Cynthia Reeves

Beyond the Gallery

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Cynthia Reeves is changing the nature of a how an art dealer operates, adapting to the uncertain future of the brick-and-mortar gallery and the ambitions and visions of artists today. She first studied music and voice and gravitated to the art world as a private dealer, eventually opening a space in Chelsea. Forced out after ten years by the same factors that are hampering other galleries in that district—rising rents and the lack of a ground-floor presence—she returned to her original home base in Walpole, NH, where she continues to show artists like Vasari21 members Gudrun Mertes-Frady and Anne Lindberg.

But much of her emphasis of late has been on public art projects in which she and her staff perform a more curatorial role. She tells us about some of these site-based installations, such as Lionel Smit’s  forthcoming Orphus in Union Square, which explores questions about South African identity.

We also discuss the role of art fairs in bringing collectors, curators, artists, and art lovers together. And Reeves has a few tips for the best way to approach dealers when you’re seeking representation.

Pictured here are a few of the artists and projects Reeves has helped realize around the globe.

 

John Grade, Elephant Bed (2009), corn-based polymer, 288 by 72 by 72 inches

John Grade, Elephant Bed (2009), corn-based polymer, 288 by 72 by 72 inches

John Grade, SPUR (2016), Alaskan yellow cedar, 80 by 13 by 20 feet, Sun Valley, ID

John Grade, SPUR (2016), Alaskan yellow cedar, 80 by 13 by 20 feet, Sun Valley, ID

Lionel Smit, Morphous (2014), bronze with blue patina, 78 by 133 by 48 inches, Union Square, New York

Lionel Smit, Morphous (2014), bronze with blue patina, 78 by 133 by 48 inches, Union Square, New York

JaeHyo Lee, Lotus (2013), wood, 220 by 44 inches, Providence, RI

JaeHyo Lee, Lotus (2013), wood, 220 by 44 inches, Providence, RI

Anita Glesta, Watershed (2015) video channel, National Theatre, London, Totally Thames Festival

Anita Glesta, Watershed (2015) video channel, National Theatre, London, Totally Thames Festival

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