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The most powerful women in art pt.2

If you have read our previous posts you know that as a part of The Year Of the Woman at Catherine Ahnell Gallery we are highlighting women we think are making extraordinary achievements within the arts and the art industry.

We are here looking into the work of three more women who are part of our “37 top women in art” list.


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Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn is the founder of the gallery Saloon 94 with one location on the Lower East Side and another one on the Bowery next to the New Museum.

She is also an independent curator and art dealer responsible for art collections for celebrities like Jay-Z and New York Yankees ­superstar Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez amongst others.

Greenberg-Rohatyn is known for her fearless way of mixing art and artists, and introducing new artist collaborations as well as emerging artists to the market. Her home and town house on the Upper East Side also serves as a salon and gallery. Here she gives the buyers and artists a chance to see how the art work actually will look in a home.

Artists she represents stretches from Grannan, Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, Lorna Simpson to Huma Bhabha, Jules de Balincourt, and Takeshi Murata.

Quote from Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn in W Magazine talking about Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons:

“I’m interested in that crucial moment when, for whatever reason, the art world has turned its back on certain artists a little bit, and they’ve gone back into their studios quietly and started to work differently,” Greenberg Rohatyn said. “It takes a lot of power to do that; you really have to look in on yourself, and I’m fasci­nated by what comes out of that. Marilyn had stopped using appropriated images and begun creating her own by picking up the camera. Laurie had finished her first film [2006’s The Music of Regret, coproduced by Greenberg Rohatyn and starring Meryl Streep], which became a retrospective of all she’d done—and she had to start entirely new. I wouldn’t have shown her had she next done a reprisal of her older work.”


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Sunjung Kim is the founder and curator of Samuso, a curatorial office based in Seoul. She is also the associate director of Artsonje Center – one of the most innovative private art institutions in Seoul today – and the artistic director of Asian Culture Information Agency in the Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju.

Sunjung Kim is known to bring the art outside of the square walls of the gallery and cocurate the annual Real DMZ Project, which is an exhibition along the politicised border areas between North and South Korea.

In the past Sunjung has been appointed as the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, the artistic director of the 6th Seoul International Media Art Biennale in 2010, coartistic director of the Gwangju Biennale in 2012 and a curatorial agent of Documenta 13.

Sunjung Kim on curating – quote from Blouinartinfo:

“I think a curator is a person who conveys the diverse narratives of our time through exhibitions. Art is a movement that strives to go beyond conventional systems, and for that we need to combine renewed endeavors with non-artistic fields and academia. I believe that a curator should carry out the role of supporter, one who can develop the work of artists through dialogue and understand the cultural differences of those with diverse nationalities and backgrounds.”


Photo courtesy David Bailey for WSJ

Dasha Zhukova is the founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, an art institution in Moscow equivalent to Tate Modern according to The Guardian and the first contemporary art museum of its magnitude in Moscow.

She is also co-founder and creative director of Artsy and the editor-in-chief of the bi-annual publication Garage.

Dasha Zhukova on how opening the Garage came about – quote from Interview Magazine:

“What happened with the museum was I walked into this amazing building [a 1920s bus depot designed by Konstantin -Melnikov] and learned that some people were interested in turning it into a creative space. They didn’t really have the time or the dedication to do the project, but I thought it was a great idea. Basically, I thought if they were in charge, it wouldn’t reach its full potential, so I decided I would do it. I figured I would have a better grasp of what could be done there, and I could put together a group that would really do it well. I loved the space—the minute I walked into the building that is now The Garage, I had a vision of what it could be. Nine months later, Amy Winehouse was singing at the opening.”

Growing up in Moscow with her parents – father oil magnate Alexander Zhukov and her mother Elena who worked as a molecular biologist – Zhukova moved with her mother to Houston, Texas as a child when the parents divorced. They later left Texas and Zhukova spent her teenage years in LA. Finishing her studies in pre-med, Slavic studies, and literature Zhukova moved back to Moscow and also came to live in London as the editor-in-chief of the eponymous fashion publication POP. With an impressive network within the art and fashion industry she is building a platform in an attempt to connect Moscow to the international art world and widen the exposure of contemporary art in Russia.

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