Monday, September 18, 2006

A Request for Information

I have a big favor to ask. I'm working on a presentation about the continuing globalization of the contemporary art world (the good aspect, where artists from outside the usual centers are gaining more attention), but realize there's not enough time for me do the sort of research myself that y'ins (as they say where I come from) might have at your fingertips.

What I'm looking for are examples of spaces, both commercial and nonprofit and ranging from start-up artist-run garage-turned-gallery types up to innovative exhibition spaces by uber-connected or well-funded individuals, that impress you with their programming and depth (contemporary art only please). What, for example, is the most exciting space in Shanghai or Tokyo, Sydney or Dehli, Istanbul or Dubai? Outside South Africa or Eygpt, are there contemporary art spaces you've worked with or know of in Africa? In South America, where there are plenty of great spaces, who stands out as having a strong international program?

More about why I ask: Bambino and I have been invited to be part of a panel discussion at the 3rd Bishkek Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Kyrgyzstan in October about international artists and institutions. We're representing the commercial gallery type of institution...duh, and specifically hope to address the commercial opportunities for artists (so, we're not talking museums or spaces that don't sell as a rule, although they don't have to be concerned first and foremost with selling). It's a few weeks away yet, but I woke up in a panic last night thinking there are very likely all kinds of extraordinary new spaces I've never heard of, and it wasn't until I was checking the hits on the blog that it struck me the folks who visit here are truly global and might have some insight they'd be willing to share.

If you can point to a website for or article about the space as well, I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance.


Anonymous Brian Sholis said...

Istanbul: Platform Garanti CAC -

9/18/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are in the US, but certainly outside the usual centers.

9/18/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger mbuitron said...

Johannesburg, South Africa: Parking Gallery

Los Angeles, CA: Machine Project

9/18/2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

excellent choices, thanks!

...please keep 'em coming

9/18/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous diyan said...

Cemeti Art House, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

9/18/2006 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous bradc said...

When I was in Beijing for a bit, I particularly like the work I saw at "798 Space" and "798 Photo Gallery". Sorry I wasn't there long enough top really capture their programming or depth.

Sorry I don't have any of my jpgs handy, but I did find the following (I have no idea who this blogger is, by the way)

9/18/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous taylan said...

Well, I live in Istanbul, so here are couple of my picks:

BM Contemporary

Apartment Project

Elgiz Contemporary

Istanbul Modern

K2 Izmir

I'd recommend checking out Universes in Universe for additional international exhibition spaces.

9/18/2006 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...


thank you so much for the web site, it looks amazing and a lot of info

9/18/2006 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous David said...

It may seem odd for me to suggest that a gallery in Florence, which is where the Italian Renaissance began, is outside the usual art centers. But when I visited them last spring and asked about other contemporary galleries in town, they were only able to suggest one other one (and that gallery was closed for installation). They said everyone comes to Florence to look at the old stuff.

Anyway, I really liked Galleria Biagiotti. They showed very interesting work.

9/18/2006 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger w said...

In Charlottesville Va,some recent shows - Gary Baseman, Marcel Dzama - up now, Anna Gaskell. Great space in a small U.S. city.

9/18/2006 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger fisher6000 said...

Tucson has a Museum of Contemporary Art that was founded by local artists. Awesome, inspiring grass-roots story, email me if you want to be put in touch with the founders.

9/18/2006 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Angela Ferreira said...

Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre,Wales, UK

Cinema, gallery, theatre, digictal, café, bar, shop

G39, contemporary Art, Cardiff, Wales, UK

9/18/2006 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger Betta Under the Radar said...

Hullo Edward

In Kuala Lumpur:

Valentine Willie Fine Art
This is the foremost commercial contemporary art gallery

Reka Art Space
This is a newer, more experimental space, but operates commercially

Art Asia Pacific is a publication focusing on art in the asia-pacific region. Its head office has recently been relocated to New York (from Hong Kong and subsequently Australia). They have an almanac edition for 2005/2006 organized by country, which would be an excellent resource for the information you are looking for. Their website is excellent:

9/18/2006 09:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Many of the best places in the world (strictly contemporary arts)
are listed here (my favorites included ;-)..)

These lists are already.. err..."filtered", if that is what you are looking for.

A good way to seek foreign art is to dig festivals and biennials that already select a good portion of local artists.

So, Shangai Biennial, Dakar Biennial, Sydney Biennial, Montreal Biennial (the last one was bad...), stuff like that. They are, in fact, countless.

The Central Africa art scene is burgeoning (I mean....apart from Ousmane Sow, Barthelemy Togo (who started an ICA in Cameroun I think) and a few others) Exhibits like Africa Remix at Pompidou or Africa Photography at New York ICP
are the "new thing" for me.

Strictly Canada speaking, our best art centres....hmm..this is very very personal....The Power Plant, YYZ, and Mercer Union in Toronto (Blackwood Gallery presents great projects, but I dont like the space itself that much), Plug In in Winnipeg, Saag in Lethbridge, Oboro, Articule, Skol and Quartier Ephemere, in Montreal, Oeil de Poisson in Quebec city, Ottawa Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, actually I will forget too much so I need to stop this exercise. And I was only thinking "art centres", sorry for the commercials.

There is a great site here to research art places concerned with new technologies. I'm sure they have great links at Ars Electronica too.

