A new virtual conversation series
A new virtual conversation series
Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to present a new virtual conversation series, "Dialogues." Exploring topics related to our artists' areas of research, including sociopolitical issues and community engagement; "Dialogues" encourages an exchange with artists, curators, and thought leaders that is open to an active audience.
This series builds on the momentum of our past programs, "Galerie Lelong Conversations" and our past podcast episodes. "Conversations" had began during the pandemic's lockdown—intimate discussions between our artists and Mary Sabbatino, Vice President/Partner—that invited an international audience into our homes and studios for a behind-the-scenes look into our artists' practices.
Join a conversation with artists Adebunmi Gbadebo, Samuel Levi Jones, and Tariku Shiferaw moderated by critic Seph Rodney on the embedding of social and political concerns within formal abstraction.
Gbadebo, Jones, and Shiferaw belong to a new generation of Black artists who are pushing the language of abstraction while retaining their cultural specificity; a movement that Rodney identified in a 2017 essay for Hyperallergic. Coming of age in a period when the consciousness of racial violence had reached a national scale, these artists address injustices toward minorities in their practices, charging their abstractions with a message for social change.
Held on occasion of Tariku Shiferaw’s solo exhibition It’s a love thang, it’s a joy thang (April 1 – May 15, 2021), Shiferaw was in discussion with author, art historian, and collector Charles Moore about the use of mark-making in the artist’s personal practice and in contemporary art. Looking at the painterly style of abstraction, the conversation also ruminated on its role within culture and society.
Held on occasion of Mildred Thompson's solo exhibition Throughlines, Assemblages and Works on Paper from the 1960s to the 1990s (February 18 – March 27, 2021), Melissa Messina was in conversation with Valerie Cassel Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). They discussed the contextualization of Thompson’s work in the groundbreaking 2017 exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, Thompson's abstract practice in relation to contemporaries such as Howardena Pindell and Mary Lovelace O’Neal, and the placement of her Wood Picture in the forthcoming exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse scheduled to open May 22, 2021 at the VMFA.
In conjunction with our presentation in Art Basel OVR: Pioneers (March 24 – March 27, 2021), where the works of four groundbreaking women artists, Ana Mendieta, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, and Mildred Thompson are situated in conversation, Mary Sabbatino, Galerie Lelong's Vice President and Partner, moderated a discussion with Philip Spero Golub, the son of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero and the Manager of their estate; Alvin Hall, Board Member of the Carolee Schneemann Foundation; Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, niece and Associate Administrator for the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection; and Melissa Messina, Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate.
Under the leadership of Mary Sabbatino since 1991, Galerie Lelong, New York, has represented the estates of prominent contemporary artists. Working closely with the estates' managers, who are often the descendants and close relatives of the artists, numerous archival, research, and conservation projects have been undertaken to preserve and share their legacies. In our current digital landscape, these efforts have expanded to include platforms such as websites, social media, and Online Viewing Rooms (OVR). In these artists' oeuvres spanning decades with works in multiple media, how are bodies of work prioritized and presented to an increasingly online and global audience?
Melissa Messina, Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate, moderated a discussion with A'Driane Nieves, founder of Tessera Arts Collective and Abstractions Magazine, and Lauren Jackson Harris and Daricia Mia DeMarr, founders of Black Women in Visual Art (BWVA). Participants discussed their respective arts organizations that serve and promote Black female art professionals on a variety of platforms. They also discussed their interest in the work of Mildred Thompson, their recent collaborative T-shirt initiative highlighting Thompson among six intergenerational Black female abstract artists—Alma Thomas, Shinique Smith, Julie Mehretu, Howardena Pindell and Mary Lovelace O’Neal—and the need for new scholarship and cultural initiatives for their art work.
Alfredo Jaar and Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) were in conversation on occasion of his solo exhibition at the museum, Alfredo Jaar: The Rwanda Project, on view November 19, 2020 – May 23, 2021. In August 1994, in the aftermath of the genocide, Alfredo Jaar visited Rwanda and conducted investigations and photojournalistic field research over six years, creating a total of twenty-five works. For the artist, these were "exercises in representation," serving as a critique to the world’s criminal indifference and a lack of global visibility of the atrocities in Rwanda.
Joining us from his studio in Brooklyn, New York, viewers got to see a preview of the artist's newest projects; including the materials and processes he is currently engaging with. Drew and Sabbatino also discussed his first outdoor installation, City in the Grass, which was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy in 2019. At the time of the talk, the work was on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, and later travelled to the Mississippi Museum of Art.
On Tuesday, July 29, 2020, the artist Kate Shepherd and Mary Sabbatino discussed selected works from the past two decades as well as the artist's show entitled Surveillance.
