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On Embracing Freedom: an interview with Sara Kay, owner of Sara Kay Gallery and Founder of the Professional Organisation for Women in the Arts (POWarts)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Sara Kay is the owner of her eponymous New York City-based gallery and Founder of the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts). Sara has over 20 years’ worth of experience in the arts, with her involvement spanning conservation, museums, auction houses, galleries and non-profit organisations. Prior to this, Sara was Director of the esteemed contemporary art gallery White Cube in London, an adjunct faculty member at the Sotheby’s Institute of Fine Art, and Director of the Fine Art Department at the Jan Krugier Gallery, which was the exclusive agent for the estate Marina Picasso. A respected industry veteran,  Sara was awarded the Parmigiani Fleurier’s Women of Exception prize in 2015 for her professional distinctions and philanthropy. She is currently a member of the Christie’s Education Art World Professional Advisory Group. 

The Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) was founded in 2008 with the mission of championing the careers of women professionals in the arts. Guided by the conviction that generosity and leadership go hand in hand, POWarts aims to further its members’ individual ambitions as well as inclusivity within the arts community. The organisation offers educational programs and networking opportunities and spearheads community service initiatives. www.powarts.org

Founded in 2017, Sara Kay Gallery illuminates the intersection of multiple art historical periods and movements through its dedication to supporting women artists. The business also specialises in the sale of blue-chip 20th century and contemporary works. www.sarakaygallery.com

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

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

 I have 2 businesses: the first one, Sara Kay Gallery, is a commercial venture that focuses on the sale of modern and contemporary blue-chip art. There’s a large range of periods and movements and mediums. I’ll describe the gallery in 3 phrases and I’d go with collection management, private sales and estate deaccession.

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Neel / Picasso at the Sara Kay Gallery

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Neel / Picasso, on view through July 20. The exhibition features significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

Neel and Picasso were contemporaries who transformed and revitalized portraiture in the 20th century. For the first time, their works will be shown exclusively side-by-side. The exhibition explores the artists’ internal landscapes, the relationships with their subjects, and exemplifies the development of modern portraiture.  Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key 20th century painters.

Picasso said that his work acted as a “sort of a diary.” Neel claimed she was “a collector of souls…” capturing “what the world has done [to her sitters] and their retaliation.” Linked in time, differing in approach, the parallel viewing of these two innovative 20th century painters offers insights into both their artistic achievements and the radicalization of portraiture.

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