Wednesday, January 09, 2013

What You Can Do

Back in the first week after Hurricane Sandy, when the destruction it caused among the Chelsea galleries was beginning to become clear to the art community at large, we received a huge outpouring of requests from people around the world asking how they could help. I can't begin to tell you how important that was to us at the time. What we were dealing with on the ground was surreal, and the emails and phone calls of support and encouragement literally were often all that kept us from sitting down in a sobbing heap and giving up.

Also at the time, many people were trying (quite generously) to come up with ways they could help organize a fundraising event with our artists or some other means of putting their time and effort into helping. As kind as those offers were, though, during those first weeks, when we had no electricity, nor access to our records and such, all we could think about were the emergency measures we had to take and all the water-logged things we had to keep dragging up out of the basement to lay out, dry out, have examined, and triage. So please forgive us if you had made such a kind offer, but adding one new project to our day was simply not physically or mentally possible at that time.

But now there is something you can do.

I can't speak for the other galleries on the block, but, despite reopening in a few days, there's still a fair ways to go before we're entirely back to normal. I suspect the same is true for any gallery that sustained the kind of damage and disruption we did. And so, if you're so inclined, what you can do now is stop by and visit the galleries on 27th Street! We've all had facelifts, so to speak, and all the galleries on 27th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues are re-opening this Saturday, January 12, with a special afternoon reception from 3-5 PM.

The art community has been nothing short of heroic in response to the hurricane, especially the Art Dealers Association of America and the generous collectors and galleries who contributed to their relief fund (we won't ever be able to thank them all enough for their kindness), but now, what would really buoy our spirits is to see your smiling faces again! Seriously. The weather is supposed to be virtually spring-like on Saturday, and we would love to see you. 

Also, and I don't know any other dealer crass enough to say this, but I will...and this goes for any of the galleries impacted by the hurricane, if you're a collector and have had your eye on a work in some gallery, now would be a good time to look at it again and consider adding it to your collection. Even if you decide to keep thinking about it, though, just having you stop by and say hello would make them very happy, I'm sure. 

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a happy ending when things return to normal. I'm glad you made it.

1/09/2013 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Ben Stansfield said...

I'm not a local, but my thoughts are with you (trust me, it's not something i say very often, so i mean it ;-)

1/09/2013 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous terry ward (GrumpyVisualArtist) said...

so glad you're recovering. good to see your familiar giant white post and the floor and all. there was so much mud and slop everywhere. best wishes.

1/10/2013 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking good fellas, except the Column . I could fix it for ya if like. Then a collector would want to buy the Column but you could never sell it, it would have to die with the building .. most likley . The Column would be the Sentinel of the property . And Bring you Fortune and Longevity.
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1/11/2013 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Julie Takacs said...

SO glad to see this post. Congratulations on your fortitude!
Looking forward to ....what's next!

1/12/2013 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that you are up and running again. Thank you for persevering!

1/21/2013 02:17:00 PM  

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