The second in "Galerie Lelong Conversations," they charted Shepherd's journey over the last two decades; from her delicate line work to the current body of work that establishes a spatial discourse across the panel, the viewer, and the gallery space. Known for her richly colored paintings built with layers of monochromatic enamel, Shepherd here charts new territory in her decades-long exploration of perspectival space. Chief among Shepherd’s concerns in these works is their relationship to their environs; the various reflective surfaces establish a spatial discourse across the panel, the viewer, and the gallery space.
From Jaume Plensa's studio in Barcelona, Spain, we held a virtual conversation between the artist between the artist and Mary Sabbatino, Vice President and Partner at Galerie Lelong & Co.
This conversation was held on occasion of "Jaume Plensa: April is the cruelest month" (June 12 – July 10, 2020). The online exhibition presented eight new drawings from the "STILL" series by the artist, created during his month of confinement at home in April 2020.
As in many of Plensa’s works, language is incorporated into the imagery. He used words like anxiety, fear, and love, calling attention to the various psychological states people experienced during the months of confinement. The title, "STILL," resonates on many levels: it connotes a period of waiting, the gathering of energy, a state of silence and quietness. In the contemplation of these drawings, we see a world both intimate and expansive, expressive of shared human experience during a time when the world was “still.”
From 2018 to 2019, Galerie Lelong & Co. presented the podcast series, “Viewpoints” to start conversations with the artists, curators, and thought leaders who inspire us at the gallery. Averaging 15 to 30 minutes in length, the episodes included discussions with artists from the gallery’s roster, behind-the-scenes details on new exhibitions, and conversations related to the past, present, and future of Galerie Lelong & Co. and its artists.
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"San Francisco-based collector Pamela Joyner, together with her husband Fred Giuffrida, has amassed what has been called the most important collection of African American art in private hands," says Mary Sabbatino, Vice President/Partner at Galerie Lelong & Co. The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection includes several works by Samuel Levi Jones, who "unmakes and remakes objects to question their moral and ethical implications," Sabbatino says.
Recorded in Chicago during the week of EXPO Chicago 2019, Jones and Joyner's conversation centers on the formation of their fruitful artist-collector relationship and the background of Jones's pulping and repurposing of authoritative textbooks, plus their shared interest in deconstructing the cultural and political systems at work in society.
"When I make the work, I deconstruct it, thinking about how the system should be deconstructed and remade, rather than doing the same thing and continuing to expect a new result," Jones says.
When Jones admits his perspective could be seen in a pessimistic light, Joyner disagrees: "I don't think of you as a pessimistic person at all. I think of you as something like a sponge: You absorb the environment, and then you do the best of what the best artists do...You reframe important questions in a way that we might have a prospect for coming to better and clearer answers."
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“In this episode of the 'Viewpoints' podcast, we'll hear from artist Leonardo Drew and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah, two link-minded voices in contemporary art," says Mary Sabbatino, Vice President/Partner at Galerie Lelong & Co. "Drew is a Brooklyn-based sculptor known for transforming and assembling varied material in an attempt, as he says, to make chaos legible."
Their in-depth conversation touches on Drew's ever-changing art practice, his growing up in the P.T. Barnum apartments, and the connection Drew found with an older generation of artists including Jack Whitten and Joe Overstreet. Larry Ossei-Mensah, the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), examines Drew's current solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York as well as his first public-art project, a monumental work now on view in Madison Square Park.
Michelle Stuart x Hans Ulrich Obrist
May 10, 2019
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“In this episode of the 'Viewpoints' podcast, we'll hear a conversation between artist Michelle Stuart and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, two friends who share an interest in nature, memory and extinction," says Mary Sabbatino, Vice President/Partner at Galerie Lelong & Co. "They spoke on an early morning in April at Stuart’s studio in New York, joined throughout by her bull terrier, Luna."
Their in-depth conversation surveys Stuart's beginnings in art—including her experiences in Mexico with Diego Rivera—as well as her early feminist works, earthworks and later photography and sculpture, as seen in "Flight of Time," Stuart's recent solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co. in New York.
Petah Coyne x Mary Sabbatino
October 18, 2018
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Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to announce its new podcast series, “Viewpoints, with Galerie Lelong & Co.” The premiere episode features a conversation between artist Petah Coyne and Mary Sabbatino, Vice President/Partner at Galerie Lelong & Co. Their far-ranging conversation covers Coyne’s use of color, her literary inspirations, and her place in the pantheon of female artists, including her solo exhibition Having Gone I Will Return, which is currently on view at Galerie Lelong & Co. in New York.