British art gallery finds home for new branch in Harlem

NADINE MATTHEWS | 2/16/2018, 2:52 p.m.
Harlem is 4,000 miles away and five hours behind Bristol, England, but for Richard Scarry and his partners, Chippy Coates ...
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When I visited, I was particularly struck by the timeliness of two pieces by Geandy Pavon, which are commentaries on our current political climate, and a piece made of bone china by Juana Valdes that comments on colorism, which affects all communities of color. “We have work that talks about race,” Scarry explained. “We have work that talks about war. We have very political pieces. We also have moments of joy and of hope.”

It’s important to Scarry and his partners that the gallery serves the veteran collector as well as the uninitiated. “We have an open door policy,” he said. “We think everybody matters. So anyone who takes time out of their day to come and dialogue with the art on the walls, we try to make it as accessible as possible and give them as much information as they would like, but we don’t want to make it so literal that we’re telling them what the work means.”

For collectors, many of whom having been following the galleries for years, Scarry said, “It’s about helping them and guiding them in finding works they love as they build their collections. We are the gallery that will tell you do your research and [find works] that you respond to and hopefully works that you love and will be happy to live with for a long time.”

FACTION Art Projects/Gallery 8 is located at 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 139th Street.

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