Banks Violette, Not yet titled (Light Spill), 2007 Fluorescent light fixtures, plexi-glass and aluminum, wood, epoxy 100 x 408 x 168 inches (254 x 1036.3 x 426.7 cm). Image copyright Gladstone Gallery
In an effort to completely dominate the city with our art coverage, The L Magazine now graciously hosts a new Art Fag City column in their lovely publication. My latest piece can be found inside their glossy pages available for free anywhere in the city, as well as on their website. The standard teaser below.
“Always beware of thinking that anything in the art-world is new,” Team Gallery owner Jose Freire warns me when I ask him if the recent flurry of partnerships between galleries launching joint solo exhibitions was a trend. I probably wouldn't have been so put off by the response if it wasn't followed by a sentiment suggesting Chelsea regulars such as myself should know better. “Gallery collaborations are a matter of public record,” he chides. “In the years that I've been working in New York, there have been myriad instances of these kinds of cooperative relationships.” In addition to the current Banks Violette pairing between Team and mega blue chip gallery Barbara Gladstone, Freire cites a number of noteworthy collaborations including Mary Boone and Leo Castelli exhibiting Michael Werner, and Metro Pictures and Friedrich Petzel working together on a joint Keith Edmier show.
The dealer's right, of course. A rich history of partnership exists among galleries, but certainly, increased activity within the fine art world, such as the growing number of exhibition spaces popping up all over the city, magnifies these relationships. The tradition exists for all the benefits you might assume come to galleries and artists who choose to work this way, not the least of which is increased exposure. “I think it really allows the artist to be able do everything that they want to do,” says Metro Pictures director Allison Card, who worked closely with Foxy Production on Sterling Ruby's joint exhibition. “Sometimes a smaller gallery cannot accommodate everything, and obviously the larger galleries can. We're able to back more projects and provide a larger space.”
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