OUR GHANAIAN ARTISTS AUCTION IS NOW OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 23
CALABAR GALLERY HARLEM: 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10030. 646-964-5062 Website: Calabar Gallery and Instagram page (please follow us here too).
Welcome to CALABAR GALLERY.
This introduction is LONG but please read through all of it as there are some amazing things here.
We showcase contemporary African Artists and African Diaspora artists globally. Based in Harlem, work featured is inspired and influenced by black African culture globally with a focus on dynamic ideas about art and society.
Since Covid-19, we have been reopen in July but have placed all exhibitions on hold and pivoted to doing art auctions, another way of curating artists in these times. We believe health is imperative and science is our guide so as the numbers in New York City are beginning to go up again and Governor Cuomo has set a 10pm curfew for bars, restaurants and a limit of 10 people gatherings, we believe that we will continue to be virtual for the rest of the year and have begun rolling out all our programs in that way especially for 2021.
Auctions is one major focus of our programming but we will head to Art Fairs virtually too. We planned a series of exhibitions of women artists for 2021. We will revisit them this month to see if we can pivot it virtually in a more exciting imaginative way. We believe Art requires dynamic presentation and we love our artists to be presented in ways that give maximum exposure and innovative solutions to the times we are livng in.
In the last year, if you have purchased work from us, as curator and founder, I personally thank you as the business of art and galleries like everything else has been challenging.
I worry daily about artists who have had shows canceled, lost income and see Covid-19 as a major threat to life and livelihood. I am concerned about how our work has changed drastically but have kept my focus on the philosophy that necessity is the mother of invention and keep trying to invent new ways of being and working.
As a gallery owner and as a curator in these times, our work is grounded in expanding opportunities for African, Caribbean and African American Artists (African Diasporan artists) globally. We intend to be agile and creative and will collaborate to make available more ways of showing art and the talents of artists. We have an extensive roster of artists and are looking for new ways, spaces (virtually and on-site) to show and sell work globally. So, feel free to reach out in any capacity even to suggest an idea. We are open to suggestions. Please email email@example.com.
Personally, I am beginning my second year as an Advisor to THE DAVID PRIZE (thedavidprize.org) and I am seeking more ideas about art, design and mental health for New York City. It's a no strings prize of $200k for 5 brilliant ideas that will change New York. And because we have all talked about essential workers this year, I dream that a janitor, doorman, food delivery person, nurse, train driver or teacher will be the one with that great idea this year, we owe them our lives and we need to help rebuild them in enormous simple ways. So, please spread the word in New York City, nominate someone or apply.
Please visit our gallery site for our Art Sale, we have added new work and over the next few weeks, we will add sections on: Art Fairs, Prints, and about the 2 Apps we are developing, one on Auctions and the other on Harlem Murals. The Harlem Murals project will provide opportunities to virtually tour murals across Harlem and we are so amazing proud of 18 year old Cam John-Melendez who took a year out from college, we hired her to photograph all of the murals. Her mother mentioned she was home and I said, we love to have a Generation Z on our team and her perspective to this project is super refreshing.
2020 has been that year of "grounded" projects and exhibitions: London, Venice, Lagos, Cuba, Dubai and of course, New York. As it's a month to its end, I still remain optimistic about how we pivoted to assist artists sell work in the midst of Covid-19 and what else we are doing that we will reveal soon.
One major project we have been quietly working on is assisting, building and expanding art collections for Black Women. It is a simple idea: buy a piece of art every 2 months, so, 6 per year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org of how to participate. It is imperative that Black artists are in these collections, so, we will continue to curate dynamic selections of work that should be bought, collected and grow our artists towards these collectors. After 5 years of curating the Amref Health Africa ArtBall Auction, my work continues to be focused on introducing new artists, emerging artists and mid career Black artists globally.
Join me on this journey, help me by sharing the work we are doing, tell a friend, tell a colleague, and be our village town crier. Yes, our business does well with referrals, that word of mouth scenario is most effective. So even sharing this newsletter to 3 other people is HUGE.
Stay healthy, safe and spread the word about our gallery. It takes you to grow artists and galleries. #maskup #wearamask Don't be a Covid-19 super spreader, be an African and African Disporan Art Spreader. Yes, we need some humor now.
We are excited to present our first Ghanaian Artists Auction.
We pivoted our exhibition of Ghanaian artists because of Covid-19 to introduce this auction. Please join us to bid on the auction - We have included a BUY NOW. Otherwise, please bid and purchase a piece of art at www.calabargallery.com/auctions
We are open for bidding.
Just 10 days to buy a piece.
NOVEMBER 13 TO NOVEMBER 23
Are you bidding with us?
It will be on our platform at CALABARGALLERY.COM/AUCTIONS
Below are a few examples from the auction
PRIZM ART FAIR: DECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 21
will be at PRIZM ART FAIR 2020.
Prizm Art Fair will be hosted virtually from November 30 – December 21, 2020 with invited galleries and a juried special section.
We will be featuring:
ALEXANDRE KYUNGU MWILAMBWE
MARIO JOYCE BELYUSAR
MULENGA J MULENGA
P. WAMAITHA NG'ANG'A
We are in the process of putting together a Black Art Poster Auction as part of Uncle Marvin's collection of posters.
This Saturday, in collaboration with @elanhiart of the @scaffoldproject,
We are hosting a FIRE SALE of Uncle Marvin's collection of Black Art Posters and more.
Stop by and buy some amazing posters.
Saturday 11/14 from 12-6pm
2504 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
CALABAR GALLERY ART AUCTION APP IN DEVELOPMENT
We are working on our Art Auction App and plan to launch the first version in 2021. We are looking for 10 testers. Please email email@example.com.
CALL FOR WORK:
We are planning to start off 2021 with a big bang...and we will auction 30 pieces of artwork from East African Women Artists.
We are seeking East African Women Artists from painters, photographers to fiber artists, we like to see some provocative and dynamic work. Please send us your most captivating work and we are looking for work under 24 inches in size. Please send 3 images with details: medium and size and a one line about each piece to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short bio.
Deadline: November 30, 2020
CALL FOR WORK:
We are planning to start off 2021 with a big bang...and we will auction 25 pieces of artwork from Fiber Artists.
We are seeking Fiber Artists, we like to see some provocative and dynamic work. Please send us your most captivating work and we are looking for work under 24 inches in size. Please send 3 images with details: medium and size and a one line about each piece to email@example.com with a short bio.