100 days 100 galleries; Day 50: William Shearburn Gallery, St Louis MO

William Shearburn Gallery was founded in 1992 and specializes in paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. The gallery represents many established artists of national and international reputation, as well as a number of mid-career and emerging artists. Additionally, the gallery deals actively in the secondary market.

Carlos Fentanes (CF): I saw great works on your gallery and I’m happy that now you include Cayce Zavaglia but she’s not only a great embroiderist (if that word even exists?, she’s also a great “abstract” painter. Her paintings about the back of the embroideries are an excellent example of her technique. Are you planning to show her paintings too?

The gallery didn’t answer.

Sometime I browse Instagram looking for galleries to engage in a conversation but I don’t know what to say, I know that I have to talk about something that they’re passionate about; but there are some galleries that you cannot guess what is their passion, what is moving them, money? well I cannot talk about money, it’s not polite and if they are in business just for money then there’s nothing to talk about, I’m here trying to start a conversation with them because of Art, Artist and what Art can do for people but what can we talk about if their post on Instagram is just about how many millions an artist was sold in an auction?

It’s not the case of this gallery, but after 50 galleries it start to become very difficult to find a point of coincidence with some galleries.
There was something that I don’t know exactly what they mean when I read their statement: ” the gallery deals actively in the secondary market.”
Secondary Market? What the hell is that? Does anybody What “secondary market” means?

Joseph Havel b. 1954
Boiling, 2005
Fabric and Wire
42 x 56 inches
Vik Muniz b. 1961
Drunken Duel, 1991
Two bronzed sculptures, one polished and one in silver
16 x 9 inches
Maurizio Cattelan b. 1960
The Wrong Gallery, 2004
Mixed media
18 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 6 3/4 inches

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