Cristina Grajales and Latin American art specialist Leon Tovar have joined hands in a new venture, which is based in New York’s trendy NoMad. Their 6,000 sq ft premises constitutes a new business model in that each has their own dedicated gallery as well as a joint space set aside to curate groundbreaking exhibitions.
Both artists are Columbian and their idea was to highlight the great Latin American Modernist artists along with the best of both seasoned and contemporary design.
On view is a compelling exhibition staged by Tovar, which throws into focus the Modernist riveted steel sculpture of the late Columbian Edgar Negret.
Front and centre in their shared space is Marisol’s 1981 monolithic bronze Picasso who is seated in a chair. ‘It’s really a conceptual work and speaks of the journey of life,’ explains Grajales.
Especially captivating is a new design by Stefan Bishop. For his 2015 Magnus Opus in solid bronze, Bishop turned to the shapes of puddles for inspiration in designing a coffee table just over five feet across. Then the designer’s walnut Console, which is composed of a series of intersecting, planes also straddles both design and sculpture.
‘We’re at a point where entire new audiences are discovering the artistry of Latin American modernism along with contemporary design,’ says Grajales.
Cristina Grajales is distinguished and high regarded as a design consultant due to her non-traditional approach to design that is most clearly reflected in her innovative and unique interiors. She assimilates modern design with new trends to create one-of-a-kind environments. The client’s character is a part of the design process and is incorporated into the creation of a personal setting. Her clients include noted art dealers, collectors, interior designers, and architects. Grajales’s interiors are widely considered works of art .
Leon Tovar has contributed to the expansion of academic and aesthetic knowledge of Latin American Art while working intimately with museums, auction houses, collectors, curators and artists. In the past couple of years, Leon Tovar Gallery has been devoted to Constructivism, Minimalism and Op-art.