• Gary Snyder Relocates

    Date posted: December 12, 2011 Author: jolanta

    Gary Snyder Gallery: At first glance, one would be hard pressed to find a clear and common theme linking the artists that we are representing at Gary Snyder Gallery, especially if you were to look for the common theme in the actual work of the artist. But I do believe that the artists have things in common.  For example, I feel that our artists are “artists’ artists”-a funny phrase that means the artist is very highly regarded among other artists, and also suggests that for various reasons they are not as highly regarded outside of that artists’ world as they deserve to be.

    “The other thing I believe our artists share is an art historical importance”

     

    Garth Greenan (left) Gary Snyder (right)

    Gary  Relocates
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    NY ARTS: Do the artists that you represent have a common theme that links them together? And if so, what is it?    

    Gary Snyder Gallery: At first glance, one would be hard pressed to find a clear and common theme linking the artists that we are representing at Gary Snyder Gallery, especially if you were to look for the common theme in the actual work of the artist. But I do believe that the artists have things in common.  For example, I feel that our artists are “artists’ artists”-a funny phrase that means the artist is very highly regarded among other artists, and also suggests that for various reasons they are not as highly regarded outside of that artists’ world as they deserve to be. “Artists’ artists” tend to be a bit more reclusive, caring more about their art than the larger world of commerce and society. They tend to have tremendous integrity, to be smart, and often times, quirky.  The other thing I believe our artists share is an art historical importance-when a period of art history is more fully fleshed out, the artists we are representing are recognized to be part of that narrative.   

    NA: Representing artists because you believe in them is a very bold thing to do these days.  Is your collection entirely new? And how did you decide upon your collection?    

    GSG: There are a number of artists in the new gallery that I showed at my former gallery, Gary Snyder/Project Space, which was on 26th Street – the historically rooted artists Thomas Downing and Tadaaki Kuwayama and contemporary artists Luke Gray and Laurie Fendrich, for example. But a larger number of our artists are new. In general, the new gallery is focusing more on art emerging in the 1960s. Many of the artists were taken on upon the recommendation of my co-partner and director, Garth Greenan, who, for a guy in his 20s,  has an unusually encyclopedic knowledge of art and artists of the 1960s.   

    NA: How will the new gallery space at 529 W20th Street differ from the previous space?

    GSG: One answer would be location, location, location-my old gallery, although in Chelsea, was not centrally located-now, here at 529 West 20th Street, we are clearly in the center of the New York art world. We have also consciously created a more public gallery, with a greater emphasis on our (soon to be launched) website, publications, and programming. The design of the gallery is different as well, with a greater focus on a clearly defined large exhibition space.  

    NA: Does the new space allow for a more varied exhibition display? What about it will better enhance the artwork?    

    GSG: Building on the previous answer, the exhibition space is larger, and allows the viewer a very special space to enjoy art, one that is detached from the reception, viewing and office spaces. We also have the ability to convert the viewing room into a drawing room if we wish. And we have also taken advantage of new technology-such as LED lighting-to enhance the experience. Last, as the space is much larger, we have a great deal more storage space for art, which allows us to present a wide range of gallery art and artists to our clientele.

    This article was published by NY Arts Magazine, 2011. NY Arts Magazine is published by Abraham Lubelski. Sponsored by Broadway Gallery, NYC and World Art Media.

     


     

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