This could spell the end of many galleries small and large

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Many ridicule Chelsea galleries as flesh-eating pariahs. I think they’re part of our life blood; the collective organism that in many ways makes New York one of the most thriving centers for art on earth. These ridiculed and reviled galleries are places you can go for free, run by strange people with visions who want to help artists by showing and selling their work. It’s become an international pastime to attack these galleries simply for being what they are: large and commercial. I love them. All. More than ever.

via Saltz’s Devastating Visit to Chelsea Galleries — Vulture.

There Are 6 Comments On This Article.

  1. This is a shame for the artists, a bad blow to many small businesses, and an argument for making art on stone not paper, canvas etc.

    On the bright side maybe this will turn out to be a long term beneficial swerve for the art world.

  2. Donnor Party

    What follows is a generalization only, and I know there are exceptions, but, generally speaking, mourning the loss of Chelsea galleries is like mourning the loss of Sachs Fifth Avenue. The galleries are retailers, most of the gallerists ignore too many artists because THEY don’t know how to sell the work, and because THEIR taste is limited. Its not like they are Peggy Guggenheim supporting Pollack and de Kooning. They gravitate more towards sharp suits and Hermes accessories than to good, new work. I’ve always found that galleries in LA, Berlin, London, and places in Dumbo are closer to the art that to the money.

    And yes, there are many exceptions, but overall, Chelsea feels contrived and cowardly. There is no gallerist in Chelsea that is championing something rather than selling something, or more to the poiint, selling an artist and his/her clothes rather than his/her work.

  3. Carlos Alberto

    Very Sad. Lost art is like lost blood. I hope the recovery is quick and some of the art can be restored.
    I think a creative artist could probably make an interesting work of art from the damaged art being dumped in dumpsters, all in the name of climate change and the destruction it can cause on so many levels. It could help bring awareness to the changing tides of our global situation.

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