Working For A Black Art Dealer @ScopeArtShow N.Y.

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I worked my first art fair earlier this month with N'Namdi Contemporary, a black owned art gallery that I work with based in Wynwood, Miami. It was an awesome experience to meet people from all over the world and gain further knowledge of the multi-million dollar art business-that is so white. The business of potential money and show-and-tell stories has a scarcity of black and latino owned galleries and dealers. I spent the weekend trying to meet as many people who looked like me that were working  booths. Not that I was surprised at all, only to discover that I was a rarity.  So let me give you a literary depiction of what our booth looked like:

As soon as you entered the second floor of the fair, visitors were welcomed by the calm white portal of intriguing and mind-blowing art of our booth. Yes, we were the first booth on the second floor. Shotgun bitches. The warm cobalt blue rubber abstract composition of Gregory Coates work, to the left of the booth captured your soft thoughts of tranquility.

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As you continued further to move into the booth you noticed five frames of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs. The first of the two, and right behind our high table was the work of Neha Vedpathak. Her color blocked and hand plucked Japanese paper series creates a soft flowing composition of highs and lows. The delicacy yet strength in these pieces connect me to spiritual awareness.

 

The following artist to the left of Neha was photographer and sculptor Stephon Senegal. His two-dimensional archival pigment prints focus on the relationship between the animal kingdom and the human kingdom, life and death and many more dualities.  

 

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The photos exhibiting at our booth were shot in the Dominican Republic. It really hits home to see some of my people's issues in form.  Senegal's photographs gave me thoughts on the objectification of Dominican women, our issue with child laborers, hiding behind your fears and living on a third world country salary.

On the third wall hanging in the space was Eric Stephenson's floating aluminum sculptures "Flex, Arch and Lurk. The trio's bodies seemed to have a relationship with one another. It's as if each highlighted or represented a quality or an element.

Finally as you turned away from the wall of sculptures you encountered the last artist's work, Steven Arboite. His four compositions of coffee pigment mixed-media stimulate your subconscious mind and brings about an interesting change because it allows you to drift in space.

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In closing, it was awesome to represent these beautiful artists and the messages behind their work. More importantly, it felt humbling to be a woman of color and work with a black art deader in a business that is run by the blancos. The disproportion of color owners versus white owners doesn't hide all the opportunity that there is for art business education in our community.

Gallery:

N'Namdi Contemporary

Artists:

Stephon Senegal

 Eric Stephenson

Stephen Arboite

Neha Vedpathak

Gregory Coates

BLOGGhislaine Leon