Ann S. Moore, who retired from her position as CEO and chairwoman of Time Inc. in 2011, is now just a few days away from opening The Curator Gallery. The 1,600-square-foot Chelsea space debuts March 7 and aims to showcase emerging painters, photographers and sculptors. She has also added an interesting general stipulation: no work shown will be priced above $10,000.
The first exhibit, “Second Nature,” has been curated by Bowdoin College professor Mark Wethli and showcases the work of six abstract painters from Maine. From the gallery prospectus:
While the state of Maine has a long-standing reputation as a destination for landscape painters, this exhibition is, as Wethli puts it, about Maine’s ‘second nature’ – abstract artists whose work is inspired by natural processes rather than outward appearances.” John Bisbee and Clint Fulkerson, for example, find inspiration for their work in the structure of natural processes. Meghan Brady and Andrea Sulzer use the chaotic energy of the natural world as a starting point for their artistic processes. Cassie Jones and Joe Kievitt find new ways to translate existing cultural representations of nature.
The 63-year-old Moore recently told the New York Times:
“At my age, you can either put your money away, or you can spend it and have fun and that’s what I’m doing. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve decided to see what I can do.”
The Curator Gallery, located at 523 West 23rd Street, will also host weekly seminars for beginning collectors and offer several watercolor classes on Sundays, taught by local artist Aaron Apsley.
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