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Between Philanthropy and Fairs: an interview with Robinson Holloway, Founder of Village West Gallery and Executive Director of Art Fair 14C

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Robinson Holloway is Founder of the non-profit Village West Gallery and Executive Director of Art Fair 14C. She discovered her passion for the art world by curating solo shows at 350 Bleeker Street, located in the lobby of her fashionable West Village apartment. Robinson is a member of ArtTable, POWarts, and the International Womens’ Forum, and she sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD).

Since founding her gallery, Robinson has gone on to hold the position as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Arts Council (JCAC). Dedicated to supporting smaller galleries and artists lacking representation, Robinson joined Art Fair 14C in 2018 as Executive Director and aims to ensure accessibility to the world of fine art. www.artfair14c.com

Established in 2014, Village West Gallery operates on a philanthropic model and prides itself in its ‘no-commission’ approach, ensuring that all sales proceeds go to the exhibiting artists. Housed in a former grocery wholesale warehouse, the business functions as a community space to unite artists and art lovers throughout Jersey City. www.villagewestgallery.com

The gallery’s program features themed group shows throughout the year.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Robinson via video call between London and New Jersey…

  1. 1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Joyful, fascinating, supportive, creative, and essential.

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Architectural Endeavours: an interview with Jacquelyn Jubert, Co-Founder of Anise Gallery

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Jacquelyn Jubert co-founded Anise Gallery with her partner Joseph Robson in 2012. Drawing on Jacquelyn’s passion for architecture and experience working with renowned architect Piers Gough, Anise Gallery is deeply dedicated to promoting the relationship between art, architecture, and technology. Through participating in annual high profile architectural events such as the London Festival of Architecture and Open House London and curating its own Summer Graduate Show, Anise Gallery has firmly cemented itself as a stronghold for the thought-provoking field of architectural art. www.anise.gallery

The gallery stages an ongoing program of exhibitions, events and talks and contributes to the Architecture in Schools program. 

Services offered include art sales, venue hire and Virtual Reality (VR) services. 

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Jacquelyn at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London…

1. Describe your business in 5 words

Firstly, I’d definitely say architectural. Secondly, we’re quite forward-thinking and act upon good ideas quickly, so in that way we’re nimble. Next, we’re always open to new opportunities, which is a fun way to work. Last yet not least, thinking about a recent exhibition about gaming which was aimed at children, we’re light-hearted.  (more…)

On Cultivating Relationships: an Interview with Elizabeth K. Garvey, Co-founder and Director of Garvey|Simon

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Elizabeth K. Garvey is the Co-Founder and Director of Garvey|Simon. Prior to its establishment in 2010, Liz was the President and Owner of EKG Art Advisory (1999-2009), and Co-Director of Schmidt-Bingham Gallery (1989-1998). She is also a member of Art Table, a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts, as well as a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers. Throughout her career, Liz has placed herself at the forefront of business and social advancements, leveraging her experience to further the progress of the fine arts industry. http://www.garveysimon.com/

Garvey|Simon’s contemporary exhibition program focuses primarily on works on paper. Though the roster ranges from hyperrealist to abstract, the artists are unified by their use of unusual materials and meticulous methodology. This interest in circumventing the norm lies at the core of Garvey|Simon’s business mission. Established with the intent of extending the reach of the New York art scene, Garvey|Simon began with a series of pop-ups in New York and the Midwest. Liz is constantly looking to identify and expand into alternative markets and collaborate with other seasoned dealers and galleries.  Liz is also very active in the secondary market, assisting clients to sell their work privately and with discretion.

Liz assists collectors nationwide as a private curator to establish and build art collections. She is always thrilled to help individuals purchase their first piece of fine art. Her approach is grounded, offering clients a relaxed entry into the New York art world. 

Other services include: collection and database management, appraisals, framing, artist coaching, online platform consultation, and selling on the secondary market.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Liz via video call between London and New York City…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Art, access, collector, artist, and liaison. 

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Off the Beaten Track: an interview with Gallerist Ivy Brown

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Ivy Brown established her New York City-based gallery in 2001 with the vision of representing and exhibiting contemporary art of all mediums. She has an educational background in fine art sculpture and art therapy as well as over twenty-two years’ worth of experience in marketing and commercial services. www.ivybrowngallery.org 

Housed in the unlikely Meatpacking District, Ivy Brown Gallery was founded as a community space dedicated to spirited creative expression. Committed to foregrounding the relationship between art and humanity, Ivy curates thought-provoking private and public exhibitions throughout the city. Bringing together emerging and established practitioners from around the globe, the gallery prides itself in being the nucleus of many enduring friendships among creatives. 

Services offered include: residential and corporate consulting, commissioned site-specific artwork, curating public and private projects, worldwide shipping and venue hire. 

The gallery stages exhibition programs, events, and pop-up gallery exhibits.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Ivy Brown via video call between London and New York City…

1. Describe your business in 5 words: Creative, rewarding, challenging, inspiring, and never-ending! 

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Foregrounding South Africa: An Interview with Julie Taylor, Founder and Director of Guns & Rain

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Julie Taylor is Founder and Director of Johannesburg-based gallery Guns & Rain, which was established in 2014 to showcase works by emerging and established artists from southern Africa. As an anthropologist, communications specialist and art entrepreneur, she is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the region’s fine art and culture. Julie holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. www.gunsandrain.com/

Prior to developing the gallery, Julie was Head of Communications for Sub Saharan Africa at Google and played a crucial role in an Africa-wide initiative that brought 100,000 businesses online. Aside from being published in numerous academic journals such as the Journal of African History and Anthropology Today, she is also the author of ‘Naming the Land,’ a book based on her doctoral research on San identity in northern Namibia.

Originally founded to address the scant presence of African artists on the international scene, Guns & Rain represents practitioners from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Nigeria. The gallery’s bold and diverse selection of works illuminates contemporary artists’ concerns with identity, belonging, history, land and struggle: what Julie believes to be the “cornerstone themes of southern Africa.” 

The gallery regularly participates in art fairs such as FNB Joburg Art Fair,  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Also Known As Africa (AKAA) Paris, and will exhibit at this year’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

Services offered include art advisory, customised searches and sourcing, commissions and venue hire.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Julie via video call between London and Johannesburg…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

We are ethical, transparent, ambitious, resourceful, and savvy. I think there’s a lot of unethical behaviour in our industry, so businesses and organisations can really improve on that front by making their values clear. 

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