEMATIC IDEA FOR AN EXHIBIT REST WITH HOWARD AND/OR JOHN OR WITH THE GALLERY STAFF AS A GROUP?

The majority of our exhibitions are conceived and curated by John Cheim but on occasion we do invite artists like Jack Pierson to curate exhibitions. We have also had independent curators like Raphael Rubinstein curate exhibitions such REINVENTING ABSTRACTION which focused on New York abstraction in the 1980s as practiced by a generation of painters born between 1939 and 1949.

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG POST, MARIA GIVES HER ASTUTE PERSPECTIVE ON THE PLACE OF ART FAIRS IN THE CURRENT MARKET.

UNTIL THEN!

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/