Saturday, July 11, 2020

Collecting Stories: Gallerist Hong Gyu Shin

The dynamic young Korean Hong Gyu Shin talks to Christie’s about buying his first work at auction aged 13, his passion for rediscovering marginalised artists — and his reputation for exhibiting challenging work
When Shin Gallery opened on New York’s Lower East Side in 2013, no one believed that its urbane proprietor, Hong Gyu Shin, was only 23 and still at college. Looking back, the South Korean-born art dealer and collector admits it was a risky venture. ‘I knew nothing about selling art,’ he says. ‘I didn’t even know that paintings were supposed to be hung at eye level.’ Seven years later, and the young entrepreneur has become an influential player on the art market, making headlines at auctions and regularly attending art fairs from New York to Miami. He is the savviest of collectors, possessed of a talent for rediscovering artists who have long been forgotten, often because they are female or from an ethnic minority.  [More]

Arts Leader Kristina Newman-Scott Builds Community through Collecting

By Alina Cohen
Portrait of Kristina Newman-Scott by Vikram Valluir. Courtesy of BFA Photos.
Over the past 20 years, Kristina Newman-Scott has championed diversity and social justice in the arts. As a curator, director of culture for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and now president of BRIC in Brooklyn, she’s long been committed to equity and representation in both the exhibitions she mounts and in the organizations she runs. “As a Black leader, somebody who has the privilege of leading an institution like BRIC, if I can’t invest in Black artists, what am I doing?” she said in a recent interview. “I won’t ever stop.” Newman-Scott’s engagement with the arts began when she was a young artist in Kingston, Jamaica, where she was born and raised. [More]

Friday, July 10, 2020

We Can’t Cancel ‘White Jesus,’ But We Can Keep Telling Our Church’s Story

By Paul Robinson
A mosaic depiction of Jesus. Photo by Dorothée Quennesson/Pixabay/Creative Commons
I am not writing to "cancel" Warner Sallman or his portrait depicting Jesus as a blond, blue-eyed European. Sallman was a Christian, a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and not the first to depict Jesus as “blond and blue-eyed.” At the time of Sallman’s “Head of Christ” the Swedish immigrants who founded what has become the Evangelical Covenant Church were integrated into American culture as “white.” The spoils of majority culture carry with it the ability to set the narrative, and Sallman’s art was not just the creation of his imagination, but the offspring of a narrative that America has been telling for some time. We are committed to reaching all ethnicities and inviting them in. [More]