Despite having all the qualifications and a new gallery, art dealer Nicole (Abe) Titus, President of Abe Art LLC was denied VIP access to The Armory Show.
In response to this rejection, Abe conceived the Anti Armory Show. Pieces that highlight the close mindednesses and gate keeping of the art world will be on display at Abe’s newly opened space, Julia Seabrook Gallery from Sep 9-11, with a VIP Vernissage day on Sep 8.
Vernissage days throughout the art world are reserved for serious buyers, gallery owners and art collectors who are focused on buying art and have established relationships with galleries and artists.
Abe is a well known art buyer, to those who need to know. She is a registered bidder at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips having made recent purchases at the auction houses this year. One of the most expensive pieces in her gallery’s collection was bought from Sotheby’s this summer at auction for a whopping $57,000, a large amount for a young gallery. Ms. Titus regularly attends art fairs, galas and openings to look for new works, and writes for a local magazine B Scene Zine, where she reports on art shows in NYC and the Hamptons. Abe holds VIP access to art fairs such as Art Basel and the ADA show, and Julia Seabrook Gallery is a registered gallery with the New Art Dealers Association. This year her Gallery has exhibited at the Hamptons Fine Art Fair, and will by apart of the Art On Paper fair this September. Abe says she purchases “about two pieces a week” from artists she finds on Instagram, each averaging around $5,000. On August 9, Abe expanded her Julia Seabrook Gallery by purchasing the adjoining space next to the current one. “We have too much art,” Abe laughs nervously “I had to get more space, to store works properly and to be able to display more of them. To be honest, I am kind of addicted to discovering artists and buying art. It’s my new obsession.”
Abe says she sent a general email enquiry that was responded with prompts to list her credentials and ‘other galleries and artists she may have an established relationship with’. “While I willingly sent my credentials, I refused to tell them which galleries or artists I deal with,” stated Abe. “Who I know is not important, and the artists I own are listed on my website. I do not participate in name dropping. My gallery is enough. I work very hard on my own, I don’t need the strength of someone’s name to validate my visible hard work and value. Besides, I have no interest in operating as a traditional art gallery. I meet a lot of people at art events and places, but I don’t like talking about work outside of work. Most people only think I’m a painter, they don’t respect my intelligence or realize how much art I buy”
“It really hurt my feelings to be rejected” stated Abe, “they wouldn’t even tell me why; honestly they didn’t have to. But, I am an artist myself, so I decided to do what I do best, turn a painful situation into art and heal.” (Abe makes artwork under the alias Amelia Ford. Learn more about her artwork here)