Executive Director’s Letter
January 14, 2014
Congratulations to the artists selected for the Baltimore Artists + WPA + Mera Rubell= LOVE exhibition at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. Saturday’s opening reception was a wonderful celebration of local talent. I don’t know that one more person would have fit into the crowded three-story gallery. The 25 works chosen by Ms. Rubell will be included in WPA’s SELECT 2014 Art Auction Exhibition in March. Rubell has renovated the Lord Baltimore Hotel and given her past projects and track record, you will want to see the reinvention of this old Baltimore landmark.
In member news and on my tour, a round of applause goes out to The Contemporary staff and Board of Directors. Deanna Haggag introduced the first in a series of lectures with performance artist Coco Fusco. The CoHosts series is in partnership with 13 local galleries, including GBCA member Area 405, and will be accompanied by a residency and studio visits with local artists.
As a result of the judge’s ruling last Friday, the Baltimore Museum of Art is also celebrating. The small Renoir stolen from the collection decades ago will return to the museum. For all the trouble, expense, and drama of the trial, it is hoped the little painting will draw big crowds when it returns to public view.
GBCA is grateful to the Creative Alliance for hosting a really lively GBCA Happy Hour last week at which I had the honor of doing the bump with Rhonda Robinson. (If you don’t know what that is, you must learn.) I can’t promise that will ever happen again, but you will definitely have a good time if you come out to our next Happy Hour at Baltimore Clayworks on Monday February 3rd!
All the best,
P.S. Be sure to check out The Rubys – our new Artist Project Grants!