10 Selected Studios At GOS 2019
This year we invited several renowned artists and curators to select 10 studios each to create a series of self guided tours.
Angel Bellaran is a curator, professor of contemporary art, and the former Director of the Gray Gallery at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University. An activist, historian, socially-engaged artist and educator, Bellaran has spent her life divided between The United States and Ireland pursuing a passion for the study of international curatorial and artistic practices.
While living in New York City, Bellaran specialized in art logistics; previously she has worked for Dietl International Services, Crozier Fine Arts and Christie's Auction House. These exceptional art industry platforms provided her with a combination of strong client service skills and knowledge of operations, while simultaneously fueling her interest in exhibitions. Meanwhile, in Dublin, Ireland, Bellaran was the Manager to FOUR, an artist-led gallery of contemporary art based in City Centre. Simultaneously enrolled in MAVis, an experimental Master's programme in art-making, curating and art criticism, Bellaran harnessed an international cultural network of artists, musicians, designers, curators, cultural historians, and art theorists. As a result of a life in art academia on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the Pacific Rim, her expertise now covers a global range of media that connects an extensive network of contemporaries and potential collaborators. In addition to the management of artists and their studios, Bellaran's practice includes creative consulting, curatorial and project management, exhibition planning and administration, art direction, production design, public speaking and fine art logistics. Bellaran is proud to be one of the lead organizers of the global art movement Nasty Women Exhibition.
A third-generation mixed-race American, born at the shore in New Jersey and raised between there and North Carolina, Bellaran currently resides between Brooklyn and Asbury Park with her rescue pup, Luna. Bellaran holds a Master of Arts degree in Curation, Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland (2010), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Mason Gross, the arts conservatory of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2008).
Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives just a few blocks from Gowanus in Park Slope. He is a Lead Editor at Artsy and his articles on public art, nine-figure auction sales, and daring art heists have appeared there and in Hyperallergic, artnet, Brooklyn Magazine, Art+Auction, and elsewhere. He has curated exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop, Field Projects, the Spring Break Art Show, and the Gowanus Loft.
Heather Zises is a cultural producer with 15 years of experience in curation, writing and public relations. She specializes in contemporary art with a particular interest in feminist and identity-based practices. Heather is co-editor of the multi-award winning book 50 Contemporary Women Artists (Schiffer 2018) and is a contributing writer and art editor for diverse publications, including Fine Art Globe, Fjords Review and Pregame Magazine. She is also a founding member of Ninth Street Collective, a group of art administrators who focus on professional development for artists.
Jacob Rhodes - Field Projects
Jacob Rhodes is the founder and director of Field Projects. Rhodes was born in Oxnard, California, to a junior-high cafeteria cook and a car mechanic. He played drums in various Nard Core bands for 7 years after high school at which point he joined the ranks of art students at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Upon receiving his BFA in New Genres, Rhodes joined the US Army 172 Infantry Brigade. After 3 years of service (2002-2005) he put back on his student uniform to attend Yale School of Art, earning an MFA from the sculpture department. In his work, as well as in his life, Rhodes explores codes of masculinity, class and the inherent violence in homo-social interaction.
Marly Hammer - Work in Progress Ventures
It all started with a conversation between two colleagues in the heat of the #MeToo movement, about how women’s voices (and art) should be taking up more space. With these goals in mind—Marly Hammer and Lisa Wirth founded their feminist practice Work in Progress. Marly Hammer is the co-founder + co-curator of Work in Progress (workinprogressventures.com), a women-owned art advisory that exists to disrupt the cultural status quo. Work In Progress helps underrepresented, female-identifying artists "take up space" in an art market that often excludes them. To disrupt by enabling access, representation, equity, and inclusion within gallery, institutional, private + corporate collections. As curators, Work in Progress is driven to bring to light issues related to institutionalized bias. Working to increase visibility for underrepresented artists through employing multi-modal arts programming designed to spark meaningful dialog and lasting change. Ms. Hammer is also the Global Art Fairs Director at Pace Gallery.
Massey Klein Gallery
Massey Klein, a contemporary art gallery located in the Lower East Side of NYC, specializes in figurative painting, contemporary sculpture, and mixed media design. The gallery supports both local and international mid-career and emerging artists. Husband and wife team, Garrett Klein and Ryan Massey, believe in the collaborative partnership between artist, gallery, and collector. The gallery functions as a meeting place where collectors and the general public can experience carefully curated exhibitions and foster meaningful relationships with art.
Michael Foley - Foley Gallery
Michael Foley opened his gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
In 2009, Foley co-founded The Exhibition Lab, a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. He is a mentor and coach to dozens of independent photographers with a focus on refining their vision and preparing their work professionally.
Foley continues his interest in educating by serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He has been a portfolio reviewer at over 25 photography reviews throughout the United States.
Monica King (b. 1971, North Carolina) is the Founder and Owner of Monica King Contemporary, recently opened in Tribeca at 39 Lispenard Street. King is a 17-year art world veteran, formerly with Pace Gallery and Paul Kasmin Gallery, among others. The gallery program, headed by King, is dedicated to an unwavering vision of equally supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists in a manner that both builds and continues to nourish individual artist careers; encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity and joy; and celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls. Monica King Contemporary’s September 2019 inaugural exhibition by Knoxville, TN based performance and multi-media artist April Marten was featured in publications including Artforum, the Art Newspaper, and the Observer.
Nicole Kaack is a curator and writer based in Queens, NY. She joined A.I.R. Gallery as Associate Director in October 2019 and has previously held fellowships at The Kitchen, the Photography Collections Preservation Project (PCPP), and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kaack's writing has been published by platforms including Sound American, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has also contributed texts to I will set a stage for you (HOLOHOLO, 2019) and to Recto / Verson (Hauser & Wirth, 2018). Kaack has organized exhibitions and programs at Small Editions, CRUSH Curatorial, Assembly Room, NURTUREart, the NARS Foundation, and The Kitchen, among other spaces. Kaack is also the co-founder of the publication platform prompt:.
Peter Gynd - Lesley Heller Gallery
Peter Gynd is a fifth generation artist, independent curator, and the director at Lesley Heller Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Originally from Vancouver Canada, Gynd studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited in both Canada and the US. Notable exhibitions curated by Gynd include a permanent exhibition at the Foundation Center, NY; an acclaimed two-person presentation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2015); and group exhibitions at Present Company, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; the Northside Festival, NY; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY; and at the Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver Canada. Gynd’s exhibitions have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Carnegie Reporter, Blouin Artinfo, and Gothamist. Peter Gynd has been a guest critic at Residencies Unlimited, Kunstraum, ChaNorth Artist Residency; a consultant at NYFA’s Doctors Hours; guest lecture at Pratt Institute; and guest juror at 440 Gallery, Equity Gallery, and Sweet Lorraine Gallery. Upcoming projects include curating a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Jody MacDonald at Radiator Gallery (opening November 2019) and a guest juror for the second edition of the Art Fair 14C (2020).