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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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On Championing Feminist Art: an interview with Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen, the Co-founders and Co-Directors of Accola Griefen Fine Art

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Kristen Accola is Co-founder and Co-Director of Accola Griefen Fine Art (www.accolagriefen.com/, which was established in 2011. The business is focused on established 20th and 21st century American and Native American women artists. She began her profession in the art world in 1978 as the sole Assistant to the Director of Lefebre Gallery(1960-1986) in NYC and then held the position of Coordinator of Special Projects at Gary Snyder Fine Art in Chelsea, NY. In 2008 Kristen opened her first gallery. 

Accompanying this is Kristen’s 15 years as a curator. She was Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Hunterdon Art Museum in NJ for 10 years, where she conceived, designed and oversaw the implementation of the institution’s exhibition program, moderated panel discussions, lectured and wrote didactic wall and catalogue text. For the remaining 5 years, Kristen was an independent curator for various galleries, colleges and corporations in New York and New Jersey. To date, Kristen has curated over 120 solo and group exhibitions, many of which were reviewed in the New York Times and other art publications.

Owing to her wealth of experience, Kristen has been a juror for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and on the benefit committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also a member of the leadership organization ArtTable and is a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). 

Kat Griefen is Co-founder and Co-Director of Accola Griefen Fine Art, which was established in 2011. The business is focused on established 20th and 21st century American and Native American women artists. Prior to this, she was Director of A.I.R (Artist-In-Residence) Gallery, the first non-profit gallery for women artists in the United States which was established in 1972. Exhibitions organized and curated by Kat have been reviewed in large-scale publications, such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and ArtNews

Kat is a Lecturer of Gallery and Museum Studies at Queensborough Community College in New York, which prides itself in the accessibility of its education programs and has lectured widely at institutions and conferences such as The College Art Association, New York University and The Brooklyn Museum. She was Co-chair and Co-organizer of the 11th Feminist Art Project Day of Panels in 2017, which was dedicated to the visual culture and Native Feminisms of North America. Kat is a National Committee Member for the Feminist Art Project, a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a member of the Council for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and was appointed a seat on ArtTable’s National Board of Directors in 2018. 

Accola Griefen Fine Art was founded by Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen in 2011 and works with women artists in both the primary and secondary market. The two women boast over a combined fifty years of experience in commercial services, curation and academia. In addition to expertise in contemporary American art, Kristen specializes in the works of the European CoBrA movement and Kat in the realm of Feminist Art, among other areas. Accola Griefen’s exhibitions have been well-received in major publications such as ArtNews, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. The gallery also exhibits at major international fairs in the United States. 

In recent years, works represented by the business have entered the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, multiple university museums and the Library of Congress: brilliant testaments to the duo’s keen abilities to discern remarkable pieces. 

Services offered include: advisory to established and emerging collectors, as well as those who wish to consign works from their collections. 

The business stages multiple exhibition programs in New York City and helps facilitate their artists’ exhibitions across the country. 

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Kat (KG) and Kristen (KA) via video call between London and New York City…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Feminism, integrity, partnerships, knowledge, and equity.

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Illuminating Ireland: an interview with Barbara Stanley, Gallerist and Art Consultant

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Barbara Stanley founded her gallery in 2002 with the mission of bringing contemporary Irish art to London. Hailing from Western Ireland, it is no surprise that she is committed to representing the country’s top painters and sculptors.

Barbara Stanley Gallery promotes a dynamic selection of works on its website and aims to showcase them to an international audience. Having established herself as London’s leading specialist for contemporary Irish art, she has recently launched a new print website that offers high-quality prints at affordable prices by many of the gallery’s regular artists. Drawing on Barbara’s 16 years of experience in the field, she offers consultancy services to private and corporate collectors. www.irishartinlondon.com // www.irishprintsonline.com

Services offered include art advisory for private and corporate collections.

The gallery exhibits in various locations across London.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Barbara at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London…

 1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Promoting Irish artists in the London market.

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Enduring Networks: an interview with Kristen Knupp, Founder of KPK Contemporary Art and Co-Founder of Art Decision

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Kristen Knupp founded KPK Contemporary Art in 2011, with a focus on contemporary art from Europe and the US. She holds a BA in art history and an MA in Urban Planning from the Columbia School of Architecture, as well as a certification for the two-year art history program from Christie’s Education in London. In 2017, Kristen co-founded the Geneva-based online publication Art Decision, where she works closely with arts institutions to provide insight into the art markets and upcoming events in Switzerland, London and Paris.

KPK Contemporary Art represents contemporary artists from Europe and the U.S. and offers a diverse selection of works, ranging from paintings, pottery, photography, sculpture and mixed media pieces. Tapping into its strong relationship with the European and American art worlds, the practice provides consulting services and meticulously searches fairs, galleries and studios for pieces that align with clients’ tastes and budgets. www.kpkgallery.com/

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Kristen via video call between London and Geneva… 

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

For my art business, I’d say international, evolving, collaborative, forward-thinking and multi-faceted.

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Charting New Horizons: an interview with Katrine Levin, Founder of Katrine Levin Galleries

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Katrine Levin Galleries was launched in 2017, as a destination to discover extraordinary contemporary artists from places less explored. The idea was inspired by a trip to her step-father’s hometown in Kunming, the capital of China’s frontier Yunnan Province, where she was stunned by the calibre of art, depth of knowledge and experimentation. Katrine commits long-term to a small selection of masters of diverse styles, curating solo exhibitions for each. She immerses herself into the artists’ cultures, intimate stories, and places that inspired and informed their art to engage the viewers in a new perspective and to share a unique experience, insight and an intimate connection to each artist. 

Prior to establishing the gallery, Katrine practised Intellectual Property (IP) law in New York City and London for 15 years and attained an MLitt in History of Art from Renaissance to Modernism from Christie’s Education London. www.katrinelevin.com/

Dedicated to foregrounding the cultural context of such diverse works, Katrine Levin Galleries represents a range of dynamic practitioners who currently live and practice in their home country. The current focus is on Southwest China and Georgia.

Services offered include commissions by represented artists and consulting work

The gallery stages pop-up exhibitions in central London and Manhattan and has a strong online presence.

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Katrine at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London…

1. Describe your business in 5 words

Discovering extraordinary artists from places less explored. That’s seven but the phrase really sums it up! 

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