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Off the Beaten Track: an interview with Gallerist Ivy Brown

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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Pow(H)er at Hudson Community College

Pow(h)er Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis of 107 Bowers Gallery and Art Space & Michelle Vitale is on show at
Hudson County Community College, Dineen Hull Gallery. A contemporary exhibition honoring the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Woman Suffrage Movement. “Pow(h)er” features the work of 13 fierce females of New Jersey.

Featuring art by Ekaterina Abramova, Caroline K Burton, Pam Cooper, Jodie Fink, Jan Huling, Blond Jenny, Zoë Sua Kay, Donna Kessinger, Trix Rosen, Lucy Rovetto, Theda Sandiford, Leslie Sheryll, and Judy Wukitsch.

The show is ongoing and closes September 24th.

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AWAD visits Brave New Visions @ Sotheby’s

AWAD London chapter is delighted to have had a wonderful private tour of ‘Brave New Visions’ by the exhibition Co-Curator Cherith Summers.

Brave New Visions paying tribute to the émigrés who revolutionised Britain’s art and publishing worlds. Brave New Visions tells the story of the pioneering émigré art dealers who transformed the London gallery scene, introducing artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters and Francis Bacon to post-war Britain.

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

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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Truth and Beauty share David Niddrie’s Rough Diamonds

Truth and Beauty Digital Gallery is pleased to present David Niddrie’s Rough Diamonds.

 

” Rough Diamonds is a series manipulating photographic images into reflective patterns. My interest is in exploring angles and perception, taking in a micro and macro frame of mind, by looking at urban infrastructure on a grand scale taken down to street level. I look for repetition in a natural state, and one altered by humankind – the abstraction of familiarity.

This series began in 2006 with scanned prints from colour film, fine-tuned until new patterns resonated with me. A few years later, I shifted to digital captures to have larger images to work with. I work with the architecture of our city towers, streetscapes, roadways; objects such as raw meat, bicycle parts, fishing nets; and fragments of forest, fire, and water from time spent in the wilderness.
I am still seeking out these elusive moments. It’s only when I can push past the form before me – to find the hidden relationships within the scene – do these diamond patterns reveal themselves.” — David Niddrie

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