Few New York dealers have more skill soliciting press for worthy artists than Bellwether owner Becky Smith. Citing financial strain, after ten years of operation, the dealer announced today she will close her reputable gallery. An excerpt from the email below.
Owning the gallery for over ten years has been my great joy and honor. It was never easy but always thrilling to ride the waves of change that have washed over the artworld since the gallery opened. The name of the gallery has always been its intention, to be a leading indicator of future trends and movements in the artworld. I was proud to have been a part of the Williamsburg scene, the exodus to Chelsea, the dawn of the e-commerce era, the boom of the emerging market, the rise of the art fair imperative and the NADA generation. I always tried to have a distinct voice and point of view, represent as many women as possible, curate from my values and not my taste and get behind artists who's brilliance and concepts were apparent in their craft. I aimed to be known among my peers for having an eye for painting, photography and installation. I have enjoyed curating and was very proud of the many group shows the gallery has presented over the years and the critical attention they attracted.
As the current financial climate forces shifts in business and culture I feel strongly that it is time for Bellwether to embrace change and open itself up to what's to come. For the foreseeable future I will continue to represent the gallery's artists privately and I am working on several shows with them in a Bellwether-at-large capacity. Details to follow in the fall.