The Gallery, By Artist Joan Ryan And Destroy Delete Transform By Andrea Burgay. R. Gallery

937 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Founded in 1972, A.I.R. Gallery is the first not-for-profit, all-women artist-directed, cooperative art gallery in the United States. The gallery was established for the reason that, despite gains made by the early women artists’ movement, the majority of the emergent women had no place to show their art. As an advocate for women artists, A.I.R. Gallery has worked tirelessly to promote women artists and maintained a driving force in the New York art scene.

The gallery currently has three exhibitions on view: a group show by the women artists from Studio 44, an artist run studio space in Sweden; “Making Power” by artist Joan Ryan; and “Destroy Edit Transform” by Andrea Burgay. In order to home these three exhibitions within its long and narrow storefront space, the gallery is divided into three tiny rooms. By presenting artworks that span several mediums including video, painting, and sculpture, the gallery exhibition space evolves somewhat haphazardly to become a charming, but cluttered and disorganized space. To be honest, the space is not large enough to show three different exhibitions, which made me feel overwhelming when I visited the gallery.

In fact, this is a kind of problem that an artist-run gallery, like A.I.R, will inevitably have to face. Compared with traditional commercial galleries, the artists at A.I.R have control over the installation of their work and what work they want to show. It may lead to some conflicts and disorders when several exhibitions…

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