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New York | Annual Leadership Series – Latinx and Latin American Identity and Representation in the Visual Arts
September 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm
ArtTable is pleased to present the 2022 Annual Leadership Series, focusing on Latinx & Latin American Identity & Representation in the Visual Arts.
The 2022 Armory Show’s fair-wide focus on Latinx and Latin American Art is the culmination of decades-long efforts of critical forerunners in the field, chief amongst them the incredible visionaries on this panel. Latinx representation in the arts is not simply “having a moment;” Latinx and Latin American artists and arts professionals have and continue to contribute to the development of the culture and history of the United States. Through establishing curators of Latin American/Latinx Art at key cultural institutions and sharing their collections or the curation of exhibitions in these public spaces, passionate innovators, such as Estrellita Brodsky and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, assisted these visionaries in staying the course to ensure today’s transnational understanding and authentic engagement with the art produced by those who hail from the non-Anglophone nations of the Western hemisphere, as well as those who have joined the U.S. population from these countries. There is added pressure, applied to the United States in particular, to recognize its fellow “America”n countries due to the phenomenon Dr. Mari Carmen Ramirez termed “Latinization,” the influence of those of Latin American descent as the largest ethnic group in the U.S., since historically their contributions have been minimized and excluded in the canon of art history, both in the Americas and internationally.
The speakers on this panel will share their experiences of the past, their plans for the present, and how we can all move forward in the future to continue bringing Latinx/Latin American arts and culture to the forefront of the art world.
The program will be moderated by CJ Greenhill Caldera, Post-War and Contemporary Specialist and Head of Sale, Americas at artnet, with panelists:
- Marysol Nieves | VP and Senior Specialist, Latin American Art, Christie’s
- Gabriela Palmieri | Founder and Principal, Palmieri Fine Art, Inc.
- E. Carmen Ramos | Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art
- ArtTable Members – $30
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- Combo Ticket – $60 for Members / $95 for Non-Members – Save $20 when registering for this event and ArtTable’s Annual Brunch at The Armory Show on Saturday, September 10.
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About the Speakers
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Marysol Nieves is Vice President and Senior Specialist, Latin American Art at Christie’s, New York where she has worked on several important consignments, including, the sale of the world auction record for the category, Diego Rivera’s The Rivals as well as the 2022 sale of The Embroiderer, a rediscovered masterpiece by Rivera acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She has also been instrumental in bringing such previously under recognized women artists to the auction market as Zilia Sánchez and Olga Albizu. Prior to joining Christie’s in 2011, Marysol was an independent curator and art advisor working with institutional, corporate, and private clients. Additionally, she has held various positions in the museum and for-profit art sectors, including Vice President and Specialist, Latin American Art, Sotheby’s, New York; Senior Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Director of Visual Arts, Americas Society, New York; and Senior Curator, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.
Gabriela Palmieri is the Founder and Principal of Palmieri Fine Art, Inc., a bespoke full-service Art firm based in New York City. Prior to establishing PFA, Inc., in 2016, Ms. Palmieri led a distinguished 17-year career at Sotheby’s, where she rose to Chairman of Contemporary Art, Americas, and was recognized as one of the most respected in the auction industry as a leading specialist in Post-War Art.
Ms. Palmieri founded PFA, Inc. in order to unequivocally provide her clients with unbiased, objective and transparent counsel in the increasingly complex and nuanced art market. In her independent role she is committed to providing impartial advice and counsel for established and new collectors aimed at making informed acquisitions, which requires careful analysis and due diligence. As a seasoned researcher and scholar, Gabriela brings to bear all the relevant factors about the artist, the market trajectory for the artist’s work, the particular work taken in the context of the artist’s career, provenance, condition, literature and comparative uniqueness.
In the evolving art market, Ms. Palmieri recognizes that client advocacy is as important as advisory, a role that she spearheaded during her tenure at Sotheby’s where she was the client advocate on every transaction. Among the many highlights during her tenure at Sotheby’s included heading Sotheby’s May 2008 Day Sale to realize $107,800,000, a record total for a Day Sale at any auction house at the time, which followed a $102,800,000 performance from November 2007. As the Head of the Evening Sale, she curated the bespoke Allan Stone Collection, which fetched $55,000,000 in 2011. This role culminated in her stewardship of the prestigious Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection sale in May 2014 at Sotheby’s, which sold in excess of $86,000,000.
This unparalleled auction house experience uniquely positions Ms. Palmieri to assess the market and deliver the most comprehensive secondary market expertise both on the buying and selling side of the transaction. Still very much part of the auction world, in her present capacity, she advised every aspect of the prestigious Visionaries: Works from the Collection of Emily and Jerry Spiegel, which sold at Christie’s in May 2017 for $128,000,000. In November 2017, she counseled Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel’s Collection: Magnificent Gestures, which sold at Sotheby’s in November 2017 for $54,700,000, with all proceeds benefitting a Not-For-Profit Charitable Foundation that will supports science and medicine, educational reform and cultural projects.
More recently, Ms. Palmieri advised Image World, a private Collection featuring seminal examples from the Pictures Generation of artists, as well as more contemporary works. Carrying a pre-sale estimate of $36,000,000-52,000,000, the Collection made its debut at auction as the highlight of Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale in November 2021, with further sales continuing into Spring 2022.
In 2021 Ms. Palmieri also advised on all aspects of bringing the prestigious Brillembourg-Caprilles Collection to market at Sotheby’s. The museum-quality Collection was assembled over forty years of connoisseurship and passion, and it is distinguished for its depth of iconic works by contemporary Latin American masters. With an overall pre-sale estimate of approximately $13,000,000-18,000,000, the Collection first hit the auction block at Sotheby’s Modern Art Marquee Sale in November 2021, followed by subsequent sales into Fall 2022.
In 2018, Ms. Palmieri joined the Board of Trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, based in Aspen/Snowmass, a premier art making destination and catalyst for critical dialogue in the contemporary art world. In 2019, she joined the Board of Directors of El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latin American cultural institution, with an emphasis on works from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in the city.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Palmieri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History cum laude at Boston College in 1997, and she achieved her Master of Arts and advanced to PhD standing at the University of Chicago.
Ms. Palmieri is a Certified Member, AAA, Appraisers Association of America, and since 2012 she has executed numerous appraisals in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the only set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation and approved by the Internal Revenue Service.
Since 2021, E. Carmen Ramos is chief curatorial and conservation officer at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. There she leads the curatorial and conservation teams as they serve the nation and beyond through collections development, ground-breaking scholarship and exhibitions, and art conservation. Ramos most recently served as acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she built one of the largest collections of Latinx art at a museum of U.S. art. She organized award-winning exhibitions at SAAM including ¡Printing the Revolution!, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, and Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography. Before prior to the Smithsonian, she was a curator at the Newark Museum and worked on early DEAI initiatives at The Brooklyn Museum. She holds a MA and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago.
Special thanks to Christie’s for hosting us for this discussion.
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