s galleries continue their mission of supporting their roster of artists, Sotheby's Gallery Network is pleased to support galleries in this collaborative new partnership. Twenty-one galleries are currently online showing a range and depth of contemporary art to suit all types of collecting passions. This week, six new galleries bring with them an exciting variety of works available now: CONNERSMITH, David Kordansky Gallery, Gray, Jessica Silverman, Marc Straus and Peter Freeman, Inc. Discover all they have to offer, catch up on the six galleries added last week, and visit Sotheby's Gallery Network to browse the full range of artworks available exclusively on Sothebys.com.
ounded in 1999, in Washington, DC, by Leigh Conner and Dr. Jamie Smith, CONNERSMITH specializes in Contemporary and Post-War Art. CONNERSMITH promotes art that contributes to important art-historical movements, with a particular focus on innovations in color-field abstraction. For two decades CONNERSMITH has encouraged vital new experimentation in abstract imaging presenting seminal work by renowned digital light artist Leo Villareal and supporting his installations at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery. Digital innovations find context within the gallery’s historical color field exhibitions featuring works by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Alma Thomas, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam and Paul Reed.
David Kordansky Gallery
D avid Kordansky Gallery is one of the most dynamic venues for contemporary art in Los Angeles, and is internationally regarded as a leading gallery of its generation. Established in 2003 as part of a burgeoning artistic community in the city’s Chinatown, the gallery began as a cutting-edge incubator for emerging talent. It quickly grew into a widely respected voice in the international conversation surrounding new and recent art, and moved to its second home, in Culver City, in 2008. David Kordansky Gallery currently operates a 20,000 square foot facility in Mid-City Los Angeles. Opened in September 2014, this location encompasses two adjacent and equally sized gallery spaces, allowing for maximum flexibility in the mounting of solo, group, and historical exhibitions.
In 2020, the gallery will expand its premises, renovating three structures and creating a central landscaped courtyard between them. The expansion will feature over 7,000 square feet of exhibition and storage space, as well as 2,300 square feet of outdoor space for a diversity of programming, including performance, film, and outdoor sculpture. Among the indoor spaces is a 2,000-square-foot gallery that, taken together with the current two exhibition spaces, makes it possible to mount three separate shows simultaneously.
The gallery’s artists have been the subjects of solo exhibitions in acclaimed museums worldwide and regularly appear in landmark biennials and thematic group shows. They work in all media and styles, defined as a group by their heterogeneity and individuality rather than their allegiance to any single aesthetic position. The exhibition program is dedicated to presenting artists’ work with passion and intellectual rigor, and to bringing the utmost care and precision to the showcasing of their visions.
As the program has evolved, the gallery has broadened its scope, collaborating with artists at all stages of their careers so that various historical lineages can enter into dialogue with one another. What has not changed, however, is the desire to foster greater understanding of Los Angeles’ development as an important city for art since World War II. David Kordansky Gallery sees itself as an institution firmly rooted in its hometown and in California, even as it embraces cultural activity in the 21st century as a fully global phenomenon. As such, it also treats its participation in the major international art fairs as serious exhibition opportunities, often planning solo presentations and other special programming.
The gallery has long valued the role that publications play in the diffusion of ideas and as snapshots of moments in time. With each year it expands its efforts in this area, publishing an ever-growing range of exhibition catalogues and limited edition artist’s books.
ounded in Chicago in 1963, Gray is located in both Chicago and New York and works with prominent private and institutional clients worldwide as a leading dealer of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary American and European art. The gallery offers artwork of exceptional quality and provides expert counsel in all areas of the field, as well as represents and exhibits emerging and well-established artists of international recognition. With a reputation for excellence, integrity and discretion, Gray provides high level service and market expertise to new and long-standing collections, advising on the acquisition and evaluation of works of museum quality.
essica Silverman is a San Francisco-based gallery with an international reputation for building artists’ careers and working with leading collectors, keen on value-adding provenance. The gallery’s mission is to support artists whose relevance to contemporary culture is such that museums and other public institutions want to embrace their work. Silverman was introduced to art by her grandparents, Lila and Gilbert Silverman, who were the leading collectors of Fluxus in America and whose collection now resides principally in MOMA New York. She received a BA in Studio Art and an MA in Curatorial Practice before founding her gallery in 2008. Silverman is currently renovating a new gallery space on historic Grant Avenue, which she plans to open in fall 2020.
E stablished in 2011, MARC STRAUS is a contemporary art gallery in the Lower East Side of New York, occupying a fully reconstructed four-story historical building on Grand Street.
The gallery identifies and fosters some of the best international talent, representing 20 artists from many different countries. Additionally, the gallery has taken a position of showing older artists who have not for decades, or in some cases ever, been looked at in the proper light. It is this element of discovery and re-discovery, that has established MARC STRAUS as one of New York’s leading contemporary art galleries. In June 2014, FlashArt listed the gallery among the TOP 100 in the world. Critical reviews of gallery exhibitions have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph UK, Forbes, Hyperallergic, Art in America, ArtNews, ARTFORUM, The Brooklyn Rail and more.
MARC STRAUS gallery artists have works acquired by international museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Canada, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim, Tate Gallery London, Musée Centre George Pompidou Paris, Whitney Museum of American Art, and many more. Gallery artists have been included in the Venice and Prague Biennials, Prospect New Orleans and Site Santa Fe. Further extending its program to a wider audience, the gallery has participated in major art fairs both in the US and on an international platform in Europe and Asia.
Peter Freeman, Inc.
eter Freeman, Inc., founded in 1990, represents leading international artists and estates of several generations and specializes in important paintings, sculptures, and drawings of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on early Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual works. The gallery presents at least five exhibitions each year of both new work and of historical bodies of work that we believe are especially relevant to the art of our time, focused shows exploring significant movements, themes, and ideas that have influenced and defined recent art and culture. The historic works handled by the gallery over the past thirty years are broad-ranging and can often be defined by their rarity and significance. For this reason, much of our business has been with museums. Peter Freeman also publishes scholarly books, including a catalogue raisonné Robert Mangold: Early Works, with text by Robert Storr; the first US catalogue on the works of Charlotte Posenenske; several catalogues on Medardo Rosso; James Ensor: Paintings, with text by Xavier Tricot; and the artist book Tide, a collaboration with Silvia Bächli and the writer Jamaica Kincaid. The gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.