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Re: “Death of the Salesmen

Hey all- I am very glad that the person who left the long comment mentioned all of the good info about the other great spaces.

Anyhow, I just wanted to bring attention back to the resources that were mentioned, because at the end of the day, we all really want every gallery to do well right? So here are the two websites again, plus one more..

...and props to everyone who works really hard to make Oakland a great place to see art-that includes critics, press people and all of the gallery owners and patrons!

gallery girl

Posted by artist on 01/15/2009 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Death of the Salesmen

Wow, I think you need to do some more homework and research, maybe talk to the people involved rather than self-proclaimed "art critics and "founders of Murmur" ( a statement which is not true, he may have been hanging around Bootling during the time that it started, but he in no way had any hand in making it happen. If you want to take it a step further he has no art history or art background at all)

Leaving 90% of the galleries in Oakland out of the article is a major blunder. I also think that it is a very dangerous road to travel down to only mention a few of the "commercial" galleries and to say that "many look undercapitalized and slapdash; their curators frown on capitalism while also disengaging themselves from the academic art world firmament"...when so many people are working extremely hard, and have established themselves as great spaces that sell amazing, contemporary art. I don't know of any spaces that fit into your above-mentioned category or business model in Oakland.

The first space that comes to my mind, which seems to get the least attention and has been around the longest of all of the galleries mentioned is Joyce Gordon. She seems to always be left out of the articles about the thriving "commercial" gallery business and she has been open for 6 years.

Listen, I am very glad that art is getting so much attention in Oakland, but where I have a problem is that the people writing the articles don't seem to know a lot about what is really happening, they seem to ask 1 or 2 people and stop there. I think lazy reporting has created a barrier between the gallery spaces and the general public's awareness of them.

Here is a short list of other great "commercial" spaces in Oakland, some of whom had already figured out that to have a gallery it is a labor of love, so they have other businesses associated or attached. FYI these galleries are all "commercial" galleries...

Rowan Morrison- they have a small press bookstore in their gallery and have started producing their own publications.

Mama Buzz- truly one of the founding members of the Oakland Art Murmur. and when it started it was never a "bottom rung gallery, Nicole Neditch helped launch some of the best emerging artists to come out of Oakland before they were known.

Front Gallery- Bob has a commercial photography business that sustains the gallery

Chandra Cerrito- is a small but highly regarded "commercial" art space that shares her upstairs space with the artist collective Mercury twenty who occupy the downstairs portion of the space.

Blankspace- has been around for 3 years and has received critical acclaim for their shows. Their commercial gallery also includes a small store in the front to help off set the expenses and maintain the space.

Fiveten Studios is an amazing high-end design store with some equally amazing art and well curated, timely art shows.

The Compound Gallery- open less than a year ago, but has been producing strong, well curated exhibits and has over 9 studios that house up to 15 working artists. They are not only renting the spaces, but are creating a community, with a supportive atmosphere.

This is just a small list of the strong, well curated, commercial art spaces currently thriving in Oakland.

To end the article with no links or references as to how people can support the many, many galleries that are “surviving” in Oakland is not only silly it is insulting.

In case your writer is unaware here are two of the best links to help people know about what is happening in the Oakland Art scene.

Posted by artist on 01/07/2009 at 11:39 AM

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