Call it gadget arts, but those circles gather some very interesting artists that yet don't have their breakthrough until the commerce opens up to it.


Cedric Caspesyan

9/19/2006 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Err....I did mean to paste the english versions of those links above....:



9/19/2006 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

France. Gallery Lacourette at

9/19/2006 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger Stefano Pasquini said...

Casco in Utrecht, Holland. One of the most contemporary spaces I ever encountered.

Here in Italy you have Galleria 42 Contemporaneo in Modena, NOT Gallery in Naples, Neon in Bologna and Milan, Care Of and N.O. Gallery in Milan. Just mentioning the few young ones that rock over here....

Have fun wherever it is you're going!

9/19/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Ciao Stefano!

How's the family?

Thanks for the well wishes and for the inside info on Italy's contemporary art scene.

Thanks to everyone, again, by the way.

We're going to Bishkek! I can't wait. I'm studying Kyrgyz, which ain't easy, let me tell you. There's a burgeoning contemporary art scene there, getting stronger all the time, as well.

When you coming to visit us here?

9/19/2006 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous j said...

branch gallery in durham, north carolina

9/19/2006 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Fiona Ross said...

1708 Gallery in Richmond VA

9/19/2006 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Art is Hell said...

This falls into the 'uber-connected or well-funded individuals' category --- the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto has amazing exhibitions,
no web site but there is an article at

9/19/2006 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

This may be off topic, but I think art fairs have a major role in promoting artists outside of the usual-suspect cities. I recently met a gallerist at an art fair who said he didn't keep a physical gallery anymore -- he just took his artists' work around to Miami Basel and other art fairs.

In less affluent areas, where artists can live cheaply but collectors are scarce, this may be the way of the future.

9/19/2006 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous trond lossius said...

I've been reading the blog of Nathaniel Stern for quite a while, it gives a good impression of what is happening in South Africa, and Johburg in particular:

He is also involved in SAartsEmerging, "dedicated to featuring emerging South African artists, curators and arts personalities who are not generally, or have not yet been, written about - but who should be.":

My own hometown, Bergen, Norway, is a fairly small but active town. It tends very much to be a melting pot for cross diciplinary practices. Bergen kunsthall in addition to be an excellent place for contemporary art, also runs the art café Landmark, one of the most interesting places in town for experimental video, film, dj, music, performance, events, you name it. BiT Teatergarasjen, primarily working on contemporary performance and stage art, is also an vital place for projects crossing the boundaries between stage, art and music. BEK - Bergen Center for Electronic Arts is yet another melting pot, although it is more working towards artists, aiding them in their creative process, than towards the art audience at large. All of these contribute towards making Bergen a much more international city than one might initially expect. Currently a bunch of people, including myself, are working to establish a gallery dedicated to sound art, named Lydgalleriet. Links below:

9/20/2006 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"AREA" in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The director is artist Quintin Rivera Toro. He is doing an amazing job. Better than most museums in the Island.
No web page yet but here is an article in artnet-


9/20/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...


It's just a big market with all art stacked together. Bleuagh!
And it's "run, run, run" cos they last like 3 days.

Which artist is crazy enough to stick with a gallerist only showing in art fairs? That's what I want to know.

Also...About miss Hendeles...Yeah...great but... she only presents one show each year and opens about a day each week. Kinda lazy.

I prefer her own art projects (the teddy bear photographs museum).


Cedric Caspesyan

9/20/2006 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Peter at Artists Unite said...

At Artists Unite, our project Now:Here:This aims to be an alternative even to the alternative, where the location is big enough to let artists show and meet, wherever they live. "About the Project" and "About the Artists" are at
A handful of artists from Russia and Central Europe have shown.


9/20/2006 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous paintwallah said...

Hi Ed - well you KNOW I'm gonna talk about galleries in India and the galleries here that show work by Indian Artists. But before that I just want to add a non-Indian gallery (or two) to your list:
Gallery Continua in San Gimignano, Ital. They are in a tiny Tuscan hill town - but show major, important international artists and have also opened a branch in Bejing. That is a trend in itself as a result of globalization in the art world, so many galleries are opening up spaces in other parts of the world. (Like Marella from Milan who also has a space in Beijing).

Other galleries elsewhere whose artists have made the jump from national to global recognition are places like Gow Langsford, and Sue Crockford in Auckland, NZ., and a few interesting ones in Christchurch (no joke!).

As for the explosive art scene in India, or globally I should say-since Contemporary Indian Art is flying off the walls at record breaking prices, there are many, many good galleries in Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta (and elsewhere but those are the major cities), whose artists are getting more and more global recognition. And conversely, there are a bunch of new galleries here FROM India to take advantage of all the NRI money and interest in Contemporary Indian Art. If you want, I can give you the whole rundown and contact info. so give me a call if you do.

meanwhile - have a great trip you two!

9/25/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger nathaniel said...

Hey Edward:

Stumbled on your blog cuz someone in your comments linked to two of my sites via this post. Whilst on the topic of start-up artist-run garage-turned-galleries in joburg (why i was linked to), you must check out the parking gallery:
a squatter gallery in downtown johannesburg founded by a 24-year old artist friend of mine.

mostly unrelated, glad to find on your blog, both as an artist and as an american/NYC expat. the mix of politics and art are great. will be back in my birth-city in december for a few weeks if you'd be interested and inclined to have a drink... enjoy your trip!


10/01/2006 08:45:00 AM  

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