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Susan Nelly Landscape

Experience the thrill of the Hunt: an interview with Susan Nelly, Fine Art Consultant and Owner of The Villa America Fine Art

Susan Nelly is a Fine Art Consultant and Owner of The Villa America Fine Art. She began her career in the art world at Sotheby’s and has since held notable positions in prominent galleries and auction houses including Spanierman Gallery and Bonham’s Auctioneers & Appraisers. A recognized expert in secondary market sales and acquisitions, Susan also engages the fine art community as a member of ArtTABLE and a founding member of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). On the contemporary side, Susan maintains strong relationships with artists from New York and around the world, curates collaborative exhibitions with prominent galleries, and participates in major art fairs.

Established in 2014, The Villa America Fine Art was inspired by the French Riviera salon of Sara and Gerald Murphy. The Murphys’ commune attracted cultural luminaries of the 1920s — Picasso, Hemingway, Fernand Leger,and many more — and it is this passion for art, adventure, and community-building that The Villa America evokes. Dedicated to promoting a spirit of adventure towards collecting, Susan presents a bold selection of emerging and mid-career artists in the mix with Modern and Contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography from America and Europe. www.thevillaamerica.com 

Services offered include: Private and auction sales and acquisitions; acquisition/curatorial collaboration for dealers, interior designers, architects, cultural and corporate institutions, hotels and hospitality groups; market research and vetting of works of art for authenticity, quality, value and condition; negotiation of payment terms, including coordination of shipping, framing and installation; and collection maintenance.

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

1. Describe your business in 5 words: 

Adventure, curiosity, wonderment, creativity and community-building.   

 

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PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents REFLECTIONS by Candy Le Sueur

PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents REFLECTIONS, highlighting artwork by Jersey City based artist Candy Le Sueur.

Candy Le Sueur is known for her large-scale expressive abstracted paintings and her intimate mixed media on paper, which includes monotypes. Her imagery offers spontaneous expressions of her perception of the land, sea and sky, seeking to remind us of the eternal beauty beyond a specific space or time.

 The concept behind this exhibition entitled “Reflections” presents a collection of Le Sueur’s work created over the past four years. Her work addresses her continued fascination with the beauty of the natural world. 

The expressive motion of the brushstroke, free floating colors and subtle tonal shifts in Le Sueur’s oil paintings allows one not to look for a particular landscape, but to enjoy the sheer effervescence of the paint itself. Twilight Time, a series of watercolor ink and silver leaf is a new choice of medium for Le Sueur to present her ideas. These small works on paper reflect a larger unpredictable drama of the early night sky at Twilight. Using an etching printing press, she also creates monotypes in a single process on fine Japanese paper. This versatile medium also enables her to construct the entire work from layered printed papers. Read more

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OFF THE GRID at Susan Eley Fine Art

 Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to present Off The Grid, on view through October 24. This group show explores art inspired by the mathematics of rows and column and features ten artists: PAMELA ALLEN, DOUG ASHFORD, CAROLINE BLUM, LORI ELLISON (COURTESY OF MCKENZIE FINE ART), MAHMOUD HAMADANI, EUN VIVIAN LEE, DAVID REISMAN, AURA ROSENBERG, ANNE SAINT-PIERRE and KATE SNOW. Off The Grid was guest curated by Caroline Blum, an independent curator and artist.

Notes on Off The Grid by David Reisman:

From Excel spreadsheets to Google maps; from the tiles on the subway floor to the electrical systems that make the subway possible, grids are so much a part of our daily experience that they are sometimes ignored or taken for granted. Historically, artists have used grids as tools and as source material; for their practical applications for working out compositions and proportions; and as a means for enlarging and manipulating images in the pre-Photoshop era. Modernist abstract artists like Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, and Sol Lewitt were attracted to grids for their own sake, for their austere, no-nonsense quality that could simultaneously suggest modernity, mathematical thought and an aesthetic idealism reflecting a desire for human progress. More recent artists use grids in a more self-conscious, humorous, introspective or ironic way, showing some of the limits and possibilities of progressive ideas in current art. Read more

Sara Kay Landscape

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)

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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Deborah Zlotsky’s Now and Later at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to announce Now and later, an exhibition of new work by Deborah Zlotsky. The show marks the artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery, and the first since she was awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Zlotsky’s abstract paintings are at once vivid and hard to categorize. They reference 1960s psychedelia and the graphic boldness of Pop painting, and pay homage to Surrealist and Renaissance traditions through playful trompe-l’œil,disruptions. Her use of color, shape, form, and perspectival shifts create vibrant paintings that are both timeless and contemporary.  The title Now and later refers to what Zlotsky calls the logical illogic of decision-making that over time leads to unforeseen results. She “connects visual fragments, accumulating and connecting parts that don’t necessarily go together. A lopsided system eventually develops in each work that refers more broadly to the way systems might evolve through the accumulation of actions and reactions—in the way complexities of power are built over time through accidents that get baked in.” The drips, abrasions, and stains reveal the months, and sometimes years, the process takes.

Now and later also marks the first public exhibition of Zlotsky’s explorations of vintage scarves from the 1960s and 1970s, which embody their aging, wear, and the passage of time. She creates her scarf tapestries through a process of combining and connecting that, similar to her painting, contain surprising synchronicities. Read more

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